The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 11/08/11 at 03:28 AM ET
Tuesday is a semi-busy day in the NHL, with 18 of 30 teams in action. However, there’s easily enough material for me to complete another Pick Six. Here we go…
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL – start
Benn was edged out by linemate Loui Eriksson as one of the NHL’s Three Stars this past week, following a three-assist performance on Friday with a solid two-goal effort on Sunday. Benn has officially reached the point where he should be owned in all leagues, posting 15 points (4g-11a) in just 13 games. Benn and Eriksson are racking up enough points for Stars fans to say, “Brad who?”
Sheldon Souray, D, DAL – start
For the Stars to find any sort of success, they needed inexpensive yet risky offseason signings like Souray and Michael Ryder to pay off. And so far, both the team and players have exceeded expectations. Souray has found his old form, scoring 12 points (4g-8a) and a +10 in 13 games. If you’ve got Souray in your lineup, start him, but don’t be scared to dangle him in a trade. Staying off IR was a major concern during two of his last three NHL seasons as well as his season in exile in the AHL.
Devin Setoguchi, RW, MIN – start
Like the Stars, the Wild are also a team that has experienced some measure of success early on. In my previous Pick Six I mentioned Josh Harding, who has been a major sleeper surprise during the past week. However, team co-scoring leader Setoguchi (8 points) should also be mentioned. Seto should receive consideration for your fantasy team because of his place on the Wild’s top line alongside Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley.
Adam Henrique, C, NJ – start
Thanks to the shortage of centers in Jersey (Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson both injured), 21-year-old rookie Henrique has been thrust onto the Devils’ top line alongside Zach Parise. Henrique has taken full advantage of the opportunity, scoring five points over his last three games. A bonus entry: David Clarkson, who has also made his way onto the top line with Ilya Kovalchuk’s recent injury.
Eric Staal, C, CAR – start
Over the first month of the season, Staal has to be one of the worst-ranked centers in fantasy hockey. If the five points in 14 games doesn’t bother you, then the (-16) certainly will. Staal was drafted as a proven commodity who reaches at least 70 points each season, so there’s no reason to assume that he won’t produce at a point-per-game pace for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately, the Canes will need to sort out their defensive woes before the plus/minus will improve. Perhaps we have this year’s version of Ilya Kovalchuk on our hands, yet it’s difficult to justify removing an elite player from your lineup.
Jacob Markstrom, G, FLA – drop
In five games, Markstrom posted a 2-2-1 record with a 2.05 GAA and .944 SV% this season. So it doesn’t seem right that he was re-assigned to the AHL, even though Scott Clemmensen is ready to return. Markstrom will be back, though, whether the Panthers have to trade Jose Theodore or Clemmensen. Keeper leaguers should find a way to retain him, but those in single-season formats will need to immediately search for another option.
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My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to email@example.com, or follow me on Twitter.