The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 02/23/12 at 02:20 AM ET
Continuing with the special trade deadline coverage, the Pick Six features three players with present or past fantasy relevance that were traded this week. I have also squeezed in three players that could be recognizable on a Thursday that features nine games on the schedule, which includes a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Will the Wings’ home winning streak continue against a Canucks squad that is breathing down its neck for first overall in the NHL?
Kyle Quincey, D, DET – add
Could the Wings do to Quincey’s value what they did to Ian White’s? Quincey was in the middle of a slump with only three points in his last 19 games at the time of his trade back to Detroit, although he got off to a strong start and has demonstrated offensive prowess in the past. White already has Nicklas Lidstrom as his partner, which would explain his success this season. However, Quincey’s offensive upside and the fact that he now plays for a fantasy-friendly team could make him rosterable for the rest of the season.
Steve Downie, LW, COL – hold
Downie’s style of play won’t be affected by the trade, although he will no longer have elite linemates like Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Nevertheless, he will continue to pile up penalty minutes (121 PIM – 6th in NHL) while providing point totals that would make him rosterable in deeper leagues. Continue to utilize him as you normally would. Downie debuted on Wednesday on the Avs’ young guns line alongside Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog.
Antoine Vermette, C/LW, PHX – add
A Columbus Blue Jackets forward was traded on Wednesday, but his name isn’t Rick Nash or Jeff Carter. Vermette will probably be the prime acquisition of the NHL-owned Coyotes, who may scratch and claw their way to one of the Western Conference’s final two playoff seeds. The Coyotes aren’t bursting with elite forward options, so Vermette should see some top-line and power-play duty alongside Shane Doan, which should at least improve on his CBJ-like (-17) ranking. With 8 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues, Vermette is at least worth a flier in deeper formats.
Valtteri Filppula, C, DET – start
With Pavel Datsyuk out for two weeks with a knee injury, Filppula should see top-line and power-play minutes. He shouldn’t be a secret to fantasy owners anymore, as he already has 17 goals and 46 points in 60 games this season. Filppula scored just his third power-play goal of the season on Tuesday against Chicago, and he will probably find himself on the power play again on Thursday against Vancouver. The matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference could be a wide-open affair, as it has often been whenever these two teams hook up.
Justin Peters, G, CAR – add/start
If you need a goaltending start from the waiver wire on Thursday, Peters appears to be your best bet. The Raleigh News & Observer all but confirmed that Peters would start against Anaheim, reporting that the Canes have recalled Mike Murphy from the AHL on an emergency basis. Murphy’s callup means that Cam Ward will not be ready to return from injury. In his last start, Peters cruised to an easy 17-save shutout against Washington on Monday.
Richard Bachman, G, DAL – add
A road date in Chicago won’t be an easy gig for Bachman Turner Overdrive (Dallas Stars), but the Stars’ rookie backup’s numbers have been respectable this season (6-3-1, 2.72 GAA, .912 SV%). The Stars, who are in a logjam for a Western Conference playoff position, will likely return to Kari Lehtonen for the second half of the back-to-backs, which is a home game against the Wild on Friday. Lehtonen has started ten consecutive games prior to Thursday.
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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.
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