Fantasy Hockey Stock Report: Risers and Fallers

by Daniel Dobish on April 16, 2013 @ 17:21:52 PDT

 


The fantasy hockey season is winding down, but it is never too late to add some hot scorers to your roster for the final days. There are those in rotisserie formats who play in pools that won't have their championship decided, perhaps, until the final period of the final game of the regular season. So we're still here for you. And if you're still alive in your head-to-head league, good luck as well. It's an exciting time of the year for sure!

Risers

Sven Baertschi, left wing, Calgary Flames

Pittsburgh Penguins F Jussi Jokinen

Sure, it's only two games, but it is very positive to see the Swiss-born Baertschi turning it up at the end of the season. It has been a trying campaign for the rookie, who had been banished to the AHL in early March. Baertschi was scoreless in his first seven games this season and 12 of his first 13 with only one assist.

However, something has clicked, and he has goals in back-to-back games, and an assist with a plus-2 rating during the two-game stretch. Sure, it's a small sample size, but this might be just what the No. 13 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft needs to gain some confidence and live up to his potential.

Filip Forsberg, center, Nashville Predators

Forsberg makes his way over from Sweden after playing for Leksands IF in that country's highest league. No relation to former NHL great and brief Nashville Predators winger Peter Forsberg, he might resemble the sleek Swede in a lot of ways. He has tremendous skill, is a fast skater, and is mature beyond his years.

The Predators are a team in desperate need of offense, and he should help in a big way in the final couple of weeks. Those in long-term keeper leagues will especially want Forsberg on their rosters.

Jussi Jokinen, left wing, Pittsburgh Penguins

"The Juice," as he is affectionately called by teammates and some fans, is loose in the Steel City. He has fit in rather nicely since being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL Trade Deadline, posting three goals with two assists and a plus-4 rating in four games.

He has stepped up his game when the games seem to matter most, and playing for a contender again should really get him going. So far, so good. Fantasy owners need to take advantage and strike while the iron is hot.

Fallers

Ryane Clowe, left wing, New York Rangers

After wowing the home crowd with a pair of markers and an assist in his debut for the Blueshirts, Clowe has reverted back to his non-scoring ways over the past five games. He has just one assist and an even rating with seven shots on goal over the five-game span. He has helped fantasy owners with 12 penalty minutes, and he can be a positive for those in advanced scoring systems for his contribution in the hits category, but he is not doing enough offensively to keep around in standard leagues.

Shawn Matthias, center, Florida Panthers

Matthias looked to be taking that step forward, emerging as a must-start fantasy option. He had five goals in a three-game goal-scoring streak from March 26 to March 30, and he totaled seven points in five games from March 26 to April 6 with an even rating. However, he is scoreless in three straight games with a minus-5 rating since April 7. He can once again be safely dropped back onto the waiver heap.

Chris Stewart, right wing, St. Louis Blues

Stewart looked like a fantasy stud earlier in the season, as he emerged as the team's leading scorer. However, he has been terrible since March 24, posting just one goal and one assist with a minus-3 rating in 11 games. At that rate, he should be dropped in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues. You know what he can do, but he simply cannot be trusted at this critical juncture of the fantasy season.

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About Daniel Dobish

Daniel is a Hot Off the Wire Analyst who joined the KFFL staff in 2010. He is a veteran of the fantasy industry dating back to 1999, with stops at CBSSports.com, The Sports Forecaster, OPENSports.com and RotoExperts.com. His work has also appeared on NFL.com and Yahoo.com. Daniel was named the 2011 Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year, 2011 Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2011 Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year. Daniel lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.


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