Fantasy Hockey Trends: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, more

by Mike Corcoran on April 17, 2013 @ 17:38:36 PDT


We have made it through another week of fantasy hockey, and that means it is once again time to look at the fantasy hockey trends. There is no more important time than now to stay educated on what the latest trends are around the NHL so you can make the most informed decisions with rosters and players in your fantasy matchups.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Jason Pominville fitting in nicely. The newly acquired right wing has averaged a point per game in the six games since he got traded from the Buffalo Sabres, although to be fair, all of those points have come in the last three contests. In most cases, there is usually a learning curve in the time it takes for a player to get traded to a new team and then start producing for said team. However, it looks like Pominville is comfortable in his role with the Minnesota Wild and has become a must-start in all fantasy formats with the offensive breakout he is having.

Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos hurting. Probably the last two names you want to see on this list at this time of the year, forwards Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) are both dealing with apparent shoulder issues that have hurt their scoring output. Malkin has missed the past two games, and you must now monitor his daily status for the rest of the season. While Stamkos has not missed any time, he has had trouble scoring when he is in games. Obviously, you can't sit a player like Stamkos, but you probably have to take your expectations down a notch for him the rest of the way. It is an unfortunate situation at the worst time of the year for two of the league's best players.

Alex Ovechkin flying. There is no player that is playing better offensively right now than Washington Capitals winger. Ovechkin has five goals and seven points in his last five games, and that is really not a fair indication of what he has done for his team in the last month. If you drafted Ovechkin at the beginning of the year and were patient as he went through his early-season struggles, your patience is paying off in a big way now. Start him every chance you get with confidence that he will lead your fantasy hockey team into the next round.

Sergei Bobrovsky getting the job done. The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender has gotten hot over his last four starts, all while facing over 130 shots in that span. The Blue Jackets are right in the thick of the playoff race, currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference, so there is still plenty to play for. There is no reason why Bobrovsky should not be in your starting lineup moving forward as you continue to progress in the fantasy hockey postseason.

That will do it for this week's fantasy hockey trends. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner and the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire. Good luck to all of you in your playoff matchups this week.

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About Mike Corcoran

Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.

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