NHL's Unplucked Gems: Midseason Fantasy Hockey Pickups
Unplucked Gems brings you a fresh batch of available free agents in a majority of fantasy hockey leagues. The available players are broken down to three categories: Must Haves, Space Available and Watchables.
LW Tuomo Ruutu
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This guy has been red hot since Christmas. Ruutu has six goals and 20 points with point-streaks of four and six games since December 26th.
He sees plenty of power-play time in Carolina and plays a physical brand of hockey that makes him a favorite of the coaches. His penalty total is slightly down this season, but Ruutu will deliver across the stat-board for fantasy owners.
G Brian Boucher
Don’t be afraid of the Philadelphia goalie tandem. The Flyers have plenty of wins to go around and Boucher is given more trust than rookie Sergei Bobrovsky.
I had to take a second look at his lower ownership numbers, so he’s probably available in your league.
RW Brad Marchand
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It seems the more opportunities given to Marchand, the more he capitalizes on them. The Bruins second-year Center has been skating first-line minutes with Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron, and his numbers have jumped of late.
He has potted six points in his last eight games, and has been on the ice for important even-strength situations. Marchand even leads the league in short-handed goals with four.
RW/LW Tomas Kopecky
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Oh, just another solid hockey player from the Blackhawks.
Kopecky saw his role increase after Chicago lost Patrick Kane and Marion Hossa with injuries. Now, Kopecky is sharing the ice with Kane and Hossa, and he is continuing to rack up points.
As an added bonus, he's eligible to play two positions.
G Evgeni Nabokov
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If Nabokov reports to the New York Islanders, he could have real value.
The Detroit Red Wings were planning to claim the goalie off waivers, but the Islanders blocked that. Detroit would be more desirable from a Fantasy standpoint, but with DiPietro and his annual health problems, and improved play from the team, Nabokov could put up respectable numbers on Long Island.
Again, this hinges on whether or not he actually reports to the Islanders, so proceed with caution.
D Fedor Tyutin
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This Blue Jackets blueliner is enjoying a big January. Playing as the quarterback on the power play, he has eight points, including four power-play assists in the last nine games.
His recent point-streak was his first of the season, but there are no other big-minutes-defensemen on the roster for Columbus. It’s a risky addition, so assess the risk before adding the defenseman.