Fantasy Hockey: Five Late Season Pickups To Boost Your Team

Ryan AndersonContributor IFebruary 24, 2011

Fantasy Hockey: Five Late Season Pickups To Boost Your Team

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    DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 15:  Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck against Andrew Ladd #16 of the Atlanta Thrashers at American Airlines Center on January 15, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    With just over 20 games left in the NHL regular season, fantasy hockey players are battling for a top seed in this year's playoffs while NHL teams duke it out on the ice.  As the trade deadline nears, teams are adding what they hope will be the final piece to the puzzle and will propel them into this years playoffs. 

    Fantasy hockey is no different.  Players are looking for that scoring boost from an unlikely character or consistent goaltending from a no-name. 

    This article will provide you with tips to catapult your squad into this year's fantasy playoffs.

5. Mike Fisher, Nashville F

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    NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 19:  Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes fights Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators for the puck on February 19, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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    What a relief it was for Mike Fisher to be traded.  The forward is finally finished with Ottawa's anemic offense and will see top-six forward minutes in Nashville.  The Predators' loaded blue-collar lineup will receive a nice boost from Fisher, a polished veteran.  Fisher has three points in his first five games with Nashville, as he only had 24 points total with his partial season in Ottawa.  Fisher will see tons of special teams time and provide a nice spark for the Predators offense down the stretch.

4. Cam Fowler, Anaheim D

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 16:  Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Edmonton Oilers at the Honda Center on January 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Just 19 years old, Fowler has made a big splash in his rookie season.  He's second among rookies in assists and averages just under 23 minutes per game.  The addition of Francois Beauchemin won't hurt Fowler's playing time, but there will be more speed and support along the blue line.  A great rookie season for a player many teams passed on in the draft.  Don't pass on Fowler for the playoff push.

3. Marc-Andre Bergeron, Tampa Bay D

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Marc-Andre Bergeron #47 of the Montreal Canadiens stakes against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum on January 27, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Bergeron, recently picked up by the Lightning, is playing on the back-line for Tampa and is surrounded by incredible offensive talents like St. Louis, Stamkos, Lecavalier.  Bergeron will see top defenseman ice time, as well as significant time on special teams.  He has a rocket for a shot and has five points in his first six games.  Bergeron will see loads of ice time and won't disappoint with point production down with Tampa's high octane offense.

2. Jamie Benn, Dallas F

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    COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 6:  Goaltender Mathieu Garon #32 of the Columbus Blue Jackets blocks a shot from Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars in a shootout, sealing a victory for Columbus on December 6, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus
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    The Stars are struggling right now, going 1-8-1 in their last 10.  It just so happens that Jamie Benn missed the last 10 games due to a shoulder injury.  With the departure of James Neal via trade, Benn will only see more ice time and more special teams time.  The youngster is a smooth skater and strong on the puck and will play on one of Dallas' top two lines.  No Brad Richards means more Jamie Benn, so get him in your lineup.

1. James Reimer, Toronto G

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 25: James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs protects the net against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Image
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    With the often hurt J.S. Giguere out again in Toronto, James Reimer has seen the bulk of starts in the pipe recently, and has not disappointed.  Reimer is 9-4-2 in 14 starts with two of those nine wins being shutouts.  He has also posted a tremendous .934 save percentage as well as a mere 2.12 goals against average.  Reimer has been sensational in net for the Leafs, and with injuries to Toronto's other two goalies, he will continue to start in goal.  Goalie is a tough position to secure depth in when playing fantasy hockey, and Reimer is the perfect guy to beef up your staff.