Merry Christmas! I hope Santa was generous to all this year. So you woke up this morning with youthful glee, ran down the stairs, and hopped on your computer to check out the latest fantasy news… right?
Really, most of you should be spending this time celebrating the holiday with loved ones… not reading about the latest hot pickup in the fantasy world. Still, we here at DobberHockey.com will provide info for the most hardcore of fantasy junkies… even on Christmas Day. So, here are just a few tidbits to fill your fantasy stocking and hold you over until the next full slate of games tomorrow.
The Status Report:
Alexander Radulov, RW, NSH
If you are a believer, this is the time to satisfy your “Radulove.” Alexander might be the most highly valued “unproven” keeper league players around. The last ten games has been one of the roughest stretches of Radulov’s young career. He only registered three points and was a minus-6 during that span. You can look at this as a negative or as an opportunity to finally dislodge Radulov from the iron grip of your opponent… before it’s too late.
Jason Arnott, C, NSH
Ready “Arnott”, let him go. After a mini-slump in early December, Jason Arnott has rebounded with eight points in his last four games. One of those games was a four-point performance. The time is right to let this veteran star go. Arnott is on pace for over 70 points this season and he’s only finished with a total that high once in his 13 previous seasons. His pace is likely to slow and at the age of 33, Arnott is nearly at the end of his prime. Let someone else watch his decline, and avoid the injuries and prolonged slumps that often come with age.
From the Dust: The player who may have some value after all.
Antti Miettinen, RW, DAL
Now, here was an unexpected early Christmas present. Unless your name is ClevelandKid21 over in the forum, you probably didn’t consider this guy as a fantasy option a few weeks ago. Still, here he is, doing the best sponging of his career. At the age of 27, Antti is in an ideal situation on the top line in Dallas, receiving ample power play and ice time. With Lehtinen out of the picture for a while, Antti is soaking up the fantasy fumes of this season’s Ribeiro-Morrow chemistry. Before Miettinen put up these 12 points in 9 games, he only produced 60 points in his previous 185 games played in the NHL. Miettinen is also an unrestricted free agent after this season, which may be further motivating his success. Right now he is maximizing his potential, but considering his mediocre NHL and AHL history, this looks like a flash in the pan. He is useful now, makes for a smart sell high and will be lucky to become a 50-point producer in this league.
Cactus of the Week: The player you shouldn’t touch right now.
Alexander Frolov, LW, LA
Plagued by injury this year, Frolov has done little to relax his owners. His last few games have been even worse.
Last 4 Games: 0G, 1A, 0P, -6, 4PIM, 6SOG