Mike Fisher is in the midst of his tenth NHL season. This year he has delivered some unexpected lofty offensive numbers (22-10-11-21). He sits tied with Mike Richards and is ahead of both Vincent Lecavalier and Pavel Datsyuk in the scoring race, three centres who would have been drafted much, much higher than Fisher in your hockey pools this season. In his last year of major junior hockey, Fisher recorded 106 points in 68 games for Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League. He's really found his offensive groove under Cory Clouston. It appears that he will obliterate his career high of 48 points, but beware; Fisher has a history of missing the odd game or two (dozen) due to injury.
Jason Spezza. Wow. The former three time 30 goal scorer has only one goal and 13 points in 20 games. Just wow. If you can buy low, he's definitely worth making a pitch for. Spezza is playing like he's confused and frustrated. He's pressing too hard and trying to play defensively to please Hockey Canada and his coach. The coach should just accept the fact that he'll make some costly giveaways and tell him to go out there, work your magic and be creative. Put a defensively responsible guy and a sniper on his line and he'll more than make up for any turnovers.
How far has former Rocket Richard winner (56 goals) Jonathan Cheechoo fallen? The 29-year-old has just four points in 21 games and is on pace for seven goals and 15 points. All that for a cap hit of $3 million dollars over each of the next two seasons. He was to Joe Thornton what Rob Brown was to Mario Lemieux. That San Jose second round pick that came over in the Heatley deal had better pan out, otherwise the trade looks like Heatley for Michalek straight up.
Nathan Horton has 19 points in 23 games with 16 of those points coming over the last 14 contests. Horton averages over 19 minutes of ice time per game including 3:24 on the power play. His career high is 62 points, but he is currently on pace for 68. During each of the last two seasons, Horton's points per game have improved in the second half. Last year between October and December, Horton scored at a 0.50 pace. From January onwards, he improved to 0.74 points per game. Two seasons ago, the split was 0.64 and 0.86 points per game. I wouldn't bet against him having a career season this year. The 24-year-old had his six game, eight point streak snapped by the Rangers last night.
Steve Reinprecht is second in scoring for the Panthers with 17 points in 23 games and his ten goals lead the team, but he only has one goal in his last ten games.
Including last night's game, Florida is currently riding an eight game point streak (5-0-3) and is 8-2-3 over their last thirteen games.