I love creating polls that are pretty equal – check out today’s (right side of the home page) – pick a young forward for a keeper league. Interested to see where this one goes.
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The injuries continue to mount in Tampa – Victor Hedman left the game last night after receiving a dirty hit from Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul. Hedman did return later in the game, but it is a situation to keep an eye on.
Hedman's offensive game isn't quite there yet, but he has quietly developed into a rock-solid two-way guy. The points will come.
Sticking with Lupul – he continues his strong play after coming back from the injury – he had a goal and a helper for the Leafs last night.
Nazem Kadri was simply magical – he had three helpers and could have had a few more. What a season for him in 2013.
Dion Phaneuf scored a goal – he will definitely make my top 10 list of fantasy defensemen (out next week). It is amazing to me that the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs can be underrated by so many people.
He logs crazy tough minutes and still finds a way to chip in offensively.
Lupul hit – your thoughts?
Jamie Benn led the Stars with five shots on goal last night, but he didn't record any points. The puck luck isn't going his way right now.
Can we give Jonas Brodin the Calder yet? He is an absolute rock on the Minnesota back end.
Devin Setoguchi scored a pair and continues to feast on the Wings, regardless of what team he is on.
PM Bouchard had a pair of helpers – he now has points in four straight games (seven points in that contest).
I unfortunately missed the Chicago/Anaheim game – it was the first time in NHL history that featured two teams with winning percentages above .800 playing each other later than 25 games into the season.
Patrick Kane was an ugly minus-4.
Marian Hossa remains out with an upper body injury. Not much is coming from either him or the team right now. Related to his past concussion(s)?
Anaheim made some quietly effective signings last summer – Sheldon Souray and Daniel Winnik have both been phenomenal.
Pick up Patrick Wiercioch, now. One year, keeper, dynasty, salary cap, it doesn't matter your league type. Wiercioch is playing phenomenal hockey and I could see him finding a spot alongside Erik Karlsson on Ottawa's PP unit for the next decade.
The biggest thing from his game I have liked this season – confidence. Often times young defensemen with offensive ability will make the safe play and focus on being defensively reliable. Wiercioch is fine defensively (prone to the usual mistakes), but he is unafraid to make plays with the puck.
A quick buy-low option (probably only if your competitor is a panicky GM) – Brayden Schenn. Zero points and minus-9 in his last seven games.
There have been a few rumblings that Brandon Dubinsky could be available – my look at why he makes a lot of sense for Vancouver (and several other teams, too).
Dubinsky offers a lot. He is versatile, having succeeded in the NHL as both a center and a left winger. He is physical and tough, and he is able to play a variety of roles, depending on what the team asks of him. I am of the mindset that Ryan Kesler's best long-term fit is on the right wing (he can still take faceoffs, much like Jarome Iginla does in Calgary), but playing on the wi