Rewarding Patience

Chris Liggio



By this point in time your fantasy playoffs are underway and that need for regularly rostered players to produce to net the hardware is vital. There are several household names that have failed us in one way or another earlier in the season, only to now be recuperating what they can of the campaign. These players are expected to be regular contributors on fantasy squads and their lackluster season(s) as a whole are disappointing. Nonetheless, as the year winds down, the following are all playing their part to earn forgiveness for earlier failure. Sometimes patience is virtue.


Mika Zibanejad/Chris Kreider


Although all hope is lost on the current campaign for the Rangers, this top line duo is posting solid numbers the past month with all cylinders firing. Since returning February 23rd, Kreider has looked every bit like the dominant power forward he is supposed to be in this league. Utilizing his immense strength and overwhelming speed, he has three goals, eight assists, nine PIM, 23 shots and 20 hits in the past 12 games. Though we’d wish for more goals, he’s been an admirable setup man for top center Mika Zibanejad. Wielding the hot goal scoring stick, Zibanejad has eight goals in the past 12 games and six in the last five. Zibanejad has likely fallen off many fantasy radars, as long-term injury once again derailed what was an impressive start to his season. Now rounded back into form, he is flashing that dominance once again that owners need to capitalize on if available. Much the same for Kreider coming off the blood clot absence, he too looks to be in top form and ready to be a regular contributor on your fantasy roster. The team has no prayer, but these two featured pieces of the puzzle are useful in the fantasy realm.


Erik Karlsson/Matt Duchene


Karlsson’s slow return to form was expected after major ankle surgery. Alas patience is non-existent for many in the fantasy realm but he’s making the late-season surge to give thanks to his owners who have stood by his side all year. A plus/minus disaster much of the season, he’s plus-three in the past 13 games to go with three goals, 12 assists, 33 shots and over 27 minutes a night. The silky distributor looks like his old self albeit a gear slower these days but that brilliant mind is just the same. Karlsson suffered the loss of his son and has left the team to