Looking Ahead: Parise Still Producing

Adam Daly-Frey


All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week, and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. All players discussed are selected based on their upcoming schedule.

Stats updated through Wednesday, March 4

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Vladislav Namestnikov, W, Colorado Avalanche (Available in 88 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – His stats on the year aren't very pretty – just 15 goals and 13 assists in 61 games – but Namestnikov has been jumped up to Colorado's top line since getting traded from Ottawa, after starting his first three games in a third-line checking role. That's paid immediate dividends, as Namestnikov has managed two goals since moving up to the big line, although his ice time is still fairly low at around 15 minutes/game.

Getting second-line power play minutes and playing the PK should mean that Namestnikov's ice time trends up, and he's shown enough scoring prowess previously (53 goals in 259 games in a Tampa Bay jersey) that he should be a contributor given his role on the Avs. As the schedule section below will lay out, Colorado has a tremendous schedule upcoming and all of their depth pieces should be in play as late-season adds – none more so than the one that gets to skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog at 5v5.

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Zach Parise, W, Minnesota Wild (Available in 74 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Even at the tender old age of 35, Parise has still been a very solid contributor for a surging Minnesota Wild team, as Parise's picked up 24 goals and 19 assists so far this year – including 17 power-play points. Since Bruce Boudreau was fired as head coach, Parise's picked up three goals and three assists in nine games while taking two shots/game.

Those numbers don't jump off the page as an elite contributor, but the Wild have scored 33 goals in the nine games under new coach Dean Evason. Parise's mostly been unlucky to not pick up more points – he's been on the ice for 13 of those goa