Looking Ahead: Values on Brodin and Jarvis; Faulk’s Decline; Tough Dallas Schedule

Andrew Santillo


Jonas Brodin, D, Minnesota Wild (Available in 82% of ESPN leagues, 75% Fantrax, 95% Yahoo) – Next man up! Unfortunately, Jared Spurgeon will be out week-to-week which hurts fantasy owners, but this gives Brodin a chance to step into his role.

With Spurgeon on the shelf for a bit this gives Brodin an opportunity to step into his role on the top D pairing with Matt Dumba. In Minnesota's previous game vs New Jersey, Brodin quarterbacked Minnesota's top power play unit and finished the game with an assist, two shots on goal, and four blocked shots playing 28 minutes of ice time in a shootout win. Minnesota's power play is nothing to write home about ranking 23rd in the NHL, but Brodin also plays on Minnesota's top power play kill as well which only adds to his block shot value, and with Minnesota averaging four penalties a game there is plenty of opportunities for Brodin to get a block shot bonus. If your fantasy team is in need of some help on along the blueline, Brodin could be a nice low owned fit.

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

Seth Jarvis, C/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (Available in 95% of ESPN leagues, 43% Fantrax, 82% Yahoo) – Quick! Jarvis has played his 10th game for the Canes, this means the first year of his entry-level contract has been activated. Take a quick stroll down waiver wire avenue and put in a claim. Seriously do it now. It's okay I can wait…alright now that you've done that let's talk.

I'd say a fair amount of time when an NHL club brings up a player for the first time it's the same thing, fans get excited and that player usually sees bottom six minutes. Or that player is slated in on the first line, only to drop by the time the second period begins. This is not the case with Jarvis. Since coming up to the Hurricanes he has seen the bulk of his ice time on Carolina's top line with a usual grouping of himself, Sebastian AhoTeuvo Teravainen. There have been occasions where Carolina rotates Teravinen out or Jarvis plays on Carolina's third line but let's be honest here, it's Carolina. This is a deep club that does nothing but generate offense, play excellent in the neutral zone, and I personally think there's no team better in the NHL at protecting a one goal lead. Jarvis himself is exciting to watch and the stats back it up, he right now has four goals in his past nine games and is able to chip in on offense at both even strength and powerplay situations. In his past five games he leads all Hurricane skaters with twelve shots on goal and lives in high danger areas on the ice with ten individual high danger chances for. Potential is tantalizing, this is a winger that could burst onto the scene as one of the best rookies in