Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fantasy Value Quick Hits

Peter Budaj – Was given the opportunity to be the number one guy on a weak Avalanche team last season. Budaj should no longer be a fantasy option unless you are in desperate need of a goalie as the Avalanche will surely sign a number one guy and Budaj will serve as a backup.

Keith Tkachuk – The 37 year old is coming back for another campaign in the gateway City. Recording 49 points in 79 games, the veteran now has minimal fantasy value and should be looked at as a depth player on all rosters. If leadership could be measured, he would be a keeper in all formats.

Jussi Jokinen – The young speedster signed a 2-year contract in Carolina where he looks to have finally found a home. A shootout specialist, he is looked at as a great third line option with very little fantasy value.

Dave Bolland – Rewarded with a 5 year contract, Bolland plays an important role in Chicago. With 47 points in 81 games, Bolland has fantasy potential and may climb the depth charts on the Blackhawks pending injuries to the team. The ability to play wing and center helps his value, especially if he is listed as a winger in your pool.

Petr Prucha – Coming over from New York has only helped increase Prucha’s fantasy value. With increased ice time and less pressure to perform, Prucha should seize the opportunity and excel. Look at him as a sleeper pick in late rounds or on the waiver wire. He may be an asset if he gets hot.

Alex Goligoski – This young blueliner is on the cusp of seeing a regular shift in the NHL. Signed to a new 3 year deal, Goligoski could be a top four dman in Pittsburgh next season and see time on the second powerplay unit. A great pick in later rounds.


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