Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mixed Bag of Signings

Tomas Plekanec would like to have a do-over from last season. Starting out as Montreal’s number one pivot, Plekanec finished the year on the fourth line, with his ice time cut. In 80 games last season, Plekanec had 39 points, far removed from the 69 points from 2 seasons ago. Draft Plekanec with caution. He is worth a flyer in later rounds of your draft, as you never know which player will show up.

Travis Zajac made a huge leap forward last year. In his third year in the league, Zajac appeared in all 82 games and tallied 62 points. The 24 year old adds size and skill to the Devils line-up and compliments the veterans well. Look for Zajac to repeat his point total next season as the absence of Gomez and Gionta will result in more ice-time.

Martin Biron’s career appears to have taken a step back at this point. With signing a one year with the Islanders, Biron is now technically third on the depth chart. A talented goaltender that has not left a mark as a true number one, Biron is streaky and is as good as the team in front of him. Owners should not draft Biron in any format. At best he will be a tandem goaltender with Roloson, if DiPietro is in fact injured.

Ryane Clowe offers many great qualities when it comes to a fantasy player. Clowe plays a power forward style and playing on the top team in the league only enhances his value. In 71 games last season, Clowe scored 52 points, 24 on the powerplay, and 51 PIMs. The only drawback to making Clowe a great player is his injury problems. Clowe is worth the risk in drafting him in the middle rounds in your draft as he may have a breakout season next year.


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