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For this week, we’ll share three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender you could pick up to give your team a boost. Availability is based on ESPN leagues.

Forwards

Michael Grabner of the Islanders (LW/RW; 51%) could be a nice fit on your team. He’s getting twenty minutes of ice time per night and posted points in is first three games of the season. The Isles take on Pittsburgh and have a home-and-home with the Devils this week.

Ottawa’s Kyle Turris (C, RW; 56%) has quietly picked up four goals already this season. Perhaps this is the year he puts it all together after many years of waiting. Turris and the Senators take on Washington, Carolina and Montreal (twice) this week.

Alexander Steen of the Blues (LW; 35%) has yet to score this season but can give your team a boost. Steen has four assists this season and 15 shots on goal. The appeal of Steen is that he’s on the line with Vladimir Tarasenko. He’s playing on a third line and is still seeing time on the power play. It’s just a feeling that when Steen gets going, he’s going to go big quickly.

Defensemen

Eric Brewer (87% available) of Tampa would look good on the blue line. It’s no secret that Tampa Bay is scoring by the bucket and Brewer has already hit the net three times this season.

Sami Salo (83% available) also of Tampa has been hitting the scoresheet lately with five points in his last three games. He’s also sitting at +9 this season for those of you whose leagues include that as a stat.

Goaltender

Jason LaBarbera (99% available) of the Coyotes is a good option to pick up if you need a boost in net. Mike Smith is reportedly out with a groin injury for an unknown amount of time. LaBarbera has been performing okay in his place and should get the start tonight against Nashville. The risk is that the Phoenix defense hasn’t been performing too well but he can go out there and steal some wins.

  1. nightpandas says:
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    Stastny just dropped….like him over Bolland, Briere or Okposo?

    Also Carle vs Brewer…who do you like going forward?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @nightpandas: I’d get Stasny. He has five seasons of more than 20 goals and should produce nicely. Bolland is okay but not as good in my opinion as Stasny. Briere is more inconsistent and injury-prone plus the Flyers look like a mess so far this season. Okposo hasn’t proven himself often enough on the NHL level so I’m going Stasny.

      Defensively I like Carle. The first phrase that pops into my mind with him is power-play catalyst. I thnk he’s the better option of those two in Tampa.

      Interestingly enough, both of my choices on this post played together with the River City (Omaha) Lancers of the USHL in 2002-2003.

  2. kyle says:
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    Wheeler/Steen/Berglund?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @kyle: Berglund because of the line. I’m not so sure about Wheeler and how well he’ll do in Winnipeg. He’s off to a good start but can he sustain it? I don’t think he will. Steen is on a nice line but hasn’t been as consistent of a performer over time.

  3. bauerspeed17 says:
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    sell high on Patrick Marleau?

    If so, who would you aim for? (no goalies – i am set in net)

    • jeremy lin says:
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      @bauerspeed17: tavares, staal. a top 2-round draft pick who hasnt been scoring much. marleau’s been pretty incredible..

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @bauerspeed17: Absolutely. Sell-high while people have stars in their eyes. When Marleau crashes back to Earth he will fall–hard.

      Float offers out there for as much as you can get. I’d be looking for something in the top three rounds of the draft.

  4. jeremy lin says:
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    1) in a 12-teamer, which side are you liking

    lundqvist/ennis/silfverberg vs halak/yakupov/gagner

    2) how is ennis supposed to be a sleeper when he plays on the 2nd line..?

    3) ^ same for silfverberg (hes on the 3rd line now i believe..?)

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @jeremy lin: I wouldn’t put so much value on to whether it’s second or third line but more on who they are getting paired with. We all know how things change on the fly and line pairings are certainly no exception.

      As for the trade, I’d take the Halak and crew side. Lundqvist is getting better but still needs to prove he can put up the numbers this season on a level more in line with his ranking.
      The clincher for me on that one is Gagner over Sifverberg.

  5. Bob says:
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    Nash and Subban for Kopitar and Schultz. I give up the latter, and get back the former pairing. Good deal IMO, thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bob: I like it as well now that Subban signed a deal yesterday.

  6. B.o.B says:
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    Few parts to this question…Just an 8 team league, categories are G, A, +/-, PPP, Shots, Hits, W, GAA, SV, SV% and SHO…So I only have 2 goalies, Rask and Lehtonen. Figured I’d play the waiver wire until one stuck out to add for a 3rd. My dmen are pretty solid with Edler, Campbell, Kronwall and Enstrom. Someone through out offering me Luongo for Edler. How’s that sound to you? I also have Pacioretty, any word on this guy being IR’d? I ask because Subban is available on the wire so I thought of doing that trade, dropping Pacioretty and adding Subban to replace Edler. Essentially I’d be trading Edler and dropping Pacioretty while adding Luongo and Subban. Unless you don’t like the Edler for Luongo trade and/or don’t like the idea of dropping Pacioretty.

    • B.o.B says:
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      @B.o.B: never mind, Subban was picked up late last night and Pacioretty is on the IR…but still what do you think of Edler for Luongo in my situation?

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