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With the first weekend under our collective belt, let’s take a look at players you can pick up to try and get your team an early boost. We’ll profile three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender each week.

Forwards

Damien Brunner (RW) Detroit is a must-add if he’s still available. He’ll be on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. The points should be coming being on a line with those two. He should have a nice plus-minus ratio as well and could see time on the power play. Need we say more?

Vladimir Tarasenko (RW) St. Louis should be added in all leagues. The 21- year old looks like he is going to stick with the Blues and his two-goal opening game will solidify his spot on the roster. He’s been getting snapped up quickly but is still out there in 70% of ESPN.com leagues.

Travis Zajac (C) New Jersey is centering the line with Ilya Kovalchuk and is expected to be on the first power play unit. He logged a couple seconds short of 20 minutes of ice time against the Islanders in the opener so he will be out there and give your team plenty of opportunities for points. Zajac is available in 60% of ESPN leagues.

Defensemen

Jared Spurgeon Minnesota has been skating on the top defensive pairing with Ryan Suter and looks to be on the lead power play unit in the Twin Cities. He’s averaging 23 minutes per night and picked up a helper in the season opener against Colorado. Spurgeon is getting picked up quickly so get your claim in on him now.

Victor Hedman Tampa Bay was able to improve his game during the lockout when he played in the KHL with Barys Astana. Hedman is part of the top defensive pairing in Tampa with Eric Brewer and should see time on the man advantage. He logged a goal and 20 assists in 26 games and had a +18 rating during his stay in Russia. Hedman owners hope those numbers are able to keep going on a comparable scale here in the NHL. Hedman is available in 34% of ESPN leagues.

Goaltender

Josh Harding Minnesota posted a 24-save shutout against Dallas in his first start of the season. It’s still unknown what the balance will be between himself and Niklas Backstrom for the Wild. Harding shows he is a capable backup and would make a nice spot starter if you need one. He’s still available in 45% of ESPN leagues.

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  1. bauerspeed17 says:
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    I was offered

    Miikka Kiprusoff and Tomas Plekanec

    for

    Henrik Lundqvist

    its a 20 team league

    who wins this deal?

    • Giacomo says:
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      @bauerspeed17: Lundqvist side in my opinion.

  2. nightpandas says:
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    How did I do…..just drafted 10 team yahoo points league (G/A/PTS/PIM/PPP/SH/GWG) and (W/SO)

    F Malkin
    F Seguin
    F St Louis
    F Ericsson
    F Wheeler
    F Tarasenko
    D Edler
    D Weber
    D Carle
    G Rask
    G Ward
    BN Benn
    BN Moulson
    BN Ryan Whitney
    BN Hiller

    WW: Kunitz, Burrows, Ray Whitney, Carter, Oshie, Briere
    WW: Fowler, Markov, Pitkanen, Kulikov, Smith
    WW: Backstrom, Theodore, Nabokov, Bobrovsky

    18 moves for the season
    max starts

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @nightpandas: Pretty solid team! I like five of your top six forwards (Wheeler leaves a little to be desired). Benn will help that out once he signs a deal and reports in.

      Defensemen look good and I think you’ll like Carle who is a catalyst on the PP.

      Goalies look good with Rask. Ward looked shaky in his first start so Hiller makes a good backup in case he continues to falter.

      Top to bottom you got a good one. Now if only they would perform…

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