I have to admit that in every Columbus Blue Jackets game I hope for Grant Clitsome to get a hat trick.Â When a name provides comedy on its own, itÂ makes my writing that much easier.Â And while there was no hat trickÂ Thursday night for ol’ Clitty, there was 2 Goals on an impressive 6 Shots.Â He seems to be gaining the trust of the BJ brass and his role is increasing (especially on the Power Play).Â So if you’re in need of a #4 Defenseman, go get some Clitsome…
Steve Mason â€“ G (CBJ):Â My dislike of this guy is well known and documented.Â If you drafted him and are still hanging on itâ€™s time to cut bait.Â 2-11/3.88GAA/.866SV% is as bad as it can get for an NHL Goalie.Â That is so bad I actually went to 2 different sites to confirm those numbers are correctâ€¦Â Mark Dekanich is a decent add but heâ€™s not healthy and even when he is, I wanna see him be successful before I endorse picking him up.
Brad Marchand â€“ C (Bos):Â 2 Goals Thursday night and has picked it up again recently after droppinâ€™ zeroâ€™s in 6 straight games.Â I wasnâ€™t sure what to think of him early on when he was scoring at a Seguinian pace, but now I think I know what he is â€“ a Waiver Wire All Star!
Daniel Alfredsson â€“ RW (Ott):Â Returned tonight against Buffalo after missing 5 games with a concussionâ€¦ Did you hear that Sidney Crosby???Â A concussion knocked out a 39 year old for just 5 games.
Chris Stewart – RW (Stl):Â Scored a Goal in Hitchcockâ€™s first game at the helm and then Assisted on one in his 2nd.Â I had mentioned previously that Stewart (and other Blues) would see a production boost thanks to Hitchcockâ€™s ability to â€śmotivateâ€ť (aka kick guys in the ass)â€¦
Kris Versteeg â€“ RW (Fla):Â I gotta admit Iâ€™m not real high on this guy even after the hat trick Thursday night.Â HOWEVA, production is production so if heâ€™s sitting on Waiver Wire Island pick him up immediately.
Dmitry Kulikov â€“ D (Fla):Â 2 more Assists Thursday and is quickly becoming a legitimate #2 Defenseman in fantasy leagues.Â Ownership levels are ridiculously low on this guy too which baffles me.
Paul Stastny â€“ C (Col):Â Notched his 5th Goal against the Islanders and is right on pace to repeat last seasonâ€™s craptasticness: 22G/35A/-7/181SOG..Â Not bad if youâ€™re talking an 18th round flier on draft day. But Stastny was drafted with the expectation of returning to what he was in 2006-2009 (close to a Point-per-game player).
Brian Gionta â€“ RW (Mon):Â BG is a guy who is easily forgotten.. Wait, who?Â Right right, Gionta.Â I didnâ€™t rank him preseason and havenâ€™t talked about him at all during the season.Â But a Goal Thursday night gives him 3 in the last 5 games.Â He also had 5 SOGâ€™s against Phoenix which could be the start of a shooting streak.Â The guy did have 298 last season (which is awesome)..
Keith Yandle â€“ D (Phx):Â An Assist in back to back games means I can officially say that Keith Yandle is in the middle of a scoring streak.Â Awesome!
Sami Salo â€“ D (Van):Â 4 Goals now in just 13 games has me perplexed.Â I mean sure the loss of Christian Ehrhoff has something to do with it, but my god just look at him.Â I never thought someone addicted to meth could accomplish this much.
Drew Stafford – RW (Buf):Â We’re going streaking!!!Â 3 AssistsÂ last night against the reeling Senator’s and here he goes again.Â Streaky Stafford had 5 points in the Sabre’sÂ first 5 games, then 0 in the next 6, and now 5 Points in the last 4.
Adam Larsson – D (NJ):Â Career Goal #1!Â And it only took 14 games!Â Not exactly what I thought he could do but hope lies in his last 5 games:Â 1G/2A/7SOG… Baby steps…
Nicklas Backstrom – C (Wsh):Â I predicted 85 point in the preseason and so far he’s proving me right.Â He’s got at least 1 point in 12 of the teams 14 games.
Sean Avery – LW (NYR):Â Speaking of 1st Goals, the ex exile notched his first of the seasonÂ last night.Â Unless he starts fighting every other game (like he used to) Avery is not a LW option unless you’re in a 16 or 20 team league.
James Neal – LW (Pit):Â It’s getting harder and harder for me to keep telling you all to sell this guy.Â But seriously if you can do it and get a slumping star (Zetterberg, Getzlaf, Datsyuk) you gotta pull the trigger.
Jimmy Howard – G (Det):Â His 2nd Shutout in 3 games as his turnaround continues.Â Like I’ve said before I like Jimmy, but I don’t love Jimmy…
Patrick Sharp – C/LW/RW (Chi):Â Is it just me or are there alot of 0 Goal, 3 Assist games this season?Â Sharp threw his hat in the ring last night andÂ continues to have a great season…
Corey Perry – RW (Ana):Â A Goal and 9 Penalty Minutes is vintage Perry.Â At some point he is going to start scoring Goals by the bushel-full cuz right now he’s on pace for about 35.Â He’ll get more than 35.