I’ve already preached about the current run Tim Thomas is on, but it’s worth preaching again. Since the start of the 2007-2008 season Timmay has 130 Wins to just 64 Losses. And his ratios are ridonkulous: .931SV%/2.35GAA/25SO… We are talking about 4+ seasons here and it really is remarkable considering he didn’t make his NHL debut until he was 28 years old. Hmmmmm.. Ah nevermind, no point in bringing it up without any proof… Bottom line is Tim-Tom is the best Goalie in the NHL right now and it isn’t even close.
Patrice Bergeron – C (Bos): Is actually having one of the best season’s of his career which surprises me. I guess it’s just because I don’t own him on any of my teams, but right now he’s well on his way to topping last year’s 57 Points. If you need someone to prop up your +/- without killing other stats, Patrick with an E is a solid option.
Daniel Alfredsson – RW (Ott): 2 Points last night and Alf is bouncing back nicely this year despite his missed time because of a concussion. If Teemu Selanne has proved anything, it’s that old people, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose!
Mike Smith – G (Phx): Smith for the Vezina….aaaaaa…..aaaaa….. nevermind! I had a couple people who insisted (starting about a month ago) that Smith was a perfect sell-high candidate. Looks like you were right and I was wrong. In fact, I am dumb and you are smart. You are incredibly handsome, and I am not attractive. Anyway from a fantasy perspective I don’t think Smith is in danger of losing his job, but if you own the dude it’s time to start considering benching him against certain teams.
Jonas Hiller – G (Ana): Could be putting it together as he’s got 2 Wins and just 6 Goals allowed in 3 starts. And if you’ve owned Hiller all year you realize that is arguably his best 3 game stretch of the season…
Lubomir Visnovsky – D (Ana): If you listened to me and got him off your IR you were rewarded with 1 Assist, +2 and 7 Shots. Get on board now cuz if LUBO is healthy he’s a Top 5 Defenseman going forward.
Marian Hossa – RW (Chi): I put guys like Hossa in the same group as someone like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Sure they are a decade and a half apart in age, but in fantasy terms they are in the same group: They win fantasy championships. Hossa probably went somewhere in Rounds 5-8 in your draft and as of tonight he’s producing like a 2nd rounder. If he can somehow manage to play 70 Games (which I doubt) he could top 70 Points.
Kyle Brodziak – C (Min): It’s getting darn near impossible to ignore this guy. He’s not a must add (yet), but 9 Goals in 18 games grabs my attention. He’s seeing alot of time on the Power Play too and there is some reason to believe he can keep this up….. But I’m not buying it, I have a feeling when Minny starts to fall back to the pack this guys lack of production will be a big reason why.
Cody Concussion – There was a great column by Wyshynzkzkzizkzi yesterday (8 hours after my Concussion column was posted… but that’s neither here nor there) where he constructed the All Concussion Team. Just go read it, but if you are lazy like I am here are some of the current players who would make the team: Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Milan Michalek, Chris Pronger, Jeff Skinner, Mike Richards, Kris Letang, Andy McDonald, Brayden Schenn. That’s just current concussion victims. If you throw in guys who have had one in the last year the list gets even more ridiculous… I’m starting to think it’s time to add a ‘Concussion’ category to fantasy stats..