Crashing the net
Six-foot-5, 250 pounds and full of potential, Evgeny has all of seven points and 50 PIM in 29 games this season. However, the past two games have shown just what this behemoth is capable of as Evgeny has scored twice, recorded a +2 rating and produced 24 PIM. The club is intrigued with the possibility of this big body clogging up the crease area on the power play, so if he receives some ice time with the man advantage, he could produce points at a rate that is much greater than his current pace. He's a long shot to be a fantasy factor, but he is a tantalizingly gifted bruiser with decent hands.
We advised you last week to pick up this guy, so hopefully you listened. Armstrong hasn't scored in two games, but he does have five goals in his last seven games as his offensive game has been a full go of late. The 2001 first-round draft pick has never bettered his total of 16 goals in 47 games as a rookie in '05, but he is on pace to better that overall mark this year thanks to his little hot streak. Overall, he has nine goals in 36 games.
The Cheechoo train must have a full load of coal because this once prolific scorer is back on track with a four-game point streak (2 goals, 3 assists). Cheechoo has spent the last two games skating with
A rookie who picks up a hat trick gets everyone's attention, and when you toss in the fact that Neal has six goals and an assist in his last nine games, well, you can see why he is on this list. Neal, an '05 second-round draft pick, has 16 points on 12 goals and four assists over the course of the year, and if he continues to skate on a line with
Burns broke out last season with 15 goals and 43 points from the blue line, but this year things have gone terribly wrong. First, he dealt with injury, and then out of necessity he played some forward for the Wild, but nothing appears to be working of late for Burns, who has, brace yourself, a mere point in his last 12 games, during which time he is a (-6). A player of his talent level cannot get much worse than that. Down, but not out, like others on the list below, now is likely the time to strike a trade offer for the talented Ontario native.
Michalek scored one of the prettier goals of the season Monday night as he jacked the puck up over
We mentioned him last week, but honestly, he has been so bad, we felt the need to mention him again (sorry, Dion). We would venture to guess that this might be the worst he has ever played, statistically, in his life; he hasn't lit the lamp in 19 games, hasn't recorded a point in seven games and is a (-5) in his last eight games. This slump simply cannot last; an eruption is likely right around the corner, so go out and beg his current owner to move him to your club. You will not be sorry.
It's really amazing. The guy is an every-other-year wonder. Look at his point totals the past few years: 55, 79, 54, 80, 55 and 71. So where does he sit this year? Well, of course, his production is down with only 17 points in 35 games, meaning he is on pace to just barely reach 40 points this season. Over his last nine games he has produced zilch, zip, nada. You could try to pick him up on the cheap since he should rebound somewhat, but this being an even-numbered year, well, you have seen what you can expect and it isn't pretty.
Redden recorded 28 points last season in Ottawa, and this offseason he signed a huge contract to head the Rangers. The results haven't been awful, with 16 points in 38 games, but he is a (-5) this year and he hasn't scored a goal since the third game of the season. In addition, he has one measly point in his last eight games and has produced a mere four PIM in 11 December games. At this point his name is much bigger than his production.
The Avalanche are without their top two centers in
* Twelve teams play four games this week: Atlanta, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay and Vancouver. Some names you might want to keep in mind from these squads would include the following.
This rookie has come out charging with six goals and eight points in 13 games, and he has scored twice in five games. He has slowed since a blazing start to the year (4g, 1a in his first five games), but he still has some offensive flair.
With the injuries on the Canucks' blue line, this third-year player from Sweden has really stepped up his game of late with nine points, six on the power play, in 13 December games. As long as
With 15 points in 33 games, this rookie first round draft pick from '06 is starting to make waves, especially when you realize that he has 13 points in his last 14 games. He may not warrant a pickup if he only qualifies at center, but if you need help down the middle he could be a short-term fix.
Four goals and nine points in 24 games, and we are recommending you pay close attention to him? Huh? Well, over the past three games he has scored two goals while dishing out two assists as he has been seeing a lot of time on the second line. As a result, we just thought we would point that out for those of you in need of some depth.
* Three teams play only two games this week: Dallas, Los Angeles and the NY Rangers.