Week of Oct 22nd – 28th
F Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes
5 G, 4 A +6
Brind’Amour has been on an absolute tear to start the season, scoring 18 points in 12 games. He currently leads all Canes in scoring and is riding a nine game point streak. Brind’Amour has certainly silenced all the critics who argued that the 37 year old would not be able to keep up his point per game average as he did last year.
Fantasy Take: Brind’Amour was probably overlooked in many drafts as a drop off in production is sure to happen sooner than later. Nonetheless, the 37 year old has been fantastic and should be starting in all formats.
F Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
2 G, 5 A, +1
Scoring only one point in each of Washington’s first six games, Ovechkin has heated up as of late, registering seven points in his past three. The forward leads all Capitals with 13 points and has owners less worried about a season long slump.
Fantasy Take: As long as Ovechkin doesn’t get hit by the Capitals recent injury bug, the third year forward should reach 90+ points for the third consecutive time.
F Paul Kariya, St. Louis Blues
1 G, 5 A, +2
When Kariya signed with St. Louis many expected his production to go down, as his former team, Nashville, was clearly the more talented club. So far this has not been the case as Kariya has scored 13 points in nine games, leading all Blues. His highest output came earlier this week when the former Anaheim Duck scored one goal and assisted on three others, leading St. Louis to victory over his former team Anaheim.
Fantasy Take: Kariya has been very efficient in his first nine games and is a must-start in all leagues.
F Ray Whitney, Carolina Hurricanes
5 G, 3 A, +6
Whitney has been playing fantastic hockey as of late, scoring a goal in each of Carolina’s last four games, while chipping in three assists. The 35 year old now has seven goals on the season to go along with 12 points. Showing no signs of slowing down, Whitney is more than likely to reach the 80 point plateau for the second consecutive season
Fantasy Take: Whitney may be getting old, but the points are still coming. Expect the same output that Whitney produced last year.
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