Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:51 PM

By Staff -  / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Smith-Pelly, Tlusty get new chances

Two forwards debuted with new teams Thursday, and as expected were given some good opportunities.

Devante Smith-Pelly (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW/RW) played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose, Smith-Pelly played most of the final two periods with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 6:07 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Jagr can blend with Panthers' youth

Jaromir Jagr's ice time and production diminished in his final months with the New Jersey Devils, but no one thought for a second that the 43-year-old was finished.

Sure enough, the veteran forward is changing addresses in time for the stretch run and his new sunny destination could turn out to be a fountain of youth for his fantasy stock.

Jagr (50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) was traded to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, instantly giving him added fantasy value and igniting their Stanley Cup Playoff push. Whether Jagr ends up playing alongside emerging goal-scorer Nick Bjugstad (21 goals, 36 percent owned) and Jussi Jokinen, or with Aleksander Barkov (eight percent) and Jonathan Huberdeau, he is a lock for a top-six forward role with his new team, that much we know.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 11:56 PM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Tlusty has opportunity with Jets

Jiri Tlusty (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW) was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and deserves a look now that he's no longer on the offensively challenged Carolina Hurricanes.

Reports are Tlusty will skate on a line with Drew Stafford and Mark Scheifele, meaning Dustin Byfuglien can again move back to his natural position of defenseman. Winnipeg is without injured forwards Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler, meaning Tlusty will play in the top six, at least at the start.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Tlusty could see time on the power play, which would increase his value.

"He's got the ability to play on the power play, he can score some goals. …Tlusty is a versatile player and can play as a left or right winger," Cheveldayoff said, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 7:26 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Replacing leading scorer Patrick Kane

NHL leading-scorer Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is out for the rest of the regular season after fracturing his left clavicle Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. This news is tough for Blackhawks fans, but fantasy owners are in a bind because the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner.

It is impossible to find a forward on your waiver wire with the production of Kane, but the following players could help ease the burden in shallow or deep fantasy leagues:

Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 12:25 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Might be time to acquire Semin

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game that Kane will miss some time and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Kane is tied with Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for the League lead in scoring with 64 points; his 1.07 points per game are tied for second with Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.

You can't replace that type of production, but there are a few players you could try and acquire.

Posted On Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 12:39 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Stars add forwards; Myers helps Jets

The Dallas Stars were the second-highest scoring team in the NHL coming into Saturday, and Tyler Seguin was a big part of that. But Seguin and his 29 goals will be sidelined for 3-6 weeks with a knee injury he sustained Friday in a 2-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

In addition to Seguin, Patrick Eaves (concussion) and Ales Hemsky (lower body) also were injured.

Brett Ritchie (1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, RW) and Travis Morin (less than 1 percent owned, C) were recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League. Ritchie skated mostly with Vernon Fiddler and Shawn Horcoff, but later skated with Fiddler and Erik Cole. Morin skated with Travis Moen and Jamie Benn. The Stars didn't generate much offense in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche; Jason Spezza scored the goal.

Ritchie (14:06 of ice time Saturday) has three points in 11 games with the Stars this season, and Morin (12:08 of ice time) has no points in six games. With Seguin and Hemsky (21 percent owned, RW) on injured reserve, and Eaves (2 percent owned, RW) dealing with a concussion, the call-ups probably will remain in the lineup for a while, so this is a situation worth monitoring.

Goalie Jhonas Enroth (35 percent owned) made his first start for Dallas since being acquired by the Buffalo Sabres in a trade earlier this week. He made 26 saves and didn't look particularly sharp.

Enroth's situation is interesting. He went to a better team, which means he should be in line for more wins, but who knows how much he'll play behind starter Kari Lehtonen.

-- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (16 percent owned) had two assists, including one on the power play, and two penalty minutes in a 5-4 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings. That gives him 15 points and 63 penalty minutes. Expect the points to rise, and the plus-minus (currently minus-16) to get better.

Posted On Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 3:00 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: How to replace Tyler Seguin

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin,'s majority pick for overall fantasy MVP at midseason, will miss 3-6 weeks with a knee injury after being hit by Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on Friday.

Seguin had 29 goals, 59 points, 22 power-play points and 225 shots on goal through 55 games, but temporary replacements from the waiver wire must now be considered.

Here are some forwards available in Yahoo fantasy leagues who can help until Seguin returns:

Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 2:45 PM

By Eric Goodman - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Impact of Jets-Sabres blockbuster deal

With the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 a few weeks away, the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres set the tone Wednesday with a blockbuster trade that should have fantasy owners taking note.

The NHL players moving were injured forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian from the Jets to the Sabres for defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Drew Stafford. Myers (owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues) is the biggest winner, fantasy-wise, with the relocation to a stronger Winnipeg team, but anyone with Kane (owned in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues) on their roster in a keeper league should see the opportunity for him to possibly play with top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel as a big plus for next season.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 12:27 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Injury muddles Ducks' goalie situation

Frederik Andersen is having a great season for the Anaheim Ducks (29-8-5, .916 save percentage, .237 goals-against average), but he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of an upper-body injury, which has muddled their goaltending situation for fantasy owners.

Ilya Bryzgalov (5 percent owned) got the start and allowed three goals on eight shots in 25:57 of ice time before being pulled in favor of John Gibson (34 percent owned) in a 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Gibson, who started the season opener for the Ducks, was called up from Norfolk of the American Hockey League Tuesday and was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage earlier this season with Anaheim. He allowed three goals on 18 shots in 34:03.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 1:00 AM

By David Satriano - Staff Writer / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Give Blue Jackets defense a look

If you are in need of a defenseman, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a couple of players who are worth giving a look.

David Savard (5 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. He has eight goals and 20 points (eight on the power play) to go along with 71 shots on goal and 38 penalty minutes.

Savard has a minus-10 rating, but is plus-5 in his past three games and has points in three of his past five games. He is also second on the Blue Jackets with 22:30 of ice time per game.

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