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Fantasy Spin: Jagr owners should ride the wave

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 12:01 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

By Eric Lipschutz - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Fantasy Spin: Jagr owners should ride the wave
This was the game Jaromir Jagr fantasy owners have been waiting for. Jagr busted out in a big way on Monday night scoring two goals, and assisting on another in the Flyers' 4-2 win against Toronto at the Wells Fargo Center.
This was the game Jaromir Jagr fantasy owners have been waiting for. Jagr busted out in a big way on Monday night scoring two goals, and assisting on another in the Flyers' 4-2 win against Toronto at the Wells Fargo Center.

Jagr's first goal as a Flyer was particularly valuable to the fantasy faithful as it came on the power play.  In addition to his three points, Jagr was a plus-2 on the night and fired six shots on net.

Jaromir Jagr scored his first two goals of the season on Monday night and could be poised for a lengthy hot streak. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Jagr's breakout performance seemed to be just a matter of time. Through his first seven games the veteran winger had assisted on four goals and compiled 18 shots but had yet to find the back of the net.  Now that Jagr is officially on the board, it would appear that a lengthy hot streak could be on the horizon.

Should Jagr catch fire, owners should ride the gravy train as far as it takes them but should keep in mind all good things usually come to an end. Sure, I expect Jagr to be a viable, consistent fantasy contributor all season long, but logic would dictate that his first half will be more productive than the latter.

Jagr is a savvy scorer who uses his big body to get in front of the net and score goals. All of the tools Jagr uses to be successful could prove to be a burden for him long term, however. Let's not forget Jagr is 39 years old and will be turning 40 in February. An 82-game NHL season will surely be a grind for Jagr, who has spent the last three seasons playing in the KHL. Despite his resilient work ethic, fatigue will likely set in for Jagr in the heart of winter, especially when you factor in his physical style of play.

The moral of this story is to keep riding Jagr, but don't be afraid to put out some feelers for him in your leagues as the season progresses. Jagr is still a big name on a talented team and could bring back a handsome return -- especially if dealt during a hot streak. Don't rush to trade away Jagr, but with that being said, don't be afraid to strike if the right deal should present itself.
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