A rookie and a veteran are all the rage in Canucks Fantasy Hockey these days.
Don’t look now, but Michael Grabner has become a Canucks Fantasy Hockey stud.
During pre-season play Grabner was like a kid in a toy store, everything was new and shiny and he wasn’t quite sure what to do or how to act.
Fast forward to the regular season and Grabner has taken the toy store hostage with his commanding play. Since being called up from the Manitoba Moose the 22-year-old Austrian forward has two goals and three assists to sit tied for seventh in team scoring, despite having played five less games than everyone above him.
In conclusion, buy Grabner, buy Grabner now. At only $2 million, he’s a steal of a deal and if his stellar play continues, this will be the cheapest he is all season.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
With four games in seven nights, it was a busy week for the Vancouver Canucks. Luckily the team bucked up and after losing 2-1 in Edmonton last Monday night, Vancouver strung together three straight wins to end the week.
The Canucks upended the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday before thumping the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Saturday and enacting some revenge on the Oilers on Sunday with a 2-0 win.
The one constant between these four games, besides the overall increased effort by the Canucks, was the fantastic play of Roberto Luongo. This was definitely the week to buy Luongo as he put up 120 fantasy points powered by three wins, three game stars and a shutout.
Grabner was next in line as a goal and game star against the Blackhawks gave him 27 points and he ended the week with a game-winning score and game star for 21 points versus the Oilers.
WE HAVE A WINNER
The game that was circled on many calendars was also the TELUS Game of the Week and when Vancouver hosted Toronto, WiDeN made all the right picks to finish atop the leaderboard.
Thirty-seven points from Luongo and 35 from Mason Raymond (both had game stars) propelled WiDeN to a five point win over johnny.v81 to a pair of tickets to Vancouver’s game against Colorado on November 1.
Danebond, gypsies and Canuckster tied for top spot with 104 points to start the week, each taking Luongo, Wellwood, Johnson and Bernier against the Oilers.
Versus Chicago Digger put up 103 points, narrowly escaping with a one point win over the.gum.thief, Boppin Bobby and dirtbiker; Digger had a Burrows advantage over the.gum.thief and Boppin Bobby and a Luongo advantage over dirtbiker.
Gibby733 spread $20 million over just seven players and it paid off in Vancouver’s second game against Edmonton in seven days. Luongo, Grabner and Henrik Sedin were the big players in this bout taking Gibby733 to 130 points, krisirving finished second at 123.
canuck222 is currently the season leader with 1136 points through 11 games.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Four games in seven nights is the theme of the week for the second straight week.
The Canucks are off Monday before hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in the TELUS Game of the Week. Wednesday is an off/travel day for the team as they head to California for a quick two game trip that has them in Los Angeles on Thursday and Anaheim on Friday. Vancouver returns home on Sunday to face Colorado.
Roberto Luongo, $5 million – In case you’ve missed everything I’ve said about Luongo thus far, he’s worth the $5 million now more than ever in Canucks Fantasy Hockey. Although the week ahead features four games and some stiff opposition, Lui is in the zone and in the past that has translated into dominant play for quite a few games. Keep in mind that he’s started every contest so far this season and with back-to-back jacks on Thursday and Friday, Andrew Raycroft is bound to get his first start of the season.
Michael Grabner, $2 million – And here everyone thought Cody Hodgson or Sergei Shirokov would be the Canucks rookies making the biggest splashes this season. Wrong! Grabner is playing with the confidence of a veteran, he’s finding holes and filling space on offence and getting pucks on goal. Buy him and reap the rewards.
Alex Burrows, $3 million – Burrows has yet to find himself this season, despite scoring three goals and picking up four helpers, and his new price reflects that. Lowered from $4 million to $3 million, Burrows still walks away with enough Canucks Fantasy points to be worthy of a spot on your roster. He’s picked up a lot of points for shots on goal (39), hits (6) and blocks (8); even if Burrows isn’t collecting points at a rapid pace, he’s still a solid play.
Christian Ehrhoff, $3 million – Willie Mitchell leads all defencemen in fantasy points with 139, but Ehrhoff isn’t far behind at 120. After collecting points in five of his first six games with Vancouver, Ehrhoff cooled down with zero points and a minus-3 rating over the next three games. He seems to have bumped the slump though as he collected three assists in a pair of Canucks wins over the weekend.
Rick Rypien has missed three consecutive games with a groin injury. Sami Salo (knee), Daniel Sedin (broken foot), Jannik Hansen (broken hand) and Pavol Demitra (shoulder) are all on the injured reserve list and should not be used in Canucks Fantasy Hockey.
Mathieu Schneider (shoulder) came off the IR list for Sunday’s game against Edmonton and he’s now a safe play in Canucks Fantasy Hockey.
While I claim to be the Canucks Fantasy Hockey swami, the man with all the answers and a crystal ball as clear as they come, this is very self-described. Most of my picks are backed by stats, while others come from the gut. Use with caution!