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Fantasy Spin: Huberdeau still in must-own territory

Panthers forward assumes top-line spot; 61 percent owned

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Huberdeau's second of the night

FLA@WSH: Huberdeau beats Grubauer again

2/2/16: Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau snaps a shot from the top of the right circle on the power play to beat Philipp Grubauer in the 2nd

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Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau is back from an upper-body injury and deserves a spot on all fantasy rosters with just over a month left in the regular season.

Huberdeau, 110th in Yahoo's performance-based rankings, practiced Monday alongside usual running mates Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr on the Panthers' top line. The 22-year-old, who missed six games, will return against the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-F, NHL.TV).

He is one of 18 players in the NHL with at least 40 points, a plus-10 rating, 10 power-play points and 130 shots on goal. Though Huberdeau (C/LW eligible) remains widely owned, he may have been cut loose in your league if his previous owner was desperate for short-term fantasy help.

The Panthers acquired forwards Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell prior to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, but it was mostly Kyle Rau or Quinton Howden who filled in next to Barkov and Jagr at even strength in Huberdeau's absence. 

Seven NHL teams have more remaining games than Florida (17).

DraftKings daily fantasy outlook: Huberdeau (W, $5,300) is priced 19th among wings and can be conveniently stacked with Barkov (C, $6,300) or Jagr (W, $5,400). He has no points with one block and four SOG in two games against Boston this season. He has three goals on 84 SOG in 32 home games, so he's due for a shooting percentage correction. Though it's his first game in more than two weeks, Huberdeau is a quality FLEX option who can return value because of his place on the top line and first power-play unit.

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