Fantasy Hockey Review: 11/13/2013Posted on November 13, 2013 by Keith Leonard
Entering the 6th week of NHL action, here are some players who may be able to help you with your Fantasy Hockey matchups in the future:
- Alex Killorn (LW/C): The big news in the NHL this week is the devastating injury to Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos. Currently at the top of both goals and points in this young season, Stamkos suffered a broken tibia in Sunday's loss to the Boston Bruins. The injury was surgically repaired Tuesday, and while there is no timeline for his return, Stamkos figures to be out for the foreseeable future. While not likely to replace Stamkos' production, the Lightning have turned to 24 year old forward Alex Killorn to fill Stamkos' spot on the team's top line with Ryan Malone and captain Martin St. Louis. Killorn has not produced yet, and it is worth noting that Valteri Filpulla, signed as a free agent in the summer, will be breathing down Killorn's neck for the top center position. Still, Killorn has been fairly productive this season with 12 points in 18 games, and his coaches clearly believe in his potential. Killorn might be worth stashing if you are looking for a dual-position sleeper down the line, as Killorn's production could pick up again once he gets acclimated to the center spot.
- Tyler Toffoli (RW/C): With Jeff Carter sidelined with a lower-body injury, the Kings have looked to Tyler Toffoli to take Carter's spot on the team's second-line with Mike Richards and the sophomore has been outstanding since his call up. With 6 points in his first 4 games, Toffoli is garnering some power-play time as well. The nature of Carter's injury is unclear, so it's uncertain how long Toffoli will remain if he is merely an injury replacement. But his offensive upside is intriguing, and if he keeps producing, the team brass might find it difficult to send him back to the minors. There is a chance that Toffoli might stick around, so he has some solid sleeper potential.
- Clarke MacArthur (LW): Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray must be ecstatic over Clarke MacArthur's start to the season. A low profile free agent signing, MacArthur has found instant chemistry with Kyle Turris on the team's second line. MacArthur has 3 goals and 12 points on the season, and is among the league leaders in plus/minus with a +12 rating. The industrious winger may not produce incredible numbers, but he's got good line-mates and plays enough minutes to be a valuable asset in deeper leagues.
- John Carlson (D): Since being reunited with defense partner Karl Alzner, Carlson's game has really rejuvenated. He leads all NHL defensemen with 4 goals in the month of November, and with emerging reports that Mike Green is ailing with a lower-body injury, Carlson could be in for a big boost quarterbacking the Capitals' vaunted power-play if the oft-injured Green is out for a while. Carlson should be owned in all formats.
- Eric Gelinas (D): A casualty of an overcrowded roster earlier in the season, Gelinas isn't likely to be overlooked again. In 9 games, the young defenseman has picked up a goal and 5 points, four of them on the power-play. The big defenseman is off to a great start this season, and with so many other defensemen struggling to produce, it might be worth it to look at this streaking Devil.
- Ben Scrivens (G): Adding injury to insult, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered what appeared to be a groin injury in last night's shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Kings have yet to provide an update as to the severity of Quick's injury, but should he miss any time, Scrivens is in line to pick up the starts in the crease for LA. Quick is too important to the Kings Stanley Cup aspirations to succomb to an early season injury, so the Kings might be cautious with his return to the lineup even if the injury turns out to be relatively minor. Scrivens has immediate short-term value and should be picked up if you need a goaltender.
Good luck in your match ups! We will see you next Wednesday for more fantasy hockey coverage!