The NHL is under way and there is no better time to snipe some of those hot starts off of the waiver wire. Since the season is less than a week old, there are many players that are still just sitting on your free agency who weren't drafted, but are putting together a nice start. As with everything, getting off to a hot start is key for many reasons. Early pick ups can turn a mediocre draft in to an early contender. Here are the stories that have caught my attention through the first week.
Alex Ovechkin is looking like the player who was being drafted as a number one overall fantasy pick for so many years. His goal scoring touch is apparent and his heavy shot has him at the top of the rankings after the first week. With four goals, two assists, three power play points and 26 shots in his first 3 games, Ovechkin has started the season in beast mode.
Mikhail Grabovski is making the Capitals management look like a million bucks with this signing. Riberio who? Grabovski is doing a great job of fitting in to the Capitals offence and just like Ovechkin, is off to a hot start. He is a must-own in the fantasy world as his value is skyrocketing after the first three games of the season. Obviously don't expect him to continue this pace but 60-65 points should be manageable if he can stay healthy.
Jason Garrison is finally looking like the offensive boos that the Canucks were missing last season after his 6 year $27.6M contract last season. His two goals and 4 points in the Canucks first three games are very promising for this 16 goal scorer in 2011-2012 with the Panthers. He is worth an add as a 3/4 Defence man. I can definitely see Garrison pushing 35+ points this year for the Canucks which would be a career best.
Lars Eller who? If this was your first reaction, you're definitely late to the party. His 30 points in 48 games last season went unnoticed by many fantasy owners. This year Eller is out to prove that he is a threat to be reckoned with. Eller is a must-add as his five points in two games are impressive. Jump on!
Kyle Turris is a former 3rd overall pick who is out to prove that he isn't a bust. Turris famously demanded a trade out of PHX in 2011-2012 and has been a great fit in Ottawa. He had great chemistry with D.Alfredson last season but this year he is looking to show that he can be a star in the NHL. Turris has a nice start with four points in two games. If I were a betting man, which I am, I would peg Turris at roughly 58-63 points this season. This start will definitely help.
Jakob Silfverberg was a key component of the trade that sent star LW Bobby Ryan to Ottawa this off season. I fell in love with Silfverberg last season and he is one of my sleepers this year. With his duel winger eligibility he is a steal. Grab him while you still can.
In my preview segment I made sure to emphasize the importance of handcuffing Jonathan Bernier with James Reimer. If you didn't listen, well now you have a fun dilemma, and if you listened, you've got a nice grim on your face. Bernier has been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time now, expect him to make the best of it.
Anton Khudobin is currently flying under the radar, but he is a goalie I urge you to pick up if you have a roster spot. Khudobin is a solid goalie and with any sort of injury to Cam Ward he will turn in to gold. Keep an eye on him and if you have Cam Ward, it would be smart to throw Khudobin on your bench.
Semyon Varlamov is clearly benefitting from the arrival of new head coach Patrick Roy. I was drinking the Roy / Varlamov kool-aid before the season started and so far so good. Varlamov has the pedigree to be a top 10 goalie, Patrick Roy may be able to unleash his potential. He is a must add if he is still available. I would even consider trying to trade for him if you can still get a fair price on him.
Ryan Miller is a goalie that I personally stayed away from coming in to the season. I don't believe that he will eve return to his 2009-2010 season form. Jonas Enroth and the fact that the Sabres don't have an offence that is going to score 4 goals or more very often makes Miller unappealing to myself. If I were a Miller owner I would try to trade him after his first two solid starts.
Those are my initial thoughts after week 1!
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