First thing's first; if you had the first overall pick and skipped on Sidney Crosby, you're probably kicking yourself. Crosby has looked as good as ever and leads the league in goals and assists. Patrick Marleau is someone who has been impressive to start this year with at least a point in every game and he has scored a goal in every game but one this year. Marc-Andre Fleury is showing the fantasy world that he is back in the fold as far as goalies go. With all that said, here are some players that you should try to pick up, or at least keep an eye-on for the coming week.
C/RW - Craig Smith (NSH) - Smith had a solid 36 points in 72 games as a rookie in 2011-2012, but had a disappointing 2012-2013 as he recorded only 12 points in 44 games. He has five points in the last five games and his duel eligibility is a big plus.
C/LW - Antoine Vermette (PHX) - Vermette is playing on the top line with Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker. His three game point streak has him at seven points in nine games this year and has a solid +6 on the year. Take notice of the duel position.
RW - Kyle Okposo (NYI) - A former 52 ponts player back in 2009-2010, he has started off the season on fire. Okposo has eight points in eight games and is averaging just under 20 minutes of ice-time a game. He is a former first round pick, so he has the pedigree to be a solid player.
C - Derek Roy (STL) - He would be a far more popular player is he wasn't playing for the already offensively gifted Blues, but he is finding his time on the power play and his six points in seven games are very nice. He has shown that he can be a special player in the past, so I would definitely monitor him, if not pick him up.
D- Jay Bouwmeester (STL) - From one Blue's player to another, Bouwmeester is a must-grab for anyone in need of a defensemen. Bouwmeester has five assists in seven games so far and is playing over 23 minutes per game. He has shown in the past that he can be a 0.5 point per game defensemen which is the standard.
D - Matt Irwin (SJ) - He isn't someone that you need to rush out and grab, but you should keep an eye on Irwin. Here are a couple reasons why I like him: he has shots in every game and can contribute in many different stat categories. I also feel like he can be a 0.5 point per game defensemen in the NHL. He is still young and still has less than 50 games in the NHL under his belt. Watch him.
RW - David Clarkson (TOR) - The high priced free-agent acquisition for the Leafs this off-season will be making his long awaited debut after serving his 10 game suspension. Clarkson may have been undrafted or even dropped in your league as he is owned in less than 30% oh Yahoo leagues. His stock is on the rise so get on the train now if he is still available.
G - Steve Mason (PHI) - Mason looks like the starting goalie in PHI even with his lonely one win on the season. His peripherals tell a different story; with a .923 save percentage and a 2.37 goals against average, it's only a matter of time until the wins start coming. Grab him while you still can, or try and pry him away from someone who is blinded by lonely win.
That's it for this weeks segment, stay tuned for all of your fantasy hockey input and advice!
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