The NHL season is well into month number two, and it's time to evaluate your squads. Time to make some tough decisions. Thinking about giving up on Magnus Paajarvi, Kyle Okposo, or even Martin Brodeur? Never fear, these next few players are new to the scene and might be exactly what the fantasy doctors ordered:
Ryan Miller's backup has quietly racked up some nice numbers this season. Posting 5 wins, a cool .944 SV% and a 1.75 GAA. Not bad for the 23 year old from Sweden who now gets his chance to be the number one goalie in Buffalo - for the time being while Miller is out with a concussion. Even when Miller returns, look for Jhonas, that's right, that's Jhonas with a 'h', to get his fair share of games and effectively - wins translated into fantasy points for your team.
Recently called up from the Abbotsford Flames, despite not posting overly big numbers so far in the AHL - Paul Byron has potential, netting 26 last season in Portland. The Flames are entering what could be a 'youth movement'. Niklas Hagman was sent down, is Brendan Morrison next? Even though he starts off on the third line with Roman Horak and Lee Stempniak - he's already got one goal in two games, and it was pretty nice to his credit.
Another recent call-up, but unlike Byron - Philip Larsen has been lighting up the AHL with 10 points to his credit in 10 games. A 5th round pick in 2008, the Dane has been one of the better prospects waiting in the wings for the Dallas Stars. With Alex Goligoski going down, he's getting the chance now. He's going to get some PP time, and could play up to 20 minutes/game. The Dallas Stars are playing some good hockey right now, look for Philip to come along for the ride.
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