Fantasy Hockey 2011: The Good, The Bad and The Streaky

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 17: Right wing Kris Versteeg #32 of the Florida Panthers passes off balance against the Tampa Bay Lightning October 17, 2011 at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Here are some guys that are mostly owned in standard leagues in three different positions (forwards, defensemen and goalies) that are doing very well or doing very poorly this past week.

PHAT = Pretty Hot And Tempting (facepalm)

Kris Versteeg, Panthers (This past week: 4 G, 3 A, +7, 2 PIM, 1 PPP, 9 SOG) - His first hat-trick of the night against the Jets really boosted his stats but it's amazing that the Panthers managed to snatch him and how well he's worked out for them. He has 20 points (9 G, 11 A) in 17 games but it may be a bit unrealistic to expect at least a point per game production from him. It's still hard to argue against his production since we've got 17 games to process so it's also hard to argue why someone should bench him, much less letting him fester in your FA/Waiver pool if for some reason he's available.

More hot and cold players after the jump...

Brian Campbell, Panthers (This past week: 0 G, 5 A, +7, 0 PIM, 2 PPP, 4 SOG) - Soooooo, how's that working out for you, Blackhawks? It's crazy how a simply change in scenery changes things around completely. He's benefitted from playing behind the Versteeg, Fleischmann and Weiss line even during power play times but he has simply been a new player every since the move. Much like Versteeg, why argue or complain when you practically got him for free off FA/Waiver pools? Keep playing him or better yet, pick him up if for some reason, he's available.

Brian Elliott, Blues (This past week: 2 Wins, 0.50 GAA, 0.976 Sv%) - Yeah, he's been spelling Jaroslav Halak for sometime due to both Halak's poor play but Elliott's spectacular play. New head coach (and former Dallas Stars Stanley Cup champion coach) doesn't like goalie controversies so he tends to stick to one goalie so this might be another good for reason for Halak owners to get Elliott or maybe an unsuspecting Halak owner gets hosed by another team owning Elliott. Either way, he should be owned in all formats at this point.

Colder than the shady side of an iceberg (Ow.)

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals (This past week: 1 G, 0 A, -2, 2 PIM, 0 PPP, 8 SOG) - He's been playing ok but not the elite level that most payed/drafted Ovechkin to play. It seems that teams are risking themselves to block his shots so the puck doesn't reach the net. He's doing the best he can to produce and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with him playing. If you own him,  be patient but if you're thinking about trading for him, now would be a good time to get a slight discount.

Mark Streit, Islanders (This past week: 0 G, 2 A, -5, 2 PIM, 1 PPP, 11 SOG) - There hasn't been any reports of injury so this can only be chalked up to Streit struggling right now along with the rest of the Islanders. Then again, the Islanders aren't exactly the example of a great team but Streit should be fine on his own as a good offensive defenseman. If you own him, perhaps it's time to temper expectations of him when you drafted him this year.

Cam Ward, Hurricanes (This past week: 1 Win, 4.64 GAA, 8.80 Sv%) Yeah, it's also not been pretty for Ward so far this November. Since last Tuesday, Ward faced an astounding 169 shots against and it could have been higher had he not been pulled on Mondays game vs. the Flyers. If you take out his game against the Flyers, he's facing an average of 38 shots against per game. He's still young and is one of the more consistent goaltenders in the game but his lack of defensive support is very troubling. Hopefully the Hurricanes wise up and give Ward a breather so he can do well again. In any case, he's not in any danger of losing his job and might be worth consideration as a buy low but the shots against is something to consider as well.  

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