Fantasy Hockey 2012 - Pickups of the Week

Bryan Little started off slow, to no ones surprise - now he's sitting pretty as the first line center in Winnipeg with 7 goals in his last 9 games. Only owned in 39.5% of ESPN leagues, if he's available - he's your #1 target to add this week. Speaking of Jets, Kyle Wellwood is back in the discussion for the third or fourth time this season. He makes good with limited ice-time, and as the playoffs near, there will be more 'playoff' type of games down the stretch - something which suits Wellwood's style of game.

Victor Hedman before February 32 GP, 6 PTS
Victor Hedman in the month of February 9 GP, 7 PTS

Victor is playing a ton of minutes and seeing shifts on the second power-play unit. With Pavel Kubina leaving, it only opens up more minutes for him in Tampa Bay. Jeff Petry is another defenceman that could benefit from a 'seller'. With the Oilers shopping around Cam Barker and Theo Peckham, Jeff's minutes will only rise. He's already averaging well over 20 minutes a game and 5 points in his last 6 isn't too shabby either.

There were moderate expectations for Bobby Butler heading into the season, expectations he did not come close to meeting early on. It's been a season of two halves for Butler.

Before February 40 GP, 9 points
In the month of February 5 GP, 6 points

He's done that while averaging only 12 minutes per game, he is playing with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek during even strength play. But hasn't had a chance to sniff some PP minutes.

He's only played 25 games this season, but Tyler Ennis should be making his way back onto your fantasy rosters. Since returning from injury he's been scoring at a comfortable pace, and is now riding a 3-game point streak. Expect to see a good finish from the 49 points scorer of a year ago.

Now the wildcard of the week, it's Jiri Tlusty. Now riding a 9-game point streak, that's not a typo! 9 games. He's been given minutes he's never seen before and an actual place on the first line. What's intriguing is he is also part of the teams first PP unit. He's comfortable in Carolina, no real pressure - pick him up and see how long 'Jirsanity' lasts.

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