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Fantasy Hockey 2012 - Pickups of the Week


Kyle Wellwood is as streaky as they come. The undrafted forward has been a spot fantasy starter for most the year. Fantasy GM's have probably been fed up with his lack of consistency and have dropped him only for him to have a multiple point night thereafter. That's the type of player Wellwood is. Currently he is contributing, so is his linemate, Nik Antropov. After going pointless in 6 previous games, he has 5 points in his last 3. The Jets are battling for a playoff spot and these two provide the secondary scoring. If they're going to make a run, expect nice fantasy numbers from these two the rest of the way.

He's back

We weren't sure if he was ever going to play another NHL game again but Peter Mueller has returned from his troublesome concussion issues. He's returned in fine style with 4 points in his last 4 games, but what's more reassuring is the gradual increase in ice-time he's getting since returning on January 12th. Last season, in only 15 games he posted 20 points. Adding him is a no-brainer.

Lets get 'Giggy with it'

It's that time of year where you start to realize, every point matters. Goaltenders provide a healthy source of fantasy production and if you're looking for a spot starter who seems to be the regular starter on his NHL team, look no further than Jean-Sebastien Giguere. There is about a 45% chance that he's available in your league (numbers taken from ESPN). The veteran is actually enjoying a great season in Colorado posting a .922 SV% and 2.11 GAA.

Assist Machines

Paul Martin and Tomas Kaberle have combined for 2 goals scored in 89 games played this season. Not impressive at all. But they do play a decent amount of minutes which has helped Martin to 14 helpers and Kaberle to 19. What makes them valuable is both are put into situations where goals can happen, usually playing with their respective teams top lines. Both aren't owned in the majority of leagues either, if you're looking for that final defenceman on your roster, these two should have a solid second half.

He ain't no teddy bear

After a 51 point season a year ago, many believed that Teddy Purcell couldn't build on that number, but this season he is showing off that he's a legitimate second line offensive producer. With 5 goals in his last 7 games, Purcell is getting the opportunity in Tampa, where offensive production is aplenty. With Tampa being in limbo right now, they'll likely be sellers, unless they can continue their 3 game winning streak. This should only provide Purcell with more opportunities to collect points.