Corey Abbott

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Sunday, February 20, 2011


NHL General Managers must've missed the memo that the trade deadline is February 28th because this past Friday definitely had a deadline day vibe. A flurry of moves were made that changed the makeup of a number of teams' rosters. However, not all of those players will see significant enough jumps in their fantasy values to warrant pickups and a couple, like Tomas Kaberle and Chris Stewart, shouldn't have fallen far enough off your radar to begin with. This week's Waiver Wired will take a look at players who have recently changed teams ans are slightly more valuable than they were on their former clubs. It will also recommend some miscellaneous players who are worthy of your attention right now.

Blake Wheeler - RW - Atlanta Thrashers

Wheeler's fantasy value wasn't expected to change much upon his arrival in Atlanta. However, if the Thrashers cannot add another center at the trade deadline, it is likely that he will be used in the middle, judging from what GM Rick Dudley said when he acquired the 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward. Wheeler has versatility, in that he can play all three forward positions and Dudley said he wants more size in his pivots. If Bryan Little shifts back to the wing, it is possible that Wheeler could become the team's first-line center. Since it's hard to predict exactly what is in store for him, it's difficult to fully recommend him at this time, but he is a player to watch for the remainder of the year.

Ian White and Justin Braun - D - San Jose Sharks

The Sharks believe that White can add some offensive punch to their blueline. With the exception of Dan Boyle, who has 36 points in 59 games, the San Jose defense corps has been ineffective in the attacking zone with no one else cracking the 20-point mark. White collected 10 assists and a plus-4 rating in 39 games with Carolina after he garnered six points and a minus-10 rating with the Calgary Flames earlier in the year. He should get some power-play time with the team, but the Sharks' recent wheeling and dealing is also expected to give Justin Braun another shot with the big club. Braun has notched nine points and 21 shots in 15 contests at the NHL level and he had been playing on the man advantage before his demotion. Watch San Jose's situation to see which one of them gets the nod.

Curtis Glencross - LW - Calgary Flames

The Flames are right back in the thick of the playoff hunt after being one of the worst teams in the league in the early going. Much of their recent success can be attributed to a surprisingly productive trio that features Glencross, Olli Jokinen and David Moss. Glencross will carry a six-game point streak with him into Sunday's Heritage Classic match against the Montreal Canadiens. He has recorded six goals and four assists over that span and he has 14 points in his past 12 contests. Jokinen has been ripping it up with 11 points in his last six matches, while Moss has a goal and five helpers in his previous four games. Glencross and Jokinen are great pickups right now.

Curtis McElhinney - G - Anaheim Ducks

With Ray Emery still working his way back into shape in the minors and Jonas Hiller on the sidelines again with fatigue and lightheadedness, McElhinney will called upon by the Ducks to shoulder the load in the crease for the time being. He has been lit up for 12 goals in two games heading into Saturday's tilt with St. Louis, but he had won four of five outings before that, which included a shutout victory over Colorado. If you have Hiller then McElhinney is still a good option to own as a handcuff at this time, but you should be aware that his inconsistency can come back to bite you at times.

Sami Salo - D - Vancouver Canucks

Salo's injury problems have been well-documented and numerous throughout his career, but it can't be denied that he can be an effective player when he actually plays. He has averaged 18:46 of ice time in four games since coming back from an Achilles tendon injury, and has contributed two assists. However, he hasn't been used much in power-play situations yet. Salo also owns a plus-1 rating and he has been credited with two shots. The Vancouver blueline has been devastated with injury and his role should increase as a result. Just cross your fingers that he doesn't end up back in the sick bay for an extended stay, should you choose to take a chance on him.

Anton Babchuk - D - Calgary Flames

Babchuk has been solid at both ends of the ice since arriving in Calgary in a trade with Carolina in November. He has generated five goals and 15 assists, has a plus-9 rating in 43 games with the Flames, and he has been picking up points recently from the back end. In his last five contests, Babchuk has accounted for two markers and six points. If you need help on defense, consider taking a flier on him as a depth player.





Corey Abbott is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him Twitter @CoreAbbott.
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