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Sunday, November 20, 2011


Hopefully everyone jumped on the bandwagon of Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth earlier this week after starter Ryan Miller went down with a concussion.  Here are a few other players, most of them of the rough and tumble variety, who can benefit your fantasy squads.   

  Nino Niederreiter - RW - New York Islanders - The Swiss winger returned to action this past Tuesday after suffering a groin injury during training camp.  He doesn't have a point in two games since his return, but he still has some rust to shake off.  Niederreiter skated alongside star player John Tavares during camp, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up on Johnny T’s line before too long.  He has plenty of potential as a gritty scorer and should be among the top rookies in the league once he gets readjusts himself.  If your league has a deep bench or if you're in a keeper format, then snatch him up immediately.  If you are in other formats, then you still probably have some time before making a decision on him, but we'd watch his progress closely.      

  Steve Ott - RW - Dallas Stars - The pesky forward has been activated off injured reserve by the Stars and made his return to the lineup on Friday in Colorado after missing the previous six games with a hip injury.  He registered four shots and won 50 percent of his draws while playing on a line with Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder.  Ott can bring a great deal to the table with his faceoff work, his penalty minutes and his offense, yet he's owned in less than a third of all hockey pools.  He has recorded eight points and 25 PIMs in 12 games this season.  Pick him back up now if you let him go when he was hurt.     

  Jason Chimera - LW - Washington Capitals - The speedy winger is enjoying a productive year while seeing the majority of his ice time with the Capitals' workmanlike line alongside Brooks Laich and Joel Ward.  He has notched six goals and four assists in 17 games this campaign to go along with a plus-7 rating.  Chimera has two markers and three points in his last four games heading into Saturday's action.  He's on pace for the best offensive performance of his career in 2011-12 and though it may not last, he is worthy of your attention right now.     

  Mike Fisher - C - Nashville Predators - Fisher has been limited to 10 matches this season due to injury, but he is healthy again and back to contributing.  He has collected four assists in his past two games to give him eight points on the year.  Fisher has enjoyed success on the team's top combination between Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn and since he's un-owned in the majority of hockey pools you can probably pick him up without any hassle.   

  Bryan Little - C - Winnipeg Jets - Much more was expected of Little this season, but he appears to be turning his game around after an incredibly slow start.  He was held goalless in his first 14 games but he has recorded four goals and added two helpers in his past six contests while being credited with a whopping 19 shots over that span.  Little has also been strong in the faceoff circle this year with a 53.3 success rate in over 400 draws taken.  After playing his way off of everyone's roster earlier, he's worth taking a flier on to see if he's  renewed play sticks.       

  Grant Clitsome - D - Columbus Blue Jackets – The Jackets’ brutal start to this season probably has a lot to do with Clitsome being owned in very few hockey pools.  His minus-7 rating may hurt your statistics, but he has generated three goals and seven assists in 17 games this campaign.  Clitsome is tied for the team lead with four power-play points and he has been averaging 3:31 of man advantage time per match in 2011-12.  If you can deal with his minuses and are in need of a power play rearguard, he should be considered as an option. 


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