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Sunday, December 18, 2011


Dallas netminder Richard Bachman should be on your radar in the short term.  He has played very well, (except for a slight hiccup Friday night against New Jersey) since coming up from the minors, and has outplayed incumbent Andrew Raycroft while Kari Lehtonen is on the mend from a groin injury.  His time in the sun may be short-lived, so act quickly if you want him as a depth goalie for a week or so.  Now let's get into the rest of this week's suggestions.   

  Daniel Alfredsson - RW  - Ottawa Senators - The Ottawa captain is barely owned in most fantasy circles, despite having 21 points in 27 games this season.  Alfredsson is nearing the end of his career, but he is showing that he still has something left to give.  He is also playing alongside Jason Spezza right now, which has led to five points and 11 shots in his last two games.  If he's available on your waiver wire, you should strongly consider adding him to your roster, especially since it looks like he is about to go on a bit of a roll offensively.     

  Niklas Hagman - LW - Anaheim Ducks - Hagman was never ever able to get it going as a member of the Calgary Flames, but he has been enjoying some success with the Ducks of late after being claimed off re-entry waivers last month.  He has notched two goals and two assists in his last three contests while playing the past two games with Anaheim's dynamic duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.  Hagman is also being afforded plenty of power-play time, while seeing some minutes with Teemu Selanne as well.  As long he continues to rub shoulders with the club's star players, he should be on your radar if you are seeking some offensive depth from the left side.   

  Wayne Simmonds - RW - Philadelphia Flyers - The tenacious winger has been largely ineffective with the Flyers since being acquired as part of the trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles this past summer.  But he has been hot since the calendar changed to December with five goals and two assists in seven games.  Simmonds has potted a goal in each of his past four contests and will carry a four-game point spree heading into Saturday's match-up with the Boston Bruins.  He has been clicking alongside Daniel Briere on the team's second line, which should help him remain on track after his rough start.  Claude Giroux owners likely have a bone to pick with him after he inadvertently kneed the NHL's leading scorer in the head leading to a concussion, but if you are looking for a temporary replacement up front then consider Simmonds.    

  Nick Foligno - LW - Ottawa Senators - The Ottawa winger ended November and started December with a six-game point streak.  Foligno had four goals and three assists during that stretch, while seeing most of his ice time alongside Daniel Alfredsson.  However, Milan Michalek's concussion has had a trickle-down effect on Ottawa's lines and right now Alfreddson is back up with Jason Spezza on the top unit, as mentioned above.  Foligno's value should go back up once Michalek returns, but he still has some worth in the meantime if he can manage to avoid knee-on-knee collisions.  Foligno has fallen victim to two of those incidents in his past two games, but he appears to be alright.  He has 10 goals and 20 points in 33 games this season, which has him on pace for the best offensive year of his career.  He is also tied for 10th in the league, entering Saturday's action with 92 hits.            

  Kyle Brodziak - C - Minnesota Wild – That the Minnesota Wild occupies the top spot in the NHL standings is shocking in its own right, but that Brodziak is the team's leading goal scorer, with 11, is amazing as well.  The 27-year-old center's previous career-high for goals in a single season was the 16 he put up a year ago, but he is on pace to easily surpass that mark.  He has recorded five markers and added two helpers in seven games during December.  Brodziak should primarily be targeted as a depth pivot in deeper leagues though because he's bound to slow down.   

  Kurtis Foster - D - New Jersey Devils - Foster's appearance on this week's Waiver Wired is more about potential than his current numbers.  He has topped 20 minutes of ice time in two games since joining the Devils in a four-player trade with Anaheim.  Foster has seen a sizable chunk of that time with the man advantage on the top unit across from Ilya Kovalchuk.  Although both of them are shooters by nature, their presence on the points should benefit New Jersey's 27th ranked power play.  Since Foster registered 42 points with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10, he's worth keeping an eye on.     


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