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Pitkanen and Havlat Return

Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's not common that a player with the talent level of Alexander Radulov becomes available this late into a season and fantasy owners across every league show up in droves to snatch him up off the waiver wire.  The former KHL All-Star should give the Nashville Predators a shot in the arm offensively down the home stretch and provide them with another weapon during their playoff run.  If he doesn't return to Russia and decides to remain in the NHL then he's certainly a player to target in 2012-13 as well.  Now let's turn our attention to some other players worthy of your consideration for the remainder of this year and for the future:



Martin Havlat - RW - San Jose Sharks - He was talked about earlier this week by James O'Brien in the Daily Dose, but if you haven't jumped back on the Martin Havlat bandwagon yet, it is recommended you do.  The 30-year-old winger was a disappointment earlier in this campaign, mostly due to injuries, but since returning to the Sharks' lineup on March 15th he has compiled four goals and two assists in five games.  Look for him to contribute secondary scoring for San Jose, as they try to secure a playoff berth in a very tight Western Conference race. 



Pascal Dupuis - RW - Pittsburgh Penguins - Just about every Penguin player right now is on a tear offensively, but Dupuis' play is worth highlighting.  It's easy to lose him in the shuffle with Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Sidney Crosby grabbing all the headlines, but he has racked up seven goals and three assists during an eight-game scoring streak going into Saturday's meeting with Ottawa.  Dupuis has registered a career-high 22 markers and 47 points in 73 matches this season and should be picked up if he's available.     



Devan Dubnyk - G  - Edmonton Oilers - The Oilers are gearing up for another prime selection in the NHL draft lottery, but until then they are happy to play the role of spoilers.  Dubnyk has been the benefactor of this circumstance and has been superb between the pipes recently, as he appears to have taken over the team's starting duties in the place of a struggling Nikolai Khabibulin.  He has been between the pipes for six of the club's past seven games and he has allowed just 10 goals over that span.  Dubnyk has raised his record to 18-17-2 thanks to wins over Florida, Nashville, Calgary and a shutout against Columbus.  He is making a strong case for himself to be the Oilers' top choice in the crease for next year. 



Joni Pitkanen - D - Carolina Hurricanes - The veteran blueliner has had a tough time staying out of the Hurricanes' sick bay in 2011-12, but his value to the team and to potential fantasy owners is hard to ignore even if his addition is a bit of a risk.  Pitkanen returned to action this past Wednesday from a concussion and knee surgery and helped Carolina earn a 3-1 win over Florida by notching a goal and an assist.  He has recorded 14 points in 23 appearances and sees ice time in all situations.  If you need assistance on your back end, there probably aren't many better options.   


Tyler Ennis - C, LW - Buffalo Sabres - Ennis and the resurgent Sabres have been rolling since the end of February with points on the scoresheet and in the standings.  The 22-year-old forward has been flourishing offensively lately, while lining up as a center, with five goals and seven helpers in his past seven contests.  Ennis won't come close to reaching his impressive rookie totals of 20 goals and 49 points during his sophomore year, but he should continue to contribute points for the remainder of the regular season and be better equipped to enjoy success in 2012-13.    



Marcus Foligno - LW - Buffalo Sabres - The younger brother of Ottawa winger Nick Foligno and son of former NHLer Mike Foligno has had an outstanding start to his pro career.  He rejoined the Sabres earlier this month and has been on a roll as a member of Buffalo's hottest line.  Foligno has generated five goals and added four assists in his last seven matches, while playing alongside Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford.  His sudden emergence makes him an intriguing option down the stretch and should land him on radars for next season as well. 


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