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Monday, January 7, 2008

Fantasy Watch: Scouring the Waiver Wire

D Mike Green, Washington Capitals
After struggling to put up points earlier in the season, Green has come alive this past month scoring 15 points in his last 16 games. He is currently Washington's top defensive scorer with 24 points and has been one of the Capitals most explosive scorers overall. With point scoring defenseman so hard to find, Green has vaulted himself into an elite category with other stars such as Dion Phaneuf and Chris Pronger. Already with five multi point games since December, Green has eclipsed his career high in points and should break the 40 point barrier.
Fantasy Take: Green may be claimed in most leagues, but if he is still around pick him up immediately. His 15 points over the last month were more than any other defenseman not named Lidstrom, and as Washington's top defenseman, Green should continue to get his chances.

F Daniel Cleary, Detroit Red Wings
Since scoring only one goal in the first month of the season, Cleary has increased his output tremendously, totaling 14 goals and 24 points over the past three months. Although he is still very inconsistent, Cleary tends to go on extended hot streaks which can be beneficial to your fantasy squad. With 13 points in the last month alone, Cleary has vaulted himself into a reliable fantasy option in most leagues.
Fantasy Take: It's advised to pick up Cleary sooner than later as his hot streaks only last so long before he falls back to mediocrity.

F Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes
Drafted in the first round in 2005, Hanzal is currently enjoying a steady rookie campaign scoring four goals and 22 points. Although he is not quite a goal scorer, Hanzal has given Phoenix a reliable centerman who's always looking for assists. Enjoying his best month as a pro in December, Hanzal scored one goal and added three helpers lifting Phoenix over the Devils 4-1. With a steady goaltender in net and several impact rookies on the squad, Phoenix will be looking to make a run for the playoffs over the last half of the season.
Fantasy Take: Hanzal is a good play in deeper leagues for those in need of a third center. With two points in his last three games, expect Hanzal to post around 40 points this season.

D Pavel Kubina, Toronto Maple Leafs
Since coming to Toronto, Kubina has been a bit of a dissapointment, never once playing more than 70 games. Already sidelined earlier in the season, Kubina is finally healthy and making an impact. With four points over his last three games including two powerplay assists, Kubina has filled the void vacated by Bryan McCabe. With McCabe still sidelined with a broken hand, look for Kubina to continue contribute offensively, especially on the power-play.
Fantasy Take: Kubina is still inconsistent, but will continue to get his shot on the power-play giving him ample opportunities to put up points. Only play Kubina as a low level option for defenseman.

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