Fantasy Hockey Week #7: 5 Studs and 5 Duds

Week 7 is officially in the book and another great week of hockey was dominated by the stud team of the week, the New York Islanders. The Islanders went 3-0 this week, outscoring their opponents 14-7 

Week 7 is officially in the book and another great week of hockey was dominated by the stud team of the week, the New York Islanders. The Islanders went 3-0 this week, outscoring their opponents 14-7 and what made this even more impressive is that the goals were scored by 13 different players. In addition, the Islanders defeated two massive cup contenders, first by defeating the Lightning to start off the week and then picking up back-to-back victories against Crosby and the Penguins. Halak has been red hot for his team, picking up 6 straight victories while picking up two shutouts in the process.

Sticking with the goalies, there were two other keepers this past week that just missed out on making this list. Pekka Rinne was one of them, going 2-0 this week. Rinne has won 7 of his last 8 starts and he's been a huge stud for the Predators so far this season. Brian Elliot was another goalie who had a stud-like week and has been very hot as of late. Elliot picked up 2 wins in three starts this week and, on top of that, Elliot has won 8 of his last 10 starts. After a slow start to this season, Elliot has turned into a true stud as of late. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t had the same success as these goalies as of late, as Bob dropped all 3 starts in week 7 while putting up a 3.94 GAA, making him a massive disappointment for owners this week.

Moving to the forwards, a couple of little giants have woken up. Martin St. Louis had a great week, putting up 4 points in 3 games. Marty has found the back of the net 7 times in his last 10 games, so he appears to be turning the corner this season. Patrick Kane was another little giant who seems to be heating up, as Kane picked up another 4 points during the week. Kane is finding some great chemistry with linemate Kris Versteeg, who's also picked up his play. Marian Hossa was another hot Hawk this week, as Hossa had a huge night against the Oilers putting a goal along with 3 assists. After a slow start to the season Hossa seems to be heating up quite nicely, Hos has registered at least one point in 6 out of his last 8 games. I strongly suggest for fantasy teams who were frustrated with Hossa’s play early on in the season to take him off the bench and put this guy back on as a regular every night.

My final honorable stud mention goes to Nick Bjugstad, the Panthers former 1st round pick who found the back of the net 3 times this week. Nick is also riding a 4 game point streak picking up 8 points in the process, 5 of which are goals. Bjugstad may be an interesting option for your fantasy team putting up first line minutes as of late, so keep a close eye on Nick during week 8.

Okay, enough of the honorable mentions, let's find out who made the studs and duds list for week 7.

10 STUD: Jhonas Enroth (2W, 0L, 1.25 GAA)

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The Buffalo Sabres, believe it or not, are currently one of the hottest teams in the league, riding a three game win streak. This is due in large part to the play of their goaltender, Jhonas Enroth. The Sabres goaltender stole two victories this week against two tough opponents, defeating the Sharks at home while stopping all but one and then following that performance up with a huge 2-1 road win against the Capitals. Enroth stopped 43 of 44 shots on the way to his second victory of the week. Major praise goes to Enroth this week for stealing two victories and playing like an absolute stud along the way.

9 DUD: Ryan O’Reilly (0G, 0A, -2)

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It’s been a rough start to the season for the Avs $6 million dollar man. O’Reilly currently sits 3rd last in the league with a -12 rating. In addition, The Avs forward hasn’t scored a goal in 9 games, while only picking up 2 assists. Coach Patrick Roy has attempted to spark O’Reilly by moving him to the wing on a top line with Matt Duchene and Danny Briere. Look for the struggling forward to be massive trade bait if the Avs continue to fall out of playoff contention.

8 STUD: Tomas Tatar (4G, 1A, +4)

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No Datsyk and a struggling Zetterberg? It’s okay, leave it to Tatar. Despite Datsyuk being out of the line up and Henrik Zetterberg struggling as of late, Tatar managed to lead the Wings to two victories this past week while riding a five game point streak. Tatar has found some serious chemistry on a line with his usual center men Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader. This kid has tremendous potential and is a joy to watch when he is hot. Tomas currently is in a tie with teammate Gustav Nyquist at nine goals on the season. If he is still available, Tatar can be an absolute steal for your fantasy team.

7 DUD: Ben Scrivens (0W, 2L, 9.17 GAA)

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After putting up some decent numbers in October, Ben Scrivens has hit a wall in November. The Oilers goaltender will want to forget about November quickly, after going winless in 7 starts this month. To make matters worse, Scrivens has not picked up a win since he shutout the Habs nine games ago. Scrivens ended the week horribly after being shelled for 5 goals on 13 shots Saturday night against the Blackhawks. If you had the Edmonton goaltender as a starter this past Saturday, your team probably took a major hit.

6 STUD: John Klingberg (2G, 3A, +2)

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It looks like the Stars have finally found their man at the back end, in this 22 year old Swedish rookie. Klingberg will forever remember week 7, putting up his first NHL goal against the Coyotes. Klingberg has been a revelation for the Stars at the back, playing some big minutes alongside Alex Goligoski. In addition, John is currently playing the point on the Stars top power play unit alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.  I strongly advise you to pick this guy up if he is still available.

5 DUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg & Johan Franzen (2G, 0A, -10)

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Surprising to see this trio under the dud category for the week, but these three Swedes had a rough outing in Toronto Saturday night, combing for a -9 rating. Nyquist had a tough night, giving up two turnovers which eventually led to goals, one of which would end up being the game-winner. Zetterberg has quieted down after a hot start to the season and the Wings captain hasn’t scored a goal in his last 8 games. Look for this trio of Red Wings to pick it up this upcoming week, starting with a game Monday night against the division rival Ottawa Senators.

4 STUDS: Derek Dorsett, Bo Horvat & Jannik Hansen (6G, 6A, +8)

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The Canucks have been a nice story so far this season, exceeding expectations and sitting tied for second in the Western Conference. Depth has been a key to their success so far and this week Jannik Hansen and his linemates lead the way for the team. Hansen had a week to remember, putting up his first career hat-trick against the Blackhawks to close out week 7 in the NHL. Hansen finished the week with five goals, while his linemate, and rookie, Bo Horvat had a career week as well, putting up 4 points in the week. The former 9th overall pick also scored his first career goal against the Ducks. What a week for this fourth line in Vancouver.

3 DUD: Taylor Hall (0G, 1A, -4)

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A usual fantasy stud turned fantasy dud in week 7. Hall had a tough week, failing to find the back of the net in three game. Taylor had an especially rough outing against the Hawks, putting up a -3 rating this past Saturday. His former linemates Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have also struggled as of late, so Dallas Eakins, in an attempt to revive the young guns, has split the trio up, placing Hall on the second line with rookie Leon Draisaitl and Teddy Purcell. Look for Hall to want to be a catalyst to get this team out of its current six game losing streak and with upcoming games against the Stars, Preds and Blues, look for Hall to up his performance.

2 STUD LINE OF THE WEEK: Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin & Tyler Seguin (8G, 6A, +14)

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Kudos to Jamie Benn for going from a dud to a massive stud in one week’s time, as Benn led the way for the Stars, putting up 3 goals and 3 assists on the week. The Stars top line scored eight out of the team's 12 goals this week, leading them to two out of three victories. Seguin remains hot on the season, leading the NHL with 15 goals and sits behind only Jakub Voracek in the point lead with 26, only three behind Jakub’s 29. Cody Eakin, the Stars young center, has benefited nicely from playing on this top line, as Eakin put up five points in three games. Cody can potentially be a very interesting option for your fantasy team. Kudos to these three fantasy studs.

1 DUD: Corey Perry (0G, 1A, -3)

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Perry got off to a red hot start, leading the league in goals to begin the season, but since coming back from injury Perry’s pace has taken a major hit. In a rare occurrence, Perry has not put up a goal since coming back four games ago, Perry only has one assist since, along with a terrible -5 rating. My advice, keep Perry as a starter every night despite his slow week, as once this guy gets one in, more will follow.

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