Welcome to another edition of Crashing the Net. Tons of roster moves and shuffling as we near the trading deadline. Last week on Crashing the Net we touched on a few players, notably Jamie Langenbrunner, Sergei Samsonov and Andrei Loktionov. This week we will have a new batch of players as we tweak for the stretch run.
D- Zach Bogosian, Atlanta Thrashers
With Tobias Enstrom still on the IR, Bogosian gets a chance to regain his confidence. Not only does Bogosian now get additional PP time, he is doing so next to Dustin Byfuglien, and on both units. He has a goal and two assists over his last two games playing that role. Keep in mind that Bogosian was selected third overall less than three years ago with only Drew Doughty and Steven Stamkos going higher.
G – Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils
Once again Martin Brodeur finds himself sidelined, reminding us exactly why the Devils signed Hedberg in the first place. Not only did he relieve Brodeur admirably, holding onto a 4-1 win against the Canadiens, but the 37-year-old followed that up with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils remain one of the hottest teams in the League with an 8-1-1 record over their last 10 so ride Hedberg while you can.
LW – Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
The Habs recently made a slight change to their lines, switching Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez. This change seems to be revitalizing for the young sniper as he now scored two goals and three assists over his last four games. With Michael Cammalleri sidelined, Pacioretty has a chance to become their go-to sniper and has not disappointed yet.
C – David Krejci, Boston Bruins
Earlier in the week, DJ Bean of WEEI informed us that Krejci hates his sticks. Unable to get the model he used earlier in the season, when he produced nine points in eight games in October, the 24-year-old struggled. According to Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog, Krejci now has his sticks. Combine that with his move back to the top line and Krejci should be owned in all formats. Grab him now if he is available.
RW – Michael Frolik, Chicago Blackhawks
Now that Frolik plays for a contender we are quite bullish on the 22-year-old. See our full trade analysis on why.
Others to Monitor
G – Robin Lehner, Ottawa Senators
Desperate for a goalie? Lehner will split time with Brian Elliott, likely for the rest of the season. The 19-year-old put together a decent start against the Devils earlier in the month and should face the easier teams the Sens face. Unfortunately for him, most teams that face the Sens are not easy.
D – Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers
It appears Del Zotto will stay on the Rangers for the time being, forcing veteran Steve Eminger out of the lineup. After scoring nine goals last year we know this former first round pick can score at the NHL level. His confidence continues to prevent similar production but head coach John Tortorella continues to keep him on the PP in an attempt to get his scoring touch back. Could be a decent buy low option as most fantasy owners likely dropped the 20-year-old when he got reassigned to the Connecticut Whale.