Quick top-ten list:
1. Ovechkin (13)
2. Kovalchuk (12)
3. Hossa (11)
4. Green (10)
5. Langenbrunner (9)
6. Cullen (9)
7. Heatley (9)
8. Kesler (9)
9. Toews (9)
10. Parise, Hejduk, Marleau,
Cammalleri, Malkin, Antropov, Arnott (8).
The parenthetical number is how many goals the player has scored in the last month.
Who stands out? From a fantasy standpoint, it’s Carolina Hurricanes center Matt Cullen (15 percent owned in ESPN leagues, nine percent in Yahoo!) and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (41 percent owned in ESPN leagues, 25 percent in Yahoo!).
As the numbers suggest, Kesler might already be owned in your particular league. But he’s the one worth grabbing, if available. He has first-round pedigree (23rd overall pick in 2003) and he’s backed it up. In addition to his nine-goal month (that’s nine goals in 11 games), Kesler has racked up six power-play points in that span.
Kesler also has three two-goal games in the last month. While that doesn’t necessarily help in fantasy terms more than six one-goal games would, it does indicate a high level of talent, as opposed to streakiness or luck.
As for Cullen: it’s an impressive hot streak, but it’s inflated by his February 22 hat trick against Colorado. Whereas Kesler is all youth and upside, Cullen is 32 years old — we know what he is, in fantasy terms: roughly 25 goals, 35 assists, and 200 shots. That’s nice, but it’s not enough to get rostered as a fantasy center.