Three players to add (Hunwick, Danis, Ott)

If Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick plays more games at left wing, his fantasy value will spike

If Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick plays more games at left wing, his fantasy value will spike

In the 2006-07 football season, the Yahoo! fantasy gamers allowed New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston to be eligible at tight end.

The result? Colston’s owners netted 70 catches, 1,038 receiving yards and eight touchdowns from their tight end slots. It was as if they were allowed to roster an extra receiver.

In fantasy hockey, you want defensemen who amass the stats of forwards; and better still are actual forwards who, for one reason or another, retain positional eligibility as defensemen.

Yesterday, Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick moved up to left wing to replace Milan Lucic (upper body injury), who was scratched. Hunwick responded with one goal and one assist, not to mention +2, in the Bruins 4-3 OT home loss to Washington.

The Bruins Blog reports that the Bruins have not committed one way or another to more games for Hunwick at left wing. Still, it’s hard not to be impressed with Hunwick’s audition. He is five percent owned in Yahoo! leagues and nine percent in ESPN leagues, and well worth a pickup if your No. 4 defenseman is getting on your nerves.

Two other players to add:

New York Islanders goalie Yann Danis. He has allowed only one goal in his last three games. His two shutouts came at home against the New Jersey Devils (2/21) and Buffalo Sabres (2/28, i.e. last night). Despite this recent success Danis is only three percent owned in ESPN leagues and 12 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues. Moreover, the Islanders play a whopping four times this week, including the only Monday night contest (home against the Colorado Avalanche). So with Danis, you’ll get more bang for your pickup buck.

Dallas Stars center Steve Ott. Ott gives you more than just penalty minutes. In his last 20 games, Ott has racked up seven goals, 11 assists, +7, nine power-play points and, hell yes, 45 penalty minutes. He is a legit No. 2 fantasy center and deserves to be owned in more than 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 10 percent of ESPN leagues. The 25th overall pick in 2000, the 26-year-old Ott may finally be coming into his own. One warning: at the end of last night’s 4-3 home loss to the Anaheim Ducks, Ott got into a fight with Ducks left wing Travis Moen. Suspensions may be in the offing.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons


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