Don’t grab Wheeler just yet; clearly, Hartnell is back

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Bruins RW Blake Wheeler was Jim Dandy on Halloween Day, but don't pick him up just yet.

The offensive hero for the Bruins on Halloween day was RW Blake Wheeler, who tallied one goal, one assist, and a +2 in the Bruins 2-0 home win vs. a solid Oilers squad.

You may need help at RW, but do not pick up Wheeler just yet. He only played 11:09, and even counting his two points earned today he only has seven for the season. Until his minutes and points increase, leave him in the free agent pool. But keep him on your radar — it is easy to forget he finished a whopping +36 last season.

And: If you wrote off Flyers LW Scott Hartnell for going scoreless in four straight games from Oct. 8-22, you are not alone. But on Halloween day Hartnell returned to fantasy relevance with a bang, delivering one goal, two assists, three shots on goal, eight penalty minutes, and a +2 in the Flyers 6-1 home drubbing of the Whalers Hurricanes, who fall to 2-7-3. Maybe the Flyers should think about trading for Canes G Cam Ward.

For Hartnell, it was his second straight game with a goal. If you were benching him in deeper leagues to save your LW games for hotter players like Oilers LW Dustin Penner or Stars LW James Neal, it is now officially time to change your ways. That’s not to say you bench Penner or Neal — it’s just to say that Hartnell has returned to “must start” status.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

 

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