8-Pack: Kulikov is Russian for ‘assist’

Scott Pianowski
Roto Arcade

The goal today is to help your blue-line situation. We'll go shopping at the discount store; no one listed below is owned in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues. To the supermarket.

Dmitry Kulikov (34 percent), Panthers: How can this guy be available in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues? The slick-passing kid has 10 assists over is last nine games, and eventually he'll find the back of the net — there's nothing wrong with 28 shots over 15 starts. And the 21-year-old is no liability in his own end, with a steady plus-four rating. Kulikov is good today, and he could be a star tomorrow.

Dan Hamhuis (17 percent), Canucks: Okay Hammer, it's okay to hurt them. The steady vet has seven points and 12 penalty minutes over the last two weeks, and he's getting plenty of run on the power play (five man-advantage points, as part of the second Vancouver unit). There's not a monstrous upside to Hamhuis at this stage of his career, but he's definitely worth rostering in most formats.

Jason Garrison (29 percent), Panthers: We've had a lot of Garrison discussions this year but so long as he's under 50 percent, we'll keep bringing him up. The biscuit-happy blueliner has six goals and 40 shots through 15 games, and his modest assist total (just two) is low for someone who gets regular power-play time. A 15-25-40 type of season is within reach.{ysp:more}

Stephane Robidas (15 percent), Stars: He's been a steady offensive contributor over the last couple of weeks (2-2-4), and more power-play time is on the way now that Alex Goligoski (fractured thumb) is on the injured list. Robidas quietly had 71 points over the last two seasons, so he knows what to do with the puck.

Carlo Colaiacovo (6 percent), Blues: Staying healthy has been a problem for him from time to time, but he's hale at the moment and has a couple of power-play assists in the last two St. Louis games. Maybe the Hitchcock Regime will be good for the Cola Man. Now stay out of harm's way, veteran.

Dan Girardi (21 percent), Rangers: The Blueshirts are starting to play solid hockey — six straight victories — and Girardi has been involved in that run, scoring a couple of goals and fattening up the plus-minus. He's up to eight points and plus-seven on the year, with three assists on the power play. He doesn't have a star upside now that he's 26, but you need blue-collar contributors as well.

Johnny Boychuk (7 percent), Bruins: We're just going to follow the shots on this one — Johnny B. Good has collected 13 SOGs over the last two weeks, along with a couple of goals. At some point the Bruins might want to push up his power-play time; it's not like the other lads are filling up the net.

Jay Harrison (2 percent), Hurricanes: You think of him more for his physical play (hits and penalty minutes), but Harrison isn't clueless when the puck comes his way. He has three assists in November, two on the power play, and he's a staple on the team's second man-advantage unit. If you're in a deeper league, Harrison is a name of interest.

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