Saku Koivu, C, Ducks (7 percent): A sore groin kept him out for most of December, but the cagey veteran has been in fine form since returning on New Year's Eve (a tasty 4-5-9 run over five starts, including a hat trick in Tuesday's victory over Dallas). Anaheim probably isn't going anywhere in 2012, but it's still worth the price of a ticket to watch Koivu and Teemu Selanne do their thing.
Ryan Ellis, D, Predators (5 percent): Nashville doesn't want to throw too much at the 21-year-old defenseman — he's averaging about 16 minutes per night over six starts — but after seeing Ellis bag two power-play goals and four points over the last two games, we have to wonder where this story is headed. Obviously the Preds don't have a glaring need for a power-play quarterback so long as Shea Weber is healthy, but Ellis might have punched a full-season ticket with his play this week. He was a first-round pick in 2009, so the pedigree lines up. Kick the tires.
Kyle Turris, C, Senators (7 percent): He clearly lost his way in Phoenix, but the deal to Ottawa has worked wonders: a 1-7-8 line through 11 games, along with 24 shots, 13 PIMs and a plus-8 rating. Turris was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft and he's still just 22; there's room for significant growth here. He figures to center Ottawa's second line for the rest of the season.
Jonas Gustavsson, G, Maple Leafs (24 percent): He's been sharp during the homestand, rolling up four straight wins and a couple of shutouts. The seasonal percentages don't look like much (2.91 goals-against, .908 save percentage) but any streaking netminder has to be taken seriously, especially considering the state of the Leafs this year (they're a legitimate hockey club). There's a Monster in the crease, and we're fine with it.
Benoit Pouliot, LW, Bruins (3 percent): The Boston juggernaut has been a good investment all season, with three scoring lines for your fantasy enjoyment. Pouliot is worth a temporary investment, at minimum, for the next week or so while Brad Marchand sits out a five-game suspension; Pouliot took the Marchand spot on the second line Tuesday (next to Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin) and came through with a power-play goal. He's collected nine points in his last nine games.
Jordin Tootoo, RW, Predators (5 percent): You know the game with this kid: agitate, agitate, agitate. The 62 PIMs are to be expected. But Tootoo isn't a zero in the other categories, posting 17 points since Thanksgiving and 89 shots for the year. He's finally helping the Predators at both ends of the rink.
Trevor Daley, D, Stars (17 percent): He's always been an underrated puck-mover, as his line over the last 15 games suggests (3-8-11, 33 shots). And while Daley's work in the defensive end won't be assembled into a how-to DVD anytime soon, he is a respectable plus-14 over the last year and a half. Daley is no star, but he's earned a possible slot on your fake roster.
Colin Greening, LW, Senators: Sing along with Colin? The sneaky power forward is riding on the top Ottawa line these days (next to Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek), and he went for three assists in Tuesday's decisive romp at Pittsburgh. With good size and a willingness to fire the biscuit (50 shots over the last 20 games), Greening's relevance could go deep into the second half. Keep your stick on the ice, the other lads will get you the puck.
Captain Obvious (for those in shallow pools): Curtis Glencross (17 percent) is on a 9-9-18 binge over the last month, including six points over his last two starts. … Adam Henrique (36 percent) can break open a game at any time, but especially beware when the Devils are down a man. The speedy rook has a pair of shorthanded goals over the past four days. … Nathan Horton (67 percent) is back in fine form with the Bruins, pumping in five goals in January. He would have fit in perfectly with this club's attitude in the late 1970s, the Gallery God days of Wayne Cashman and Terry O'Reilly. … Zach Bogosian (24 percent) has eight points over the last month, and the Winnipeg story isn't going away. The home buzz has something to do with it, but either way, this is a solid hockey club. … Mikhail Grabovski (54 percent) showed us plenty of hot and cold flashes last year and that's been the case in 2011-12 as well. The trend is up of late, as he's potted five goals in his last seven starts.
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