Has Fowler Seen the Light?

Corey Abbott
In this week's instalment of Waiver Wired, Corey Abbott advises that it might be the right time to pick up Cam Fowler

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Before we get into this week's picks, let's talk about the Edmonton Oilers bringing in goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.  When he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers he was known more for his odd encounters with the media than his play on the ice.  It might be too much to ask for him to keep his personality in check, which reportedly ruffled the feathers of his former teammates, but perhaps the motivation of being bought out and not getting an NHL contract afterward will help him get off on the right foot with the Oilers.  Still, he represents a tremendous gamble for potential fantasy owners.  If you are in desperate need of a goaltender, he might be worth trying out on a probation basis.  

Mikael Granlund (MIN) - C - Owned in 14% of Yahoo! leagues

Granlund made an appearance on last week's Waiver Wired as well, but he only earned a five percent increase in fantasy ownership.  He has remained red hot and Minnesota is benefiting a great deal from chemistry between him and his linemates Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter.  This unit has combined to score 10 goals and 13 assists in their last seven games.  Over that span, Granlund has picked up two goals and eight points.  The 21-year-old forward has preferred to pass rather than shoot so far, but he recorded two markers in his last three games so that could be reason to believe more shots will be coming.  Granlund is worth snatching up and rostering now, while he's racking up points and if he can remain relatively consistent, then, as pointed out last week, 50 to 60 points is a reasonable goal. 

Todd Bertuzzi (DET) - LW/RW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo! leagues

The veteran winger presently occupies the highly-coveted right side spot on Detroit's top line alongside star players Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.  The Wings have struggled to get secondary scoring from their forward group this season, but Zetterberg and Datsyuk continue to produce and right now Bertuzzi is taking advantage of that.  He has tallied two goals and three helpers in his past four matches and he's posted a plus-5 rating over that span.  Three of his five goals this year have come on the power play.  He is worthy of a short-term add but if he gets dropped from the top line then it's time to cut bait.

Carl Hagelin (NYR) - LW - Owned in 17% of Yahoo! leagues

Hagelin hasn't missed a beat despite starting the 2013-14 campaign on injured reserve following off-season shoulder surgery.  He has generated four goals and three assists, along with a plus-6 rating, in six contests since his return.  Hagelin currently has a four-game point streak.  Playing on the team's top line with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan has afforded him with plenty of opportunity to succeed, but he's still not getting any power-play time from his coaches.  He's a bit of a risky pick-up because he's bound to slow down, but his puck luck right now makes him an intriguing flier option. 

Michael Cammalleri (CAL) - C/LW - Owned in 47% of Yahoo! leagues

He missed the first seven games of the season because of a hand injury, but he's been very productive since his return.  In 10 appearances, Cammalleri has tallied seven goals and 10 points.  He also has 27 shots and he's averaged just under 20 minutes of ice time per contest.  His knack for the net mixed with Calgary's wide-open style should help him remain a scoring threat each night.  If he can stay healthy then Cammalleri could flirt with the 60-point mark this season.  Pick him up if he's available. 

Dustin Penner (ANA) - LW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo! leagues

Penner was going to be a pick for Waiver Wired this week before his four-point outburst versus Buffalo on Friday night, but that performance should land him on plenty of radars.  He has earned a point in five consecutive games and he's posted at least a plus-1 rating in each of his 11 matches in 2013-14.  Penner leads the league with a plus-18 rating and the Ducks have him skating alongside star players Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Chris Stewart (STL) - RW - Owned in 44% of Yahoo! leagues

Stewart led the Blues in scoring with 18 goals and 36 points in 48 games last campaign, but he's gotten off to a slow start this season.  He had no goals and two assists in 10 games during the month of October, but he already has two markers and one helper in four matches at the start of November.  Coach Ken Hitchcock put Stewart with David Backes and Alexander Steen earlier this week before returning him to a line with Vladimir Sobotka and Derek Roy.  He's getting more chances in the offensive zone and it's probably just a matter of time before he starts scoring again.  Keep an eye on him and don't be afraid to roll the dice on him.  Once he gets going offensively, Stewart becomes a valuable fantasy asset because he can rack up penalty minutes as well. 

Cam Fowler (ANA) - D - Owned in 14% of Yahoo! leagues

Fowler has displayed some of the same flashes of brilliance in the attacking zone of late that he showcased during his rookie season in 2010-11.  He registered 40 points in 76 games that year and he has accumulated nine points in 18 outings this campaign.  Fowler has four power-play points in his last two games to give him six points over his past five outings.  It will also please fantasy GMs to know that he has a plus-1 rating since he's yet to stay on the positive side of the ledger over his previous three seasons in the NHL.   The way Anaheim is motoring along, Fowler could be a solid addition to your back end if he can maintain his presence on the Ducks' top power-play unit. 

Robin Lehner (OTT) - G - Owned in 27% of Yahoo! leagues

Craig Anderson appears to be ready to return from his neck injury, but Lehner has looked solid in two wins for the Senators this week.  He's expected to get the nod again Saturday night and has made a strong case for himself to see more action even with Anderson at full health again.  Lehner owns a .947 save percentage which is incredible since he's faced a whopping 243 shots against in just seven appearances.  He also has a 2.15 goals-against average.  Anderson hasn't looked very good this year so far, so owning Lehner as a handcuff, at the very least, is probably a good idea.  He's a must-own netminder in keeper formats and is a good addition for fantasy GMs in leagues where goaltending options are slim.  

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