Wired: Give Desharnais a go

Corey Abbott
In the final Week Ahead of the season, Michael Finewax looks back at his mid-season picks for each team

End of the Season

In the final Week Ahead of the season, Michael Finewax looks back at his mid-season picks for each team

We have just two weeks remaining in the regular season, so playing to the strengths of your roster and making savvy pickups could be the difference between winning the title or finishing on the outside.  If you are in one-year league formats, don't be afraid to drop injured or slumping star power for surging players at this point. 

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Without further ado here are this week's suggestions:

David Desharnais (MTL) - C - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

It's almost mind-boggling that Desharnais is still barely owned in most leagues.  The fact that he doesn't muster up many shots or goals probably has a lot to do with that, but he is Montreal's most productive center, with 49 points in 73 games.  Desharnais has amassed 17 points, including 13 assists, in 17 games following the Olympic break.  He has more than made up for his abysmal start to the 2013-14 campaign and he's currently playing between talented wingers Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek.  With goal scorers like that flanking him, Desharnais should be able to continue picking up assists down the stretch. 

Andrew Shaw (CHI) - C - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues

Shaw has rubbed shoulders with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane over the course of the 2013-14 season and he's made the most of his time in Chicago's top-six group when he's gotten an opportunity to be elevated from his regular third-line role.  He has notched five goals and 10 points in his last 12 games.  He has also amassed 29 penalty minutes, 17 of which came recently in a game against Ottawa, during that span.  Shaw has found himself playing with Patrick Sharp of late and the two of them have displayed some chemistry.  Additionally, he has been receiving top-unit minutes with the man advantage as the Blackhawks' net-front presence. 

Thomas Greiss (PHX) G - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

Mike Smith is expected to miss at least another week because of a lower-body injury, so Greiss will continue to serve as the Coyotes' number one option between the pipes in the meantime.  He has recorded two wins in four outings since taking over for Smith and he's allowed just two goals in each of those matches.  Greiss owns a 9-6-2 record on the year to go with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.  Pick him up if you are in need of goaltending help. 

Jake Gardiner (TOR) - D -Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

Gardiner wanted to do more for the Leafs in the offensive end and he has accomplished that despite the team's troubles.  The smooth-skating defender has five goals and six assists in his past 12 games.  He is also riding a four-game assist streak, which has given him 28 points on the year.  Gardiner still has his fair share of misadventures in the defensive zone, but it hasn't had much of a negative impact on his plus-minus rating.  Consider adding him if you are looking for some point production from your back end.

Roman Josi (NSH) - D - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues

Josi is being groomed in Nashville by All-Star defenseman Shea Weber, so in a couple of years he could be someone to keep a very close eye on.  Still, it has been a banner year for him offensively, as he has generated 11 goals and 35 points in 65 games.  Josi has also been hot of late with two goals and seven assists in his past 10 contests.  He picks up shots and plenty of blocks, while averaging 26:20 of ice time per match. 

Alec Martinez (LAK) - D - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

The mobile blueliner has been on a tear offensively for the surging Kings.  Martinez has registered 18 points in 54 games this year, but six goals and five assists have come in his past 14 matches.  He's been good on Los Angeles' second unit of power play attackers and he's provided an offensive spark to a team that has struggled to score goals all season. 

Mark Stone (OTT) - RW - Owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues

Stone has spent most of the season in the minors, where he has 15 goals and 38 points in 35 contests, but he will probably stay with the big club for the remainder of the year because of Bobby Ryan's sports hernia issue.  Stone has registered two goals and four helpers in 10 games with Ottawa and he's picked up four points in his past three outings.  He has been skating with Ryan's former linemates, Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur, who have been consistent producers for the Senators all season long.  The 21-year-old winger is poised to close out the year on a high note. 

Calle Jarnkrok (NSH) - C - Owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues

Jarnkrok couldn't have asked for a better start to his NHL career.  He has picked up a point in five straight appearances for the Predators and he netted his first goal on Thursday versus Buffalo.  He was acquired at the trade deadline from Detroit in the deal that sent David Legwand to the Red Wings.  Jarnkrok has only taken three shots so he currently has a shooting percentage of 33.3.  Obviously, that won't last as he should start taking more shots once he gains a higher level of comfort at the NHL level, but he is known as being more of a playmaker.  His two-way skills should make him a good fit under coach Barry Trotz in Nashville.    

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