Here at Pucking Awesome, we know fantasy hockey is important to a hockey nut's day-to-day activity. So this season we will be offering our fantasy advice to help you win bragging rights from your friends.
Every Monday we will break down the most wonderful place in the world, the waiver wire. This week we will look at the surprising stars of the first weekend and see if they were worth a pickup.
Brooks Laich, C, Capitals
Earning 20 goals in the last two seasons, this scorer quickly made a name for himself in the first week of fantasy with five points in two games.
The 6'2" center is also making an impact while playing on the top power-play unit. Laich will surely add to his 22 career PPG while playing with Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, and Niklas Backstrom. This guy was the most added player in the first week, and big things are expected from the second-line center for the high-scoring Capitals
Alex Goligoski, D, Penguins
Fresh off his new three-year contract, Goligoski is finally getting a chance to be in the top-four rotation with the talented Penguins. The former second-round pick is making the most of his increase in ice time with two assists in the first two games, both coming on the man advantage.
The 6'0'' speedy defenseman is on the top power play (3:12 PP TOI/G) and shorthanded pairing (2.27 SH TOI/G) with Sergei Gonchar, giving him a prime opportunity for a breakout fantasy season. If you were lucky enough to snag him off the waiver wire, sit back, relax, and watch the points come in.
Wojtek Wolski, LW, Avalanche
I think everyone in the fantasy world discounted the Avalanche for any impact this season, and then, this weekend, Wolski showed he is more than a shootout specialist.
The former first-round pick exploded with three goals in two games—against two of the top teams in the West (Sharks and Canucks). He moved to a top-line wing spot, alongside Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk, which will help the 6'3" forward's fantasy status.
One thing to keep in mind is Wolski was an awful minus-13 last season, and, though Craig Anderson is a better goalie, this team will struggle defensively. He was the second most added player behind Laich and will help your team as a third to fourth winger.
Brandon Dubinksy, C, Rangers
Now onto a guy who is only owned in about 30 percent of leagues and should have a big fantasy impact this season.
Missing most of training camp over a contract dispute and playing for the offensively inept Rangers has caused this player to be overlooked, but the big center had four points in the Rangers' first two games.
Dubinksy, a great two-way player, is paired with the high-scoring Marian Gaborik on both even strength and more importantly the shorthanded. Look for Dubinsky to contribute in three important fantasy categories: SHP, +/-, and PIM as the season moves on.
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