The 2nd half push continues and it is clutch acquisitions that could fortify a playoff spot or help make a serious push for the final playoff spot. Consider some of the following players to potentially have a solid February:
Steve Ott | Dallas Stars
Again, I can’t stress to you enough that this is not a typo. I mentioned to be cautious about adding Ott as a long term option in an article dealing with players to own for penalty minutes. He is certainly proving his worth as he is still logging decent ice time and producing with Fabian Brunnstrom back in the lineup. Only consider him in medium to large sized fantasy leagues for now as he is still listed as a center in most services despite playing on the left wing for the Stars.
Sergei Samsonov | Carolina Hurricanes
Samsonov had 0 points in the first month of play which deflated fantasy managers who were hoping that Samsonov would pick up where he left off at the end of last season. November rolled around and Sergei began to pick up his game and hasn’t turned back since. His 4 point night against the ‘Yotes this past weekend should give managers confidence in adding him to their fantasy roster for the month of February and beyond as the ‘Canes are fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Jere Lehtinen | Dallas Stars
The Stars as a team have broken out of a season long roller coaster ride and have found themselves on the winning track as of late. Turco is playing better in net and the team is seeing solid offensive output from just about everyone from their first two lines, including Jere Lehtinen. Lehtinen, who has been battling injury all season, is back to playing first line in Big D right now and should be a viable option for points this month as Dallas looks to solidify a playoff spot.
Tim Connolly | Buffalo Sabres
Please note that with owning Tim Connolly comes a great deal of risk. When healthy, he’s easily a point per game. However, finding him healthy is somewhat of a rarity these days. Connolly has missed an extensive amount of time this season but is back and producing for the Sabres once again. He’s making a case right now for the Sabres to sign him to an early extension so take advantage if you have the means to. Don’t forget that if he does happen to go down again, he’s a center, so finding a replacement player shouldn’t be terribly difficult, especially in shallower leagues.
James Neal | Dallas Stars
Yet another Dallas Star cracks the list. Neal probably has the most long term appeal of the three players on this list as he could produce at a 40-50 point level over the next several years for the Stars. As for this season, he is certainly making a statement with 18 goals and 9 assists and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Marek Svatos | Colorado Avalanche
Despite Colorado struggling over the past month, Svatos has been playing extremely well with 10 points in his last 12 games. It should be interesting to see how Svatos benefits from Stastny and Sakic making their return here over the next several weeks so consider the long term upside to Marek as he could help fantasy managers with production to the very end of the season. He has typically been a first half performer so we’ll see if he can reverse his fortunes down the stretch here.
Stephen Weiss | Florida Panthers
Weiss has been scorching hot since the new year and looks to help carry the Florida Panthers into one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. As long as Florida teeters on the brink of taking over that 8th spot, consider Weiss, as well as Nathan Horton and David Booth, as options to improve production in February and on into March. 15 points in 15 games should not go overlooked.
Alexander Edler | Vancouver Canucks
Despite Vancouver’s recent struggles, Edler has picked up his game in the last 6 contests and is starting to factor into power play scoring once again. Hopefully the big win over the ‘Hawks this past weekend will get the Canucks back to winning ways and allow Edler to chip in from the back end and beef up his +/- for the final two months of fantasy play.