The Hot List provides a small sampling of players putting up big numbers over the last week who are flying under the radar in Fantasy Hockey leagues and could be worth a look if you need an extra boost in your stat categories.
David Desharnais (forward): One goal and five assists over his last four games, Desharnais now has 42 points in 58 games for the Canadiens.
David Perron (forward): The St. Louis Blues are red hot and Perron is heating up himself. With eight points, including six goals, over his past five games, Perron could be a big addition to a team looking for more scoring.
Chris Kunitz (forward): Kunitz had two big multi-point efforts this past week for the Penguins, resulting in two goals and five assists, including a power play goal and assist, over the past seven days. He’s getting some time with Malkin and Neal, which would help pad any player’s stats.
James Wisniewski (defenseman): About the only Columbus Blue Jackets player not on the trading block, Wisniewski contributed two goals and two assists in the past week, including one of each on the power play. Wisniewski now has points in each of his past three games since returning from injury.
Joey MacDonald (goalie): Here’s the good news – MacDonald has won each of his past four starts and helped the Wings win a record-setting 21 straight home games. He will likely get the start in net tonight against Nashville for the Wings at home again and appears to be their number two guy ahead of Conklin now. Here’s the bad news – Jimmy Howard is expected to start Sunday against San Jose, meaning there may not be many more quality starts for MacDonald in the near future unless Howard’s injury bothers him more than expected.
Marek Zidlicky (defenseman): It was reported earlier this week that Zidlicky agreed to waive his no trade clause to go to New Jersey, although a deal has yet to materialize. With only 13 assists on the season, Zidlicky could benefit from a change of scenery – and perhaps a more offensive team like New Jersey.
Rick Nash (forward): Trade rumors haven’t stopped Nash from competing at a high level, averaging a point per game over his last six. Still, it appears as if Columbus might be ready to part with their franchise player. It may be worth it to send some trade offers to his owner just in case, because if Nash gets traded and finds himself with a legitimate playmaking center, his numbers should increase immediately.