Fantasy Hockey Friday: The Hot List

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.

The Colorado Avalanche: Last week we highlighted the Winnipeg Jets and several of their players who were posting bg numbers. This week it’s the Colorado Avalanche. Rookie Gabriel Landeskog has three goals and three assists and is a plus-six over the last seven days. New addition Steve Downie, who the Avs traded for last week, has two goals, five assists and is also a plus-six. David Jones, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly also have five goals and five assists between them. The Avs are fighting hard for a playoff spot, so these players could put up some big numbers as the season winds down and teams gear up for playoffs.

David Desharnais (forward): Featured on The Hot List a few weeks back, Desharnais, in his first full NHL season, has overtaken the scoring lead for the Canadiens with 50 points on the season, including four goals and 10 assists over the past 11 games.

Drew Stafford (forward): Far from the 31 goals Stafford scored last season, Stafford has had a disappointing run with Buffalo this year and was a rumored trade deadline target earlier this week. With three goals and one assist over the last week, however, Stafford may be looking to end an otherwise disappointing season on a positive note.

Teddy Purcell (forward): Another player recently featured on The Hot List, Purcell has a strong second half building up and has already tied his career high in goals (17) and should surpass his career high in points (51) that he set last season. Purcell now has 14 points during his current seven-game point streak.

Kevin Shattenkirk (defenseman): In his third full NHL season, Shattenkirk has already posted a career high in goals (eight) and points (31) already and continues to climb. Shattenkirk has one goal and three assists over the past seven days, but what really stands out is his 14 shots on goal. When a defenseman shoots a lot from the point, it usually translates into good production.

Michal Neuvirth (goalie): Neuvirth got his fourth start in a row tonight, but had his three-game win streak snapped at the hands of the New Jersey devils. Still, Neuvirth has been red-hot recently with three wins in four games. Could a goalie controversy be brewing in Washington as the Caps try to secure a playoff spot?

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