Jeremy Freeborns Fantasy Hockey Report

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VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 19: Thatcher Demko #35 reaches for a loose puck as Jordan Subban #67 and Michael Carcone #58 of the Vancouver Canucks check Ryan Lomberg #56 of the Calgary Flames during their Young Stars Classic game at South Okanagan Events Centre on September 19, 2016 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain / ISN)

Believe it or not but this might become the perfect time to acquire St. Louis Blues in hockey pools. Why? Well because there might be some impatient fantasy owners out there who might believe it is time to get rid of some Blues because of their poor January.

These players who I am talking about are Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko. These Blues are very worthy when it comes to fantasy even though the Blues are barely in a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

This past week I was thrilled to acquire Vladimir Tarasenko in a very important fantasy league I am in for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. There is no doubt that Bishop has had an off year (11-11-3 with a goals against average of 2.78 and save percentage of .905) and is losing many starts to Andrei Vasilevskiy. I felt it was a steal of a deal in acquiring the Russian sniper.

When it comes to Shattenkirk, Pietrangelo and Parayko, there is a strong possibility that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong may consider trading at least one of their three blueliners to a contender. Shattenkirk seems to be the most probable of the three to be traded because is an unrestricted free agent. The Edmonton Oilers could be a possible trade partner, but the fact that Shattenkirk is American, makes me believe he will go to an American franchise. Two teams that could be more likely are the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The fact that John Davidson has a history with the Blues may help in possible trade negotiations. Davidson was the president of hockey operations with the Blues from 2006 to 2012 and has been the president of hockey operations with the Blue Jackets over the last five years.

This week four teams play four times each—the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. The best players to take in weekly leagues are Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals and Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens. Meanwhile, stay away from the Florida Panthers as they only play twice.

Meanwhile in the shortened week last week (because of the National Hockey League All-Star Game), the best player was Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. Marleau had five goals and one assist for six points. However there is only one period where Marleau shined. The native of Aneroid, Saskatchewan scored four goals in one period last Monday in a 5-1 San Jose Sharks win over the bad Colorado Avalanche.

However before you acquire Marleau on your fantasy team, remember two factors. He is 37 years old, and the end of his hockey career may be coming near and he is actually a minus player for his career. In 1461 regular season games, Marleau is a -11, which could surprise some people when you consider the fact the Sharks have been one of the most successful teams during the regular season since Marleau’s rookie year of 1997-98.

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