Buy, Sell or Hold - looking at Kadri, Ladd, Voracek, Moulson and more...

In less than two weeks, this condensed season will at the mid-point. If you are still hanging on to some traditional top performers who are not giving you the returns you thought or are debating dropping one for a seemingly lesser-like who may be having a good run, this week is dedicated to you. All of the verdicts below are based on one year leagues only. Keeper league value can be a whole other kettle of fish. This article will cover a dozen players from only the Eastern Conference.


Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs

Funny what a coaching change can do for a player's outlook; Kadri has 18 points in 22 games since Carlyle was installed as Toronto's bench boss. He had 18 points in 49 previous NHL contests. It's not all coaching, as Kadri has matured as a player, but comments from the player himself credit Carlyle with helping him play with confidence. That makes all the difference at this level. Kadri impressed again last night with two neat backhand assists.

Verdict:  Buy


Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets

Tied for 17th in the NHL in points scored over the last calendar month (not including last night's games) with 15 points. Players who also had 15 points over the past month included Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Henrik Sedin, Damien Brunner and David Clarkson. Ladd is also durable, missing only one game over his last four NHL campaigns.

Verdict:  Hold


Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets

Kane is currently on a seven game point streak and is on pace for 68 points in a full season. His career high of 57 points was set last season. His pace is not a mirage in what is his fourth NHL season. This guy is going to be a fantasy monster once he realizes his full potential.

Verdict:  Buy, but don't pay keeper league prices in one year leagues.


James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs

JVR has 10 points in his last 11 games and is scoring at a 62 point pace (pro-rated for 82 games). Last season, he scored at a 46 point pace recording 24 points in 43 games. He is finding some chemistry with fellow American Phil Kessel. Van Riemsdyk is averaging the third most time on ice after Kessel and Bozak and receives top unit power play minutes.

Verdict:  Hold


Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Voracek is smoking hot, recording a searing 13 points in his last five games, including six power play points. After opening the season with three points in eight games, he has 21 points in 13 games. Voracek is on pace for 55 points, which would better his career high of 50 points even in this abbreviated campaign. Tied for sixth most points over the last calendar month (not counting last night's multi-point effort).

Verdict:  Buy


Matt Moulson, New York Islanders

Moulson is tied with Voracek for the sixth most points over the last month with 20 points. Even after losing P.A. Parenteau, Moulson hasn't skipped a beat in recording 23 points in 19 games this season. Moulson is coming off of three consecutive 30 goal campaigns. Playing with John Tavares certainly helps, but not everyone can play with elite level players. Moulson doesn't get enough credit.

Verdict:  Hold or Buy if his current owner doesn't respect his true value.


Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils

You wouldn't expect the soon to be 37-year-old to be mentioned in the same breath as Sidney Crosby (25), Steven Stamkos (24), Henrik Zetterberg (23) and John Tavares (21), but Elias is tied for fourth in points scored over the last calendar month with JT. Elias had 78 points last season and has 22 in 19 games so far this season.

Verdict:  Hold


Cody Franson, Toronto Maple Leafs

Franson has 11 points in 17 games this season, a 53 point full-season pace. He's playing slightly better than 16 minutes per game and receives second unit power play duties. The problem is that the Buds blueline is more crowded than Eaton Centre on Boxing Day and Jake Gardiner has yet to get back in the mix.

Verdict:  Sell fast, before Gardiner makes his eventual return.


Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins

In his first two seasons with the Pens, Martin recorded 24 and 27 points. So far this year, he has 14 points in 19 games, including eight over the past six matches. Five of his 14 points this year have come via the man advantage. Martin plays over 25 minutes per game and receives second power play unit time. The problem is that his career high in points came way back in 2005-06, when he scored 37 points with the Devils.

Verdict:  Sell before the well runs dry. 


Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

Pacioretty is coming off a career best 33 goal, 65 point effort last season. He is heating up with eight points in his last six games to bring his season total to 14 points in 15 games. While he is averaging only 15:35 minutes of ice time per game, more importantly, he receives top power play minutes and has six points with the man advantage.

Verdict:  Hold


Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers

Weiss plays 19 minutes per game, tops amongst Panther forwards, but there are seven players who receive more power play ice time. After recording 57 points last season, the pending unrestricted free agent has only four points in 14 games this season. He's better than he's shown and has plenty of motivation to put up bigger numbers over the final half of the season.

Verdict:  Buy low.


Olli Jokinen, Winnipeg Jets

Jokinen has been snake bitten this season, recording five points in 18 games. He has a single lonely point in the month of February, spanning an incredible 11 games. Last season, OJ had 61 points. The Juice is squeezed for top six minutes and first unit power play time.

Verdict:  Hold


Any Ottawa Senator

The Senators are defying the odds and winning despite significant injuries to their two top forwards from last year, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, their (and the league's) top defenseman, Erik Karlsson, who was arguably the best player in the NHL at the time of his injury, and now goaltender Craig Anderson, who had insane numbers before he went down. Ottawa has won their last five contests. At least Spezza might be back soon, but his track record suggests that he is a candidate to end up back on the Injured Reserve before season's end.

Verdict:  Sell. This collection of gutsy prospects and suspects will come crashing back down to ice at some point this season and when they do, you don't want to be left holding the bag.


Are there any players from the Eastern Conference that weren't covered?  Feel free to ask or comment below.

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Russ Miller said:

The Comish
... DarthVain - Fla is an interesting team at the moment. I think they are having some integration issues with young studs Huberdeau and Shore. All that I mean by that is that maybe Weiss and Flash are not being used as much in the same way they were last year as the coach has options this year. That said Flash is 2nd only to Weiss in fwds ice time and gets the most PPTOI on the team.

mooseiamcdn - As Huberdeau continues to adjust to the NHL, he is only getting better. In his last game, he played 20:42 (Weiss 15:12 lowest of his season) and he is definitely pushing to be played in more offensive situations/PP.

Shore has six points in his last seven games. In two years, this Panther team is going to look crazy different and should also have some very good players on board.

Beauchemin's pts over the last three seasons: 22, 17, 26. His career high is 36 pts way back in 2005-06. The 32 year old is scoring at a 58 pt pace over 82 games. He plays 3:25/game on the PK, 2:02 on the PP (4th amongst Ana D) and leads the team in TOI by a long shot. In his 4 assist game, all were second assists, with 3 PPA. Both Fowler and Souray are looked at to produce offense. Anaheim is third in the league in 5 on 5 scoring and he is on the ice an awful lot.
February 26, 2013
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Russ Miller said:

The Comish
Thanks for you comments mounD - re: Martin. I overlooked the impact Malkin's injury had on his PP1 TOI. I definitely should have mentioned that, although it won't change my opinion on Martin's offensive upside! Thanks for bringing that up, definitely helpful.

grozer - If you bring some reasons as to why you 100% no not agree with some of my points, we could discuss further. I'm not always right, but I like to pretend sometimes!smilies/wink.gif

Darth & moose - I'll be able to better answer after I get home - at work right now and the internet is soooo slow...
February 26, 2013
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mooseiamcdn said:

... also, what about dman Beauchemin in ANA? In your annual report, you mentioned he would be more of a shutdown defenseman. Yet at this point in time, he has 12 pts in 17 games and has logged a ton of ice time. Will his offensive game decline now that Fowler has returned or should I go against your original advice and pick him on the waiver wire and bank on his offensive totals to continue to increase?
February 26, 2013
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mooseiamcdn said:

... What are your thoughts on Huberdeau in FLA. Overall, FLA is not a great scoring team, but it seems like Huberdeau continues to show up on the scoresheet each night.

February 26, 2013
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DarthVain said:

Fleischmann, Tomas His -10 in our pool is killing even his mediocre points he is getting.

He was a 70pts player for me last year. What happened in Florida?
February 26, 2013
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sanstanya said:

@Grozer Hey not trying to be a dick, but this place is all about open debate/discussion. I would bet people would be interested to hear your take, but only saying as much as you did doesn't really add any value and kind of comes across as "you're wrong!" and note much else.
Meant constructively. Cheers.
February 26, 2013
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grozer said:

... 100% no not agree with a lot of points madesmilies/sad.gif
February 26, 2013
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mounD said:

Martin For what it's worth, Paul Martin has been receiving PP1 duties consistently, even with Letang back in the lineup. And now with Evgeni on the mend with a concussion, Martin's spot on the top unit is arguable even more secure than before.

He provides a calm presence back there, as opposed to te riverboat gambling of Kris Letang, and the coaching staff appreciates Martin's overall contributions to the club. Martin is definitely a sell-high candidate, but your readers should have accurate information. Martin is here to stay on the top PP unit at least for the time being.

Cheers and happy hunting, Dobberites!
February 26, 2013
Votes: +0
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