By Jordan Shifman & Jesse Campigotto
With the world junior championship concluding this week (ouch, Canada), we thought we'd take a look at how the Canadian stars of last year's tournament are doing in the NHL this season, and whether any of them offer value to fantasy owners.
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On to this week's topics:Junior stars 1 year laterJordan:
Canada has had its fair share of stars wear the red maple leaf at the world juniors, but perhaps none had as much of an impact as Brayden Schenn
. Last year, Schenn led all scorers with 18 points (tying a Canadian record) and was named the tournament's MVP and top forward, all while playing with a separated shoulder. Since then, Schenn has not had much of an opportunity to prove himself at the NHL level. He didn't play a game for the Kings following last year's world juniors, and he's missed much of this season for the Flyers with various injuries. He did, however, score his first NHL goal this week at the Winter Classic. Meanwhile, Sean Couturier
wasn't nearly as highly touted as his older teammate in juniors, but the 19-year-old has 10 points in 33 games with a plus-9 rating this year for the Flyers despite averaging less than 13 minutes of ice time per game.Jesse: Zach Kassian
has shown some potential for the Sabres. Since being called up from the minors in late November, the big winger, who was a fan favourite at last year's world juniors in Buffalo with his blend of skill and intimidation, has three goals, three assists and 13 penalty minutes in 17 games. Kassian is seeing limited ice time (about 13 minutes a game) and almost no power-play time (less than one minute on average) but he's the kind of player the Sabres are looking for to counter their image as a soft team. After a solid start (five points in his first six NHL games) Kassian has hit the wall with just one assist in his last 11, but he's got the skills to become a good power forward some day soon.Add this guy!Jesse:
The most-added player in Yahoo! leagues currently is Dennis Seidenberg
, who nonetheless remains unowned in almost two thirds of league. The Boston defencemen has seven points in his last six games and, like pretty much every Bruin, sports a strong plus-minus (plus-15). If, like me, you're in a league that docks for penalty minutes, Seidenberg has incurred a very-manageable-for-a-defenceman 20 PIMs.Jordan:
To appreciate this next player, put your hate (or love) for the Toronto Maple Leafs aside for just a moment. Leafs winger Clarke MacArthur
has seven points over his current six-game point streak. Though he has been streaky this year, MacArthur still has 20 points in 32 games and is just 19 per cent owned in Yahoo! leagues.Add this guy!Jesse:
Another guy who's putting up nice numbers while remaining available in two thirds of leagues is Blake Wheeler
. With the Jets taking advantage of a long stretch of home games at the end of 2011 to jumpstart their season, Wheeler followed suit. Since Nov. 17, the big winger has recorded at least one point in 17 of 21 games, racking up 23 points in that span.Start this guy!Jordan:
Buffalo has been missing the big presence of Tyler Myers
since he broke his wrist on November 19. The Sabres defenceman was off to a slow start before the injury (six points in 19 games), but perhaps sitting and watching from the press box will help turn his game around. Myers could return as early as this weekend.
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