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Fantasy Pool Look: Saturday potpourri

Corey Perry is fifth in NHL scoring with 83 points in 74 games. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Corey Perry is fifth in NHL scoring with 83 points in 74 games. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

As I often do when no particular subject jumps out at me, I just toss a few thoughts down. Still nothing I deem column-worthy? Then I’ll just slap them all together and call it potpourri. Taking the easy way out? Bah, just shut up and enjoy...

• Since Mike Fisher joined the Predators, David Legwand has become a No. 1 center. While Fisher himself has been struggling with just four points in 20 games, Legwand has put himself into a position to finish with 45 points, which would be his best season since 2006-07. The 30-year-old has 20 points in those 20 games, which, of course, is the production of a top pivot. If Fisher’s presence had a hand in that in any way, then the trade wasn’t so bad after all...

• Corey Perry is a fantasy hockey dream right now. Taking his position into account (right wing is more valuable than center), his numbers across the board make him arguably the most valuable commodity in rotisserie hockey. His current pace projects him to finish with 46 goals, 91 points (fifth in the league), 110 penalty minutes (top 40 in the league), 13 power play goals (tied for fourth), three shorthanded markers, nine game-winners and 275 shots (15th in the league)...

• A common question I’m asked these days: will Teemu Selanne retire? He hints at it. But the 40-year-old has suggested as much in each of his past three summers. He’s posting his best numbers since 2006-07 this season and could end up with 75-plus points. I would be looking to see how cheaply I can acquire him in the summer and roll the dice...

• Sometimes when a player gets injured for an extended period of time, the scoring slack is picked up by many. In those situations, you don’t see any particular player suddenly pop. That’s not the case in St. Louis after Alex Steen went down with an ankle injury. On the shelf for seven games now, he has watched teammate Matt D’Agostini post 10 points in that span. D’Agostini had six points in 25 games prior to that injury. You probably don’t need a team of experts analyzing the situation to explain the cause/effect for you...

• The main beneficiary of Jordan Staal’s recent surge is Pittsburgh linemate Tyler Kennedy. He’s turned a rather weak start (five points in 19 games through Nov. 17) into a career-best season. Not normally in any kind of fantasy discussion, Kennedy is starting to produce. He has 22 points in his past 30 games, including 12 goals - he had 13 goals all of last season. He’s also shooting the puck far more than he ever has, with 211 shots...

• Sergei Kostitsyn is as streaky as they come. He started his tenure in Nashville with three points in 19 games. Then he tallied 30 points in 33 games. After that he managed just two points in 13 games. Today he is on a run of seven points in five. Who goes hot and cold to that extreme? This guy is like Kristian Huselius on speed...

• Start taking Blake Wheeler seriously: Eleven points in 15 games with the new club. He has found a home in Atlanta and he has a key role. There just wasn’t enough room for him in Boston. Giant, 6-foot-5 players with great hands and decent speed don’t grow on trees. The Thrashers know what they have and I think he’ll do next season what Andrew Ladd did this year...

• Ryan Callahan is looking like everything I thought he could be back in 2007. He’s white hot right now, with 13 points in his past eight games. His 47 points are a career high and he’s done it despite missing 20 games...

• I hate opening up a can of worms, and this stat certainly won’t go over well with Montreal fans, but Zdeno Chara has 10 points in the seven games since the horrific injury to Max Pacioretty - including three in the rematch against Montreal. He's extremely focused, as if he’s blocking out the controversy (and the boo-birds)...

• Dion Phaneuf was not a successful defenseman with Tomas Kaberle in the lineup. In 18 games since the trade, he has 13 points and is a completely different player. With more confidence, the shots are hitting the net more often and his hits are being thrown at more opportune moments. It shows a lot of promise for his fantasy fortunes in 2011-12.

Darryl Dobbs’ Fantasy Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Tuesday and Saturday. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the first of every month in THN’s Fantasy section.

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