Brad Boyes could very well end this season with 70-plus points, yet he will most assuredly not be amongst the top three Calder Trophy candidates. He will, however, finish No. 1 amongst rookie forwards in the hearts of poolies everywhere.
Boyes, the Maple Leafs 2000 first round pick (24th overall), has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners, as there were many candidates to finish third in rookie scoring back in September, and Boyes wasn't one of them.
For him to explode with a 70-point year is one of the bigger surprises of the season. It's not that Boyes did not have the ability, it is just that everything had to fall into place for it to happen so early in his career.
A strong training camp put him on the opening-night roster as the third-line center. An early injury to Alexei Zhamnov thrust him onto the second line. The Joe Thornton trade moved him up to the top. And chemistry with Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm added the finishing touch to a very productive season.
I'm not ready to put the superstar crown on Boyes' head just yet, but his last three seasons in the American League saw his production hover close to the point-per-game mark, which is a great sign of things to come.
For next season, pencil him in for another 70 points, with the ability to do much moreÂ…
Look who has finally shown up - Calgary rearguard Jordan Leopold has six points in his last three games. That is much better than the 14 points in 68 games he had prior to this runÂ…
The Kings are in the midst of a six-games-in-eight-days stretch that began March 27. Rotisserie owners take note of this and get as many Kings into your lineup as possible. L.A. seems to be scoring (and giving up) a lot of goals under the guidance of new head coach John Torchetti. The points will roll in for the next little whileÂ…
Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Martin Havlat should be back in the Ottawa lineup this weekend, having recovered from shoulder surgery. Not only should you pick up Havlat on Friday, but Tyler Arnason as well. Havlat will likely replace Chris Kelly at left wing on the Arnason-centered second line.
Farm Report: Owners of Patrick O'Sullivan have reason to be excited. The 21-year-old became the first player to win AHL rookie of the month honors twice in the same season since Brendan Morrison accomplished the feat in 1997-98. O'Sullivan won the honor in January and again in February, the first time it has ever been done back-to-back months. With 15 points so far in March, the Minnesota blue-chipper has a decent chance at the 'three-peat'. He only needs a strong training camp to make the Wild next seasonÂ…It took a month or two to get going, but Simon Gamache is back to his scoring ways in the AHL. After being a healthy scratch for dozens of games in the NHL with both St. Louis and Nashville, the 25-year-old was a little rusty. When he did get into games, an average ice time of 11:30 was not enough to find any kind of a groove. Both Nashville and St. Louis were afraid to send Gamache to the minors, because he would have to pass waivers and would likely be scooped up. They were correct, as Gamache was claimed by each of them once. At any rate, he is playing for the Milwaukee Admirals, and is currently on a nine-game point streak with 12 points during that span. Gamache is a free agent this summer, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up in the fall. Consistency and size are his only two question marks.
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