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Fantasy Pool Look: Huselius lost in the ‘Iggy’ Fuss

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Fantasy Pool Look: Huselius lost in the ‘Iggy’ Fuss

Darryl Dobbs
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Jarome Iginla's recent hot streak has been well documented. After all, how can you not notice 28 points in 15 games? By extension, his linemates Alex Tanguay (14 points in that span) and Daymond Langkow (21 points) have also received a lot of buzz on websites and in newspapers alike.

What is being overlooked is the man on the second line – Kristian Huselius. For poolies, the word “overlooked” is one of their favorites. The 28-year-old left winger has a career high of just 47 points. That seems a little low because he just oozes talent. As a prospect over in Sweden, one scout noted Huselius “could stickhandle in a phone booth.”

The talent is there, but the hunger is not. At least not often enough. On Nov. 4, Huselius found himself in the press box as a healthy scratch. In the 25 games since that night, Huselius has 13 goals and 26 points.

When a player on your second line is producing like that, it certainly makes life easier for the first line. If Huselius can hang on to this hunger for the remaining 40-plus games, he will have 70 points. In any event, he will beat his career high and you can count on him for at least 60. Yet another reason why poolies should not be frustrated when their guy is scratchedÂ…

Petr Nedved going to the Oilers is an interesting move. He has bombed everywhere he has gone since returning from the lockout, with 32 points in 74 games and an ugly minus-34. Edmonton, however, may be different. If you recall, he played 16 games there to end the season prior to the lockout and picked up 15 points.

Still just 35 years old, Nedved may have some legs still. However, you should probably watch him for a game or two first to see how he performs. It says here he will start off strong for about a dozen games before tailing offÂ…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: The injuries to Chris Pronger (broken foot) and Francois Beauchemin (lacerated spleen) mean rookie blueliner Shane O'Brien will now see tons of ice time. Expect his impressive penalty minute total to rise even further, as well as his decent point total. Ryan Getzlaf will be back manning the point on the power play again, so expect his numbers to spike for the next two or three weeksÂ…

Farm Report: Boston prospect Vladimir Sobotka has jumped onto my fantasy radar thanks to a wonderful performance at the world juniors. He led the Czech Republic in scoring with three goals and six points in five games. His team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden on Tuesday, but Sobotka certainly wasn't to blame. The 19-year-old outscored more highly-touted countrymen Martin Hanzal (Phoenix) and Petr Kalus (Boston). Sobotka was drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) in 2005.

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Fantasy Pool Look: Huselius lost in the ‘Iggy’ Fuss