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Fantasy Pool Look: Top gun since the all-star break

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Fantasy Pool Look: Top gun since the all-star break

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It's quiz time. This player's averaging more than a point per game and now sits among the top 20 in league scoring. Any takers?

Here's a hint – he started the season with 19 points in 32 games and poolies were frantically e-mailing me for advice on whether or not to dump him. It got to the point where even I wrote (for all to see) he would be lucky to finish in the mid to high 60s.

But Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg has already reached that plateau with 64 points in 60 games. He's been the hottest and most productive player in the NHL since the all-star break, even after he gave the rest of the league a head start by going pointless in his first game back.

In the 10 games since, Zetterberg has clicked with teammate Pavel Datsyuk and has posted 24 points.

Kudos to all the poolies who scooped him up at the end of December from a an owner in a full panic. The 26-year-old Swede is coming off an 85-point season and was expected to blossom even more this campaign. I never thought I'd be saying this a month ago, but I think he will surpass last year's numbers. Consider this: Detroit has 22 games left and all Zetterberg needs is 26 points to match his point-per-game productions (1.1) from last season.

One more note: Datsyuk, has 14 points in those 10 gamesÂ…

Injuries from a fantasy pool perspective: With Cristobal Huet out for the remainder of the regular season after undergoing surgery Feb. 11 to repair his left hamstring, rookie Jaroslav Halak has stepped up with back-to-back wins. I highly recommend picking Halak up. He is worth taking a flyer on as your second goaltender as all the stars seem to be aligned here. The Habs needed a beacon of hope and Halak has pulled them out of a slump. They will keep riding him until he stumblesÂ…

Farm Report: I mentioned in a recent column how well Montreal prospect Andrei Kostitsyn has been doing lately in the American League. Time to mention his younger brother. Sergei Kostitsyn, 19, also a Montreal prospect, plays for the London Knights in the Ontario League. The left winger is on a 20-game point streak with 15 goals and 42 assists in that span. While this is not a big deal considering his age, it's still pretty impressive and moves him up the depth charts. All the same, he is still four years away from making a serious run at a spot on the Montreal rosterÂ…Speaking of the Knights and point streaks, Patrick Kane is on an 18-gamer. Kane is eligible to be drafted this summer and is projected to be a top 10 pick. He has an incredible 56 points in that span and his 123 points lead the entire league. As an 18 year old, that is mighty impressive.

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 Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Also, get the top 300 roto-player rankings on the 1st of every month in THN's Fantasy section.

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Fantasy Pool Look: Top gun since the all-star break