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Is Wojtek Wolski or Lee Stempniak worth a pickup for managers looking for help at the wing?
Fred Poulin: Wolski is worth picking in deep fantasy leagues as he’s been producing at a fairly decent pace for the red-hot Panthers. There are far better options out there, but the Polish winger who’s only 2% owned in Yahoo! leagues, has recorded 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 5 games with a +2 rating. As for Stempniak, I wouldn’t grab him as he just came back from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for more than 6 weeks. He will need at least-5-10 games to regain his form, which is why he isn’t worth
Peter Harling: As a temporary solution, yes Wolski can help. Since being acquired by Florida he has eight points in 13 games. Wolski has always been somewhat of an enigma, teasing fantasy owners with sublime skill but disappointing with sub par effort. It was his lazy attitude that earned him a regular spot in Coach Tortorella’s dog house. At as result, he is now on his fourth NHL team at only 26 years old, but he always has a honeymoon phase where he Woo’s his new team and fantasy owner. That is always short lived however so his value has a shelf life. Lee Stempniak has the ability to go on a hot streak as he did when he was acquired by Phoenix. However, he has not shown that ability recently, and given the fact that Calgary is rather challenged offensively I
would not count on Stempniak for much (or any) offense.
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