Sticking With Gonchar

Sergei Gonchar may only have one point in his last nine games but he is still producing in other fantasy areas.

Analysis: Despite his lack of points production Sergei Gonchar is still a must own. He’s twentieth in the NHL among defensemen in shots with 42 despite missing three games earlier this year. Gonchar is also twenty-third among NHL defensemen in ice time per game at 24:14. He is a plus-2 thus far this year but I wouldn’t expect much more than that due to the significant injuries on the Ottawa squad. The points and especially the power play points will come as Gonchar continues to get tons of minutes on the power play.

A few owners have dropped Gonchar because of his points production… don’t make the same mistake. His shots and ice time are elite and he will only hurt you in penalty minutes which isn’t that bad of a thing. Gonchar has outperformed Marek Zidlicky, Justin Faulk and John Carlson over the past two weeks despite being dropped. Gonchar is available in 5-30% of fantasy leagues so pick him up now before he starts scoring again.

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