By Adam Rickert
on Wednesday, February 20th
As expected, there have already been tons of surprises in this shortened season. Some players haven't come close to expectations and are causing you to lose sleep if you have them on your fantasy team, but some players are overachieving under the radar. Here are some of those players you may want to pick up if they're available.
Chris Kunitz - Pittsburgh Penguins
Kunitz usually ends up with good numbers since he normally plays alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. This year, he has been playing with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis and has put up a huge amount of points. As long as Crosby stays healthy, Kunitz can definitely be expected to keep up a good pace when it comes to putting up points.
Mike Ribeiro - Washington Capitals
As bad as the Caps have been, Ribeiro has been a big bright spot on the roster. He has put up five goals and thirteen assists as of February 19, and somehow has a positive plus/minus. As long as the Capitals pick up the pace a little bit (they can't get much worse), Ribeiro would definitely be a solid add.
Tomas Plekanec - Montreal Canadiens
Plekanec is leading the charge for the surging Montreal Canadiens. He is a huge reason why this team has been one of the biggest surprises of the season up at the top of the Eastern Conference. Plekanec is definitely a solid add if he is available in your league.
Sheldon Souray - Anaheim Ducks
We have a Sheldon Souray sighting! When did this guy come back? Souray has been one of the magical stories of the biggest surprise in hockey: the Anaheim Ducks. If you need a defenseman (say, you had Erik Karlsson), Souray is definitely a decent choice. He is showing shades of his former self and as long as he can stay healthy, he could be a valuable asset to your team.
Ray Emery - Chicago Blackhawks
It doesn't seem to matter who Chicago has between the pipes - they just keep winning. And winning. And winning. Emery has five of the twelve wins, splitting time with Corey Crawford and playing almost as solid as Chicago's #1 goalie. He starts much more often than a backup normally does as well. If you have a goaltender situation and someone has already picked up Viktor Fasth or Ben Scrivens, give Emery a shot.