Hockey News: Martin Gelinas

Updated: March 8, 2007, 1:02 PM ET
By Darryl Dobbs | Special to ESPN.com

Martin Gelinas isn't a player I would normally recommend for your fantasy squad. In fact, taking the season as a whole, Gelinas' 37 points are not exactly eye-catching. Why should it be? That's a 45-point pace, which is useless in most pools.

The good part is -- your competitors probably haven't noticed him.

Historically, Gelinas hasn't exactly been a consistent fantasy asset. In his 17-year career he reached the 50-point plateau on four occasions and had a career high 68 points in the 1996-97 season with Vancouver. That being said, he's hot right now and the Panthers are heavily leaning on him and linemates Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton.

Gelinas has 26 points in his last 28 games. That got your attention, didn't it?

And if a near point-a-game pace didn't wet your appetite, he's also a plus-14 in that span.

Weiss and Horton have faired pretty well also. Horton has 13 points in his last 13 games -- including six multi-point efforts. Weiss has 22 in his past 22 and is finally coming into his own. Weiss probably would have put up these numbers sooner, but injuries have plagued his career.

In any event, coach Jacques Martin is the using 36-year-old Gelinas and his two mates as much as possible, with the domino effect being a nice increase in Olli Jokinen's production now that he's finally getting some elbowroom in the opposition zone.

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Bad timing for Marcel Hossa to find himself on the shelf. The Rangers youngster, who sprained his knee on Monday, had 13 points in 14 games going into the contest and was taking full advantage of the extra ice time given to him with the absence of Brendan Shanahan (concussion, out indefinitely) and Martin Straka (shoulder, missed three games). It will be difficult to gauge his fantasy value for next season as a result of this setback.

Farm Report: Speaking of the Rangers, one of their prospects is my early pick to be the next Paul Stastny. Ryan Callahan is jumping up the depth chart, similar to the Colorado youngster last season. Callahan, ranked 67th in The Hockey News' Future Watch, is an impressive training camp away from making it on Broadway.

Darryl Dobbs' Fantasy Pool Look appears every Monday and Wednesday only on The Hockey News.com. Want to speak with Darryl about fantasy hockey? E-mail him at dobber@dobberhockey.com.

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