Under the Radar: Bolstering PIM and Plus/Minus

Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Dmitry Kulikov #7 of the Florida Panthers watch for the puck next to goalie Roberto Luongo #1 in the first period of the NHL game at the United Center on October 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Bill Smith/NHL/Getty Images)
Under the Radar: Bolstering PIM and Plus/Minus
Benjamin Chandhok

With seven fantasy categories in standard leagues, it can be useful to keep a few guys on your roster for specific categories.  Below are some under the radar players that may be available in your league to help you in penalty minutes and plus/minus.  This is a follow-up to my previous article on under the radar players for improving shots on goal and power play points located here.

Under the Radar Fantasy Players:




Dan Girardi

Pretty much everyone on the New York Rangers has a positive rating these days as the the team won its ninth straight game on Sunday.  Dan Girardi has been excellent on the blueline with a plus-10 rating this season, including plus-9 in his last seven games.  Girardi also has six points in his last seven games, making him a great under the radar pick-up right now.

Jannik Hansen

Jannik Hansen is having a terrific stretch with seven points in his last seven games and a plus-6 rating. He has been playing so well that he has been moved to the first power play unit with the Sedin twins.  Look for him to be a big beneficiary going forward.

Artem Anisimov

Artem Anisimov is still owned in only 48.8% of ESPN fantasy leagues right now despite being an all-around fantasy asset.  In his last seven games, he has three goals, seven total points, a plus-5 rating, and two power play points.  Even Joel Quenneville recently noted how well the top-six forward has been playing.  Pick up Anisimov now before he is gone!

Kevin Klein

Playing for the Rangers has its benefits and Kevin Klein is another option if you need help in the plus/minus category.  The defenseman is plus-12 on the year while clocking more than 21 minutes a game on the ice.

Adam Larsson

Larsson is a good pick-up for both plus/minus and penalty minutes.  In his last six games, the New Jersey defenseman has 19 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating.  Owned in only 26.8% of ESPN fantasy leagues, he is also flying under the radar.


Penalty Minutes


Troy Brouwer

Brouwer quietly has 12 points in 17 games this year playing for the St. Louis Blues.  The former Capital also has 16 penalty minutes on the year, including 12 in his last six games.  Brouwer is a good source of penalty minutes that won’t hurt you in other categories.

Jacob Trouba

Jacob Trouba is piling up the penalty minutes in Winnipeg.  The defenseman has 28 penalty minutes on the year, including 18 in his last six games.  The Jets are the most penalized team in the NHL and Trouba is a good add if you need help in penalty minutes.

Shane Doan

Nobody has more penalty minutes in the last 15 days than Shane Doan with 28 penalty minutes in only six games.  Doan’s 38 penalty minutes on the year is fifth overall in the NHL and he shows no sign of staying out of the box.

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis is starting to heat up in Nashville.  The Predators defenseman has four points and ten penalty minutes in his last six games.  He is a worthy add if you need help in penalty minutes.

Kevin Bieksa

Bieksa has lived up to his reputation from Vancouver in Anaheim in at least one way, accumulating 19 penalty minutes in his last seven games.  Bieksa will always be a key contributor in this category.

Benjamin Chandhok

Ben Chandhok is a lover of all fantasy sports, but his first love is hockey. You can find him in Massachusetts, cheering for his beloved Boston College Eagles.

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