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Fantasy Fare: Fanning the Flames

Jiri Hudler (right) and rookie Sean Monahan have been two early fantasy bargains, but may not be...

Jiri Hudler (right) and rookie Sean Monahan have been two early fantasy bargains, but may not be able to keep it up. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

Every year, there’s usually one NHL team that fantasy owners pretty much avoid -- a losing side with maybe a couple of marginal top-end players whose point totals barely compensate for unsightly plus-minus figures.

The rebuilding Calgary Flames were expected to be one such team in 2013-14 and, as such, were left to the later rounds in most drafts. A quick run through the draft results of a 10-team Yahoo! league I’m in shows that the suddenly red-hot Michael Cammalleri was the only Flame selected, and he lasted until the 18th of 26 rounds.

But when the Flames surged to a 3-0-2 start, several became hot pickups and early-season bargains.

Most notable is Jiri Hudler, who now finds himself 10th in NHL scoring after Friday and even on the plus-minus ledger after finishing minus-13 last season.


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