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Fantasy Pool Look: Roto-league opportunities

A pair of incidents have come up in the past couple of days that just scream ‘opportunity' to the roto-enthusiast. Both will help you – if you act quickly – on a short-term basis.

Bryan Berard signed with the Islanders on Tuesday in what was the worst-kept secret in the league. He had been rumored to be signing for weeks, the team was just waiting for some roster space to clear up. They got that when defenseman Freddy Meyer was waived and subsequently picked up by the Coyotes.

Berard seems to finally be back to health after a pair of major back surgeries and he has been running a very efficient Islanders power play in practice. He will immediately form one half of a solid one-two punch on the blueline with Marc-Andre Bergeron. The two defensemen will be out there with the man advantage nearly every second there is one. As such, Berard should be scooped up right now. This is a temporary arrangement because I have my doubts about his longevity, but enjoy the offense that he gives you for now and ride it until he does go down with an injury.

The other incident happened on Monday. Atlanta superstar Marian Hossa caught a rut in the ice and sustained a groin injury that looks as if it will keep him on the shelf for several games (although nothing is official). As a result, rookie Brett Sterling, also a winger, moves up the depth chart. Suddenly, Sterling is the No.3 offensive winger behind Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov. With that temporary promotion, the diminutive winger will now see some time on the first power play unit.

I can see him producing a point per game for the next week or so. This is his chance to prove himself – until Hossa returns at the very least.

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Ray Emery owners are in trouble. The Ottawa netminder is expected back in the lineup in one or two weeks, but with Martin Gerber and the rest of the team on a big role, he may find himself struggling to get starts. It would not surprise me in the least if Emery hit the Christmas break with just five wins under his beltÂ…

Farm Report: The early leader in American League scoring heading into Tuesday's games is Pittsburgh prospect Tyler Kennedy. The fourth round pick from 1999 (99th overall) has five points in three games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The hardworking winger also had a strong training camp and may have earned himself the right to be called up first. I could tell you his upside is in the mid-60'sÂ…but when we're talking about Sidney Crosby's team, all upsides go out the window for talented wingers.

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