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Peter Forsberg, F: Peter Forsberg is getting closer to returning and he made it clear that it is not to a Swedish team -- he's coming back to the NHL. Translation: pick him up if he's available. The Philadelphia Flyers are a high-scoring bunch and although it won't be evident which line he'll play on for the first little bit, he will get power play time as they ease him back into the rotation. When healthy, he was one of the most dominant players in the league.

Braydon Coburn, D (PHI): Like most fantasy experts, I laughed at the thought of picking up Braydon Coburn at first. Here are some facts for you: he has 24 points (six on the power play), 48 PIMs and is a +14. He is fresh off an excellent month of January and appears to be gaining confidence as the season progresses. He's owned in a paltry amount of leagues but he's a guy that will be drafted next year. So what if he was useless (in fantasy terms) during his first three seasons in the league -- stop scoffing at the name and see if you have somebody worse to drop for him.

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Chuck Kobasew, F (BOS): Like to ride the hot streaks? Talk to Chuck. Chuck Kobasew is a streaky player but is part of a hot line right now that includes Milan Lucic and Glen Metropolit. Lucic, the left-winger on the line, has seven points in his last six games and might also be worth a look, but I digress. Kobasew is on a four-game point-streak and has nine points in his last seven games. Prior to that, though, he was point-less in six straight games.

Viktor Kozlov, C (WAS): Center is a deep position but the one who takes the faceoffs next to Alexander Ovechkin is always a valuable guy. Of late, that has been Viktor Kozlov as the Washington Capitals look to replace Michael Nylander, who is done for the year. Kozlov had 12 points in January -- his highest monthly total to date this season -- and had nine points in his last six games prior to a 2-0 shutout at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. Kozlov will continue to have value as long as he plays next Ovechkin.

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Johnny Oduya, D (NJ): One of the most added guys this week has been New Jeresey Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya. Oduya has been a consistent source for penalty minutes all season long but he's had a particularly strong January in several categories. Along with eight penalty minutes, he provided eight points (four on the PP), 11 shots on goal and a +6 rating. Oduya now leads the Devils in +/-. Oduya isn't exactly a brand name but you have to keep in mind that the Devils continually find productive defensemen -- they have done it for the last 15 years. If he continues to play like he did in January, he won't be available for long.

Mike Komisarek, D (MTL): Mike Komisarek has been a popular pickup this week. His 70 PIMs put him 12th in the league among defenseman. His +10 rating is decent but most people who have added this guy are also expecting points. Komisarek has 11 of his 17 points in the last two months after notching only six points through the first two months.

Lubomir Visnovsky, D (LA): It's unlikely that Lubomir Visnovsky is on many waiver wires, but I figured I'd talk about him briefly since he was dropped in my league. He's 14th in assists among defenseman and 16th in points with 30. Many of those points come on the power play, where he is ranked near the top ten for defensemen. Quite frankly, the only reason to drop this guy is if his -18 rating is killing you. If you are in a league without +/-, he has to be on somebody's roster.

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