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March 1, 2013 | 11:34am ET

Size doesn't matter
By Tab Bamford,

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In honor of the end of the shortest month of the year, this week we'll look at some of the shorter players in the NHL. Where can you get big production from a not-so-big player? Here are a few guys to keep an eye on this week when putting together a winning roster. Each player's name is followed by his listed height.


The Superstar: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay (5'8")

The model of consistency, St. Louis is right back among the league leaders in assists this year. This is a big week for the Bolts, who travel to Pittsburgh and New Jersey before hosting Winnipeg and Montreal.

The Big Score: Sam Gagner, Edmonton (5'10")

Edmonton is on a big road trip this week, visiting Minnesota, Columbus, Detroit and Nashville. All four of those matchups could provide opportunities for Gagner to continue putting points on the board.

The Sleeper: Brad Marchand, Boston (5'9")

Marchand hasn't been as productive this year as some would have liked, but he has a knack for playing well on the big stage. The Bruins have a big-stage schedule this week, hosting the Habs, Leafs and Flyers (with a trip to Washington, as well).

The Darkhorse: Andrew Shaw, Chicago (5'11")

Chicago continues to roll through the NHL, and this week sets up with a few interesting games; the Hawks have a home-and-home with the Avs, who might get Ryan O'Reilly back in their lineup, at the end of the week. Shaw has five goals on what has become a dangerous third line for the Blackhawks with Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg.


The Superstar: Brian Campbell, Florida (5'11")

Campbell continues to be among the most productive defensemen in the league, and has a schedule that is very favorable this week. After hosting Carolina, Winnipeg visits the Sunshine State for two games with the Panthers travelling to Washington in between.

The Big Score: Rafael Diaz, Montreal (5'11")

Diaz has nearly matched Campbell's point total to date, and has worked himself into a prominent role in Montreal. The Habs are on the road for four games this week -- visiting the Bruins, Islanders, Canes and Bolts -- and hope to continue pushing for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Sleeper: Nick Leddy, Chicago (5'11")

We've mentioned Leddy before, and his role on the Blackhawks' powerplay continues to make him a good buy-low candidate. With four games this week and the potential for the Hawks to see a lot of time with a man advantage, Leddy could be a big pick-up.

The Darkhorse: Slava Voynov, Los Angeles (5'11")

The defending champion Kings need their blueline to get healthy, and they'll have a lot of home cooking with four games in LA this week. With increased ice time, Voynov will be asked to provide some offense against opponents that have struggled to score lately; Nashville, St. Louis, Dallas and Calgary all set up as potential point-producing games for Voynov.


The Little Big Man: Viktor Fasth, Anaheim (5'11")

It's hard to find a netminder that stands under six-feet tall these days, but the man between the pipes in Anaheim has been outstanding all year. The Ducks only have three games this week, but they're all against offensively-struggling teams. Anaheim will play a home-and-home with Phoenix before hosting the O'Reilly-less Calgary Flames.

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 Tab Bamford is a Columnist for The Fourth Period Magazine. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.



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