March 1, 2013 | 11:34am ET
Size doesn't matter
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com
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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
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
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
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
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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Bamford is a Columnist for The
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