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With the recent success of the Senators there has been a nearly endless stream of praise directed at newly arrived d-man Marc Methot. His immediate chemistry with line-mate Erik Karlsson and comfort on the Senator's top defensive pairing bodes well for Methot's fantasy value this season.
While is it unfair to expect Methot to rack up the points every game, he may be a strong pickup for those willing to throw the dice in this short season. Methot's offensive production may spike as a product of his circumstances. He is playing with Karlsson, that is half the story. The second half is (perhaps counter-intuitively) his proclivity for strong defensive play, and sound decision-making within his own blue line.
We can all agree that playing with Erik Karlsson would give a bump to just about anyone's point totals, because as sens fans, we're basically starstruck by his shining Tre Kronor awesomeness (here marks the point at which this post declines in street cred). But I'd make a case for that "second half" of the story being just as crucial (that being said, it is the "second half", so by definition it is equal in magnitude).
Methot can do two things very well; play smart defensively, and out hustle the absolute mustard out of anyone. These two characteristics make life very easy for the slick skating Karlsson. Methot (who you'll rarely see taking a shot on goal), is just as smart a player in the offensive zone. He knows that many of the team's goals are manufactured in Sweden. If you watch closely (or listen to anyone that has seen Methot play in the last 3 games) you will know two things; he works hard, and all he does is pass to Karlsson. Then again, if I would do the same thing if I wear in his -shoes- skates.
While picking up Methot is indeed going to handcuff you to Karlsson's offensive output this season, its very difficult to think of that as a negative. Methot's physical play should give you plenty of points for hits and hopefully not, but altogether likely, penalty minutes. Couple that with the potential for as many primary and secondary assists as Karlsson is willing to allow him, and you're looking fantasy risk worth taking (certainly better than the "oh, I bet Chris Campoli will be good now" fiasco of 2011).
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