The National Hockey League's regular season is about to commence with the Calgary Flames starting their regular season Thursday in Washington. As of Tuesday, Flames blueliner Dennis Wideman is ranked as the 36th best defenseman in the NHL and is worth drafting as your third or fourth defenseman in fantasy hockey pools.
Wideman may not help you much in the plus-minus category as the Flames are in a rebuilding mode. However he is very valuable in pools where power play points and shots on goal matter. In 2012-13, Wideman was tenth amongst defenseman in power play points with 13 and 17th among defensemen with 94 shots on goal.
After a year under his belt in Calgary, it appears Wideman is familiar with head coach Bob Hartley's system and continue to take on a leadership and mentoring role alongside newly appointed captain Mark Giordano.
T.J. Brodie could be worth drafting in a pool a couple of years from now but does not have what it takes yet to be a reliable fantasy defenseman. As for Shane O'Brien, he is a great pickup if you need to win the penalty minutes category in any given week, but do not expect anything else from him.