Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Advice Finding Injury Replacements

Injuries are starting to really pile up, so here are some tips on who you should consider picking up to replace some of those players out long term.



Nick Bonino

Nathan MacKinnon was injured in Monday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers and is expected to miss some time. It is nearly impossible to replace a player of MacKinnon's caliber, so you will have to get a player who can fill up some other categories. Nick Bonino is a good player to have in a league with Faceoff wins and Blocks, and will occasionally chip in some points.


Noah Cates

Tyler Bertuzzi had surgery on Friday and is expected to miss 6 weeks, this marks the second time this season he has missed extended time this year. Noah Cates is playing on the Flyers 1st line and 1st PP unit and is listed as both a center and Left Winger. Cates is only owned in 1% of Fantasy Leagues and is a player who can stuff the stat sheet and get a little bit of everything.


Dillon Dube

Jakub Voracek will likely miss the rest of the season with a concussion, so you might want to look for a long-term replacement for him. Dillon Dube is playing on Calgary's 2nd line with Nazem Kadri and Andrew Mangiapane, as well as Calgary's 2nd PP unit. Dube is only owned in 2% of fantasy leagues and has 3 goals, 3 assists, 12 SOG, and 13 Hits in the last two weeks.


Vladislav Gavrikov

Zach Werenski will likely miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, so you should look for a long-term replacement for him. Vladislav Gavrikov is now playing on the 1st D pair and 2nd PP unit, as well as the 1st PK unit. Gavrikov is owned in only 3% of fantasy leagues and has 2 goals, 4 assists, 28 SOG, 25 hits and 48 blocks in the last two weeks.


Calen Addison

Kris Letang had a stroke and the timeline for his return is pretty foggy at the moment, so look for a long-term replacement for him. Calen Addison is essentially a Powerplay specialist but that is fine because he has 2 goals, 4 assists, and 4 PPPs in the last 2 weeks. He should continue to produce on the Powerplay as long as he sticks on Minnesota's 1st PP unit.


Spencer Martin

With Thatcher Demko expected to miss 6 weeks due to a lower-body injury, owners of Demko should seek to pick up his backup in Vancouver, Spencer Martin. Spencer Martin was already cutting starts from Demko before the injury, but now he will get the shot to be the legit number 1 in Vancouver. Martin has 7 wins with a 3.37 GAA and .892 SV% so far this season. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Advice Players to Trade Away

Here are some players you should Trade Away:



Brock Nelson

Brock Nelson has a track record of having hot starts to the season and then cooling off in the second half of the season. Nelson already has 11 goals, 22 points, and 6 PPP so far this season, but his best scoring season was last year when he had 37 goals and 59 points. It's already established what type of player Brock Nelson is, he is a player who excels in the first half of the season but cools off in the second half. For this reason, it would be best to trade away Brock Nelson. 

Dominik Kubalik

Dominik Kubalik is arguably the biggest steal in fantasy hockey this season, as he wasn't drafted in many leagues, however, his hot start has him rostered in 81% of Fantasy leagues. Kubalik has 9 goals, 13 assists, 10 PPP, and is a +4 so far this season, playing on a line with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond and Detroit's 1st PP unit. It would be a good idea to trade Kubalik now while his value is sky-high.

Martin Necas

Martin Necas has a track record of being a streaky player in his career, but he has gotten off to a terrific start to the season, putting up 10 goals, 24 points, 7 PPP, and 72 SOG thus far. Teuvo Teravainen is going to return from injury soon and he has already cooled off a tad bit, so it might be in your best interest to trade Necas before goes on his annual cold streak.

Josh Morrissey

Josh Morrissey is having the best start to the season thus far in his career; he already has 4 goals, 19 assists, 23 points along with 7 PPP, and is a +6. Morrissey is playing on Winnipeg's 1st D pair and 1st PP unit right now but the Jets in the past have been known to swap around with Morrissey and Poink on the 1st PP unit. I would suggest trading away Josh Morrissey now because I don't know if his production is sustainable, so it would be best to sell high for him.

Erik Karlsson

Erik Karlsson is having a great start to the season in large part due to the departure of Brent Burns, which has allowed Karlsson to be the true number 1 defenseman that he was back in Ottawa. Karlsson already has 11 goals, 21 assists, 8 PPP, and 75 SOG so far this season; he only had 10 goals, 25 assists, and 10 PPP all of last season. The reason I would suggest trading away Karlsson is that if Karlsson gets traded to a contender, he may not have the same fantasy value.

Martin Jones

Martin Jones and the Seattle Kraken have gotten off to a terrific start to the season with Jones posting an 11-4 record, a 2.58 GAA, .903 SV%, and 1 SO. Due to the injury to Philipp Grubauer, Jones was relied upon to be a starter for a large chunk of the early season and has been great, however, I don't know how long Jones will remain the Number 1 goalie for Seattle and how long the Kraken will remain good for, so you should sell high on Martin Jones.






Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Right Wingers to Pickup

 Here are some Right Wingers to pick up on the Waiver Wire:



Owen Tippett

Due to injuries, Owen Tippett has been pushed up to the top line of the Flyers and is also playing on their top powerplay unit. He has 3 goals, 5 points, 1 PPP, 24 SOG, 13 hits, and 8 blocks in the last two weeks, but he is a -9. This could be a risky pickup due to his +/- but because all of his other categories are pretty strong, he is worth picking up.

Jordan Eberle

Eberle has 2 goals, 5 points, 1 PPP, and 12 SOG in the last two weeks and is a solid option to have in a deep league, as he plays a top 6 role for Seattle and plays on the 1st PP unit. In leagues with hits and blocks, there could be better options, but for leagues with just goals, points, and PPP, he is worth a pickup.

Garnet Hathaway

Garnet Hathaway is a 5-star play to have in a cat league; he is a stat sheet stuffer and will get a little bit of everything. Hathaway has 1 goal, 13 SOG, 22, and 9 blocks in the last two weeks on a Washington team that has been struggling of late. It is not a bad idea to pick him up because he has been one of the constants for Washington this whole season.

Blake Coleman

Blake Coleman is currently playing on the third line of the Calgary Flames alongside Mikael Backlund and Jonathan Huberdeau. He has 2 goals, 5 points, 10 SOG, and 12 hits in the last two weeks, and has been much better since getting moved onto the Huberdeau line. Coleman is a solid option to have in leagues with SHP, as he is a player who is a threat shorthanded.

Travis Boyd

Travis Boyd is the first-line center for the Arizona Coyotes right now playing on the line Clayton Keller and the 2nd PP unit. Boyd may be playing center, but he is eligible to play RW as well in Fantasy, while is a major bonus for leagues with Faceoff wins because you are getting Faceoff wins from the wing position.

Nick Bjugstad

Nick Bjugstad is another Arizona Coyotes player who has duel eligibility as a Center and Right Winger. Bjugstad has 2 goals. 3 Points, 1 SHP,  and 38 FW in the last two weeks, which is great production for a player who is 1% owned. Consider him as an option in a deep league.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Left Wingers to Pickup

 Here is a list of Left Wingers to pickup:



Zach Parise

Zach Parise has worked his way back into the Fantasy scene in deeper leagues as he has quietly has put together a very solid statline. He has 5 goals, 3 assists, 1 PPP, 1 SHP, 40 SOG, 15 Hits, 19 blocks, and is a +9. This is a great all-around statline, and while he isn't going to produce offensively every night, he will get a healthy dose of SOG and he has a good +/-.


Nick Ritchie

Despite the recent slump, Nick Ritchie still has played very well for the Arizona Coyotes this season. Ritchie has 6 goals, 6 PPP, 22 SOG and 32 Hits so far this season and has been a major part of Arizona's lethal Powerplay.


Adam Henrique

Adam Henrique is definitely not the same player he once was but he can still be a solid option in fantasy leagues because of he is eligible to play both the Center and Left Wing. Henrique has 5 goals, 2 assists, 1 PPP, 27 SOG, 74 FW, 14 Hits, and 5 blocks so far this season playing on the Wing with Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry; he also is a part of Anaheim's 1st PP unit. Having Wingers that can win faceoffs in your lineup is a huge advantage and Henrique is one who gets overlooked a lot because he plays on a bad team.


Matias Maccelli

Matias Maccelli has played tremendously for the Arizona Coyotes recently, putting up 1 goal, 4 assists, 2 PPPs, and 1 GWG in the last week. He is currently playing on Arizona's 2nd line and 2nd PP unit and is owned in 3% of Fantasy leagues. He is a player to consider adding to a deep league.


Noah Cates

Noah Cates has been thrust into a top 6 role for the Philadelphia Flyers due to injuries to JVR, Cam Atkinson, and Wade Allison. Cates is centering the Flyers' second line with Scott Laughton and Joel Farabee and has played pretty well in that role. He has 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 PPP, 11 SOG, 23 FW, 12 Hits, and 2 blocks in the last week.


Alexander Barabanov

Alexander Barabanov has played excellent in the last week of the season, putting up 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 PPP, and 11 SOG, playing alongside Logan Couture on the Sharks' second line. Barabanov is eligible to play RW as well, which makes his value a bit higher than if he could only play LW. He is only owned in 2% of fantasy leagues and would be a good player to have in a deep league.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Centers to Pickup

 Here are some Centers to pick up on the Waiver Wire:



Adam Lowry

Adam Lowry is one of those players that are more valuable in fantasy hockey than he actually is in real life. So far this season, Lowry has 3 goals, 5 assists, 1 PPP, 2 SHP, 82 FW, 31 hits, 7 blocks, and is a +5.  Lowry is only owned in 7% of fantasy leagues and should be owned in any CAT league.

Charlie Coyle 

Charlie Coyle has been a huge part of the Boston Bruins success early on this season, putting up 5 goals, 2 assists, 25 SOG, 79 FW, 13 Hits, and 12 blocks, and is a +6. Coyle is only owned in 7 % of fantasy leagues, and should only be reserved for being owned in deep leagues, as he has a reputation for being inconsistent during his career.

Scott Laughton

Scott Laughton may only have 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 PPPs in the last two weeks, but he also has 70 FW, 14 SOG, and 17 Hits. Laughton is only owned in 4% of fantasy leagues but he should definitely be owned in leagues with Faceoff wins and hits.

Morgan Geekie


Morgan Geekie has been on a tear in the last two weeks, putting up 3 goals, 3 assists, 2 GWG, and was a +8.  Geekie has been a major part of Seattle's 5 game-win streak and should be owned in more fantasy
leagues.

David Kampf

David Kampf has played some of his best hockey in the last two weeks, putting up 1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG, 56 FW, and is a +5. He has settled in very nicely into his role as the 4th line center of the Maple Leafs and is starting to make an impact all over the ice. Kampf is owned in 1% of leagues and is valuable in leagues with faceoff wins and +/-.

Alexander Wennberg

Alexander Wennberg has been solid in the last two weeks of the season, putting up 2 goals, 3 assists, 11 SOG, 44 FW, and is a +5. Wennberg is only owned in 1% of fantasy leagues and probably should be owned in more leagues, as he has been a major part of Seattle's 5-game win streak.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Defenseman to Pickup

Here is some Defenseman to pickup in Fantasy Hockey:

 


Alec Martinez

Alec Martinez may not have the offensive production he used to have and he is almost allergic to throwing hits, but he league leader in blocked shots with 51. Vegas has played 11 games this season, which means that Martinez has an average of 4.63 blocks per game, which is remarkable at the age of 35. Martinez doesn't really do much else besides blocking a lot of shots but if your team does need more blocks, Martinez is the guy to add, if still available.


Adam Larsson

Surprisingly Adam Larsson has 2 goals and 3 points and is a +7, early in the season, but what is not surprising is that he has 16 SOG, 23 hits, and 21 blocks. Larsson has been consistently a reliable source of hits and blocks in the past few years, and while his offensive production drops off, he should help you garbage categories. Larsson is owned in 18% of fantasy leagues and would be a very valuable defenseman in a CAT league.


Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton is quietly putting together a monster season in the absence of Charlie McAvoy and has been a massive part of the Bruins' early season success. He has 4 points, 19 SOG, 34 Hits, and 16 blocks and is a +3 so far this season, and is a defenseman that can fill up the garbage categories for you. Clifton is owned in 26% of fantasy leagues, but he should be owned in more leagues, especially in CAT leagues.


Jamie Oleksiak

Jamie Oleksiak has always been a hidden fantasy hockey gem if you are trying to fill up the stat sheet in fantasy hockey. Oleksiak has 2 goals and 4 points along with 34 hits and 20 blocks so far this season but is a -3. He is only owned in 5% of fantasy leagues because not many people are paying attention to the Seattle Kraken, who have quietly assembled a solid team.



Brenden Dillon

Brenden Dillon may not do much for you offensively, but he will give you a solid number of hits and blocks every night. He is only owned in 9% of fantasy leagues, and would really only have value if you are in a deep league or in a league with hits and blocks. Dillon is a solid option, if you want to add more hits or blocks to your lineup.


Adam Pelech

Adam Pelech has been an underrated defenseman for a long time; he quietly puts up solid numbers but never gets the recognition he deserves. So far this season, Pelech has 4 points, 13 SOG, 18 hits, 18 blocks, and is a +6, which is not flashy but is solid.  Pelech is owned in only 4% of Fantasy Hockey leagues and would help many fantasy teams, especially deep rosters.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Advice Players to Trade For

 Here are players you should Trade For in Fantasy Hockey:



Elias Lindholm

Elias Lindholm has gotten off to a slow start to the season; he only has 2 goals, 2 PPP, 10 SOG, 50 FW, and is a -3 so far this season. He is a player you definitely want to target in a trade, as some impatient managers may be willing to trade away players who don't produce immediately. Of course in order to get a player of Lindholm's caliber, you would need to give up a ton, but it would be worth it at the end of the year.

Teuvo Teravainen

Teuvo Teraveinen is another player who has gotten off to a slow start to the season; he only has 2 assists, 16 SOG, and is a +5 so far this season. Teravainen doesn't have much value if he isn't racking up assists, which will come in the second half of the season, which is when the points really matter. It would be a smart idea to trade for him while his value is low, using the buy-low strategy.

Jordan Kyrou

Jordan Kyrou has had a rough start to the season; he only has 1 goal, 14 SOG, and is a -5 so far this season. It would be a smart idea to trade for him because he plays with Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn on the St.Louis Blues' first line, so his production will eventually come. Since Kyrou's value isn't as high right now, you might be able to acquire him for very little in return.

Roman Josi

Roman Josi has gotten off to a rough start to this season, after a career year last year; he only has 1 point and is a -6, but does have 31 SOG and 13 blocks as well. The good news is that Josi is Roman Josi is getting a lot of Shots, the bad news is that Josi has been held pointless in all but 1 game this season. This may be a good opportunity to try to poach Josi away from inpatient managers.

Moritz Seider

Last year's Calder Trophy winner, Moritz Seider has gotten off to a rough start to the season; he has 1 point, 1 PPP, 14 SOG, 9 hits, and 12 blocks so far this season. Incredibly, he has an even +/- rating despite playing defense for the Detroit Red Wings, which is remarkable, and his stats in other categories are good but his offensive production hasn't come yet. It would be an excellent opportunity to acquire a defenseman like Moritz Seider while his offensive production is low.

Thatcher Demko

The Vancouver Canucks have been the worst team in the NHL so far this season, hence why Thatcher is 0-5, with a 4.06 GAA and .872 SV%. Despite this, managers should not drop him, but rather take the risk and try to trade for him while other managers are desperate to get rid of him. If you do acquire Demko, it would be best to sit Demko, unless he has a good matchup.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Players to Pickup

 Here are some players you should consider picking up for Fantasy Hockey:



David Krejci

David Krejci is back and it seems like he never left; Krejci centers  "The Czech Line", which features David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha. The line has gotten off to a terrific start and he has done a great job filling in for Brad Marchand on the Powerplay as well. Krejci has 1 goal, 3 assists, and 1 PPP, along with 15 FW so far this season. 


Nic Dowd

Nic Dowd is not a player who should be owned in standard leagues, but if you are in a CAT league, which includes FW and Hits, he should definitely be rostered. Dowd is top 50 in FW amongst centers so far this season and he leads Centers in hits. Down has 1 goal, 1 assist, 23 FW, 19 hits, and 3 blocks, which makes for a very good fantasy stat line.


Jaden Schwartz

Jaden Schwartz has gotten off to a terrific start to the season, putting up 2 goals, 1 assist and 2 PPP along with 13 SOG, and 8 hits. When healthy Schwartz is a very productive player, but the issue is he hasn't been healthy for the past two years. With a start like this, it would be tough to pass up taking a flyer on him because he is finally being played with NHL-caliber talent.


Gabriel Vilardi

It's crazy that Gabriel Vilardi is only rostered in 13% of Fantasy leagues with the type of start that he has had to the season. Vilardi already has 3 goals, 2 assists, 10 SOG, and is a +3 so far this season, playing on a line with fellow young studs Quinton Byfield and Arthur Kalieyv. That third line for LA has worked wonders and will be the reason why the LA Kings will be tough to play against this year.


Calen Addison

Calen Addison is going to be a beast this year for the Minnesota Wild if he can sustain the production that he has had early on in the season. Addison has 4 assists and 3 PPPs but is a -5 so far this season; while the +/- is bad, Addison's PP production may be good enough to offset that. Addison is playing on Minnesota's 1st PP unit at the moment so if he can remain productive in the spot, he will have fantasy value.


Arber Xhekaj

Not many people had this defenseman on their radar before the season began but now he has become a must-own player in banger leagues. Xhekaj already has 16 hits and 7 blocks along with 5 SOG to go along with 1 point, which is excellent production in leagues with hits and blocks. If Arber is still available for some reason in your league, scoop him up fast.


Karel Vejmelka

It is a big risk to own a goalie for the Arizona Coyotes but if you are in a league that counts saves and you need a 4th string goalie, Vejmelka might be the goalie you want to get. He has already faced 123 shots in 3 games and stopped 110 of them; his 110 saves is 15 more than the next closes goalie, John Gibson. Vejmelka is a high-risk high-reward pickup, but on a good night, you could get a 35+ SV win.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Advice: Overrated Players + Players to Avoid

 Here are some Overrated Players and players to avoid in Fantasy Hockey this season.



Overrated Players


Jack Eichel

On paper, Jack Eichel is set up to put up some great numbers playing on a line with Mark Stone and Phil Kessel, but he hasn't played in 80 games since his rookie season in Buffalo. You would expect Eichel to put up better numbers playing with more talent in Vegas than he did in Buffalo, but he had some trouble finding chemistry with his linemates last season. Vegas hopes Eichel is fully healthy this season and forms a dynamic duo along with Mark Stone, but it might be wishful thinking because Eichel has lost a step since returning from his neck injury. It is not worth picking him in the 4th round when you can get players such as Elias Lindholm, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Elias Pettersson, John Tavares, and Claude Giroux.

Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider is overrated in Fantasy hockey because of his production from last season, in which he put up some unreal stats: 52 goals, 35 PPP, 258 SOG, and 141 Hits. I don't expect him to replicate the season he had last year; he may have the same number of SOG and hits, but he won't score as many goals and PPP, for sure. Kreider is ranked 24th overall in fantasy hockey, which is ahead of players like Kyle Connor, Sebastian Aho, David Pastrnak, Jake Guentzel, and Alex DeBrincat.

Brock Boeser

Brock Boeser is a streaky scorer and despite having scored 20+ goals every season besides the shortened 2019-20 season, is not worth drafting where he is ranked. Boeser is one of those players who despite being a very good player is also a disappointment because he is capable of being a better player than he is. He is ranked 98th overall in fantasy hockey, which is ahead of players like Brayden Point, Jordan Kyrou, Dylan Larkin, Jesper Bratt, and Ryan O'Reilly.

Jakob Chychurun

Jakob Chychurun is starting the season on the IR and even if he plays, he doesn't have much fantasy value as long as he plays for the Arizona Coyotes. Owners may take the risk of drafting him, banking on Arizona trading him away to a contender at the Deadline, but is it worth drafting him where he is ranked? Chychurn is ranked higher than defensemen such as Neal Pionk, Tyson Barrie, Jaccob Slavin, Radko Gudas, Dmitry Orlov, and Josh Morrissey.

Tony DeAngelo

Tony DeAngelo had a fantastic year with the Carolina Hurricanes last year, putting up 10 goals, 51 points, and 20 PPP with a +20 rating. He will definitely not put up anything remotely close to these numbers with the Philadelphia Flyers, who are going to be one of the worst teams in the league. DeAngelo is ranked ahead of defensemen such as Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Jared Spurgeon, Charlie McAvoy, Justin Faulk, and Erik Karlsson.

Ilya Sorokin

Ilya Sorokin may be one of the best goalies in the league, but the team in front of him is simply not good enough to compete in a stacked Metropolitan division. Because of this, despite Sorokin himself putting up good personal stats, he will not get enough Wins to validate being picked over the likes of Jacob Markstrom, Juuse Saros, and Thatcher Demko.


Players to Avoid


Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett was the beneficiary of playing on the line with Jonathan Huberdeau the past two seasons in Florida. I don't know how well he will do playing without Huberdeau because he rarely produced when he didn't play on his line. Moreover, Bennett is ranked 99th overall, ahead of players like Dylan Larkin, Brayden Point, Bo Horvat, and Ryan O'Reilly, who are a lot more proven.

Jakub Vrana

Jakub Vrana only appeared in 26 games last season, but did pup up 13 goals, 19 points and 6 PPP as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Vrana is a streaky player and he has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons; this is not a combination for success in fantasy Hockey. I would avoid drafting Vrana, and instead try to draft players such as Valeri Nichushkin, Tyler Toffoli, Brad Marchand, who is on LTIR, and Ryan Johansen.

Alex Tuch

Alex Tuch only put up 12 goals, 38 points, and 8 PPP, along with 139 SOG in 50 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres, but for some reason, he is ranked quite high in Fantasy Hockey. Currently, he is ranked 138th overall, which is higher than players such as Thomas Chabot, Nick Suzuki, Michael Bunting, Seth Jarvis, Joel Eriksson Ek, and Carter Verhaeghe. The reason why you avoid drafting Alex Tuch is that he hasn't played more than 60 games in the last two seasons and when he only had one 20-goal campaign in his career.

Ivan Provorov

Ivan Provorov is a very good defenseman in real life but he doesn't have much value in fantasy because he doesn't get high offensive totals and because the Flyers will be bad this season, he will also have a terrible +/-. Avoid drafting Ivan Provorov at all costs, because there are way better options like K'Andre Miller, Neal Pionk, Tyson Barrie, Jaccob Slavin, Radko Gudas, Dmitry Orlov, and Josh Morrissey. Unless you are in a deep league with deep rosters, I would avoid drafting Provorov.

Seth Jones

Seth Jones and the Chicago Blackhawks are going to be in for a long season, as Chicago has one of the worst teams on paper in a tough Central division. Jones may get a good amount of points while the team still has Patrick Kane, after he gets Traded, his offensive numbers will dip significantly and he will have a horrible +/-. I would avoid drafting Seth Jones because there are better defensemen available ranked after him like Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Jared Spurgeon, Charlie McAvoy, Justin Faulk, and Mikhail Sergachev.

Spencer Knight

Spencer Knight may have a bright future as the goaltender of the Florida Panthers, but as long as they have a healthy Sergei Bobrovsky, he will not get the reigns as the true number 1 goalie. Because of this, you should avoid picking him in Fantasy, as there are better goalies available ranked after him such as Jack Campbell, Jordan Binnigton, Alexander Georgiev, and Pavel Francouz. Unless you are in a dynasty/keeper league, I would avoid drafting Spencer Knight.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Fantasy Hockey Advice: Breakout Players + Sleepers

 Here is my list of Breakout players and Sleepers this year in Fantasy Hockey.



Breakout Players


Tim Stutzle

Tim Stutzle is my big Breakout candidate this year because he will be playing on a line with Alex DeBrincat and Claude Giroux. He put up 52 points last year playing with different linemates every other game, so you can expect a 70+ point season playing with these two star players. Tim Stutzle is finally surrounded by great offensive talent that can feed off his, so be ready for a great campaign from the German pivot.

Matt Boldy

Matt Boldy burst onto the NHL scene putting up 15 goals, 39 points, and 10 PP in 47 games last year with the Minnesota Wild. Boldy is projected to play on Minnesota's 3rd line alongside Sam Steel and Fredrick Gaudreau, and it's 2nd PP unit; however, I can see Marco Rossi overtaking Steel in the lineup eventually. It is not out of the possibility for Boldy to score 60+ points, and 15+ PP this season, considering how productive he was in the second half of last season.

Seth Jarvis

Seth Jarvis had a phenomenal start to his NHL career, putting up 17 goals and 40 points in 68 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. After being promoted to play on the line with Aho and Teravainen, Jarvis was really productive and he should continue to be productive playing alongside those two players. Jarvis is also playing on Carolina's 1st PP unit, which makes his fantasy value even higher. I can see Jarvis putting up 60+ points, 12+ PP this season.

Bowen Byram

Bowen Byram really shined in the playoffs for the Colorado Avalanche, and showed flashes of his sky-high potential; in the Avs Stanley Cup run, Byram tallied 9 points and was a +15. Byram will be playing on the 2nd D pair of Colorado and will see time on the 2nd PP unit, which will lead to greater production in comparison to last season. Byram should be a player fantasy owners target in Keeper leagues especially because he will one day be paired alongside Cale Makar.

Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba had a good season last year putting up 7 goals, 27 points, 5 powerplay points, and was a +9; he also had 84 hits and 114 blocks as well.  He will once again play an important role on the Minnesota Wild blueline, who is as a whole made up of underrated players, who don't get enough buzz. If he can equal or better his production from last season, he will be a sleeper considering he is drafted 13th or 14th round.

Spencer Knight

Spencer Knight has been a highly touted goaltender prospect for a long time but he has never gotten the opportunity to be the number 1 in Florida. With Bobrovsky getting another year older, I would expect Knight to get a heavier workload in the net and perhaps maybe be the starter if he plays well enough. This makes him a prime candidate for being a breakout player in Fantasy Hockey.


Sleepers


Vincent Trocheck

Vincent Trocheck has always been underrated in Fantasy because he played for a team-oriented Carolina team who makes a habit of not making any particular player greater than the team. However, Fantasy owners who play in Head to head leagues which include FW and Hits and +/- should know how valuable a player like Trocheck can be.Vincent Trocheck will play on a line with Artemi Panarin and is also playing on the Rangers' 1st powerplay unit, which should make him a lock for a 20+ goal, 50+ point season.

Andrei Kuzmenko

Andrei Kuzmenko has been creating a lot of buzz at Vancouver Canucks camp and during the preseason, and it seems like he will be an essential part of the Vancouver Canucks this season. Kuzmenko is set to play on a line with Elias Pettersson and Vancouver's 1st powerplay unit; it is possible for Andrei Kuzmenko to have the type of impact on the Canucks that Kirill Kaprizov did on the Minnesota Wild.

Artturi Lehkonen

Artturi Lehkonen has the potential to be the ultimate sleeper in Fantasy Hockey this season because he isn't a big name but he plays on a line with superstar players. Lehkonen is projected to play on the line with Nathan MacKinnon as well as the 1st powerplay unit. Because Gabe Landeskog will miss the start of the season, Lehkonen will have incredible fantasy value as long as the Captain remains sidelined.

Alexander Romanov

Alexander Romanov will have a greater role this season after being traded to the New York Islanders and is being paired with Noah Dobson. Romanov is projected to play on the Islanders' 2nd D pair and 2nd powerplay unit and is a useful player to have if your league counts hits and blocks. His offensive production would be an added bonus, but owners getting Romanov can expect him to get over 200 hits and 100 blocks.

Vince Dunn

Vince Dunn had a decent season last year considering; he had 7 goals, 35 points, and 11 powerplay points, and was Seattle's best defenseman all season long. Dunn is going to play on the Kraken's 1st D pair and 1st PP unit and could reach the 40-point mark this season with improvements made to the roster. Fantasy owners can look to draft him in the 13 or 14th round of the draft.

Alexandar Georgiev/Pavel Francouz

Alexandar Georgiev and Pavel Francouz will split the goaltending duties in net for the Colorado Avalanche this season, who will be expected to be a powerhouse once again. It would be a very wise draft for both goalies and bank on Colorado winning 50+ games so that the Wins can offset their Mediocre categories. If You are in a head-to-head league, you may want to look at other options, but for point leagues, Georgiev and Francouz are the ideal options.









Monday, September 26, 2022

How the Montreal Canadiens can Improve their chances to land Connor Bedard

 It is no secret that many teams around the league are trying to tank this season in order to land Connor Bedard, a potential generational talent. One of those teams that is among the favorites to land Bedard is the Montreal Canadiens, who are in dire need of game-changing talent. However, the Canadiens team is it is right now is too good, and would win too many games, so it would be best for them to trade away their valuable players. This is what the Montreal Canadiens need to better their chances at landing Connor Bedard.



At the Trade Deadline, Montreal makes a few trades


Montreal Canadiens trade Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman, and Josh Anderson to the Dallas Stars for Denis Gurianov, Ty Dellandrea, 1st round pick '24.

This is a massive haul to get in return for three good players, who will instantly make the Dallas Stars better, while Montreal gets younger and are in better shape for the future.


The Canadiens also trade Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson to the  New York Rangers for Zachary Jones, Sammy Blais, 1st round pick '23. Montreal retains 2 million of Brendan Gallagher's contract.

The Canadiens get a decent return for Brendan Gallagher, considering he has a less-than-desirable contract.


Jonathan Drouin is traded to the LA Kings for  Brendan Lemieux and a 2023 2nd-round pick.

LA Kings add a talented player with playoff experience to helpout  their very young team, while the Canadiens finally get to put an end to the Jonathan Drouin era.


Jake Allen and Joel Armia are traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for  Laurent Brossoit, 2024 2nd round pick. 

The Golden Knights need better goaltending and better depth at RW, so they improve their team instantly with this trade, while Montreal gets a backup and draft pick in exchange, moreover, they greater their chance of landing Bedard without good goaltending.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades



J.Slafkovsky-N.Suzuki-C.Caufield

E.Dadonov-K.Dach-D.Gurianov

S.Blais-S.Monahan-T.Dellandrea

B.Lemieux-J.Evans-R.Pitlick

M.Matheson-D.Savard

Z.Jones-J.Barron

J.Harris-C.Wideman

S.Montembeault

L.Broissoit


IR: C.Price, P.Byron


The Montreal Canadiens traded away almost all of their veteran players, and in doing so have put themselves in a very good position to land Connor Bedard.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

How Washington Capitals can be Contenders without Nicklas Backstrom

Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss the 2022-23 season after undergoing hip surgery, so if the Washington Capitals are to make the playoffs, they might need to do more than they have already done in the offseason to improve their team. This is what I would to ensure the Washington Capitals remain contenders without Nicklas Backstrom.




With Backstrom, Tom Wilson, and Carl Hagelin on LTIR, they can spend 17.11 million over the cap; they already have a payroll of 88.82 million, which is already 6.32 million over the cap. Wilson and Hagelin are expected to be back this season, so they really only have 2.88 million to spend, if Backstrom is remaining on the LTIR the whole season.

Washington added a bunch of rental players to replace their injured offensive players, but they haven't done much to improve their defense. The Offense of the Capitals is fine, but Washington really needs to improve their defense, if they are to contend in their division.


Washington Capitals Make the following Trades:


Washington Capitals acquire Jakub Chychurun from Arizona Coyotes for Hendrix Lapierre, Alexander Alexeyev, 2023 1st round pick.

It is tough to give up so much for one player, but I think Jakub Chychurun will improve the team tremendously and bring stability to the backend.

The Capitals also trade Marcus Johansson, Nick Jensen, and Cond. 2025 3rd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Rasmus Asplund, Zemgus Girgensons.

If Washington makes the playoffs, the Sabres get a 2nd round pick in 2025 or 2026. Buffalo retains half of Girgensons's contract.

The Capitals add some depth on offense, while also dumping Nick Jensen's contract.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades




A.Ovechkin-E.Kuznetsov-C.Sheary

A.Mantha-D.Strome-TJ.Oshie

R.Asplund-L.Eller-C.Brown

Z.Girgensons-N.Dowd-G.Hathaway

M.Fehrevary-J.Carlson

J.Chychurun-D.Orlov

E.Gustafsson-TVR

D.Kuemper

C.Lindgren

LTIR: N.Backstrom, T.Wilson, C.Hagelin


The Washington Capitals are a way deeper team and would be poised for another playoff run once Wilson and Hagelin return to the lineup.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

How New York Islanders can become Contenders this Season

The New York Islanders missed the playoffs last season, and they didn't really do anything in the offseason to improve the team. In order for the Islanders to be a contender this season, they will need to make some moves to improve the team. This is how the New York Islanders can become a Contender this season.



Before the season, the Islanders make two trades

New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, 2023 2nd round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Ritchie and a 2023 3rd round pick.

The Islanders and Coyotes basically swap Bailey and a 2nd round pick for Gostisbehere and 3rd round pick, as well as Kieffer Bellows for Nick Ritchie.

The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Vegas Golden Knights for Laurent Brossoit, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Golden Knights acquire a proven veteran goalie, who can help them while Robin Lehner is out this season.


At the Trade Deadline, One major trade is made

New York Islanders trade Simon Holmstrom, Nick Ritchie, Robin Salo and a 2025 1st round pick to the St.Louis Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko.

The acquisition of Vladimir Tarasenko gives the Islanders a star winger to put alongside Mat Barzal.


This is how the lineup looks like after the Trades




A.Lee-M.Barzal-V.Tarasenko

A.Beauvillier-B.Nelson-K.Palmieri

Z.Parise-JG.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

M.Martin-C.Cizikas-C.Clutterbuck


A.Romanov-N.Dobson

A.Pelech-R.Pulock

S.Gostisbehere-S.Mayfield


I.Sorokin

L.Brossoit


This team looks like a legit contender not only for this season, but for the next few years if they re-sign Vladimir Tarasenko.