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Sean Couturier-After missing 2+ years, Sean Couturier is back and it seems like he hasn't missed a beat. Believe it or not, Couturier has been one of the top centers in the league so far with his all-around play, putting up 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 PPP, 63 FW, 24 SOG, and 1 SHP. Despite showing that he is still an elite center, Couturier is only owned in 20% of fantasy leagues. Pick him up now, while you still can.

Ryan Johansen- Serves as the Avalanche's 2nd line center and plays on their all-world 1st pp unit. Despite not being the player he used to be, Johansen is still a valuable fantasy asset because of the players he plays with. Johansen has 4 goals and 4 PPPs along with 63 FW so far this season. He is owned in 29% of fantasy leagues.

Sean Monahan- Someone must have gotten a time machine and put Sean Monahan in it because he is playing like he was back when he was in his prime. Monahan has been arguably the best player on Montreal this year, with 3 goals, 6 points, 2 PPP, 66 FW thus far. He is owned in just 16% of fantasy leagues. 

Phillip Danault-This isn't a player you would typically think of picking up in a standard league but would be a player you would come to love in a deep league with Faceoff wins. Danault can't be counted on for consistent point production, but you can expect an average of 7.8 faceoff wins a game.

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Nic Paul- This is the type of player who could end up winning you fantasy leagues. He is not a household name nor can he be relied upon to produce every game, but from time to time, he will have an outstanding game, add on the fact that he is a C, LW flex, who gets a healthy amount of FW and hits, makes him a great asset to own. By the way, he is playing on TB's 1st PP unit this year. Paul is owned in 34% of leagues.

Mason McTavish-  A Rising young star in the league who in a few years with be drafted in the first couple rounds of Fantasy drafts. He is one of the Duck's three leading point scorers and has shown his willingness the mix it up as well. He has also improved tremendously on faceoffs this season, and has already won an average of 12.75 Faceoffs a game. He is owned in 28% of fantasy leagues.

Marcus Foligno- A Gem of a player to own leagues with Hits and PIM because he currently leads the league in hits and is surely going to pick up some penalty minutes this season. On top of this, he also has 3 points, which is an added bonus. Foligno owns 19% of fantasy leagues.

Erik Haula-This is a streaky player who picks up points in bunches, but for the most part he is a great player to own in deep leagues due to his versatility and because he fills out the boxscore pretty well. Haula has 4 goals, 1 assists, 1 PPP, 1 SHP, 2 GWG, along with 43 FW. He is owned in only 14% of leagues.


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Cam Atkinson-Had an injury-riddled year last season, so many have forgotten that this is a player who had 6 20+ goal seasons with Columbus when they were not very good. Even the year before, in 2021-22, he had 23 goals. Playing alongside Sean Couturier, Atkinson seems to be primed for a bounceback year. He is owned in only 9% of fantasy leagues.

Kyle Palmieri- A very underrated scorer, playing on the New York Islanders who just knows how to put up points. Palmieri has 2 goals, 4 assists, along with 3 PPP, which is real good considering he plays for a low-scoring team. At this point in his career, he is more of a powerplay specialist, but that doesn't matter in fantasy. He is owned in only 5% of fantasy leagues. 

Ryan Strome-Playing alongside rising star Mason McTavish and Frank Vatrano, who all have had a fantastic start to the season, Ryan Strome is tied with his two linemates for the team lead in points. Because he plays on Anaheim, who isn't expected to be very good, not many people own him, but that might be a mistake.

Josh Anderson-While not worth rostering in most standard leagues, Josh Anderson does hold some value in those deep leagues which could PIM, SOG, and Hits cause he is has the most PIMs among RWs in the league, has 15 SOG, averagees 2.28 hits per game. He is owned in only 10% of leagues.


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Michael Matheson-The Habs blueliner is averaging over 26 minutes a night and has tallied 2 goals, 3 assists, 4 PPP, along with 22 SOG and 21 blocks; what a stat line that is for a defenseman that no one wanted. If Matheson keeps this scoring pace up, he could have a 40-point season. 

Travis Sanheim-You want to know who has the second most points for a defenseman in the NHL? It's Travis Sanheim who has 1 goal and 7 assists, along with 2 PPP, and 1 SHP thus far, plus 16 SOG, and 13 Blks.  Sanheim has been statistically one of the best defensemen in the entire NHL, but like the other Flyers on this list, he remains on the waiver wire in a  large portion of leagues (37% owned).

Brayden McNabb- This defenseman is not flashy and is not what you think about when it comes to point production from the back end but he has 4 points and he is a +8. For owners in Cat leagues, he is even more valuable, having tallied 8 PIM, 9 Hits, 21 blks. He is owned in 38% of leagues.

Ivan Provorov-The Russian Defenseman has settled in very nicely with the Columbus Blue Jackets, tallying 6 points, 4 PPP, along with 20 blocks from the backend. Although Provorov isn't playing with the 1st unit, he is still finding ways to put up points on that second unit. He is owned in just 17% of fantasy leagues.

Arber Xhekaj- Habs blueliner is as advertised, you should expect him to rack up a ton of Penalty minutes, as he leads the defenseman in that category, and will get a healthy amount of hits as well. If you want to win a league with PIMs, this is your guy. 

Ilya Lyubushkin-Not a player you would add for a standard league, but if you are in a Cat league, Lyubushkin could be very helpful, as he has averaged 2.14 hits and 3.71 blks per game. He is owned in only 2% of leagues.


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Joseph Woll-In case you haven't been paying attention to Toronto Maple Leafs hockey in the last week or so, Joseph Woll just stole the starting gig from Ilya Samsonov, thanks to his stellar 3-1 record, 1.33 GAA, .961 SV%. He is currently owned in 68% of the league but that percentage should be at 90% very soon.

Jonas Johansson-The doubters of Jonas Johansson were proven wrong,  and it seems as though he can be an NHL-caliber goalie if he has a good team in front of him. As the starter for the Lightning, he has a 4-1 record, 2.56 GAA, and .925 SV%. He is owned in 65% of fantasy leagues. 

Karel Vejmelka-One of my sleeper teams this year is the Arizona Coyotes and the major reason for that is the man in net Karel Vejmelka, who is one of the most underrated goalies in the league. He is 2-2 with a 1.85 GAA, .942 SV% this season. (55% owned).

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