Here are some players you should pickup in Fantasy Hockey, sorted by position.
Colton Sissons is one of the best 4th line centers in the league, but in fantasy hockey, he could be even more valuable than he actually is in real life because of what he provides in the peripheral categories. So far this season Sissions has 5 goals, 1 PPP, 1 SHP, 12 PIM, 20 SOG, 89 FW, 15 hits, and 9 blocks. This is a terrific stat line and although you can't count on Sissons scoring a ton, he will fill out the FW, Hits, and blocks usually. Sissons is owned in 6% of fantasy leagues, snag him up while you can.
Nick Bjugstad is having an excellent year so far with the Arizona Coyotes, in fact he has played so well that he earned himself a promotion to play on the 2nd line along with Mattias Maccelli and Lawson Crouse. Bjugstad also gets time on Arizona's 2nd PP unit and 2nd PK unit. Bjugstad may not be a name who stands out to casuals, but his fantasy stat line is nothing short of impressive; he has 2 goals, 5 assists, 3 PPP, 20 PIM, 17 SOG, 101 FW, 13 Hits,10 Blocks, and is a +5. Bjugstad is owned in 6% of fantasy leagues, pick him up will you still can.
With the injuries to Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier, Michael McLeod has now been pushed to be the NJ Devils first-line center, with Jesper Bratt and Tyler Toffoli on his Wings. While McLeod is not a long-term solution, as his value will diminish the second Hughes and Hischier return, as long as those two remain out, McLeod will be a valuable asset in Fantasy. McLeod has 3 goals, 1 assist, 20 SOG, 89 FW, 17 Hits, and 5 blocks this season. McLeod is owned in 4% of leagues, it's worth picking him for a short time, if you need an injury replacement.
For anyone playing in leagues with Blocks, Nick Bonino is a cheat code in terms of getting blocks, and he also gets a healthy dose of Faceoff wins as well. To put into perspective how many blocks Bonino has, of the top 25 ranked players in blocks, all of them are defensemen, with the exception of Nick Bonino, who currently is 5th, with 35. If you get a forward with this many blocks, it is an advantage over other teams in your league. Oddly enough, Bonino is owned in 0% of leagues because he is only valuable in leagues with blocks.
Scott Laughton is a versatile forward, who can play both center and Left wing; he is a player who will cover all the categories across the boards. He plays on Philadelphia's 2nd line alongside Cam Atkinson and Ty Foerster and also gets time for the PP and PK. So far this season Laughton has 1 goal, 6 assists, 4 PIM, 30 SOG, 59 FW, 17 Hits, 10 blocks, and is a +6. Owned in 9% of leagues, but I expect that to increase as the season progresses. He is just a very solid player, but don't expect him to do anything to wow you either.
Alex Aifallo is such an underrated player; for a player who plays on the first line and 1st PP unit, he sure gets overlooked quite a bit in Fantasy hockey. Maybe because Winnipeg was not expected to be very good at the beginning of the season, but now that we know Mark Scheifele will be sticking around, there is no excuse for Iafallo to so undervalued in fantasy. Iafallo has 4 Goals, 6 assists, 4 PPP, 27 SOG, so far this season. While Iafallo doesn't provide much in the peripheral categories, he provides great secondary scoring, from time to time, if you are in a deep league. Iafallo is owned in 4% of leagues, which is criminal if you ask me.
Carl Grundstrom doesn't have much fantasy value in your standard leagues but if you play in a deep league that counts hits, Grundstrom would be a great addition. In addition to his 27 Hits, he also has 4 Goals, 1 PPP, 19 SOG, and is +4. Grundstrom is eligible to play both LW, and RW; this makes him attractive to managers in leagues, that emphasize on position. He is owned in just 1% of leagues and would be a good addition for a deep league.
Eeli Tolvanen is really starting find his grove, both for the Seattle Kraken and in Fantasy Hockey; he plays on the 3rd line with Yanni Gourde and Oliver Bjorkstrand, Seattle's 1st PP unit. So far this season, Tolvanen has recorded 3 goals, 4 assists, 1 PPP, 25 SOG, along with 27 Hits, 15 Blks. He is owned in 6% of leagues now, but if continues playing like this, that will definitely increase.
Noel Acciari is not a player you would typically think of owning in fantasy hockey unless of course, you play in deep CAT leagues. Acciari's value is not only just in his well-rounded stat line in the peripherals but in his positional versatility, as he is a C/RW flex. Acciari doesn't score often so don't expect it, but expect solid peripherals. He has 51 FW, 19 Hits, 12 Blks, and 12 SOG, along with 1 assist this season. Acciari is owned in just 1% of leagues.
If you want a player who will get a ton of hits, look no further than Keegan Kolesar of the Vegas Golden Knights. He currently has 49 Hits, which is 12 more than Tanner Jeannot and Marcus Foligno, who are tied for 2nd. Kolesar also has 14 PIM as well, if you are in a league that counts PIM. Kolesar is owned in 5% of leagues because he is simply a hit machine.
Brenden Dillon is just an all-around solid defenseman in fantasy if you play in a deep CAT league with Hits, blocks, and PIM. Don't expect Dillon to put up much offensive production, but he will fill out the peripherals very nicely. Dillon has 2 goals, 1 assist, 20 PIM, 13 SOG, 28 Hits and 17 Blocks so far this season. He is owned in 7% of leagues.
While Jonas Brodin is most certainly a better defenseman in real life than in Fantasy, he is by no means useless. Sure Brodin may not be putting up points every night, but he doesn't get a few blocks and usually has a good +/-. For those in point leagues that weigh +/- heavily, Brodin is worth a waiver claim. Brodin has 1 goal, 5 assists, 17 SOG, 24 Blks, and is a +8. Brodin is owned in 6% of leagues, and would be valuable just because of his +/-.
Carson Soucy is having a solid season with the Vancouver Canucks; he has recorded 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 PPP, 14 Hits and 17 blocks and is a +7. While this stat line isn't anything to brag about, it is a solid well-rounded stat line. Soucy is owned in just 3% of leagues, he is a player you definitely should pick up.
Alexandre Carrier is not appealing to your typical fantasy owner, but for those in leagues that count blocks, Carrier is definitely a player you want on your team, as he ranks second in the league in blocks behind only Jacob Trouba, with 38; Carrier also has 4 points, 1 PPP, 11 SOG and 10 hits. Carrior is owned in just 3% of leagues, so if you need blocks, pick him up.
Calvin Pickard- I know this might be risky, with how bad the Edmonton Oilers have been playing to start the season, but if you are a Stuart Skinner owner, you might as well go all in and pick up Pickard as well, you have nothing to lose. Pickard is the definition of a journeyman goalie but we have seen strange cases of journeyman goalies coming in and taking over the starting job, like Adin Hill last season with Vegas. The question is if you are willing to bank on Edmonton turning it around in the second half of the season.
Samuel Ersson-With Carter Hart out with an injury, Samuel Ersson should be the Number 1 Goalie for Philadelphia because their other goalie is Cal Peterson, who is not a viable starter. Ersson has actually played pretty well, with the expection of the one game in Anaheim, where he was shelled for 7 goals. Ersson is owned in 8% of leagues, and is an option in deep leagues or if you own Carter Hart.
Magnus Hellberg-With the injury to Alex Nedeljkovic and with Tristan Jarry's status unknown, Magnus Hellberg could see a lot more playing time for Pittsburgh moving forward than expected. It is tough to gage how well Hellberg will fare as the goalie, but if you are in desperate need of a goalie, you can maybe bank on a Pittsburgh goalie to get wins in a points league, but I would proceed with caution in leagues which count GAA and SV%. Hellberg is owned in 1% now, but that will skyrocket if Jarry is out.