NHL Rookies

Fantasy Hockey: NHL Rookies to make an impact; PART TWO

Charlie McAvoy- D, Boston Bruins

For a month or so we may see McAvoy log some extra minutes with Torey Krug out for the start of the season. McAvoy was the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. McAvoy spent time over at Boston University for two seasons where he collected 51 points in 75 games. McAvoy is about as smart as they get for a puck moving defenseman, he can play the defensive zone just as good as he can play the offensive zone. He posses great ability on both sides of the puck and has already shown his worth in the playoffs last season with Boston. If McAvoy can see more time in that top four pairing he will be an asset immediately. But on the second power play and still playing 20 minutes per game, McAvoy will bring value to your roster. Look for McAvoy to slot 7 goals, 28 assists, and 15 power play points.

Sonny Milano- LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

Milano has been up and down in the Blue Jackets organization for the past two seasons now. Once a 16th overall draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft, Milano has played just 7 games at the NHL level. The Blue Jackets have not been all that successful since he’s joined the team but as they continue to get more successful and start to piece together some of their younger players, Milano will have a shot at being a third line left winger with the Blue Jackets this season.  Milano is a highly skilled offensive player, he posses great hands, smooth skating and good vision on the ice, the only area he lacks in offensive zone corner play and creating plays without the puck. Milano collected 83 points in 127 AHL games since 2014, he can definitely be an impact on your roster come later in the year, but for now, wait. If Milano plays a full 82-game season look for a 10 goal, 20 assist season from him.

Clayton Keller, LW/RW- Arizona Coyotes

Keller despite his size has been compared to one of the NHL’s top goal scorers in the league, Patrick Kane, now obviously may be scouting reports touting his horn but watching Keller play he has the same style of play as Kane. Keller was a 7th overall pick in the 216 NHL draft, he spent one season at Boston University and then was brought up to the Coyotes last season for three games. Keller while at BU slotted 45 points in 31 games and was BU’s best forward his first year on the team. Keller manages the same style of play as Johnny Gaudreau but more of a goal scorer and offensive skilled, Keller posses excellent hockey sense, scoring ability, shifty skating and superstar talent. Being slotted on the first line with veteran Derek Stepan and breakout candidate Max Domi, Keller is destined for a big rookie season. I could see Keller a Calder nominee and score 20 goals, 18 assists, and 14 power play points.

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