Fantasy Hockey is nearly a month underway, which means players have had now eleven to thirteen games to pad their stats and get off to some hot streaks. For some, it was a successful October and for others, it was not so successful. Through October here three of the Top Fantasy Hockey Forwards, Defenseman of the month.
Steven Stamkos/Nikita Kucherov: I’m just going to combine these two into one because it would be no fun to have two Lightning players in the top three. If you happen to have either Stamkos or Kucherov there is a good chance your team is off to a fine start Stamkos is in the top three for points among fantasy players and leads all centers with 17 assists, 9 power play points and has 39 shots on goal. Kucherov leads the NHL with 12 goals, leads all RW with 8 power play points and fourth in shots on goal among right-wingers. These two are the mold of your team without them you struggle and they are players you never consider moving unless of course you have fully given up on your fantasy team and are looking towards next year already.
Jaden Schwartz: Not a name I would have expected to be up here come this time but Schwartz is off to an incredible start and is ranked fourth among all forwards/defenseman for points in fantasy hockey. Schwartz has 7 goals, 8 assists 2 power play points and 29 shots on goal. St. Louis is off to a hot start to start the season and it has shown in Schwartz’s play, and it does not seem he will cool down anytime soon, especially being paired with the top line of Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin erupted for seven goals in his first two games and has in a sense cooled off a bit but still has tallied 8 points over his last ten games. Ovechkin is in the early running for yet another Maurice Richard trophy. On the year Ovi already has 10 goals, 5 assists, 4 power play points, 61 shots on goal. That line of Kuznetsov-Vrana-Ovechkin has been paying off quite well for the Capitals so far. With both of their success, Ovechkin has rallied around the two and got himself off to a 15 point total over twelve games. This line will continue to produce all year and Ovechkin will continue to be that guy for Washington night in and night out.
Honorable mentions: Evander Kane (6G,6A,3PPP, 60 SOG), Auston Matthews(8G, 7A, 3PPP, 35 SOG), Dustin Brown(5G, 6A, 1PPP, 39 SOG, 33 HIT)
Drew Doughty: Due to the King’s success, Doughty has been right up there for top point go-ers among defenseman. On the year Doughty has 3 goals, 5 assists, +13, 2 power play points, 2 game-winning goals and 39 shots on goal. He has dipped into every category imaginable and has been the backbone of your team’s defense coming into the year Doughty was ranked 51, he is now ranked 26. While the Kings success continues so will Doughty’s, making him the #1 defenseman for the month of October.
Alex Pietrangelo: Pietrangelo has been one of the most consistent defensemen this year and while the Blues have been off to a hot start so has Pietrangelo. On the year already Pietrangelo has 4 goals, 8 assists, 4 power play points, 2 game-winning goals and 41 shots on goal. The Blues have no one else on that back end that can produce top defenseman numbers, besides Colton Parayko. But with this start, Pietrangelo has got himself into the Norris conversation quite early. This is a player that will produce all season and someone you want on your team for the long haul.
Mikhail Sergachev: Definitely one of the biggest surprises of the season so far, Sergachev was still unsure if he was going to be in the line up come game one but since joining the Lightning, Sergachev has made his presence known quite well in Tampa Bay and around the NHL. Through eleven games Sergachev has 4 goals, 6 assists, 4 power play points, 2 game-winning goals and 24 shots on goal. With the power play time and is a top-three defenseman on this Tampa Bay team that scores goals game in and game out, Sergachev is a must have and is still not 100% owned in some leagues. This guy needs to be owned in 100 percent of leagues soon and with another great week, he will be in no time.
Honorable Mentions: Shayne Gostisbehere(1G, 12A, 8 PPP, 1 GWG, 28 SOG), John Klingberg(3G, 8A, 6 PPP, 31 SOG) Jake Muzzin (2G, 7A, 3 PPP, 31 SOG)