Fantasy hockey really makes me question some players, being that I keep up with all the latest transaction, roster moves and everything involved with the NHL, some players are of complete surprise to me while others are not. Well after 25 plus games in, is the right time to start selling some players or is it too early? For the quarter mark point of the season, here are five players that seem like the real deal and others who are just pretending!
Braydon Schenn/Jaden Schwartz, Guys, I think these players are legit this season, we are only 25 games in and Schenn has 30 points, Schwartz has 32 and leads the team with 13 goals. That line, in general, has been unreal and it is crazy to think that these two players were probably fifth or lower round picks performing like first round picks. These two are legit people.
Anze Kopitar, Kopitar surpassed his goal mark last season in 51 fewer games. Kopitar has been the focal point for the Kings success, but the only thing that scares me with Kopitar is if the Kings are not successful we will not see as much production from him. But still he will be a 70 point guy this season and if the Kings get hot and make a playoff push we could see an even better season from Kopitar.
TJ Oshie, I personally love Oshie he is a great fantasy player and a player that does it all, hits, pims, shots, goals, assists, name it Oshie does it. He has 10 goals 12 assists on the year and being that Oshie is a big key to this Capitals offense there will be no way we see him dip off. Oshie is looking at a 75 point year I’d say, I am happy with that if I am a fantasy owner.
Jason Zucker, call me crazy but I think Zucker slots 30 and has the best year among all Wild forwards. Mikael Granlund has been MIA, Charlie Coyle is still out and Nino Nieddrater is solid but Zucker has been on fire. Zucker was hot for a period of time but he has kept it up and on the year has 13 goals, 7 assists, and 4 power play points.
Vincent Trocheck, I am not sure why this player does not see more credit. He is a top goal scorer in the league right now, has an unbelievable shot, plays top-six minutes, power play time and leads the Panthers in points. Trocheck has 10 goals, 12 assists, and 6 power play points this year. I don’t care what anyone says, Trocheck will slot 30 and be a 65 point guy this season. He’s not a pretender he is for real people.
Sean Couturier, another guy who I think will be producing all year but some may call me crazy. So be it, but Couturier is on the first line and if you have been keeping up with the Flyers but that is the only line that scores for them and much of that success comes off Couturier. On the year, he has 14 goals, 12 assists, 3 power play shots and he is a player who does it all as well, shots on goal, hits. The Flyers first line is going to be the only successful line so why not get one of their first line players, Courtier looks to be on pace for 30 goals and 70 points as a guy who was drafted late or even a waiver wire add, I am pleased with that.
Dustin Brown, he has already tallied off beside his last two games, Brown has tallied six points in ten games, two goals, three assists over a two-week span. That is not terrible but each week his production is decreasing and as the Kings offense struggle so will Brown. Don’t be too high on Brown right now.
Jordan Staal, no shot Staal keeps this numbers up being ranked in the top 50 for Yahoo rankings, tallying 7 goals, 9 assists on the year, is too good to be true. As Sebastian Aho, Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm wake up, Stall will dip off. Don’t be sold on this streaky center.
Brian Gibbons, please write him off now, do not even think about keeping this guy long term he is riding a ridiculous shooting percentage, I believe it is 15% where the league average is 10%, Gibbons will fall off, do not try and convince this guy is going to score 35 goals this season like the pace he is on right now. Please don’t believe this mans hype.