Fantasy Hockey Players to Watch Tonight

Heads up, eight games tonight, a lot of fantasy action that means! Here are some key players to watch out for tonight!

COL @ NYR: Not much of a headline here, just Mika will see his expanded role tonight, Lundqvist posied for a bounce-back year would help with a good start against a bad team. Nash contract year, fans of NYR will be all over looking for him to answer the bell tonight. 

  • Mika Zibanejad, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash 
  • Nathan McKinnon 

MTL @ BUF: We’re all excited to Jack Eichel go tonight. This will be one of the more exciting matchups to watch tonight. Robin Lehner gets the start, let’s see how he fares as the “starter”. 

  • Jack $10 Mil Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly, Ramsus Ristolanen, Macro Scandella, Robin Lehner
  • Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galychenuk, Andrew Shaw, Carey Price

NSH @ BOS: With Torey Krug out Boston’s blue line will ask McAvoy and Carlo to step up, watch these two tonight. Fiala back from that injury and Johnasen healthy let’s see how they respond. 

  • Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo
  • Viktor Ardvisson, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen, Kevin Fiala

WSH @ OTT: Time for Washington to answer the door. Kuznetsov paired with Ovechkin and Burakovsky paired with Backstrom, that will provide some nice payout. Phaneuf fills in for Karlsson on the power play one for now. 

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky Dimitri Orlov
  • Derrick Brassard, Kyle Turris, Dion Phaneuf

MIN @ DET: Minnesota offense is deadly with this shaky Detroit blue line look for Wild top six to be streamable tonight. Expecting a high scoring game for Minnesota. 

  • Anyone in top six for Minnesota, Spurgeon, Dumba, Devan Dubynk 
  • Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha

PIT @ CHI: Pittsburgh coming off a back-to-back, not much offensive production from I’m expecting. Phil Kessel did not collect a point in last nights OT loss, look for him to be shooting and collect at least one point. 

  • Justin Schultz, Kris Letang, Phil Kessel
  • Richard Panik, Nick Schmaltz, Brandon Saad, Connor Murphy

ARI @ ANH: Arizona starts the season on the road, the first line will be tested against Josh Manson and Cam Fowler. Look for Anaheim’s offense to be explosive. 

  • Max Domi, Clayton Keller, Antti Raanta, Arizona defense
  • Rickard Rakell, Jakub Silfverberg, Cam Fowler, Josh Manson 

PHI @ LAK: Flyers back-to-back here is not favorable especially another late game. I’m expecting Voracek to collect a power play point and Jonathan Quick pick up the win. 

  • Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick, Jakub Voracek
  • Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson

Some notable news:

  • Niklas Kronwall OUT
  • Erik Karlsson OUT
  • Patrice Bergeron OUT
  • Ryan Getzlaf OUT
  • Robin Lehner starts opener
  • Jimmy Howard starter
  • Michael Neuvirth starts tonight
  • Oliver Ekman Larsson will be fine for opener
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NHL: Five Players Primed for Bounce-Back Seasons

Nothing is ever for certain going into the NHL season. The best players are always met with certain expectations and are paid the way they are to meet them. But at the same time, there are never-ending circumstances and reasonings for a player to have a “down” year. These are players who were considered to have had “down” years in 2016-17 and are expected to bounce back with better stat-lines in 2017-’18.

  • Corey Perry (ANA)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 19-34-53 pts. in 82 GP
    • The 2016-’17 season was full of bad breaks for the Ducks’ winger who has 717 points in 886 career NHL games. His 19 goals and 8.8% shooting percentage were the lowest totals of his career since the 2006-’07 season.Perry Anaheim knows that their big stars in Getzlaf and Perry are no longer kids, and the two should approach this upcoming season with a sense of urgency, knowing their window is closing. A shooting percentage that low is nearly impossible to sustain for a player of Perry’s caliber, and after three OT playoff-winning goals in last year’s playoffs, expect Perry’s point and goal totals to rise in ‘17-’18.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 30-35-65 pts.
  • Matt Duchene (COL)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 18-23-41 pts. in 77 GP
    • The entire Colorado Avalanche team sort of imploded into itself last season, and center Matt Duchene felt the effects of one of the worst regular seasons byduchene a team in history. After the second-lowest goal total, lowest point total, and lowest +/- of his career, Duchene will be looking to perform better in every aspect of the game this season. The 26-year-old has made it known to the public that he no longer wants to be part of Avs roster this season. Expect the team’s no. 1B center to boost his play and point totals this season, in order to garner interest from teams lacking at the center position.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 25-30-55 pts.
  • Anze Kopitar (LAK)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 12-40-52 pts. in 76 GP
    • Prior to the start of the ‘16-’17 season, Kopitar signed a monstrous 8-year, $80 million contract, which put him in the top five highest-paid players in the NHL. How did the now-30 year old no. 1 center respond? With the lowest goal and point totals of his career.Fantasy Hockey Keeper Suggestions & Tips! Like Corey Perry, Kopitar shot at the lowest percentage of his career: a lousy 8%. A simply unattainable number for a player like Kopitar, who has proven a scoring touch in his 10 NHL seasons. Expect the Kings’ captain to step up in 2017-’18.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 25-40-65 pts.
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 2.74 GAA, .910 Sv. %, 2 SO in 57 GP
    • By far the most important player in the New York Rangers franchise since his debut in the 2005-’06 season, “Hank” had the worst NHL season of his career last year. Posting career lows in Goals-Against-Average and Save % in ‘16-’17, it is arguable that Lundqvist also played behind the worst defensive core to have ever been suited up in front of him.NHL: MAR 03 Rangers at Penguins After letting Antti Raanta (ARZ) start a good amount of games so he could work with goaltending guru Benoit Allaire, Lundqvist performed exceptionally well in the playoffs, posting a 2.25 GAA and a .927 Sv. %, both stats being up there with his career postseason best. Now, with a much improved D-core in front of him, thanks to the buyout of statistical black-hole Dan Girardi and the arrivals of statistical revelation Kevin Shattenkirk and young, promising Anthony DeAngelo, expect the King to bounce back in a big way in 2017-’18.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 2.35 GAA, .920 Sv. %, 4 SO
  • Alex Ovechkin (WSH)

    • 2016-’17 stat line: 33-36-69 pts. in 82 GP
    • By no means is a season in which a player scores 30+ goals and almost 70 points a disappointment of any kind. But Alex Ovechkin is not just any player, and his 33 goals were the lowest in a full season from Ovi since 2010-’11, his 69 points- the second-lowest total of his career. But last year saw the Caps boast one of their deepest forward groups in years, and as a result, Ovi was not counted on to provide the majority of the offense.ovi The 32-year-old Russian superstar saw his average ice-time drop almost two minutes from ‘15-’16, and his shooting percentage was the lowest it’s been since 2010-’11. That deep forward group is now not quite as deep as it was, with the departure of Justin Williams (CAR) and Marcus Johansson (NJD) who combined for 48 goals a season ago. Ovi will be counted on again to provide much of the offensive production this season, and will most likely see his ice time and shooting percentage increase. The Caps’ captain also trained differently in the offseason and arrived at camp lighter and faster than years past.
    • 2017-’18 stat line prediction: 45-35-80 pts.

 

 

Leafs Take Liftoff In Winnipeg

Woohoo the NHL season started last night and the first game sure was a fun one. The Toronto Maple Leafs started their season with a bang. After looking sluggish, and taking many penalties in the first period all signs led to Winnipeg taking control. Then, the audience was welcomed to the Freddy Andersen show. Andersen made numerous A grade saves against Laine, Scheifele, and most notably Jacob Trouba. The tides then shifted when the Leafs got a fortunate powerplay on a phantom hooking call. On this powerplay, the Leafs worked the puck around and Nazem Kadri cleaned up the trash in front. From there on out the route was on. Soon, JVR would score right off of a faceoff win by Tyler Bozak beating new Jets goaltender Steve Mason. Next up was William Nylander’s turn to score and give the Leafs a 3-0 lead at the end of one.

Then comes the second period in which the Leafs continued their onslaught. Patrick Marleau would make it 4-0 with his first of two on the night in an incredible debut with Toronto. The Jets outshot the Leafs again this period, yet they could not find a way past Frederik Andersen.

The third period comes along, and last season the Jets made a miraculous comeback against the Leafs, that game was also 4-0 and eventually a hat trick by Patrik Laine made the difference in Overtime. The Leafs made sure this would not happen. Back to back goals by Marleau (his 2nd of the game), and Mitch Marner push the lead up to 6-0. The Jets would eventually score a beautiful goal on a nice backhand saucer pass by Laine over to Scheifele who finally beat Andersen to make it 6-1. Matthews would add a goal to his already 2 assist night, and put it away for good. The Leafs end up winning this game 7-2.

To introduce analytics to this game, which I will do consistently during game reviews. This game was realistically a lot tighter than the score would suggest. The CF% (Corsi for Percent) was in favor of Winnipeg by only a small tick. Their percentage was 50.67% (5 on 5 only) versus the Leafs’ 49.33%. This is related back to the total shots of the game which was 37-31 in favor of the Jets. Goaltending was the true difference tonight. Steve Mason could not stop a puck, while Freddy Andersen was a wall for Toronto. Do not fret Jets fans, look at the numbers, not just the score. If Mason does not have an off night, this game could have easily gone the Jets’ way.

10 Thoughts Entering a New Season

  1. Who controls the east?

The eastern conference has taken over control within the past few years but entering the 2017-2018 season who will control it? The Capitals have controlled the regular season for a couple years now. Following this offseason, the Caps appear to have lost some key pieces. The past couple of seasons there were many who would say the Capitals or the Penguins. Entering this season it is more of a toss-up then ever.

  1. Can California bounce back?

There is no issue with the Anaheim Ducks however, the other two Californian team’s had a season to forget last year. The Sharks were knocked out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the inexperienced Oilers. The Sharks struggles came from players who underperformed. If the production resurfaces, the Sharks will have success. As for the Kings, The Kings had a rough season last year as well. A lot could be to blame including and injury to top goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Kings will have trouble again this upcoming season due to lack of depth on both ends of the ice.

  1. How will the rookie class compare?

Entering the previous NHL entry draft, there was a reason to believe that this was a draft class without a Connor McDavid or an Auston Matthews. There are some other rookies not drafted from this recent draft year who will be making debuts also but how will they compare to the previous years? Can Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick evolve into an Auston Matthews? There will be a significant difference in the rookie class this year and it will be noticeable.

  1.  What team is under the radar?

The Carolina Hurricanes are a team to watch out for this season. The Canes have been in a rebuild mode for the past couple of seasons. Following this offseason, they have included more depth to complement their bottom six forwards. The D-core is also fun to watch as they are a young group with a lot of talent. Many predict the Canes to be a playoff bubble team. The Hurricanes will make the playoffs squeezing into a wild card spot.

  1. How will the new rules affect the game?

The 2017-2018 NHL season will be different indeed with the addition to new rules. New rules including the faceoff rule, the challenging offsides can lead to a penalty, and there are other minor rules that go unnoticed like the visor rule where the visor must protect the eyes. It will be very interesting to see how these rules will affect the league and flow of the game.

  1. Tampa Bay’s season?

It is the year for the Tampa Bay Lightning to finally take home Lord Stanley. With a healthy group, they have one of the deepest teams in the east. Solid goaltending in young gun Andrei Vasilevskiy will provide the bolts with a steady net presence. The D-core is healthy and young adding Mikael Sergachev to the depth of the blue line. A healthy Steven Stamkos is the biggest plus to the lineup. Watch out for Tampa this year.

  1. New contract players

Keep in mind that this was a big offseason in terms of contract extensions. With all of the extensions what to look out for are all of these players who were recently inked up. Players including Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Nikolaj Ehlers, Bryan Little, etc. It will be interesting to see how these players perform following their contract extensions.  

  1. Third time’s a charm?

The spotlight is on for the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in a row. The Penguins have lost some depth and big-time playoff performers in Nick Bonino and Chris Kunitz. These two put a hole on the Penguins depth. The defense is lacking as well. The main question on defense is can Kris Letang stay healthy. Letang has battled many injuries over the years but when he is on the ice he is a force. Look out to see if Letang can stay healthy this season.

  1. Suspensions

Another thing to watch for this season is how the league will handle suspensions. There have been multiple suspensions handed out during the pre-season for dirty play. How will the league handle player safety this year with a new face in charge of it?

  1. Jagr

Finally, after waiting all off-season and until the end of pre-season, Jaromir Jagr has been signed by an NHL team. The Calgary Flames have signed Jagr to a one year deal worth 1 million dollars. The Flames are coming off last season making the playoffs with their young roster. Jagr adds age and experience to the lineup and will be interesting to see what type of impact he makes right from the get-go.

Fantasy Football Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds

Fantasy football has been a bit unusual this year, players like Tarik Cohen, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Stefon Diggs, Keenan Allen, Austin Thielen have been top fantasy producers. What has happened to players like Odell Beckham Jr, Demarco Murray the list goes on and on.

The tight end position for fantasy has been brutal this season if you do not have Zach Ertz, Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce, it’s basically a toss-up in there in terms of production.

Running backs have been losing some teams some fantasy weeks now for the past four weeks. With a few injuries as well it does not help if you have Dalvin Cook, David Johnson, I feel for you, because those are two top running backs that get the job done for fantasy. And not many running backs this year have consistently streamed numbers night in and night out besides Todd Gurley III, Kareem Hunt, and Leon Bell.

Wide Receivers do the same thing every year I feel like they always have injury problems, struggle to get on the same page as their QB or get their #1 position taken over by some no-name WR, but hopefully you have Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Michael Thomas or the list of WR’s may haunt you come waiver wire time. There are obviously a few other good WR’s but some are usually questionable because of injuries or just are inconsistent.

Well for those struggling with the same issue as me, trying to consistently find a player that is not hurt or won’t make you second guess yourself here are my top ten most streamable waiver wire adds for the week.

QB: Alex Smith @ HOU owned in 65% of Yahoo leagues. Projected 15.58 points

QB: Jared Goff vs SEA owned in 24% of Yahoo Leagues. Projected 16.64 points

WR: Gabriel Allison @DAL owned in 14% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 11.38 points

WR: Devin Funchess @DET owned in 27% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 10.82 points

RB: Andre Ellington @PHI owned in 25% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 11.30 points

RB: Latavius Murray @CHI owned in 19% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 11.29 points

TE: Evan Engram vs LAC owned in 47% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 10.13 points

TE: Austin Seferian Jenkins @CLE owned in 7% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 7.79 points

DEF: Detroit Lions vs CAR owned in 37% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 7.04 points

DEF: Baltimore Ravens vs OAK owned in 61% Yahoo Leagues. Projected 6.18 points

NHL Pick ‘Em

NHL GAMES BEGIN!!!

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Winnipeg Jets: 7:00 P.M. 

NHL News; Winnipeg vs Toronto

Battle of Matthews vs Laine. The future of the NHL, Winnipeg’s offense able to keep up with the high flying Toronto offense? Winnipeg’s first test comes tonight. There are so many headlines going into tonight. Choose whichever you would like. But one thing I know we’re guaranteed is Laine and Matthews to be the center of attention. Tonight kicks off the NHL and there’s no better way than to display two of the best young guys in the league. Winnipeg at home? Huh, let’s see if Mason can handle the pressure. Going with Toronto 3-2.

St. Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins: 8:00 P.M.

Blues vs Penguins. Really only story there. Tarasenko vs Crosby? Not really because Pittsburgh still has Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel. But two things to keep an eye on is Kris Letang coming back from a grueling injury, I bet we can expect to see some eyes drawn to Letang early. Let’s see how Guentzel and Crosby pair square off. A lot of attention behind these two being a top pair in the league. Pittsburgh 4-2.

Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames: 10:00 P.M. 

NHL NewsCalgary vs Edmonton, the battle of Alberta, Calgary first look at a top team, Battle to the top of the Central, McDavid show begins, Calgary offense plus Mike Smith first game in net. Again a ton of headlines heading into this matchup. While Calgary is set to have a breakout season, a good start to that would be beating one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup. I’ll also be really intrigued to see Calgary’s defense vs Edmonton’s offense, along with Mike Smith proving his worth as the months go on. McDavid and Drastali are slotted together right now, so whose scoring three goals between the two? I like Calgary but, McDavid. I’m going with Edmonton, 3-1.

Philadelphia Flyers @ San Jose Sharks: 10:30 P.M. 

Flyers vs San Jose, and yeah. That’s about it. This will be one of the least interesting games of the night. Anyways, I am not excited about either team heading into the year, Philadelphia has their own problems with staying consistent and finding a starting goalie. Either of those two in net does not provide much light to the Flyers being a good team this year. San Jose is on the decline there’s no denying that luckily they have Brent Burns but after that Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski are not who they used to be. Hopefully, Tomas Hertl stays healthy this year or they will be in some deep trouble. For tonight, I’d go Philadelphia, 4-3.

NHL: 31 NHL Teams top fantasy player

Yesterday we covered the Anaheim to Montreal, today to kick off the NHL season we will wrap it up with Nashville to Winnipeg! Enjoy the NHL season and be prepared for many more fantasy hockey articles this season!

Nashville Predators: Ryan Johansen, after missing the Stanley Cup finals it was obvious the Predators missed their #1 center a ton, and with a healthy Johansen centering Arvidsson and Forsberg, scoring should not be a problem for that line. Johansen is one the top centerman in the league that plays a gritty, playmaking role with great size. Now for your fantasy team, he is a guaranteed 50 plus assists next season, he may not score a ton of goals but Johansen will be a consistent player on the scoresheet on a nightly basis. Next season look for Johansen to have 50 apples, 15 goals, and 25 power play points.

New Jersey Devils: Taylor Hall, I don’t know who else I would choose here, besides maybe Nico Hirschier or Corey Schneider but last season Schneider disappointed many and Nico is still young. Hall came onto this team to be the #1 option and he has shown signs of life in New Jersey but did not blow any doors off the handle last year. Hall will be on the first line, power play and the center of attention on this offense. Look for Hall to have a bit more productive season(if healthy) and score 25G, 30A and 250 plus shots on goal.

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New York Islanders: John Tavares, through and through, but Josh Ho-Sang could come of value for the position you may be able to draft him. But Tavares is the face of this organization and going into a contract year, he wants to earn a big payout, therefore he may just have the best season of his career. As contract talks have stalled Tavares will be looking to bounce this Islanders team back on the radar and into the playoffs, after a 28 goal and 66 point year, Tavares can do more. Look for Tavares to score 30G, 39A and 20 power play points.

New York Rangers: Mika Zibanejad, honestly it could have been any one of the top six forwards or Henrik Lundqvist, but Mika will see an expanded role this season. Playing in late game situations, power play, and a scoring/playmaking center role. Mika was out for 26 games but in 56 games played he had 37 points and 23 assists. In that first line center role with Kreider and Buchnevich, Mika will be doing a lot, I could see his production increase if healthy. Mika will tally 22G, 35A and 15 power play points next season.

Ottawa Senators:  Erik Karlsson, this is an easy one but we could have also said Turris and Hoffman since they are Ottawa’s top two guys. But Karlsson is an MVP/Norris candidate year after year. Even with missing a few games Karlsson will still be a top-five fantasy defenseman. In 77 games last season he tallied 71 points, as it looks he will probably miss around 10-15 games this season, it is possible to see the same thing again from Karlsson. Karlsson plays all major minutes, defensive one pairings and power play, therefore without this guy this team is not too scary. Look for Karlsson to score 14G, 57 assists, and 25 power play points.

Philadelphia Flyers: Ivan Provorov, defensive one pairing, powerplay two and paired with Andrew McDonald, this guy has his work cut out for him this season. Without Provorov this defense looks uneasy to the eyes and after a nice segway into the season last year with a 30 point year and full 82 game appearance, Provorov will topple those numbers next season. Look for Provorov to be tally 30A, 8G, and 10 power play points. Overlook the plus/minus and you’re golden.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Murray, goalies do also collect a lot of value in fantasy, and with Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Guentzel, Sheary any one of those guys have fantasy value, but Murray I like the most this season. Murray will be the regular starter in Pittsburgh no splitting time, nothing. He’ll see 60 plus starts and if Pittsburgh continues its dominance he’ll be a 40 game winner and a top-five fantasy goalie with ease. Murray will be put to the test to see his real value in fantasy this season, don’t worry two Stanley Cups in two years, Murray is ready. Look for Murray to win 40 games, a 2.50 GAA, .920 save percentage.

San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture, yeah I like Burns but this offense has its own problems let alone the defense. Burns will be a high fantasy player but Couture will be looked upon to propel that second line offense to new heights. Couture has shown signs of fantasy value and can be a top center in the league, paired with the right linemates Couture is an easy bargain at the center position. After missing nine games last season, Couture still managed to score 52 points and 25 goals in 73 games. If San Jose can manage to stay healthy, Couture will be of value, he’ll see some more success on the power play though. Look for Couture to score 28G, 25A and 20 power play points.

NHL awards

St. Louis Blues, a duh. The future Rocket winner, Vladimir Tarasenko. Not but really Tarasenko could easily slot 40 plus goals this year, over the last three years he’s scored 37,40,39 and being the focal point of this offense, there is no reason why Tarasenko should not see a majority of the offensive production. Tarasenko is the MVP of this team and the only reason this team looks like a playoff team right now. He’s obviously a top ten fantasy player and will easily contend with the league’s best yet again this year. Look for Tarasenko to score 42G, 35A and 23 power play points.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos, without this guy in the lineup as we saw last season this Tampa team struggles. When healthy Stamkos is a 40 goal scorer and Art Ross contender. With Kucherov paired with him as well, Stammer will see a major boost in production this season. The power play, center one minutes, and just his past performances show his fantasy value. Give Stamkos a full 82- games and he’ll score 40G, 35A, and 20 power play points.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews or Frederick Anderson they both have a ton fantasy value but after that 40-goal year fans are expecting a 70 plus point season from Matthews. Matthews will have all the eyes on him in Toronto. He’s propelled himself in the top ten fantasy players in just one season and has shown his pure goal scoring and playmaking ability. Matthews is an easy nightly production player and paired with Nylander and Hyman, the same will happen next season. Look for Matthews to score 38G, 30A and 22 power play points.

Vancouver Canucks, Bo Horvat, the 22-year-old superstar out of Vancouver finally broke out for a 50 point year last season and with his contract extension, he’ll be doing the same for many years. Paired with rookie phenomenon Brock Boeser the two should fare well together, Horvat’s two-way game and Boeser scoring ability will be a good pair for fantasy owners. Horvat is the “guy” in Vancouver and on that first line plus some power play minutes he’ll be a top fantasy option. Look for Horvat to score 25G, 33A and 15 power play points.

Vegas Golden Knights: Marc Andre Fleury, he will see a ton of time and see the majority of starts, he was brought in to be the face of the organization and help them somewhat be competitive, Fleury will see at least 50 starts, he may not have a great GAA or save percentage but if you want to gamble on a fantasy goalie, Fleury is not a bad option. Fleury will be win 31 games, 2.65 GAA and .910 save percentage.

Washington Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, a lot of speculations are circulating around if Ovechkin can still bury 40 goals and being that Kuzy will be paired with Ovechkin on the first line this is are a great chance for Kuznetsov to feed Ovi the puck and rack up assists. With his 40 assists season last year, the Capitals offense will be asking more from Kuznetsov and if Ovi wants to score 40 again look for Kuznetsov to be a big part of that. Look for Kuzy to score 18G, 50A and 18 power play points.

Winnipeg Jets: This is a tough one, Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine, Ehlers are all fine options. Okay, I’ll say this either of the four is a great option, going with either or will give your roster a consistent point per game player, an easy 60 plus points and between Wheeler and Ehlers more so assists production but Laine and Scheifele if you want 35 plus goals. I’m content with any of these players if they find their way onto my roster, grab one and you’re good don’t worry!