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Fantasy Hockey News: Are Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann worth adds? Sam Reinhart back on top line, Nolan Patrick production and more

Jared McCann/Nick Bjugstad: We are all aware of the trade I am assuming if not (here) but Nick Bjugstad played two games now with the Penguins, in those two games he skated along Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin, with Malkin day to day, Phil Kessel is going to be on that wing. Bjugstad has logged roughly 15:30 minutes per game, has had a handful of chances and recorded an assist in his first game. On the other hand Jared McCann is playing with Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist, two veteran players who are strong in front and work down low, with may increase McCann’s stock. McCann has logged around 11:20 minutes per game, recording two shots on goal. This is a player I could potentially see on the second power play, and possibly making a case for a depth winger. I would definitely go out and add Bjugstad right now and be patient with him.

Sam Reinhart: Reinhart has been around the line up this season, from one to three and everything in between. For now though with the Sabres “pushing” for the playoffs and switching things up. Reinhart is back with Jack Eichel and also Jeff Skinner along with that. Reinhart has 12 goals and 33 assists on the season let’s see if this line is to stay tonight.

Nolan Patrick: It is about time we see Patrick being a consistent player in the Flyers line up Patrick has been a huge factor for the Flyers 8-game win streak, in this frame he has 5 goals and 3 assists. Logging around 14:30 minutes per game. He is a third line center right now that plays power play though too. Patrick is definitely a player you keep your eye on in the coming weeks.

Anthony Beauvillier: This kid has been in the line up consistently which is a good thing to see with the way Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle have not lasted. Beauvillier is playing line two with Mat Barzal and Josh Bailey. On the year he has 12 goals and 7 assists and despite his 11 minutes vs LA last game he does usually play 16-18 minutes. A player that can be useful if you need an add for the day/week.

Blake Coleman: We can argue that he has been the Devils most consistent forward all year. Coleman has 18 goals on the year, six goals in his last 10 games and three assists. Coleman is a power play two player and a top six forward playing with Travis Zajac and Miles Wood. Coleman is surely worth the look and could be a possible consistent fantasy player for you.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello line: All three of these guys have to be added in all fantasy leagues. This number could be incorrect, but I believe the MSG broadcast said this line has scored 11 of the Rangers last 13 goals (not including Monday nights game). Zuccarello has 5 goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, Kreider has (24 goals on the year), 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games, Zibanejad has 10 goals and 8 assists in his last 11 games.

Colin White back/Ryan Dzingel worth: Colin White was absent for a few games but he is back and playing normal minutes again. He played the last two games logging 15+ minutes per game, but not much else. He is centering the second line of Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk therefore his value is there and could be a solid add. Ryan Dzingel plays with Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan on line one and is a very under valued guy. Dzingel has 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games. Playing the minutes he does with the players he does makes him an automatic valuable fantasy player.

Mathieu Joseph: Joseph has received a promotion it seems like in Tampa as he is playing line two with Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde, Joseph is a monitor the situation type of guy. I doubt he stays here for long but for right now he could be of use. He has 12 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Jack Roslovic: With Nikolaj Ehlers hurt, Roslovic has finally got the promotion to line two and power play two. It goes without saying that Patrik Laine and Bryan Little are on that line and two very good players but Laine has been in a funk but Roslovic does have 5 goals and one assist in his last four games. Roslovic is worth adding until Ehlers gets back in a week or less.

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My Top-Ten Most Surprising Fantasy Hockey Players of 2018

Coming into this year these players were not expected to be producing the way they are. Some of you took a gamble on these players, some of these players flew way under the radar, some of them you picked up off free agency. Here are the top-10 most surprising fantasy hockey players this year. 

1. Elias Lindholm, what a turnout it was for Calgary when they acquired Lindholm from Carolina. Lindholm was ranked 234 coming into the year he is now ranked 10. He has 21 goals and 32 assists on the year with 19 power play points.

2. Gabriel Landeskog, after a turn around year in 2017-18 fantasy owners were skeptical of Landeskog doing it again. He was ranked 88th going into the year and is now ranked fifth. He has 52 points, 28 goals and 24 assists with 18 power play points.

3. Jeff Skinner, I’m not sure many owners expected Skinner to have 30 goals before the All-Star break nor did many of us believe he would be an All-Star player this year. Skinner surprised us all, he was ranked 90th coming into the year and is now ranked 20th. He has 30 goals and 14 assists for 44 points on the year with 11 power play points.

4. Mark Giordano, we all knew this veteran defenseman was a top d-man in the league but did we think he was going to be a Norris candidate 45+ games into the season? Probably not. Gio was ranked 128 going into the year and is now ranked 28th. He has 9 goals, 38 assists (47 points) and 15 power play points on the year.

5. Morgan Reilly, the same situation as Giordano, but these two have led the Norris talk for the entire year from day one. Reilly has surprised everyone, he especially raised some eyebrows early in the year when he was on a point-streak. Reilly was ranked right behind Giordano at 129 and is now ranked 29th. He has 13 goals, 34 assists (47 points) and 14 power play points on the year.

6. Mark Stone, on a very top heavy Ottawa team and a team with a low bar coming into the year a lot of fans were weary of Stone’s production due to his supporting cast. Well Stone has rose to the occasion this year, coming in at 139 and now ranked 37th in fantasy. Stone has 20 goals and 28 assists (48 points) on his way to a 30+ goal year.

7. Alex Tuch, remember when he got signed to a 4.75 million dollar deal and fans were saying “over paid”. Well fair to say Tuch the 224th ranked player in fantasy has blown up expectations this season as he is ranked just in the top-50 at forty-nine. Tuch has 15 goals and 22 assists (37 points) and 5 power play points this year.

8. Zach Parise, I’ll come clean here and say I even thought Parise was done and there was no way he was having a bounce back year. I’m sure many can agree, injury after injury and under performing left us very skeptical on Parise. Well coming in at 307 and now ranked 61 Parise has silenced many doubters. He has 19 goals and 21 assists (41 points) with 9 power play points.

9. Jeff Petry, The Canadiens defense revolved around this guy for a while when Shea Weber was tending to an injury. Even with Weber back Petry is still producing. Petry was ranked 326, a borderline draft pick and probably a waiver wire add week to week and is now ranked 67. Petry has 10 goals, 23 assists (33 points) with 9 power play points.

10. Ander Lee, This man had big shoes to fill after John Tavares left and he was then named captain. Lee has come in and done a fantastic job being a leader and a productive player this season. Lee was ranked 322 coming into the year and is now ranked 54th. Lee has 16 goals and 18 assists (34 points) with 13 power play points.

Fantasy Hockey Friday Waiver Wire News

Nick Schmaltz, since coming to Arizona Schmaltz has tallied two goals and three assists in the five games he has played with Arizona. It seems Schmaltz is enjoying the pairing of Alex Galchenyuk and Clayton Keller. Clearly when this move happened it increased Schmaltz value just a little due to the fact he would get more touches and play alongside two players that he more so relates too. Schmaltz now has 4 goals and 12 assists on the year, a player you may want to keep any eye on. He is owned in 20 percent of leagues too (yahoo).

Travis Konecny, he may have been on my list two weeks ago which means this is a good sign to go ahead and pick him up. Konecny over the last 14 days has 3 goals and 4 assists that is half of his point totals this year. On the year he has 8 goals and 10 assists. Konecny seems like he will not be moving from that right wing on the first line anytime soon. He is 50 percent owned in yahoo leagues and as his point total and production increases come two weeks he may be unavailable. Over the last five games Konecny has 3 goals and 4 assists.

Pontus Aberg, this is the Ducks leading scorer. The second place Anaheim Ducks leading scorer, clearly there is value here. Well, Aberg since his recent up tick in production has made his way onto the first line of the Ducks with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell, even more of a reason to go after him now. Aberg has 3 goals and 4 assists in his last five games, on the year he has 9 goals and 6 assists, just in five games he has almost all his points on the year. This is a type of player you add for 1-2 weeks and see how he does. He does nothing, you drop him it is not like you are losing much. Aberg is owned in 20 percent of yahoo leagues.

Cody Eakin, the Golden Knights fiery center finds his way on the scoresheet one way or another, whether it is penalty minutes, hits or assists/goals he is going to be involved in the Golden Knights offense some how. Eakin has 11 goals and 8 assists on the year, over the last five games he has 3 goals and 3 assists, over the last ten games he has 4 goals and 6 assists. Eakin is clearly finding his way consistently on the score sheet. He plays on the second line with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch as well as power play two. A player you monitor and use as a drop/add guy. Eakin is 15 percent owned in yahoo leagues.

Defense: 

Mike Matheson: This guy reminds me a lot of Keith Yandle and it seems he can do the same as Yandle as well, Matheson is a big left handed defenseman who can skate and chip in on both ends of the ice. Matheson has recorded a point in every game expect for four from November 15th to December 6th. He clearly can be a useful add being he plays top four minutes and power play two. On the year Matheson has 2 goals and 11 assists, over the last five games Matheson has 3 assists and one goal. He is owned in 16 percent of leagues, a player that you can add and keep all year that will provide value.

Mike Green: He is honestly the only offensive defenseman the Red Wings have and he is involved in almost play for the Red Wings offensively and what makes him even more valuable is that over the last 30 days Green has 13 points and only one of them come on the power play. Which means 5 on 5 he is becoming more effective compared to last year Green was a power play specialist. Green has 3 goals 10 assists, +11, 34 shots on goal, 21 hits over the last 30 days(14 games) and he is doing this consistently. He is owned in 47 percent of leagues and a player you can add and keep all year.

Scott Mayfield: It seems Mayfield is getting more looks than Adam Pelech which is a good sign if you want Mayfield that is. 5 on 5 Mayfield has been more than effective, he has 14 points and none of them come a man up. Mayfield has 7 assists and one goal over the last 30 days (13 games). This is a player you should probably monitor because due to the young d-men on the Isles blue line this guys can be streaky players. If Mayfield continues this production of .5 point per game he can be a very useful player for you later on. Not only does he produce on the score sheet but he also has 21 shots on goal and 22 hits over these 13 games. He is owned in just 7 percent of leagues.

Goalies: 

Mikko Koskinen: This young goaltender has almost rode Cam Talbot out of net and out of Edmonton. Over the last 30 days (9 games) Koskinen has 5 wins, a 1.98 goals against (GAA) .930 save percentage and one shutout. Clearly Edmonton has some questions to answer but Koskinen is looking to be the number one right now. I would probably have this guy on my roster ASAP if I was you although Edmonton is not a great team, they pull wins out every so often. He is owned in 59 percent of leagues, wait a week and he will be unavailable.

Mike Smith: Started out terrible had David Rittich take his job and now he is back. Perhaps a two goalie tandem works for Calgary but the Flames in general have been amazing, they lead the Pacific and have dominated almost every game over the last month. As for Smith over the last 30 days he has 8 games played, 5 wins, 1.98 GAA, .920 save percentage and a win in his last five starts. In Smith’s last five he has allowed seven goals. Smith is owned in 64 percent of leagues, maybe go and get him soon…

Adin Hill, Jimmy Howard, Alex Stalock are to be on the watch list also…

 

Fantasy Hockey Draft Tips for beginners

I am confident this article may be useful to those that come across it, it has been some time now that I have been out of the fantasy hockey space, about 2-weeks, feels like a lifetime in the hockey writing sphere. Anyways, some of the most common mistakes I see during fantasy drafts and also hear about from friends teams and what not will be discussed in this article.

Save yourself the pain and agony later in the season, be smart and check out the tips below.

  1. Just cause Wayne Simmonds is your favorite player does not mean you have to draft him, Simmonds is an example but this is true for any player. So many times players see their “favorite” player on the board but won’t be drafting for another 10 picks and after that you have to wait another 5 picks, so you get nervous, anxious and afraid the Wayne Train will be gone, therefore you stretch on Simmonds way to early and you just let a much more consistent and better player go. Your favorite player does not need to be on your team! Pick the players that are the best and will benefit the team, even if it is Phil Kessel on the Penguins. Got it? Good. Don’t be a homer and draft up on guys cause you “like” them.
  2. Think ahead, your first round went well, second round went well, third is getting harder and now fourth on is here and you are done for, because you just always pick the next top five guys on the board. You don’t but into consideration who is going to be your 5th, 6th, 7th round pick, so when it gets there you are using a minute and a half to choose and make a impulse choice. Think ahead start scouting out the next round, the next 3 rounds, etc. Put guys you want in your que and let the fun begin.
  3. Just cause they had a good year last year does not mean they will do it again, if you see a guy who broke out for 30+ plus points better then his last year, that does not mean he will do it again. Be cautious of those guys, you know the consistent point scorers, the top guys, so do not go out and gamble on per say William Karlsson because he had an unbelievable year, let the draft do it’s thing and let the cards fall into place. Be wary of those break out guys.
  4. Did you forget about defenseman? You probably did, you got so caught up in the forward, goal scoring wave of the draft your best d-man is Darnell Nurse right now. You have to pick and choose your spots with defenseman, there are a ton out there that are expandable. Be sure to take a solid top-2 defenseman in the 2nd or 3rd round.
  5. Bottom six guys can be useful, just because they do not play top six minutes does not mean you cannot draft them. I am not saying go ahead and stretch on Derek Brassard but he is going to be a solid asset, guys of this nature will be a good bargain for the price you get them.
  6. Check teams power plays, special teams, top six lines, etc, do your research before the draft.

That’s all I have for now, but be on the look out later today for more information on top-30 centers and right wingers this 2018-19 Fantasy Hockey year. Until next time people!

Fantasy Hockey players to be a little concerned about…

Adam Henrique: Now, I am not saying Henrique is going to completely bomb out but he did produce 50 points last year and to do that again is not going to be easy as he has 2 other 50 point years, Henrique is now slotted on the third line in Anaheim, unless he can make his way up. I don’t see another 50 point year form Henrique, which may be a good thing because some teams may not be all in on this guy and you may be able to sneak him in the later rounds. Right now, with where Henrique is in the lineup you have to be a little concerned with. Last time Henrique produced 50 points he came back the next year and tallied 40 points, probably right around where he should be. I would say Henrique is a solid 40-45 point next year, so do not go out breaking the bank on him.

Vladislav Namestnikov: The Russian forward was sent over from Tampa Bay to a bad situation in New York as he did sign a contract to stay in New York he will be one to keep an eye on next year. The time Namestnikov spent with the Rangers was not filled with much production to say the least. Of his 48 points last year, 44 of them came on Tampa Bay. He tallied 4 points in 19 games with the Rangers. And while not much has changed on the Rangers offensive side of things, Namestnikov is said to be slotted with Hayes and Zuccarello with two young guys right on his tail looking to steal his job. The New York pressure may be too much for him to handle, so where he ranks in the 90-100 mark, he may easily drop come draft time.

Adrian Kempe Now, with Ilya Kovalchuk on the Kings, Kempe may be seeing a little less ice time. Kempe is now slotted on the third line with Alex Iafallo and Trevor Lewis two players who will not be the best to help Kempe get back to his 37 point year and almost 20 goal season. It leaves one with a lot of concern about Kempe and his role next season after coming off a hot rookie season and getting demoted to less playing time with two lesser L.A. forwards, it would be difficult to see Kempe produce 16 plus goals and 20 plus assists next year. Don’t bite on the successful first year out of Kempe, let the draft play out and see where he is come rounds 12, 13 per say.

Mike Green: Although Green did get off to a hot start and have an NHL All-Star appearance season, he tailed off a bit during the season and with being in Detroit still leaves one with a bit of concern. Green is a very good offensive forward who sees much of his production come on the powerplay. Of his 33 points last season 13 of them came on the power play. Not to mention he only played in 66 games last season, health is for sure a concern, plus on top of playing alongside Jonathan Ericsson the Red Wings have one of the worst defensive one pairings and d-core in the NHL. There is not much support around Green and if he does play a full 82 games next season it would be a miracle to see a 35 plus point year out of him. Don’t bite on the Green name, let him ride the draft and play it smart with him.

Will Butcher: After a successful rookie season and getting off to an extremely hot start, Butcher’s name will be one everybody is looking to grab. He will for sure go early in a lot of drafts and most likely to that homer Devils fan in your league that thinks Butcher is the next Brian Leetch. Butcher is a solid player, has great vision and all the tools to be a consistent top four/five defenseman in the league but to produce back to back near 40 assist years is tough. I will say he can do it, but it won’t be easy. Butcher is more realistically a 27-32 assist guy, with about 7-8 goals a year. He got off to a hot start and not to mention of his 44 points, 23 of them came on the powerplay. You better hope that efficiency continues! There was a point after the All-Star break Butcher produced just 5 points in 20 games, he went on a 11-game drought. Nothing major but something to keep an eye on…

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Hockey DEEP Sleeper candidates for the 2018-19 campaign

Petr Mrazek: After a “failed” stint in Philadelphia it seems the young goaltender has been given one more chance in Carolina. After signing a one year deal with the Hurricanes this offseason. Mrazek will be used as either a back up or the number one option in Carolina if Scott Darling does not perform to #1 standards. With Cam Ward out it opened the perfect door for Mrazek going to Carolina with not much to lose and on a “prove it” deal Mrazek has the ability to either take Darling’s spot or be a spot starter for you next year. Darling played in 40 games last year posting a 13-21-7 record and a 3.18 GAA and .888 save percentage. So right now this is anyone’s crease in Carolina, with Mrazek’s 3.06 GAA and 14-13-6 record and .906 save percentage the two goaltenders are very similar. It is worth a shot to wait on Mrazek and use him as a waiver wire add every now and again.

Oliver Bjorkstrand: Being extended in Columbus is a good sign for Bjorkstrand as he now has the ability to play a little looser and be more creative. After completing his first full year, playing in all 82 games last season Bjorkstrand collected 11 goals and 29 assists with 9 power play points. It seems as if Bjorkstrand will be slotted on the second line, now if Panarin does end up leaving, Bjorkstrand easily gets pumped up and he is playing top three minutes. Either way he is seeing top six minutes next season it seems like and playing alongside Nick Foligno and Alex Wennberg will be beneficial to the young right wingers growth. It is worth a shot on Bjorkstrand if he is there late in the draft around the 12th-14th round, why not or just wait on the waiver wire.

NHL Fantasy hockey sleepers 2018-19
Keep them together good things can happen…

Anthony Beauvillier: This is a known deep sleeper I feel like. With all the concerns surrounding the Islanders right now, a lot of people are under estimating how good Beauvillier could be, last year he tallied 21 goals and 36 points in his first season with the Islanders. Sure Tavares won’t be there next year but he did not play with Tavares anyways so it does not mater, Beauvillier started seeing more time with Barzal and Eberle and that line was clicking. If they do option for that line again we can expect similar if not more production. Now put into consideration he has a year under his belt, will be more confident, will be playing power play two time and now gets an awesome coach. If others sleep on this guy, don’t let him go.

Jimmy Vesey: With his new bridge deal, Vesey has a lot to prove these next two years to the Rangers new coach and the Rangers fans in general. When Vesey came over he was a expected to be a big free agency signing. While he came from Harvard winning the Hobey Baker the shifty left winger has not been all glit and glamour under the New York stars. After tallying back to back 16 plus goal years, Vesey has not been all that consistent throughout the year though. He seems to hit his stride and fall off quickly, but now with two years under his belt and some top players leaving. Vesey will have ample amount of playing time and a clean slate with David Quinn. I would say a solid 12th or even later look at Vesey is a good choice.

Brenden Dillon: With Paul Martin gone and the Sharks having a pretty adjustable defenseman roster from 2-7, Dillon has the potential to be a top four defenseman on this Sharks roster. Last year Dillion collected a career high 22 points, with 17 assists and 5 goals. Dillon is the perfect example of a deep sleeper, although he does not get tossed around a lot in the league the left handed defenseman can be a very beneficial spot start, a solid waiver wire addition that is going to give you 15+ minutes per game with a ton of upside.

Vince Dunn: Collecting 19 assists and 24 points in his first year the 6’0 left handed defenseman surely made his name worthwhile for fantasy hockey owners to look at. Dunn also collected 9 powerplay points and now with 79 games under his belt young defenseman will be called upon more next year. The sophomore slump concerns come in but we are not expecting much from Dunn other than upwards of 24 points, which for a waiver wire add or 13th or later draft pick the Blues second line, #4 defenseman is for sure a deep sleeper. Playing alongside Colton Parayko on line two and on the second powerplay provides major upside. If Dunn’s name is out there. Give him a chance!

 

Fantasy Hockey: Waiver Wire Adds of the Week

Another week goes by, which calls for another week of some fiery waiver wire additions. As the season continues on many teams go on a short break or only play perhaps one game a week, which can mean nightmares for your fantasy squad. Don’t worry though here are the top fantasy hockey waiver wire additions for the week!

Jacob Trouba: As Winnipeg continues this success, so will Trouba. The offense has been unbelievable and the power play has also been lights out. Trouba plays top defenseman minutes and sees ‘s power play two time. Also, this week Trouba and the Jets play three times, which means plenty of room for points and production. Three matchups, two which are favorable, but all three on the road. Trouba has 2 goals, 7 assists, 1 power play point and 65 shots on goal this season.

Ryan Nugent Hopkins: The Oilers are playing a tad better and so has RNH, in the last 14 days RNH has 2 goals, 2 assists and 15 shots on goal. The only downside I could see to this add is that he is a straight center position and plays only two times. One of the matchups being Philadelphia and Montreal being the other. Despite that, I like RNH right now and he has been quite impressive.

Adam Henrique: This one has to be a consideration, as the Ducks offensive injuries continue, Henrique will be seeing an increase in production, he will at least see more minutes as well. Since coming to the Ducks he has recorded a goal and an assist and is playing top-six minutes. This week Anaheim plays three times, one back to back and two home games. Two very favorable opponents today and Tuesday. Over the last 14 days, Henrique has 2 goals, 5 assists and on the year he has 5 goals, 11 assists. A player worthy of consideration at least.

Teuvo Teravainen: If Teravainen’s C, LW, RW slot is not enough to add him maybe the young forwards, 8 goals and 14 assists on the season will make you consider it. The only downside to this add is that Carolina is on the road for three games this week, and Teuvo has slowed down a tad, but it is worth the gamble due to his first line pairing with hot hand Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho. I like this add, go for it.

Daniel Sedin: Sedin collected his 1,000th point the other night and has been a serviceable player this season, his 6 goals, 10 assists, 6 power play points increase the stakes a bit. On top of that Vancouver plays two home games against weaker opponents and one road game against a rival team. I like Sedin’s upside, he plays the power play and top six minutes, plus in the last 14 days, he has tallied 3 goals and 5 assists. Worth the add for sure.

Kevin Fiala: This has been a lingering question of mine for quite some time now, whether or not I should add this guy, and it really looks like to be a decent add. Fiala is a LW, RW and plays top six minutes paired with Kyle Turris and Craig Smith, along with seeing power play two time. Fiala plays tonight and two more times this week, two games at home and three games that should be wins for the Predators. In the last 14 days, Fiala has scored 2 goals, along with 2 assists, 2 power play points and 19 shots on goal. I like his upside, go after him.