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Fantasy Hockey: These players able to overcome the “sophomore slump”

Nico Hischier: Hischier had a very solid first year in the NHL and made an immediate impact right away. Hischier collected 20 goals and 32 assists in his first year playing in a full 82 games. Hischier will be staying right where he played last year with MVP Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt, with not much added to the Devils roster it is fair to say Hischier will be seeing similar time on the ice and be called upon in all pressure situations. With the amount of time Hischier will be seeing again this year it is only fair to say he is very capable of a 50-60 point season.

Nolan Patrick: Patrick only missed 9 games last season, the big concern with him and possibly the reason he did not go #1 was because of his health. Well he played in 73 games but only tallying 30 points, and 13 goals. He for sure did not have an amazing season and disappointed some a little but a lot of fans and analysts are saying Patrick is bound for a break out year. As he will be slatted next to James Van Reimsydk and  Jakub Voracek, the second year center is going to be asked to step into a big role and produce. It would be a total failure if Patrick did not produce 50 plus points next year playing next to JVR and Voracek while also seeing power play time as well.

Adrian Kempe: Kempe had a surprising first year with the Kings, a first full year that is. Kempe broke onto the scene around the mid way point, he tallied 16 goals and 37 points last year for the Kings. But coming into this year may be a little different. Kempe saw a lot of success due to Jeff Carter being injured and someone needing to step into that role. Well with Carter back and now the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk, Kempe will be a third liner, seeing less minutes therefore production may slid a little. I don’t think we see the same year out of Kempe unless injuries happen but we can expect a 25 point year out of Kempe it seems.

Clayton Keller 2018-19
Keller able to crack 30 goals during the 2018-19 season?

Clayton Keller: I sure hope no one thinks this kid is going to be riddled by the sophomore slump non sense. Keller is the number one scorer on Arizona and with the addition of Alex Galchenyuk it takes some pressure off the young winger. Keller had an unbelievable rookie season, winning rookie of the month one time, and being a Calder nominee. Keller tallied 23 goals and 42 assists in 82 games. At one point he got a little snake bitten and his production stalled, which is typical. Now with a year under his belt Keller will be even better next year, especially with some more serviceable forwards in the line up. Keller could easily notch 30 goals and 70 points next year, which I believe he will.

Brock Boeser: If it was not for the emergence of Matt Barzal last season this was going to be our Calder winner, Boeser broke into the league early and never stopped besides an injury. But the power forward, scoring right winger showed the NHL that he is capable of being an elite goal scorer and top 15 scorer in the NHL. Boeser tallied 29 goals and 26 assists in 62 games, had he played a full 82, he would have easily tallied 34 plus goals last year. Boeser even dealt with his line mates Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi being injured and still produced solid numbers. Boeser is going to be here to stay for a long time. I think it is with my best judgement and all can agree Boeser will tally 35 goals next year and 70 points.

NHL RookiesMatt Barzal: The Calder winner has a long road ahead of him, now being the face of the Islanders and wallpaper of many Islander fans phones. Barzal will need to topple that 85 point season and do even more! Barzal broke into the league and made a name for himself early on, after his 6 assist game and 900 multiple point games, everyone knew this kid was something special. Barzal’s elusiveness, speed and skating ability made everyone keep an eye on this kid when he was out there. Barzal tallied 22 goals and 63 assists last year. With John Tavares gone now and Barzal being the face of the Islanders, their power play one option and the all around go to guy there Barzal could possibly tally upwards of 85 points next season. It would  be tough but not impossible, I’d have to say a 80 point season is due out of Barzal next year.

Jake DeBrusk: DeBrusk in a sense came out of no where last season, he was not really a sought after prospect nor a big name, therefore when he started burying goals and finished with 43 points, more people knew about the Bruins left wing prospect. DeBrusk was drafted in the 1st round in 2015, making his first appearance in the NHL this past 2017-18 season. Playing alongside some top Bruin forwards really helped excel DeBrusk’s game along with some other prospects on the team. DeBrusk game really elevated this season. DeBrusk is slotted next to David Backes and David Krejci who if they both can stay healthy DeBrusk is bound for another 45 plus point season and a solid second year.



Fantasy hockey forwards flying under the radar heading into the 2018-19 season: PART 1

Vinnie Hinostroza: Coming over to the Coyotes may have made all possible fantasy owners skeptical about the 24-year-old young forward. Yet, this may be Hinostroza best shot to make a name for himself in the NHL. Coming from a place that sells out every night and is a media mad house, Hinostroza had high expectations. Settling into a more quiet and less crazed fan base like Arizona may give the young forward sometime to play looser and more creative. He tallied 25 points last season and is surely on pace to surpass that. If him, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Perlini can gel together, Hinostroza is bound for a solid 35 point season. Being able to play with Galchenyuk will be very beneficial for the young forward and not to mention Perlini is no slump his 17 goal and 30 pint season holds some merit. I would not mind giving Hinostroza a chance early in the season.

Jake DeBrusk/Ryan Donato: Perhaps they do fly under the radar but these are not big name in Boston with Bergeron, Pastrnak, Krejci, Marchand, Chara, McAvoy these two young guns fly under the radar perhaps. DeBrusk is coming off a monster first year with 43 points in 70 games. While Donato played just 12 games last season he did collect 9 points. DeBrusk is slotted with Krejci and Backes, he will be tested again and expected to have another 40 plus point season. While Donato is slotted on line three with potential to move up. Donato has the chance to play with Harvard for one more year or come join Boston, if he does join Boston he will be immediately a topic of discussion. Definitely look for DeBrusk next year early and keep an eye on Donato as the draft continues.

Sam Reinhart Buffalo Sabres Sam Reinhart: A player that everyone should have on their radar now that Buffalo acquired Jeff Skinner. Reinhart has settled in nicely with Eichel as they two have been a solid pairing but now with Skinner-Eichel-Reinhart. A lot of attention will be on Skinner and Eichel to perform and we all know what happens when a player who can score, and do his job is paired with elite talent, they usually feed off the players around them quite well and have a good year(Patrick Maroon with McDavid, JT Miller when he got sent to Tampa, Mikko Rantanen with McKinnon). Reinhart last year collected an even 50 points, 25 goals and 25 assists. He has progressively increased year after year since his 42 point season in 2015-16. Now to pair him with Skinner and Eichel two sure 65 plus point players, Reinhart is on his way to a 55 point season or more to say the least. A solid mid round pick and someone who will has huge upside to him!

Valeri Nichushkin: So, he did not play in the NHL last year and had a subpar year over in Russia, but being back with Jason Spezza and a hungry Dallas team, I think we may see Nichushkin’s best year in the NHL. It is not hard to do considering his highest point total in the NHL is 34 points we may see a similar finish around 35 points or upwards of 40 points out of him. If Spezza can get it together and get back to his 50 plus point year Nichushkin is bound to have a better year as well. He has the potential to be a solid top six player in the NHL but due to the KHL time and some uncertainty about his desire to play at the NHL level he has been a mystery to say the least. Playing top six minutes and on the power play will be a big test for the 23-year-old winger, but if all pans out and him, Spezza and Radek Fafska can gel together it can be a good year for the Russian winger. Don’t forget about Fafska’s 33 point year, plus a healthy Spezza and hungry Nichuskhkin, it may pan out well.

Tyler Bertuzzi: We know this kid is already more skilled than his uncle Todd, but we also have to think with what he did with Grand Rapid he will be  solid NHL player too. He is coming off only 48 games at the NHL level and 23 years old but with a lot of potential and youth in that Detroit locker room it may be a good time for Bertuzzi to establish himself as a regular on that team. If he stays where he is right now with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha the young left winger will surely elevate his game to the next level and be a solid 40 point player. He tallied 24 points in 48 games last season, so throw another 30 plus games and 16 points in there it is not impossible. He has the tools around him and he stays in that top six even he is going to be a solid fantasy player with a lot of upside next year.