Tag: Ryan Donato

Fantasy Hockey Championship Weekend Adds Of The Week

Not to toot my own horn but I have made back to back Fantasy Hockey championships, I won last season and I am currently in one right now. So, I know a thing or two about picking players up and how to find the hot players on the waiver wire. I have made my team off the waiver wire. All three of my goaltenders are waiver wire adds, Jake Allen, Jordan Binnington, Robin Lehner. Therefore listen up.

When looking for an add for the day or week. Think of the team they are on. Currently you have Montreal, Columbus, Philadelphia and Carolina in the East all in a dog fight for the last two spots. Adding a top-six winger, power play guy or top-four defenseman on that team will yield positive results. Same goes for players on Arizona, Dallas, Chicago, Colorado and Minnesota. These teams are playing meaningful games therefore add their top-six and power play guys. And of course see how many games they play and who they play against. A Capitals vs Flyers game usually will be physical so get a player that hits and can score.

Also, last thing I always do when searching the waiver wire is I look at the players last 30-days total and last 14-days total to see a correlation between consistent performances. As well, teams like Ottawa and Edmonton may have some players you can go fishing for.

Adds for the week:

Zach Hyman: For example a great addition if the Leafs continue their offensive production. Hyman has been a bit cold in the last five games but he plays with Mitch Marner and John Tavares and plays the second power play unit. He plays three times this week, 19th, 20th and 23rd. He has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 30-days also.

Vinnie Hinostroza: Plays three-times this week all on the road and very important games for Arizona. He is slotted with Alex Galchenyuk also and on the first power play unit. This guy is an energy bunny for the Coyotes and can provide a lot of upside on your roster when you need an add. Hinostroza has 6 goals, 6 assists and 40 shots on goal in the last 30-days.

Boone Jenner: The Blue Jackets newest additions of Duchene and Dzingel have not been the big names right now. Plus Pierre Luc-Dubois has gone ice cold since the deadline deals. But, Jenner has been relatively consistent over the last two weeks. The Jackets roll three lines and he is playing line three minutes along with power play one. Jenner has 4 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots on goal and 16 hits in the last two weeks.

Justin Williams: In the thick of things right now for the Hurricanes they will need some veteran-ship, in comes Williams. Not to mention he has 208 shots on goal this season and has actually been a consistent player too. Williams has 21 goals and 25 assists on the year. Plus he plays four times this week. Williams plays Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Ryan Donato: The Wild are still pushing for a playoff spot right now and Donato has been really solid for them since the trade a few weeks back. In his 13 games with Minnesota he has 13 points (4G, 9A). Donato is playing line three with two other young players and also the second power play unit. He plays three-games this week all of importance.

Pavel Buchnevich: This add will cost you nothing. Does not produce, bye, someone else now. But, Buchnevich has been really solid for NYR the last couple of games. He has 5 goals in 8 games, he plays anywhere from 15-17 minutes a game, line two and also power play one. Someone you can add and drop all week basically. He also plays three-games this week.

Roope Hintz: He had a very surprising three games in a row, slowed down and is back for a new week. The kid is logging major minutes, power play time and top-six minutes. For the situation Dallas is in right now to win every game to secure a spot they will need guys like Hintz to produce. In the last 30-days he has 6 goals, 1 assist, 2 power play points, 31 shots on goal and 34 hits. A jack of all trades for your team. Hintz plays three-games this week all at home too.

Wild Forward Charlie Coyle Traded To Boston

The news broke about 40 minutes ago, being that it was very vague at first I was hesitant to post the news. But Bob McKinzie did confirm that Coyle was sent to Boston.

The trade details are as follows. Bruins receive Charlie Coyle, Wild receive Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick.

Coyle played 479 games with the Wild amounting to 242 points (91G, 151A). Coyle was a first round 28th overall draft pick in 2010 by the Sharks until he was sent to Minnesota. Ryan Donato was a 2nd round 56th overall draft pick in 2014 for Boston. He played in 46 NHL games collecting 18 points (11G, 7A). Donato came on the scene last season in the final regular season games for the Bruins.

The Bruins add some offensive upside with Coyle and a much needed right handed shot. Coyle has the potential to play on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk or they can slot him as the 3rd line center. As of now it seems Coyle will be a second line right winger.

This means when David Pastrnak comes back the Bruins top-six will now be Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Coyle, DeBrusk, Krejci a sure upgrade. Donato will probably not see much NHL time with Minnesota this season but 22-years-old and the glimpses we have seen at the NHL level for him so far he has potential to be a second line center/left winger or at minimum a third line center.

Coyle is 26-years-old on a 3.2 million dollar AAV contract (6.4 cap hit) and will become a UFA in 2020 offseason. Coyle has 28 points in 60 games played this season (10G, 18A) and has collected 35+ points in every season since 2014 his best year came in 2016-17 when he tallied 56 points (18G, 38A).

 

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 beĀ  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.