It has already been over a week since the NHL season began. After just one week, some people feel like their fantasy hockey teams are either great, good, ok, below average, or horrible. I am sure on a day like today people are dropping players like flies and picking up other players.
Centers: Greg McKegg, Pittsburgh Penguins: Greg McKegg is owned in 6% of Fantrax Leagues. He has been the third line center for the Pittsburgh Penguins so far this season and McKegg played better than I expected. In six games this season, McKegg has scored a goal and recorded two assists. McKegg has 20.4 fantasy points so far this season. McKegg has very good players on his line like Conor Sheary and Patric Hornqvist that could help McKegg boost his numbers.
Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs: Hyman’s main position is center but he can also play the wing. Hyman is owned in 32% of Fantrax Leagues. Hyman has scored two goals in five games this season. His plus/minus is 2. He has 13.8 fantasy points so far this season. Hyman is a good pickup because Toronto will keep burying the puck in the back of the net.
Connor Brickley, Florida Panthers: Brickley is owned in 9% of Fantrax Leagues. Brickley is playing on a Panthers team that lost key players in the offseason. They aren’t deep at the center position. Brickley is only a rookie and he is going to get better. In four games this season, he has scored a goal and recorded three assists. His plus/minus is 4.
Wingers: Jesper Bratt, New Jersey Devils: Bratt has been a sensation for the Devils in the first five games of the season. He has scored three goals and recorded three assists. His plus/minus is 5 and Bratt has 27.65 fantasy points so far this season. Bratt is owned in 61% of Fantrax Leagues. He is being picked up in a hurry. Bratt is a rookie. He is providing depth scoring for the Devils and New Jersey has been missing that for years.
Jake DeBrusk, Boston Bruins: Can DeBrusk be another David Pastrnak in the making this season? DeBrusk is 20 years old and he has scored two goals and record two assists in the first four games of the season. The only concern with him is that his plus/minus is -4. DeBrusk has 19 fantasy points so far this season. He is owned in 39% of Fantrax Leagues. Boston doesn’t have many offensive weapons and DeBrusk could turn into another one.
Chris Stewart, Minnesota Wild: Stewart is more of a role player with the Minnesota Wild, but he has been heating up as of late. In four games this season, Stewart has scored four goals and recorded two assists. Stewart’s plus/minus is 4. Stewart is only owned in 20% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 17.95 fantasy points so far this season.
Defenseman: Christian Djoos, Washington Capitals: Djoos made his NHL debut on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and his presence was felt immediately. In two games, he has scored a goal and recorded an assist. His plus/minus is 2. Djoos will eventually be on the top defensive pairing for the Capitals and he will at some point quarterback the power play. He is owned in 37% of Fantrax Leagues. Djoos has 5.3 fantasy points so far this season.
Gutsav Forsling, Chicago Blackhawks: Forsling is a 21-year old defenseman for the Blackhawks and he provides offensive upside in his game. In six games this season, he hasn’t scored a goal but Forsling has recorded four assists. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are older. Forsling could get more ice time as the season progresses and that means more chances for Forsling to either score or assist. His plus/minus this season is 4. Forsling is owned in 34% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 15.1 fantasy points so far this season.
Patrik Nemeth, Colorado Avalanche: Colorado has been surprisingly good so far to start the season. Tyson Barrie can’t be the only player carrying the Avalanche blue line and other sources need to step up. Nemeth is a possible candidate to help out Barrie as the season moves on. In six games this season, he has recorded three assists. His plus/minus is 5. Nemeth is owned in 11% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 11.8 fantasy points so far this season.
Goalies: Malcolm Subban, Vegas Golden Knights: At any point, I never would have imagined Subban ever being a starting goalie after being horrendous in Boston. Now, Subban might be the goalie for a while in Vegas with Marc-Andre Fleury being out with a concussion. Calvin Pickard is the other goalie, but I was surprised he didn’t get the start against the Boston Bruins yesterday. Subban actually played well. He stopped 21 shots and only gave up a goal. His GAA is 1.00 and his save percentage is .955. Subban helped them win the game. Subban is owned in 34% of Fantrax Leagues and he has 18.2 fantasy points so far this season.
Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils: Devils coach John Hynes loves playing Keith Kinkaid especially in back-to-back game situations. Kinkaid could be shaky at times, but since near the end of last season, he has been more trustworthy. Kinkaid has only appeared in one game so far this season, but he will probably see 20-25 starts this season. He had 29 saves in New Jersey’s 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday Night. Kinkaid’s GAA is 2.00 and his save percentage is .935. He is owned in 16% of Fantrax Leagues. Kinkaid has 16.8 fantasy points so far this season.
Mike Condon, Ottawa Senators: Condon is a good goalie to have on your roster. I don’t think he hopes on playing 45-50 games again this season. The only way that happens is if Craig Anderson gets hurt. Anderson I don’t think will be leaving this time to be with his wife. Realistically, Condon will probably play in 25-30 games. Him and Anderson is a good goaltending duo. Condon made 35 saves in Saturday Night’s 6-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Condon’s save percentage is .972 and his GAA is 1.02. Condon is owned in 28% of Fantrax leagues and he has 29 fantasy points so far this season.