Either you are in great shape or you are in desperation mode heading into week four of the fantasy hockey season. It is crazy to think that the month of October is over and we are now heading into November. Of course there is time to salvage your fantasy season, but it is time to pick it up and stop sitting back.
Nate Thompson, Ottawa Senators: The whole Ottawa Senators team is buying into Guy Boucher’s system once again this season. They have scored 41 goals as a team so far this season. Nate Thompson has scored two goals and recorded two assists in 11 games. His plus/minus is 4. Thompson is owned in 3% of Fantrax Leagues and he has 37.1 fantasy points so far this season.
Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes: Staal is one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Whenever Staal gets rolling, he is tough to stop. He is trying to be more of a leader for this young Hurricanes team. Surprisingly, he is only owned in 41% of Fantrax Leagues. In 10 games this season, Staal has scored three goals and recorded three assists. Staal would be on pace for around 50 points this season which isn’t bad at all. Staal has 51.2 fantasy points so far this season.
Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles Kings: Kempe is a versatile player for the Kings. He is one of the reasons why the Kings are off to a 9-1-1 start this season. He brings speed and offense to the table. Kempe is owned in 57% of Fantrax Leagues. People might want to run to the computer and pick this guy up instead of walking to it. Kempe has scored six goals and recorded three assists in 11 games so far this season. His plus/minus is 8 and Kempe has 48.6 fantasy points so far this season.
Sonny Milano, Columbus Blue Jackets: Milano is a younger version of Brandon Saad for John Tortorella’s squad. Milano has scored five goals and recorded an assist in 11 games so far this season. He is owned in 47% of Fantrax Leagues. Milano had a quiet week, but he is on a very good Columbus team and he will continue to score goals as the season moves on. Milano is owned in 47% of Fantrax Leagues and he has 25.6 fantasy points so far this season.
Pavel Buchnevich, New York Rangers: The Rangers haven’t had many bright moments this season, but Buchnevich has been one of the very few. He has scored four goals and recorded four assists in 12 games so far this season. The Rangers don’t have a lot of talent on offense and someone needs to provide it for them. Buchnevich is owned in 52% of Fantrax Leagues and he has 37 fantasy points so far this season.
Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild: The Minnesota Wild have been play better as of late and Jason Zucker has decided to step up his game. In nine games played with the Wild this season, he has scored three goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus is 1. Zucker is owned in 59% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 31.55 fantasy points so far this season.
Derek Forbort, Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez has kept the Kings blue line in check so far in 2017-2018. Derek Forbort could be the third guy that can emerge on both the offensive and defensive end for the Kings. In 11 games, Forbort has recorded four assists and his plus/minus is 11. When a player has a plus/minus of 11, that means he is doing things right on the ice. Forbort is owned in 33% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 27.15 fantasy points so far this season.
Haydn Fleury, Carolina Hurricanes: Fleury is going to be an interesting player to keep an eye as the season progresses. The Hurricanes have a plethora of defenseman and when one defenseman goes down, another one will fill in. This is the case for Fleury as of today. He has played in 10 games so far this season and Fleury has recorded two assists. His plus/minus is 4. Fleury is owned in 23% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 11.7 fantasy points so far this season.
Joel Edmundson, St. Louis Blues: The St. Louis Blues have an elite defense. In 12 games, Edmundson has scored a goal and recorded three assists. His plus/minus is 4. The Blues love to use their defenseman on offense to either distribute the puck or attack and shoot. He is owned in 33% of Fantrax Leagues. Edmundson has 36.7 fantasy points so far this season.
Ondrej Pavelec, New York Rangers: Pavelec played in a couple of games this week for Henrik Lundqvist. It wouldn’t surprise me if Pavelec played more often because of how slow Lundqvist has been this season. At some point I could see Pavelec starting because of a possibly injury to Lundqvist. Pavelec’s record is 1-3 with a 3.64 GAA and a .887 save percentage. He has -7.6 fantasy points so far this season. Pavelec is owned in 15% of Fantrax Leagues.
Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders: It seems like the Islanders are winning when Halak is playing in net compared to Thomas Greiss. Halak has been more reliable and has obviously played better. His record so far this season is 4-2 with a 2.61 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Halak will get a shutout at some point if he continues to be consistent. He has been very good for the Islanders ever since he was put on waivers last season and played in Bridgeport for a few months. Halak played well at the end of last year and it has carried over into this season. Halak is owned in 57% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 40.2 fantasy points so far this season.
Anders Nilsson, Vancouver Canucks: Whenever Jacob Markstrom has needed a night off for the Canucks, Nilsson seems to deliver the goods. In four games this season, Nilsson’s record is 3-1 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.89 GAA, along with two shutouts. He is owned in 39% of Fantrax Leagues. Nilsson has 61.8 fantasy points so far this season and the Canucks will try and continue to succeed with two goalies that give them the chance to win.