Sam Bennett, Anthony Duclair deserves to be added
Without a doubt, the most improved team in the NHL this season has been the Florida Panthers.
After being largely disappointing last year and being knocked out of the qualifying round by the New York Islanders, the team replaced general manager Dale Tallon with Bill Zito. Zito makes a number of movements This offseason has been going really well, and it looks like the hockey executive added to his already strong resume by the trade deadline. It’s still early days, but it looks like the Panthers have discovered another gem, which is the first of 10 takeaways this week.
1 – C / LW / RW Sam Bennett (41% on Yahoo) dominating with the Florida Panthers
Who saw Sam Bennett break out with the Florida Panthers? Oh wait, I did!
Bennett, a disgruntled top-five selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, sheds light on the situation after being dealt from the Calgary Flames to the Panthers. In four games with his new team, the 24-year-old has registered an impressive three goals and five assists while serving as the team’s second-row center. Playing alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair, there’s plenty of reason to believe Bennett will continue at this level of play for the rest of the season.
In all four competitions he has played with the Cats, Bennett leads all players in tied high danger odds with seven and is tied for the team lead with 11 scoring chances, according to Natural Stat Trick. . The most encouraging indicator of the seven-year-old pro’s fantastic worth is his ice time. Bennett clocked a season-high 9:12 pm final, showing the Panthers are ready to give him opportunities the Flames wouldn’t want. Add in all the punches he throws and you have a player who can help you get your fantastic team to the top of the playoffs.
2 – G Jake Allen (38% listed on Yahoo) will retain value if or when Carey Price returns
While Carey Price suffered a pair of injuries in April, goaltender Jake Allen has been surprisingly active in the Montreal Canadiens camp. Allen has appeared in nine of the Canadiens’ 12 games this month, and while the results haven’t been spectacular – a 4-5-0 record, .902 save percentage and goals-against average of 2.80 – his season totals are encouraging. and the ability to start his fair share of games with Price sidelined makes him one of the best goalie additions.
Since Price is recovering from a concussion, it’s really hard to set a definitive timeline on when he’ll be back. While Montreal will play four games a week in each of the next two weeks, including a back-to-back game every two weeks, Allen will see some consistent action even if Price returns quickly. The unpredictability of concussions could keep the Canadiens longtime goalie longer than expected, and in that case Allen would be the better goalie option with plenty of games to go.
With Allen beating Price in all major statistical categories while also being tied for the sixth best save percentage above the league’s expectations according to Money Puck, it has proven to be a reliable insurance policy.
3 – Hit machine LW / RW Marcus Foligno (12% registered on Yahoo) is back and deserves to be added
The Minnesota Wild are very happy to have Marcus Foligno back in the lineup. The power forward has missed more than a month with a lower-body injury, but he has made his presence felt in the six games he has played since his return. In those competitions, the 29-year-old has scored one goal, two assists, is plus three and distributed 23 hits.
Over the season, Foligno leads all Wild forwards in plus-minus (plus-16) and hits (81). In good health, he has been an excellent source of both while also contributing to the offense with eight goals and 19 points in 28 games. His ability to contribute to a wide range of categories makes him one of the best players available in over 80% of Yahoo leagues. With two games to play this week and three healthy games scheduled for next week, Foligno is a great pickup for someone who needs a lift in the hits.
4 – Drop off a Columbus Blue Jackets member after this weekend
I won’t take too long to explain this one. Next week, the Columbus Blue Jackets are the only NHL team to have just two games on the schedule. Additionally, the team are in the middle of an eight-game losing streak as they have won just three of their last 17 games. The Blue Jackets have scored the fourth fewest goals per game of any team in the league and there is simply no one, not even the incredible Seth Jones, worth keeping. There are players on your waiver feed who will be playing four games next week who will definitely do more to help your team than any member of that team.
5 – be careful with the streaked members of the Dallas Stars
If you’ve got a major player on the Dallas Stars, you’ve probably been delighted with their production recently. Specifically, Denis Gurianov, Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Jamie Benn and Jake Oettinger have been excellent at fantasy hockey, helping managers in a number of categories. Everyone’s recent production spike, however, coincides with the team’s flexible schedule. The Stars have played in each of their last five games against the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. After another meeting with Detroit this week, Dallas’ schedule gets considerably tougher next week.
The team will play four games next week, all against teams currently holding playoff spots in the Central Division. It begins with two outings against the Carolina Hurricanes, who have allowed the fourth fewest goals per game, a date with the Tampa Bay Lightning and (likely) Andrei Vasilevskiy, and a game against the Nashville Predators. While having four games is a plus, there is no doubt that the games are getting more difficult. Prepare for a little dip once this weekend.
6 – C / LW Jack Hughes (39% on Yahoo) could end the season on a goal tear
Two stats that I always look at when trying to predict future goals are shots and percentage of shots. Jack Hughes has netted the pucks better than anyone, as the 19-year-old’s 30 shots in the past 14 days are second to Alexander Ovechkin (38). The problem with Hughes, however, is that he’s only scored two goals in that span and his shooting percentage this season is a pretty 8.3 pedestrian. For someone with a prime pedigree, it’s fair to expect them to capitalize on a higher percentage of those chances.
The underlying numbers also reiterate how well Hughes has played this season. His 64.17 Corsi for percentage sits eighth in the entire NHL, which is even more impressive considering he is the only top 10 player to play for a team that is currently not. in a playoff spot. Playing with a weak team like the Devils hasn’t given Hughes much of a chance, but he should be able to make his own at the end of the year.
7 – Good luck if you go up against D Shea Theodore (96% on Yahoo)
You won’t find a defenseman doing more for his fantastic managers these days than Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore – the electric rearguard has been a driving force in fantasy hockey teams.
Over the past 14 days, Theodore’s nine assists lead the NHL, he is tied for the league lead in the power play with six points, tied for fifth with 28 shots and he added a respectable 12 blocks all. maintaining a very strong plus-seven rating. The 25-year-old has been an absolute horse in the back and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he’s in the mix for the Norris Trophy. This is one of the main reasons the Golden Knights – and fantasy managers – are so successful right now.
8 – Fantasy managers can give up G Chris Driedger (51% on Yahoo) without any regrets
I’ve been on Chris Driedger’s train all season long, but an important skill in playing fantasy hockey is knowing when to get off. With Driedger now battling a lower-body injury and much-vaunted prospect Spencer Knight in the mix, the Panthers’ goaltending situation got a little too muddy for my taste.
This is not a blow to Driedger’s performance, as the 26-year-old has posted much better numbers than starter Sergei Bobrovsky all season. It has more to do with the team’s future deployment of the goalie when he is healthy enough to play again. Despite having surpassed Bobrovsky, Driedger’s 20 games started to fall behind Bobrovsky’s 27, and with Knight now in the equation – he dismissed 33 of the 34 shots he faced in his debut. in the NHL – you might have a three-headed goalie situation similar to Carolina. Hurricanes use.
There is likely a goalie on the waiver thread who will see more action and can help your team later.
9 – Anthony Duclair (26% on Yahoo) excels since returning to the lineup
Since returning from an upper body injury, Anthony Duclair, like Sam Bennett, has found great success in the second row of the Panthers. In his six games this month, Duclair has scored an impressive eight points while registering at least one point in five of six competitions. Given that Carter Verhaeghe won’t be back anytime soon, it’s safe to assume that Duclair will play the remainder of the season in the Florida top six, friendly in fantasy.
In addition to point production, Duclair has also been an elite source of plus-minus totals, as his plus-19 rating is tied for 18th in the NHL. With four healthy games scheduled for next week, Duclair is a sane player to add for your next game.
10 – LW / RW Nick Foligno (33% on Yahoo) gets front row chance with Zach Hyman out
This is the first time in the history of 10 takeaways that two siblings have cracked on the same blog. The cities of Buffalo, New York and Sudbury, Ontario should be very proud to see how far these two cities have achieved such a milestone. Seriously, Nick Foligno’s trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs will provide a bit more whimsical value than initially thought with Zach Hyman and the former Columbus Blue Jackets captain alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. .
Playing with two players who are currently in the top five points in the NHL is clearly a great place. The results of his first game alongside the two stars provided positive results, as Foligno recorded one assist, one odds plus one and three hits in 16:12 of ice time. I would expect similar results from the 33-year-old, which is certainly something many fantasy managers will happily accept.
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