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For the fantasy owners of Jack Eichel you probably got a little more upset last night.
After getting injured during practice on Wednesday it was originally thought Eichel would be out for four to six weeks. However, now reports are out telling us he will not be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Just keeps getting worse for you Eichel owners.
It’s going to be important for you to find a replacement for a player who you expected to put up a minimum of sixty points.
Here are a few forwards you can find on your fantasy waiver wire:
Stastny has opened up the 2017 season with a bang! Scoring three points against a top quality Chicago Blackhawks team and then another the next night against the Minnesota Wild. What’s nice to see about his stat line is that he has a big involvement on the power play, putting up two out of his three points with the odd man advantage on night one. Playing alongside both Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen, neither of whom are afraid to put the puck in the net, will help Stastny’s point total increase as the season continues. The players surrounding him are what make Paul Statsny a top replacement for Jack Eichel owners. He’s only owned in 60% of leagues so if you’re one of the lucky 40% and own Eichel he’s well worth the pickup.
Versteeg moved to the Flames this off-season so that he could play a top-six role, therefore actually making him fantasy relevant. He’s only owned in 3% of leagues which might have him seen as a pretty deep pickup but hear me out. Let’s not forget, Versteeg is playing alongside two of the best young talents in the league in Gaudreau and Monahan. All Versteeg has to do is pass the puck to either of those guys and let them do the rest, easy assists. However, one downside of him is the fact he doesn’t play on the power play which does bring down his value. I believe Versteeg should be played based on his matchup. If your lineups are set weekly in your league then maybe Versteeg isn’t the player for you, the same should not be said about daily leagues where he is a player you should be rostering.
Let’s just get this out of the way, Pastrnak had a four-point game to start the NHL season, not bad. I am a strong believer that this trend will continue, maybe not four-point games every night but the fact that he will be scoring at a consistent rate. Pastrnak has been given a top role in Boston, playing on the top line alongside one of the NHL’s best scorers in Brad Marchand. He’s also going to be finding himself on the power play this year. Another great stat to see from his first game was the number of shots he generated, managing to get eight of them which is excellent if your league gets points for shots. Somehow this guy this still only owned in 44% of leagues even after a four-point game. Pastrnak is more than likely the best forward available for Eichel owners to pick up. He is a player that you’ll be able to keep once Eichel is back also.