For the second straight year, the Minnesota Wild have unfortunately passed away after game five of the first round. Sixteen of the Wild’s last twenty playoff games have ended in a loss, and the team has now failed to move past the first round for three straight years.
Day 10 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs saw an elimination and a team staying alive. The Jets dominated their way into the second round, the Flyers lived to fight another day and Andrew Hammond stole the show keeping his team alive for another game.
Heres’s how it went down:
Philadelphia 4-2 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh leads series 3-2
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 21, 2018
With the Flyers on the brink of elimination they had no choice but to come out early and set the tone. Philadelphia outshot the Penguins 9-5 in the first period.
The Flyers not only outshot Pittsburgh in the first period but also got on the board first. Philly took a 1-0 lead thanks to Claude Giroux with just under three minutes left, as the captain rifled home a one-timer from Jakub Voracek. It was Giroux’s first playoff goal since the 2013-14 season.
The lead did not last long as the Penguins turned it on in the second period outshooting the Flyers 14-8.
Bryan Rust scored his second of the playoffs to tie the game at one, as he deked his away around three Flyers’ defenders to burry the wrap-around goal.
Jake Guentzel netted his second of the playoffs and has now scored a point in three straight games as well, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead with just under four minutes left.
Philly would not let that go however, as Valtteri Filppula scored his first of the playoffs burying his own rebound to tie the game at two heading into the third period.
In a hard fought third period it took until 1:15 left in the game for Sean Couturier to score from the blue line to give the Flyers a late 3-2 lead. It was Couturier’s first game back since missing Game 4 with an injury.
Michal Neuvirth had an outstanding performance stopping 29 of 32 Penguins shots including robbing Sidney Crosby on the glove side in the dying seconds of the game to hold onto the victory for Philadelphia. Neuvirth is the third goaltender to start these playoffs for the Flyers.
The Flyers were able to stay alive with a Game 5 win, sending the series back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Sunday. It will be an exciting game with Philly having their backs against the wall and able to push for a seventh game.
Minnesota 0-5 Winnipeg
Winnipeg wins series 4-1
Tonight's Three Stars:
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 21, 2018
The Jets came out fast and hard as they scored four goals in the first period putting the Wild into a hole they could not climb out of.
The first goal came 30 seconds into the game with Jacob Trouba scoring his first of the playoffs sneaking one through the five-hole of Devan Dubnyk.
Four minutes later another Jet scored his first of the post-season as Bryan Little deflected a shot by Dustin Byfuglien past the Wild net minder.
After a Wild turnover Brandon Tanev scored low glove side on Dubnyk with 11 minutes left in the period. It only took another 49 seconds before the Jets scored again. Joel Armia deflected another Byfuglien shot into the back of the net for a 4-0 lead.
The four early goals were enough to chase Devan Dubnyk as he was relieved of his duties and replaced with Alex Stalock.
Mark Scheifele put the game away 40 seconds into the third period, as he one-timed a shot from the slot into the net on the powerplay.
Connor Hellebyuck recored his second career playoff shutout and his second of the series. He faced 30 shots and turned away all of them.
The Jets dominated the series outside of Game 4. They were the more explosive, physical and had some of the best performances by a goaltender in the playoffs so far. They look to give whoever they face in the second round a difficult hard hitting competition.
Colorado 2-1 Nashville
Nashville leads series 3-2
— NHL (@NHL) April 21, 2018
The Predators were looking to wrap things up Friday night and get ready for a second round series against Winnipeg.
Andrew Hammond had other ideas however. He got the start for the Avalanche with Jonathan Bernier out with a lower body injury he sustained in Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss. It was Hammond’s third start since January 10 and he held his own early facing and turning away 11 shots in the first period. As the game went on Hammond turned away scoring chance after scoring chance of the Predators.
Hammond finished with 43 saves on 44 shots.
Pekka Rinne quietly had a solid night for Nashville as well stopping 24 of 26 shots.
With under 10 minutes left in the game Nick Bonino scored his first goal of the playoffs, his 17th career playoff goal to break the magical shutout from Andrew Hammond.
Five minutes later, Nathan MacKinnon showed great patience waiting down low in the slot before passing cross crease to Gabriel Landeskog who buried it in the open net to tie the game at one.
With 1:28 left PK Subban was caught cheating up ice on the offensive side which led to a two-on-one for the Avalanche. J.T. Compher threw a shot on net and Sven Andrighetto cleaned up the rebound, scoring his first career playoff game to send the series to Game 6.
Andrew Hammond was an absolute monster and assuming he gets the start Sunday, it could make for a very intense and exciting Game 6. The Avs are going to be looking to send it to a Game 7, and regardless of the outcome Sunday, they have played a very impressive series against the defending Western Conference Champions.
The offense finally slowed down on day seven of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with goaltenders stealing the show. Connor Hellebuyck led the Jets to a 2-0 victory, the Capitals getting back into their series and the Knights became the first expansion team to win a playoff series.
Here’s how it went down:
Previously I looked at the Eastern Conference and previewed the playoff picture. Now it’s time to look at the other side and preview what to expect from the Western Conference. The West is set up with talented teams mixed with veteran groups that have been to the dance before. There are only two teams that I see as favourites to make it all the way, but there’s always a chance for an upset, especially when there are more experienced teams. Here’s a preview of the Western Conference playoffs.
Things have been a little weird around the NHL this season… actually, they’ve been a lot weird. Of course, we’re all aware of the big storylines. Vegas is doing the exact opposite of what everyone thought they’d do, Colorado is on pace to almost double their wins from last season, the Oilers and Habs have floundered and although they’ve cooled off lately the Tampa Bay Lightning are proving to be a legitimate Cup contender just a year after missing the playoffs.
Now usually by the all-star break, there is usually a group of two or three players who are clear-cut favourites for the Hart Trophy, but this year it’s different. You could honestly make the case for close to ten players to win the annual award, which is exactly what I’m about to do.
A red-hot start to the season propelled Nikita Kucherov to the top of the NHL’s scoring leaderboard and although the Lightning have cooled off, Kucherov is still producing at a strong rate.
Nobody on the Lightning produces more primary points than Kucherov, which again, speaks to how important he is to one of the NHL’s best offenses.
He forces turnovers and is responsible with the puck on his stick and that’s shown in his +10 give/take away differential thus far.
One specific area that propelled Tampa early this year was their powerplay. Not only has he produced with the man advantage, his 22 powerplay points are second only to Steven Stamkos, but he’s been a big reason why they’ve been able to go on the power play as much as they have. His 17 penalties drawn is a lot first on the Lightning.
The case against Kucherov would be how many good players the Lightning have had this year. You could argue that while he is crucial, the likes of Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and even Andrei Vasilevsky are just as important.
MILE HIGH PRODUCTION
The Av’s are red hot right now and Nathan MacKinnon has been leading the charge. Over the teams, current 9-1 run, the Nova Scotia product has put up 8 goals, 11 assists and thrown 42 shots on net.
As the year has continued, he’s also crawled closer and closer to Nikita Kucherov for first in the NHL’s point race. He now has 59 points in 46 games. One other stat that helps MacKinnon’s case is his 7 game-winning goals, which is tied for tops in the NHL.
While Jonathan Bernier and Mikko Rantanen have both played massive roles, it’s safe to say Colorado wouldn’t be experiencing this turnaround without #29.
THE BEAST FROM BROOKLYN
While most of the love around the Islanders has gone to rookie sensation Mathew Barzal, and deservedly so, not enough attention has been given to John Tavares.
Tavares is third in the NHL in goals and fifth in points. His production has been exceptional. He’s relied on in all facets of the ice and in all scenarios as well, which only adds to his case for being named the league’s MVP. He leads the teams forwards in 5v5 and 5v4 ice time and sits third in shorthanded time on ice. He also faces the toughest competition among Islanders forwards.
My final point on Tavares is that he makes players around him better. I know Anders Lee and Josh Bailey have both had stints with #91 in the past, but this year he’s helped them each hit new highs. Lee is second only to Alex Ovechkin in the goal-scoring race. Bailey has 12 goals through the first half of the season and is no doubt going to crush his former career high of 16.
BUT THERE’S MORE!
- You can’t ignore the role that Taylor Hall has played in New Jersey’s success this season. Although they’ve cooled off lately, the 18 point gap between him and the team’s second-leading scorer is the largest among all NHL teams. He’s the heart and soul of the Devils.
- The Boston Bruins have been another great story this year. Two of their longest serving players, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, have been huge reasons for their success. Both look like they’ll score over 30 goals this year and they could both easily become Hart Trophy winners with strong second halves.
- Early in the year, Mark Scheifele was leading the Jets, but since he went down with an injury Captain Blake Wheeler has taken over. His 54 points is good for fifth in the NHL and in the ten games, since Scheifele went down, Wheeler has put up 12 points and averaged over 19 minutes in seven of those games.
- You can’t ignore Alex Ovechkin in this conversation either. His 29 goals puts him in first in the NHL and work out to about 20% of the Capitals total output. That’s just insane. He’s scored one in every five of his teams’ goals. That screams MVP candidate. It also looks like he might hit 50 goals again, which only helps his case.
What’s the ceiling for this Winnipeg Jets team?
For this year, I think they could not only make it to the playoffs, but they could do some damage once they get to the big dance.
You could go read a magazine or go to major websites for season previews… but then it’s the same thing that tens of thousands of people read. So here is the start of my unique division by division season previews, which get you set for upcoming NHL season.
FIRST PLACE – DALLAS STARS
Added: A. Radulov – B. Bishop – M. Hanzal – M. Methot – B. Flynn – T. Pitlick
Lost: P. Sharp (fa) – C. Eakin (e) – J. Hudler (fa) – A. Niemi (bo) – A. Hemsky (fa)
I get the sense that Jim Nill isn’t a very patient man. After the team saw their point total slip by 40 last season, their GM went out and solved their goaltending problem, solidified their d-core and just for fun, added a few more solid offensive pieces. They added a laundry list of impressive names to a team that already featured Benn, Seguin, Klingberg, and Spezza.
This team has a plethora of high-end skill, especially down the middle, where I don’t think there’s a team in the league that can match them. Seguin-Hanzal-Spezza-Shore is a terrific group and should be able to carry this team to a fantastic regular season.
Are there worries? Yeah. I don’t love their depth on the wings or on the back end, even though they are improved. Maybe that’s something they can look to add at the deadline, although they don’t have cap space as of now.
Regardless, I’m feeling bounce-back performance from the team in Texas and their off-season moves back up that feeling.
SECOND PLACE – NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Add: S. Hartnell – N. Bonino – A. Emelin
Lost: J. Neal (e) – C. Wilson (t)
I did not like their offseason. The Scott Hartnell reunion is a nice story, but he is not the player he used to be. They also paid a lot for Nick Bonino, a player who I question can be a competent second line center. He’s never cracked 50 points and his GF% drops 11% when he goes from mid-level competition to elite competition (via puckiq.com). I don’t think he’s a good second line center.
So then why do I have them so high? Well, they still have Pekka Rinne and one of the best group of defensemen in the league. We also just witnessed some breakthrough performances during the playoffs and I believe guys like Freddy Gauthier, Colton Scissions, and Pontus Aberg are ready for full-time NHL duty.
The injury to Ryan Ellis stings, but again, their depth is incredible and I have full confidence they can survive the few months without Ellis.
If there’s an x-factor, I’d say it’s Ryan Johansen. Fresh off a big extension that pays him like an elite #1 center, he’ll need to produce more than the 14 goals & 47 points he got in 82 games last year.
Despite seeing declines in their point totals the last 3 years, I expect the Preds to have a strong season in a tough central division.
THIRD PLACE – WINNIPEG JETS
Add: D. Kulikov – S. Mason – M. Sgarbossa
Lost: P. Postma (fa) – C. Thorburn (fa) – O. Pavelec (fa)
They couldn’t keep pucks out of their net. That was the only reason this team didn’t find any success during the regular season. They finished 7th in goals for and the difference between their goals for per game and goals against per game was just (0.11).
To put that into perspective, only one other non-playoff team in the west had a better differential, that was the LA Kings at (0.02). Simply put: the Jets had a really solid regular season last year, their goaltending was just horrendous.
They went out and improved their goaltending situation by grabbing Steve Mason, who should be a little more stable than Pavelec/Hutchison were as backups. The addition of Mason, combined with a more experienced Connor Hellebuyck should help drop that goals against per game number.
They also went and added Dmitry Kulikov, who does have holes in his game but is an upgrade on Paul Postma.
Combine that with a group of forwards that’s deep, highly skilled and only getting better, I think the Jets have a winning team and have no problem slotting them into a playoff spot.
FOURTH PLACE – MINNESOTA WILD
Add: M. Foligno – R. Murphy – T. Ennis
Lost: M Hanzal (fa) – J. Pominville (t) – M. Scandella (t) – E. Haula (e) – D. Kuemper (fa)
The Wild went all in last year, paying a king’s ransom for Martin Hanzal at the deadline. It didn’t work out, but they still have a pretty solid core intact. Their solid wing depth is still there, and while I worry about their depth down the middle, maybe someone like Joel Eriksson Ek can thrive playing on a line with someone like Zach Parise or one of their other skill guys.
Their solid wing depth is still there, and while I worry about their depth down the middle, maybe someone like Joel Eriksson Ek can thrive playing on a line with someone like Zach Parise or one of their other skill guys.
Their solid d-core and Devan Dubnyk should leave them looking good in their own end. If there is one concern I have it’s a lack of that superstar presence, someone who can be a game-changing presence on offense. Is Mikael Granlund that guy? His point total increased by 25 last year, so will we see another big step forward?
If they get some big performances, which I expect they will, I have no doubt about the Wild being a playoff team.
FIFTH PLACE – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Add: B. Saad – P. Sharp – C. Murphy – A. Forsberg – J. Berube – J. Rutta
Lost: A. Panarin (t) – N. Hjalmarson (t) – M. Hossa (i) – M. Kruger (t) – T. Van Riemsdyk (e) – J.Oduya (fa) – S. Darling (t) – B. Campbell ®
That’s a long list of departures from the Windy City, and the new names are honestly quite underwhelming.
Just looking at their offense, they essentially swapped out Hossa and Panarin for Saad and Sharp. I understand the cap relief element of things, and they got a great deal with Sharp, but the bottom line is they got two players who produce less than the players they now have. The combined GF/60 of Hossa and Panarin is 4.9, while that number for Sharp and Saad is 4.3.
On defense, they lost their second best dman in Nik Hjalmarsson and two good supporting players in Van Riemsdyk and O’Duya. To replace them is 27-year-old rookie Jan Rutta and Connor Murphy. Another sizeable step back.
They also lost Scott Darling, who was an outstanding backup. Berube should be fine in that role, but it’s another step back, even if it is small.
Now despite getting worse in all three areas of their roster, they still have a good chunk of their core so they should stick to the playoff picture. Their depth isn’t god either so one big injury could really put them in a hole. The flip side of that, they have some good young players. If Debrincat, Schmaltz, and Murphy can prove their solid NHL players early on, there is some potential for the Hawks to challenge for the division.
Their depth isn’t good either so one big injury could really put them in a hole. The flip side is that they have some good young players. If Debrincat, Schmaltz, and Murphy can prove their solid NHL players early on, there is some potential for the Hawks to challenge for the division
Just going off their roster right now, gotta slide them lower than others may have them.
SIXTH PLACE – ST. LOUIS BLUES
Add: B. Schenn – B. Bennett – C. Thorburn
Lost: D. Perron (e) – J. Lehtera (t) – R. Reaves (t) – N. Yakupov (fa)
In a division as close and deep as the Central, you need to always be improving. The Blues didn’t do that.
It may be a storyline for a few years, but they still don’t have an elite centerman to play with Tarasenko. Schenn is good, but he isn’t a top line center.
They’ve seen a decline in points over each of the last 4 seasons (111-109-107-99) and with a slew of their direct competition making serious strides forward, the Blues may be the odd team out. They didn’t get any help from the schedule makers either, playing 6 of their first 9 on the road. A bad start can really set a team back, and again, in a division as loaded as the Central, a bad start could ruin your season.
If there’s a bright side, they should still have strong special teams (PP = 8th & PK = 3rd). A solid 60-65 starts from Jake Allen would also help. They have some cap space heading into next offseason with Paul Stastny coming off the books, so maybe a high pick and a little reset heading into 19/19 wouldn’t be the worst thing for the franchise.
SEVENTH PLACE – COLORADO AVALANCHE
Adds: N. Yakupov – C. Wilson – J. Bernier
Lost: F. Beauchemin (fa) – M. Grigorenko (fa) – C. Pickard (e) – P. Wiercioch (fa) – R. Bourque (fa)
It’s hardly a hot take to predict the Avs to finish in the basement, but it’s difficult to expect an organization that’s as lost as them to bounce back from a historically bad 16/17 season.
I liked the 3 additions they made over the offseason, all are essentially no risk and could pay off, but they didn’t get any better. Losing Beauchemin and Pickard won’t exactly help them gain points in the standings.
Joe Sakic also, to this point, failed to deal Matt Duchene despite everyone in the hockey world knows it’s coming. I don’t think this is exactly a very inspired group of guys heading into the new season so expect the same old, same old from the Avs.
1 – Dallas – Loaded up this offseason, filled almost all their holes.
2 – Nashville – Not a good offseason, but are still built like a Cup contender.
3 – Winnipeg – So much potential, goaltending looks better.
4 – Minnesota – Lost some decent players, no one too crucial. Another playoff appearance.
5 – Chicago – Every aspect of their team got worse. In the playoffs, but barely.
6 – St. Louis – Don’t think they’re good enough to take out Chicago for final WC spot.
7 – Colorado – Dumpster fire. Going to pick high in next years draft. Dahlin?
The first two picks of the 2016 NHL Draft have made immediate impacts for their respective teams. Centreman Auston Matthews looks poised beyond his years as his responsible two-way game has the Leafs in a playoff position. Right Winger Patrik Laine’s offensive ability has the Finnish super-rookie contending for the Maurice Rocket Richard trophy, as he trails only Sidney Crosby for the league lead in goals.
Year of the Rookies
Both players headline an impressive rookie class for the 2016-2017 NHL season. Patrik Laine leads all NHL Rookies in Goals, Points, Points/Game and Powerplay Goals despite missing 8 games earlier this season due to a concussion. Meanwhile, Matthews leads the way, among first-year players, in Game Winning Goals and Shots. Their season stat lines are as follows:
Matthews: 60 GP, 28 G, 24 A, 52 PTS, +3, 4 PPG, 16 PPP, 6 GWG, 210 Shots, 17:47 TOI/Game
Laine: 55 GP, 30 G, 24 A, 54 PTS, +9, 8 PPG, 12 PPP, 5 GWG, 151 Shots, 18:10 TOI/Game
- Laine is scoring just below a Point-Per-Game clip (0.98) with an incredibly high 19.9 Shooting Percentage. It’s assumed we can expect this number to decrease over the course of his last 19 games. As a result, this allows Matthews an opportunity to match Laine’s Point/Game clip by season’s end.
- Matthews has demonstrated excellence on both sides of the puck so far this season. Mike Babcock, head coach of the Maple Leafs, has marveled at Matthews’ attention to detail in the defensive zone. Additionally, the American has been a force offensively for the blue-and-white, depicted by his brilliant numbers above.
- Both Winnipeg and Toronto find themselves in the heat of competitive playoff races. Expect both Canadian teams to rely heavily on their superstars during the final two months of the season.
- 32 of Matthews’ 52 points have come on the road, which is contrary to the norm for NHL Rookies. Auston enjoys success playing against (presumably) tougher matchups; a characteristic often shared by the game’s greats.
- 18 of Laine’s 30 Goals have come in the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. 7 of these markers have come on the Powerplay, making him the bigger Powerplay threat of the two.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets completed their two-game season series on Tuesday night. Both games turned into Overtime thrillers, with each team taking one game-a-piece. The two rookies didn’t disappoint in their efforts, each putting on a show in both games:
Matthews: 0 G, 4 A, 4 PTS, -1, 8 SOG, 18:18 TOI/Game
Laine: 5 G, 0 A, 5 PTS, +2, 7 SOG, 18:02 TOI/Game
- Both games produced 5-4 (OT) finals, meaning each team scored 9 goals in their season series. Laine and Matthews were directly involved in half of the total goals within the two games, signifying how dominant their offensive outputs are.
- Patrik Laine:
- Recorded his first of three NHL Hat-Tricks in his first meeting with Matthews. His Hat-Trick goal served as the OT Winner after Matthews had a breakaway of his own just seconds prior.
- Had another multi-goal game against the Leafs on Tuesday night. His first goal tied the game up in the first period and his second-period marker was a go-ahead goal for the Jets. Clutch.
- Auston Matthews:
- Recorded his first career NHL Assist on a goal by William Nylander in the October edition of Jets vs. Leafs. In such a highly-anticipated match-up, each Rookie created many scoring opportunities for their squads. Number 34 had 1 assist on the night.
- Had his creativity and vision on full display in version 2 of the match-up. Matthews recorded 3 assists, including an apple on Jake Gardiner’s OT winner half-way through the frame.
Laine and Matthews have had tremendous starts to their NHL careers. Within their first year of play, they have demonstrated skills and qualities that are usually found in grizzled NHL veterans. It’s amazing to believe both aren’t even 20 years-old and yet, have set the league on fire with their offensive outputs.
Patrik Laine could very well be on his way to scoring the Rocket Richard Trophy by season’s end, as he only trails Sidney Crosby by 3 goals with 19 games to go. However, that may not mean he is a lock for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Top Rookie. Look for Matthews’ drive and ultra-competitiveness to become even more apparent during the final 20 games of the season; he wants that Calder!
Beyond this season, we can expect both players to break team and league records for years to come. What a time to be a Leafs, Jets and hockey fan!
Another week, another waiver wire pickups.
We’ll call last week’s waiver wire pickups mixed.
Tkachuk didn’t play a game however I’d still recommend a pickup,
Kronwall grabbed himself an assist but unfortunately got hurt,
but now for the highlights!
We had Condon who picked up his second win for the Sens, Kevin Hayes is still in good form scoring two more points and my personal favourite, Patrick Maroon, was over a point per game player.
So, not all bad.
This week’s players all have fairly solid starts to the season, but yet they still remain unowned in the majority of fantasy leagues. These players are what’s going to help you win that championship.
Let’s see what we’ve got for you.
ESPN owned percentage: 5%
The pointless streak is over for this Bruins forward after he assisted on a Riley Nash goal in Monday’s 4-0 win over Buffalo. The former 20 goal scorer, managed to get himself on the scoresheet once again against Columbus where he got his first goal of the season, along with another assist. You can also find Beleskey playing on the second powerplay unit alongside both Brad Marchand and David Pasktrnak, two of the best scorers in the NHL. Beleskey is no doubt a deep pickup, however, he is definitely somebody I would advise you to stash on your bench. He’s only owned in 5% of leagues, on ESPN.com, so he is more than likely available for you. Pick him up and wait patiently to see if this form continues.
ESPN owned percentage: 46%
I will never understand how Wennberg is not owned in 100% of the leagues considering he is over a point per game player. The Columbus forward has been playing phenomenally so far this season tallying up 15 points, including four against the league’s best, The Montreal Canadians. I am a strong believer in Wennberg, he’s playing on the top line for Columbus along with that, the Swede is apart of the number one ranked power play in the NHL. Wennberg is a top 20 scorer and is only owned in 44% of leagues, there is no better player on the market.
ESPN owned percentage: 17%
Mason may not have started the season off strongly but now that Neuvirth is out his fantasy value has risen. Mason stepped into Saturday’s game against Minnesota and was fairly solid, saving 19 out of 20 shots. With Neuvirth expected to miss over a month, along with Quick and Smith both still out, Steve Mason is a must add in. All three of Mason’s wins this season have come at home, luckily for him next week all their games are at home. The Flyers goaltender is going to be playing more often than not, you’re going to want to add him to your roster.
ESPN owned percentage: 65%
Currently ranked ninth and yet still not owned in 100% of leagues, bizarre. Ehlers is a part of one of the strongest offense in the NHL, he is not just there to fill a roster spot but actually contributing almost a point per game. Despite putting the puck in his own net, Ehlers had a productive week adding five more points to his total. Almost all of Ehlers points come from 5 on 5, he has only scored two points on the power play but with him playing alongside Scheifele and Laine those points are bound to come.
ESPN owned percentage: 17%
Back to back weeks, Maroon has made the list and deservedly so. Ever since joining Connor McDavid on the top line, Patrick Maroon has been over a point per game player since the move scoring six points in five games. There isn’t much to say about Maroon besides the fact that he clearly has clicked with McDavid. Right now, the Oilers forward is a must add in all leagues.
ESPN owned percentage: 55%
The lone defensemen to make the list this week, Severson is currently ranked ninth on espn.com and has racked up 11 points in 14 games. As of right now, the Devils d-man is on pace for 64 points, obviously, he will eventually drop off but don’t be surprised to see him in the 50 point range once the season is over. He is the main offensive defensemen the Devils have and has been put in the role of quarterbacking the powerplay. Severson will find himself on the ice a lot with Taylor Hall, with a talent like that playing beside him it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to pick up points.