The NHL season is getting underway and there are still ways to gain an edge on your fantasy competition. After the draft is over and your team is ready for the season, you may be looking to make a change and add something new. Below is a list of 5 players that I have found generally rate outside of most top-150 lists so they may be available in your league. All players on this list are guys who will be capable of helping in more than one category and hopefully help you bring home your leagues version of the Cup. #FantasyHockey16/17
Here’s my 5 guys to grab up in your league:
1. Bryan Little – C, Jets – % owned in leagues: ESPN = 58%, Yahoo = 43%
Little is returning after missing the back end of last season with a vertebrae injury. He ended last season with 17 Gs and 25 As while also adding some 12 PP points and 48 hits. He is a player that does a little bit of everything and is worth a look, especially if you are short at center.
2. Sam Reinhart – C, Sabres – % owned in leagues: ESPN = 32%, Yahoo = 19%
Reinhart could be in line for a big season with the rest of the Buffalo Sabres. He had 23G and 19A. Outside of scoring Reinhart doesn’t add a whole lot but it is very possible that he has an uptick in Gs, As, and also PP points.
3. Carl Hagelin – LW, Penguins – % owned in leagues: ESPN = 58%, Yahoo = 28%
Hagelin is on a good team which helps but he is also at a position that is overall, fairly thin. Last season Hagelin totaled 14 Gs and 25 As. He did not have any PP points but he did end up on the positive side of the +/-. If you are looking for a LW, Carl would be one to take a chance on.
4. Jakob Silfverberg – RW, Ducks – %owned in leagues: ESPN = 53%, Yahoo = 49%
Silfverberg was 1-point shy of reaching 40 for the season last year. If he remains healthy, he should be able to eclipse the 40-point mark this season. Jakob will start the season on the second line behind Cory Perry but that shouldn’t impact the season ahead.
5. Gustav Nyquist – RW, Red Wings – % owned in leagues: ESPN = 65%, Yahoo = 62%
Nyquist has been hot this preseason. He had a 3-point game against the Penguins last Thursday and he looks to build on that performance heading into the regular season. 2 years ago Nyquist had 27 Gs but only scored 17 last season. He should be looking at a bounce-back season hopefully with upwards of 60+ points. He has the talent if he has the health.