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It is a new week. Meaning new prospects. Like getting issues proper once more in fantasy. If you recall from the previous column, I kinda took a trip and forgot to set my lineups. And would not you recognize it, my laxness would price me final week as I forgot to sub in Jason Zucker and misplaced my head-to-head by lower than 4 factors. Oof.
So … let’s faux that did not occur and dive proper into this week’s choices.
(Rostered charges as of Jan. 27)
Anton Lundell, FLA (Yahoo: 28%)
Lundell will get one other point out primarily based on his current change to the wing, permitting him to hitch Aleksander Barkov on the highest line. Since combining with the star heart, Lundell has posted seven factors and 32 pictures in 9 video games. He is additionally been key on each special-teams items, with 5 power-play assists on their second group and two short-handed targets as a lead performer. Lundell might ultimately transfer again to the center, however he is acquired a very good factor going now.
Ondrej Palat, NJ (Yahoo: 24%)
When the Devils signed Palat to a long-term deal final summer time, quite a bit was anticipated of him. In spite of everything, he proved to be a key cog for a Tampa staff that took consecutive Cups. Sadly, Palat would get harm lower than two weeks in and required groin surgical procedure that saved him sidelined till the beginning of this month. He was eased again in however has began getting extra alternatives and has produced a aim, 4 assists, 11 pictures, a plus-5, 12 hits and 6 blocks from his final six appearances. Extra even-strength offense appears probably alongside Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt.
Cole Perfetti, WPG (Yahoo: 21%)
Perfetti is again on this column as he is nonetheless inside the high six and has gone on a few extended scoring streaks. He had 10 factors throughout a 10-game stretch beginning Nov. 21, and he is at present driving a 9-in-10 run. Whereas Perfetti has primarily skated on the second energy play, he is up on the lead line at five-on-five with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kyle Connor. The rookie could also be merely averaging round 14 minutes, however he is directing nearly two pucks on internet per night time and is all the time harmful on the assault.
Filip Chytil, NYR (Yahoo: 13%)
We have now our third repeat ahead in Chytil, who’s been on hearth since being profiled at the beginning of December, having reeled off 11 targets, six assists and 62 pictures. This newest stretch of success has been achieved on the third trio with Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko — aka, The Child Line. The identical group additionally participates on the Rangers’ backup man-advantage, the place Chytil has registered 4 PPPs. The middle place is pretty deep, although he additionally qualifies at RW in Yahoo leagues.
Jordan Staal, CAR (Yahoo: 10%)
Like Chytil, Staal represents one other bottom-six pivot who’s excelled in current weeks. The 34-year-old continues to log important ice time whereas notching 12 factors, 27 hits and 159 faceoff wins since Dec. 18. Staal has been with out a power-play place the final couple years however is large on the penalty kill. He is barely hindered in fantasy by solely being eligible at heart, but there’s sufficient output throughout a number of classes for him to suit someplace in your roster.
Wyatt Johnston, DAL (Yahoo: 2%)
Johnston was drafted by Dallas with the twenty third choose in the summertime of 2021 and went on to guide all of Canadian junior hockey with 124 factors in the course of the common season. He topped the OHL by including one other 41 within the playoffs. He made his NHL debut in October memorable by potting his first aim — on the facility play, no much less. Johnston will not be 20 till Could, however he is already being entrusted with sufficient duty and retains producing at a stage that’ll solely develop as soon as he strikes right into a extra superior position.
Ryan Donato, SEA (Yahoo: 1%)
One other week, one other Seattle ahead to debate. This time it is Donato and his current rise to the higher half of the depth chart. Despite the fact that he is primarily managing meager minutes, he is scored 4 instances in three video games and has picked up a minimum of one level in 11 of the final 17. With the way in which the Kraken have maintained such a potent offense, nearly all of their gamers up entrance are value contemplating. Donato’s scorching streak might quickly disappear, however you would possibly as properly give him a shot whereas the hearth’s nonetheless burning.
Paul Cotter, VGK (Yahoo: 1%)
Cotter was scratched for 10 straight outings close to the start of the marketing campaign after which instantly clicked on a line with Nicolas Roy and Phil Kessel. He is recognized for incessantly laying out opponents, however the scoring was there within the minors and that is slowly crept its manner into his present repertoire. Cotter ultimately crammed in for Jack Eichel on the primary line, and he is again there once more with Mark Stone out and Chandler Stephenson stepping right down to the third group. He is notched 4 targets over 9 video games since getting back from an upper-body harm together with 17 pictures and 36 hits whereas working once more on the lead man-advantage.
Cam Fowler, ANH (Yahoo: 10%)
Fowler was already having fun with an upswing when initially talked about in mid-November. He is since contributed 21 factors over 32 video games, highlighted by 10 PPPs and a 23:51 common. Fowler’s 80 pictures are mediocre for an offensive defenseman, whereas his minus-15 generally is a deterrent and he would not produce a lot within the bodily division. However what he can do is get on the scoresheet and log loads of minutes whereas sustaining a spot on Anaheim’s high energy play.
Timothy Liljegren, TOR (Yahoo: 7%)
The Leafs have been hammered by blueline accidents all season, which has allowed just a few gamers to earn bigger roles. Liljegren missed the opening 11 outings after offseason surgical procedure and his ice time has been inconsistent all through. His scoring has are available spurts, but he is just lately recorded a good run of two targets and 4 assists from his final 9 to go together with 16 pictures, 21 hits and 16 blocks. Liljegren additionally at present traces up on Toronto’s second man-advantage, which is a bonus for any fantasy participant.
Nick Blankenburg, CLS (Yahoo: 1%)
Following a stable displaying on a stacked College of Michigan squad, Blankenburg was signed by the Blue Jackets in April and instantly notched three factors throughout seven contests. An early multi-point effort appeared promising, however he’d quickly get harm after which missed two months with a damaged ankle. Blankenburg has a aim and three helpers since his return whereas including 11 pictures, 13 hits and 12 blocks. He is additionally been offered a spot on the backup energy play and managed his first profession PPA Saturday on Johnny Gaudreau‘s tally.
Sebastian Aho, NYI (Yahoo: 0%)
No, The Canes’ star ahead has not turn into a blueliner. This Sebastian Aho is the defender who’s seen time with the Isles over elements of 4 seasons whereas dominating within the AHL. There wasn’t a lot room for Aho early this 12 months as he both operated as a wholesome scratch or bit participant. His minutes would ultimately climb to respectable ranges and so would his output, with a sprinkling of factors, pictures and blocks. Along with a aim and three assists within the final six matchups, there’s been a current addition of man-advantage obligation, although he hasn’t counted there but.
Sam Montembeault, MON (Yahoo: 20%)
The Habs have not appeared significantly robust on the again finish this season. Jake Allen confirmed glimpses of brilliance early on however quickly slumped after which acquired injured. Montembeault had primarily carried out properly when known as upon and acquired his probability to guide after Allen went down. He went on to begin eight straight video games, posting a 2.63 GAA and .930 save share. Allen returned Thursday, however Montembeault has impressed sufficient just lately to warrant preserving the highest job.
Collin Delia, VAN (Yahoo: 3%)
What’s riskier than recommending a goalie from the Twenty eighth-ranked protection? How about somebody from the staff in thirty first place?
Delia’s total stats (3.05/.895) aren’t encouraging, although he hasn’t been horrible of late with a pair wins from 4 appearances. In the meantime, Spencer Martin has misplaced eight in a row accompanied by a horrendous 4.95/.847 line. Thatcher Demko additionally struggled earlier than succumbing to a lower-body harm at the beginning of December. His return is unknown and Martin is not chopping it, leaving Delia because the default No. 1. Including Delia might sound like a nasty proposition, however the Canucks are internet hosting Columbus on Friday and there is sufficient worth for any netminder who receives common motion.
Gamers to think about from previous columns: Logan Couture, Martin Necas, Dylan Cozens, Joel Eriksson Ek, Jeff Skinner, Andrei Kuzmenko, Matty Beniers, Phillip Danault, Dylan Strome, Kevin Hayes, David Krejci, Trevor Moore, Nick Schmaltz, Max Domi, Mason McTavish, Lucas Raymond, Brock Boeser, J.T. Compher, Owen Tippett, Jared McCann, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Conor Sheary, Jack Roslovic, Brandon Hagel, Gabriel Vilardi, Sam Steel, Jordan Eberle, William Karlsson, Juuso Parssinen, Viktor Arvidsson, Eeli Tolvanen, Andre Burakovsky, Jason Zucker, Nick Paul, Seth Jarvis, Tyler Bertuzzi, Taylor Raddysh, Dylan Guenther, Seth Jones, Brandon Montour, Jake Sanderson, Noah Hanifin, Brett Pesce, Sean Durzi, Vince Dunn, Adam Boqvist, Janis Moser, Erik Gustafsson, Calen Addison, Adam Larsson, Okay’Andre Miller, Vitek Vanecek, Martin Jones, Pavel Francouz, James Reimer, Karel Vejmelka, Antti Raanta, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Stuart Skinner, Pheonix Copley, Craig Anderson, Casey DeSmith