Andrei Vasilevskiy is finally seeing the light

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Yahoo Sports Special

We’ll be looking at which NHL players see their fantasy hockey values rising or falling on a weekly basis.

This week’s article contains Tage on a Tear, the Hub rolling in a Flame, a less-known winger thriving and a Knights’ goalie.

First Liners (Risers)

Tage Thompson?, C, BUF

Thompson made a significant step forward last season, scoring 38 goals and 68 points (16 with the man advantage), as well as 253 goals on goal in 78 matches. This performance could just be the tip. Tage scored five goals against Columbus Wednesday and now has 21 goals and 20 assists through 28 games. Thompson was acquired as part the Ryan O’Reilly 2017 deal with Buffalo. In August, the Sabres signed a seven year extension of their $50 million contract. If we compare what Thompson has done the last year, this deal could be considered a slight overpayment.

Brock NelsonC, NYI

Nelson, who last season set career highs in goals (37) and points (59), is now on a fast track to erase those records. Nelson has now scored 14 goals and had as many assists as he did in 29 games. Nelson’s point streak extended to seven games with two goals on Friday. It ended Saturday. When the 31-year old center scores, the Islanders are currently 11-0-0. Nelson was drafted by the Islanders in the first round. This is a sign that Nelson has taken his career to the next level.

This week, Brock Nelson is the clear fantasy winner. (Photo by Rich Graessle/NHLI via Getty Images

Jonathan Huberdeau, LW. CGY

Huberdeau can be a relief to those who have him on their team. Huberdeau was part the huge trade with Calgary after finishing second in NHL last season with just 115 points. Matthew Tkachuk Florida, where he landed. Huberdeau signed an $84 million, eight-year contract extension with Flames in August. He was supposed to be a free agency after the season. Huberdeau started off badly, but he has now scored two goals and assisted seven times in his nine last games. It appears that he is starting to get better. Huberdeau has just five goals. But he is so talented that he will soon be a hot player.

Alex DeBrincatOTT, RW

DeBrincat, who was a Chicago sniper winger and scored 41 goals last season, was traded to Ottawa in the offseason. Although expectations were high for both the team and the sniping winger alike, they have been disappointed so far. Recenty, DeBrincat is trying to change the narrative. He’s scored a point in six of his last 6 games, and in nine out of his last 10, increasing his season totals from nine goals and 15 assists to 28 games. Although the goals are yet to come, I believe they will in the near future. He seems to be playing in Canada’s capital.

Matias Maccelli, LW, AZ

Maccelli was drafted by the Arizona Desert in the fourth round (98th overall in 2019). He is taking advantage of the full-time opportunities he has been given. In his seven previous outings, he has scored a goal and assisted with seven assists. His 19 points for the year were all contributed by his helpers. Maccelli will be better suited to a third-line position as Arizona develops its talent over the next few seasons. Maccelli is currently in the top six and should remain there for the rest of the season.

Braden Schneider, D, NYR

What defenseman was the NHL’s most prolific goal scorer since November 22nd? It is no surprise that Schneider was the one who scored his fourth goal during this stretch. Schneider is more of an offensive specialist than Schneider. While playing on the third pair for 15 minutes, Schneider has 49 hits and 42 blocked shots. While Schneider won’t score many goals, it is showing the willingness and ability of the third pair to rush him, which should lead to some offensive production.

Travis Sanheim D, PHI

Sanheim, just like Schneider is enjoying a hot streak. While I doubt Sanheim will remain as hot as Schneider, Sanheim did manage to score 35 points in 2018-19 and 31 last year. Sanheim has not had a consistent role in the power play, which is why he only has nine points from his 12 previous games. Enjoy his hot streak, but he is still worth a roster spot for deeper leagues. If he becomes too busy, you can jettison him to make room for the next hot flavor in shallower formats.

Andrei VasilevskiyG, TB

Vasilevskiy’s early-season struggles are now a distant memory. Vasilevskiy was at a record of 4-5-1 with a 3.11 goals per game average (GAA), and an.901 save percentage(SV%). Vasilevskiy is now the winner of three of his previous four games and seven of his 10 last ones. He has a save percentage (SV%) of.923 during that time. Vasilevskiy was drafted by the draft so teams that had to roster him were forced to wait. Now they are being rewarded.

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Fourth Liners/Press Boxers

Kirby DachC, MTL

After just three seasons, Dach, the third overall pick in 2019, was out of favor in Chicago. Following his trade to Montreal in the offseason, Dach was given a fresh lease of life and has generally made the most out of this second opportunity. Dach was the right wing next. Cole Caufield Nick Suzuki But he has had a slump lately and has been transferred to second-line center. Dach has not scored since Nov. 9, and only two assisters in eight of his previous games. Although he’ll eventually find his way, for now, some relaxation is recommended.

Anthony Mantha, LW. WAS

Mantha is showing signs of life with an assist and a goal in each of his last three games. But he’s still on the third-line and seeing very little time with the man advantage. This limits his fantasy upside. In eight of his last eleven games, he has been completely absent from the scoresheet. He is likely to surpass the 48 points he scored in Detroit in 2017-18 and 2018-19, barring any move up the depth charts or additional power play time.

He is still valuable, but not at his former level of first-rounder.

Logan Thompson, G., LV

Thompson has been established as the starter in Vegas’s pipes, thanks to the expected absence of Robin Lehner. Thompson has been slowly returning to earth after a scorching hot start. Thompson’s record for the month is 7-5-0. However, that record is slightly offset by his 3.15 goals against average (GAA), and.906 save percentages (SV%). Compare that with Thompson’s 6-2-0 record of 2.01 goals-against average (GAA) and.934 save percentage (SV%) in his first eight games. While there is still value, his overall numbers are affected by the hot start.

Shane Wright is one of the others. (loaned to Canada junior teams for WJCDerek Stepan, Chandler Stephenson and Pius Suter were among the contributors.

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