Finding each team’s draft value, including Necas, Barzal, Matheson and more – DobberHockey

In this week’s Eastern Edge, we’ll identify a player worth targeting from every team in the conference. These players should provide value that is worth the cost of acquiring them in fantasy drafts.

Boston Bruins- jake debrusk

Since posting a 50-point pace in his rookie campaign and a 30-goal pace in his sophomore season, DeBrusk’s production has been disappointing the past three years. However, he showed signs of life late last season, scoring 10 goals and six assists in his last 20 appearances. With taylor room Y brad marchand sidelined to start the year, DeBrusk should see a bigger role in both the even strength and power play. He had a rocky relationship with former coach Bruce Cassidy, so a fresh start under new coach Jim Montgomery could help DeBrusk take the next step offensively.

Buffalo Sabers – Victor Olofsson

I’ve mentioned Olofsson as a strong bounce-back candidate several times this offseason. With emerging young talent capturing most of the attention in Buffalo, Olofsson, who is just two seasons away from an impressive 64-point rookie campaign, has flown under the radar in fantasy leagues. He was hampered by an oblique injury for a good portion of last season, but still finished on a 56-point pace. He finished the year on a high note, scoring 25 points in his last 28 appearances. I think a healthy Olofsson will carry that momentum into this season, eventually flirting with a 25-goal, 60-point pace. That’s decent production for a player who will start on the waiver line in many fantasy leagues.

carolina hurricanes – Martin Necas

All eyes in Carolina are on Seth Jarvis, who has been touted as a top candidate by many outlets this year. While Jarvis certainly has the talent and the opportunity to succeed, he is now a household name and is being recruited as such. Unlike, Martin Necas, a 23-year-old forward who posted a 63-point pace just one season ago, will start the season as a free agent in many fantasy leagues. Necas is having a strong training camp and could earn himself a top six role with prominent power play minutes this year.

Columbus Blue Jackets – Jack Roslovic

The big question in Colón is which center is going to play between patrick laine Y johnny gaudreau. A few weeks ago, the answer seemed simple: boone jenner. Coach Brad Larsen trusts the Columbus captain and he was used as the team’s best center last year. However, he worries me that a back injury, which kept Jenner sidelined in the fourth quarter of last season, hasn’t fully healed. Jenner has been practicing but not playing so far in training camp as a “precaution.” Maybe I’m overreacting and they’re bringing him back into the fold, but I’m afraid Jenner will miss significant time again this year. As a result, I’m willing to take a chance on Roslovic, who scored 19 points in 23 games while Jenner was sidelined last season. Roslovic will have competition for that top center role, but I think he’ll see enough time there to provide good value for his fantasy roster.

Detroit Red Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi

The 27-year-old striker has just finished the best campaign of his career in which he managed 75 points. He is an established piece of Detroit’s top six and plays a prominent role in the team’s power play. Previously, players crossing the border into Canada were required to get vaccinated. Since Bertuzzi is unvaccinated, he was destined to miss games played in the north this season, which limits his fantasy value. Since Canada recently waived their vaccination requirements, Bertuzzi shouldn’t miss games due to his vaccination status, giving her more opportunities to contribute to his fantasy roster.

Florida Panthers – Carter Verhaeghe

Verhaeghe was having a terrific campaign last year, scoring 48 points in his first 61 starts, a 64-point pace. Unfortunately, when claude giroux was traded to Florida, Verhaeghe was relegated to a minor role and scored just seven points in his last 17 games. With Giroux out of the picture, Verhaeghe should resume a prominent role in the top six this season. anthony duclair he’ll start the season on the sidelines, so Verhaeghe has an outside opportunity to break Florida’s top power-play unit. Even if he doesn’t, he has posted solid point totals without much power play production the past two years.

Montreal Canadians – mike mateson

With joel edmondson Sidelined indefinitely, the Canadiens will likely start the season with three young, inexperienced blueliners. That leaves three experienced guys: David Saverd, chris wideman Y mike mateson. I think it’s fair to say that Matheson is the best of the ‘veterans’ and will likely be entrusted with a lot of time on the ice this year. Playing a lot of minutes on a team that is expected to be outshot most nights should help Matheson generate a good amount of blocks. Unlike most teams, the Canadiens don’t have an undisputed No. 1 defenseman on power plays, but Matheson is capable of earning that role. exposure to nick suzuki Y cole caufield on the power play, combined with a significantly larger role in even strength, could help Matheson break the 40-point mark for the first time in his career.

New Jersey Devils – Nico Hischier

The New Jersey captain quietly posted a 70-point pace last season. He will play a prominent role in the top six and on the power play again this year, exposed to plenty of young talent on a promising Devils roster. He is available outside of the top 150 picks in most fantasy leagues. At such a low cost, he’s likely to provide additional value for his fantasy roster this year.

New York Islanders – Matthew Barzal

Barzal has the high-level talent to be a points-per-game player in the NHL. He showed it when he scored 85 points in his rookie season. Yet in the four years since that rookie campaign, he’s been a 65-to-70-point guy. I think his reduced production in recent years is a product of playing with the Islanders’ defensive, team-oriented system. I’m hopeful that Barzal will see a little more offensive freedom under a new coach this year, which should lead to more production than we’ve seen in recent years.

New York Rangers – Vicente Trocheck

The 29-year-old striker is in a great situation this year. He not only will he play a prominent role in New York’s top six, probably the superstar center winger artemi panarin, but should also feature in the team’s star-studded top power play unit. I’m optimistic Trocheck will flirt with the 70-point mark this season.

Ottawa Senators – Anton Forsberg

With the Senators improving their offense during the offseason, there’s a lot of attention on the team’s forwards this year, making it difficult to acquire them for a reasonable price in fantasy drafts. The quality of a team greatly influences the numbers of a goalkeeper. So if we think the team is going to be better this year, why not invest in their goalkeeper? Forsberg posted an impressive .917 save percentage and a 22-17-4 record while playing behind a minor roster last season. He will have the opportunity to establish himself as the team’s starter from Cam Talbot He is expected to miss the first five to seven weeks with an upper body injury.

philadelphia flyers Kevin Hayes

He has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but all accounts suggest he looks healthy and is having a strong training camp. Hayes should spend a lot of time on the ice this season, especially early on, as Sean Couturer he is out week to week with an upper body injury to start the year.

pittsburgh penguins – jeff petry

Petry’s production last season was hampered by a couple of factors. He spent much of the season playing (1) with a coach with questionable strategies and (2) away from his family (who stayed in the US due to COVID restrictions in Quebec). For most of his time in Montreal, Petry was a dependable 45-point player who made a solid number of shots, hits and blocks. I think we can expect him to be a similar player this season when he debuts with the Penguins. Although he won’t see the same opportunity with the man advantage that he did in Montreal, he will be exposed to a higher level of offensive talent.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Brandon Hagel

After recording 21 goals and 16 assists in 55 games with the Blackhawks, Hagel was traded to Tampa and scored just seven points in 22 games with the Lightning. The decline in production is explained in part by a reduced role, as Hagel’s ice time was four minutes lower in Tampa than it was in Chicago. With Palate of Ondrej Leaving Tampa for New Jersey during the offseason, Hagel could take on a coveted top-six spot this year, giving him plenty of exposure to top-tier talent.

The Toronto Maple Leaves – matt murray

Most of the relevant fantasy names in Toronto will be hooked early in fantasy drafts. However, Murray has struggled the past three seasons, so managers are concerned about bringing him in this year and he will stay on the board longer than he should in most drafts. Given that a goalkeeper’s numbers are largely a product of the team in front of him, and Murray is playing behind one of the best rosters in the league, I’m willing to take a chance on him this season.

Washington Capitals – connor brown

With tom wilson expected to miss the first few months of the season, Brown will likely start the year on Washington’s top line with alex ovechkin Y Yevgeny Kuznetsov. In Ottawa, Brown consistently scored at a 50-point pace despite starting most of his at-bats on the defensive end. Enjoying more offensive freedom and playing with two strong players should help Brown produce early on. His place alongside the Russian duo isn’t set in stone, especially once Wilson returns to the lineup, so don’t be afraid to sell high if Brown gets off to a good start.

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