Updates on Zucker and Hughes; Top Value Practitioners in Fantasy Hockey – April 7 – Double Hockey

There was some very good news for Jason Zucker and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. The former Wild winger was injured in his first game back in late March, just an absolutely brutal return for a guy who has his fair share of notches and scratches the last two years. The good news is as follows:

That he seems to be going is a good sign for both him and Pittsburgh.


Some less good news for Canucks fans and Quinn Hughes fantasy owners:

When Hughes stays back in Vancouver, he will miss two games, and the next time Vancouver is home on Saturday against San Jose. It’s a tough break for anyone who trusts him at the moment.


With fantasy playoffs starting this week, if not earlier, in the vast majority of leagues, the regular fantasy season is closed. It was definitely a turbulent year for the NHL and by extension the fantasy leagues. Anyone who reached their imagination after the season should give themselves a pat on the back or two. It was not easy to steer the ship this year, especially through the holiday stretch.

The actual regular season is still underway, however there have been lots of articles published on Dobber recently to help fantasy enthusiasts with the balance of the season. There were Brennan Des-speaking streaks to take advantage of, Peter Ryell with his look at the upcoming program, and of course there is Andrew Santillo’s ‘Looking Ahead’ column, which looks at players, teams and roles for better or worse. On top of all this, we have the Schedule Planner tool, available through our Frozen Tools, which is a great help for fantasy owners who need a quick reference tool. All of this is to say that we have the rest of the regular season with new articles coming in almost daily to cover the changing landscape of these last three weeks.

For that reason, I will take this time and look back at some of the best fantasy artists this year. Because fantasy sports is about value, I will first take a look at the All-Value Team. These are guys who were not taken near the top of any normal fantasy league, but who helped bring many to the playoffs and / or a regular season title. We need to look at one from each forward position (according to Yahoo!), two on the blue line and one in goal.


Nazem Kadri (Colorado)

There’s an argument here for Matt Duchene, but my concern was that there might not even be a lot of leagues where he was drafted. He was certainly not in more shallow formats. Although he had been drafted, he started the year with 1 point in 5 games so he may have been a quick drop.

Nazem Kadri, on the other hand, were almost certainly drafted in all leagues but the absolute lowest formats. He started the season with back-to-back two-point matches and was off to the races from there. This has been by far his best season in the league with 1.28 points per game. fight so far. Too little to state how incredible this is: If we add his point total from the previous two seasons (68) and only divided by last year’s total matches (56), he comes out at 1.21 points per game. competition. He does not add up to the big hit numbers he used to, but the PIMs are still there and he has been a great help in all other categories (PPPs, shots, plus / minus). He has been one of the best centers in fantasy all year and he certainly helped more than one team get to the fantasy playoffs.

Left wing

Chris Kreider (NY Rangers)

We have another situation here where there is a legitimate second option to offer: Timo Meier. The Sharks’ winger has had a career year to date with 31 goals and 68 points in 64 games so far. His 271 strokes are also a career high, and his 126 strokes are not far from his best at 155 a few years ago. It’s not that he’s written monster points or anything, it’s that he’s helped a lot across the board, and that kind of value is coveted in multi-cat leagues.

The problem is that Kreider has been comparable or better in almost every area. Although we could argue for value when it comes to draft slotting – Kreider was almost certainly taken much higher than Meier in all formats – at some point the raw numbers mean more. Kreider is already up to 47 goals, 225 shots and 130 hits in 71 games a year. He is also north of 30 power-play points on the campaign, and that underscores how good he has been across the board. It also highlights what a wild year it has been for him as he has never reached 15 PPPs in a single season of his career. That he’s up to 32 (and counting) just shows how incredible this year has been for him.

Assists are the only area where Kreider has been missing, but let’s be honest, we replace assists with what he’s done, every day of the week. He has put himself in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy, and it just goes on to emphasize what a year it has been for him. If anyone would say that Meier was more valuable in their league, I would not argue. But Kreider’s season has placed him among the elite’s fantasy opportunities this year, and it’s incredible value for someone who was rarely drafted into the top-100.

Right wing

Matt Duchene (Nashville)

I was going to push Mats Zuccarello in here as he already put a career-best in points with 71 in 61 games. The thing is, a guy I mentioned earlier was actually turned into a right wing this year, and he deserves this place just a little bit more. So let’s talk about the Duchy’s season.

This level of production was unpredictable – I think so at least; everyone who predicted the Duches for career best across the board is gathering your significant gains by the window – but I thought there was a turnaround in store for the Duches and wrote just as much last summer. Many things went right for him, like his highest TOI / game since 2013 and a career high in shooting percentage. But that’s how guys get career years. All I mean to say is that there were many indicators that Duchene was very unlucky last year and he had a lot of luck this year. It’s hockey.

Either way, 36 goals and over 70 points is just an incredible season for him, and that’s a big reason why the Predators seem to be tied for the playoffs. He certainly helped not only his team but all his fantasy managers a lot this year. The big question is whether he can repeat something near this next year, but what is the offseason for.


Noah Dobson (NY Islanders)

Given all the problems the Islanders had through the first three months of the season, it’s a miracle that any player could even be considered for this list, let alone find themselves on it. There were two others in consideration in Devon Toews and MacKenzie Weegar. Their problem is that a significant portion of their respective values ​​were derived from plus / minus, and enough fantasy leagues have slipped away from that state, to not include them, but to mention them, feels fine.

Noah Dobson, however, has a superlative year across the board. A couple of assists in his last game brought him to 40 points a year and that’s on a team that was 30th in scoring until Christmas.

But points are not all he brought, otherwise he would not be on this list. He’s just shy of a hit per. games and two blocks per. games, bringing a host of peripherals, even without skating monster minutes. Add 2.5 shots per. match and 10 goals for the mix and we have a player who was amazing across the board as a blue liner.

‘What if’ this season will always be ‘What if the Islanders did not have a terrible start to the year for a number of reasons?’ They really got into the second half and that includes many more goals. If they had been this team all year, then would they be in the off-season? Probably. And Dobson would have been even better, imaginatively. This is something to keep in mind when the draft season rolls around in September.

Tony DeAngelo (Carolina)

It was truly a superlative year for the Carolina blue liner with 45 points in 52 games to date. Injuries kept him from reaching anything close to an entire season, but his excellent power-play production, combined with a very good plus / minus, helped bring him to a big year. It’s fair to wonder what this season could have looked like for him if he had reached 75 or so games, but that also makes him a goal for us in September.

DeAngelo has never been a big peripheral guy, which makes him rely on production for fantasy value. As long as he maintains this power-play role for Carolina, it’s hard to see his fantasy value growing. Strange things happen all the time in hockey, but it seems to be a mutual benefit for both sides.


Jacob Markstrom (Calgary)

With respect to Ville Husso, it is unlikely that he was drafted in most leagues, whereas Markstrom was certainly drafted in all but the lowest leagues, which include goalkeepers. This year, he is in the top-5 in both save percentage and goals against average, while he also leads the league in shutouts (9). What’s more is that unlike Husso or Ilya Sorokin, Markstrom has been playing at this level pretty much all year. Yes, most of his shutouts came early in the season, but he still has a 0.920 save percentage since March 1stst. Shutouts have not been as consistent, but his play has been as much as it can be for a goalkeeper. He’s likely to end the year as the best fantasy-net minor, if not near the top, and he was nowhere near that level. It’s been a wonderful season for Markstrom in Calgary.

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