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Happy holiday! The season can treat some of us in a terrible way, and the NHL probably anticipated that when they created the schedule and decided to end this week on Friday before taking three days off. That might not necessarily help when it comes to fantasy, but it’s still nice to enjoy some downtime.
And since it’s fashionable to do so this time of year, here are some potential gifts in the form of a composition upgrade.
(Named prices as of December 23)
Ryan Hartman, MIN (Yahoo: 35 percent list)
Last season, Hartman made a name for himself by scoring 65 points Kirill Caprizov and: Mats Zuccarellothe main focus of the five-on-five. He started the campaign at the same capacity before moving up the lineup and then missing six weeks with an upper-body injury. Hartman returned on Sunday and scored a goal on Wednesday while in the lane Frederic Gaudreau and Matthew Boldy. He was released after a long layoff, but should soon return to his usual 17-18 minute workload.
Dillon Dube, CGY (Yahoo: 19%)
With improved positioning, Dube is on pace to break his personal best of 32 points. Regularly line up with such elite pivots Elias Lindholm and: Nazem Qadri has his upside, and that has resulted in five goals, nine assists, 24 shots and 20 rebounds over his last 13 games. Dube managed just one power play, but scored twice in shorthanded. He’s someone to target based on the current gig patrolling the top three at even strength and significant special teams assignment.
Anthony Mantha, was (Yahoo: 13%)
Conor Sherry Introduced last week as someone who boosted his fantasy profile by joining forces with him Alex Ovechkin, and the same was true for Manta until the last connection. But it just means Yevgeny Kuznetsov is now his permanent focus, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Despite averaging 13:46 over the last eight games, Manta has seven points, 18 rebounds and a plus-6. With the caps a bit thin on the right side, he should continue to accumulate plenty of offensive opportunities.
Charlie Coyle, BOS (Yahoo: 5%)
It’s amazing what Coyle accomplished in a supporting role, especially David Kreich rejoining the organization. Even when deployed on the third line, he has maintained similar minutes given Boston’s depth up front. Coyle’s power play may have evaporated, but he’s making the most of his time with three goals and four assists in eight games. If your league counts faceoffs, Coyle has been solid there, winning more than 55 percent of them.
Ross Colton, TB (Yahoo: 4%)
Colton spent a few AHL seasons before reaching the Bolts, but the hard work paid off. After scoring 39 points last year, he is projected to post similar growth. Not bad for someone in the top six who is more known for his physical fitness. At least Colton maintains his place on Tampa’s second man-advantage and has already reached his top five PPP. Add in 51 hits and 69 strikeouts, and that’s enough to put him on at least one of your lists.
Michael Rasmussen, DET (Yahoo: 2%)
The latter bias can be seductive and hide important facts, although it can also predict potential. In Rasmussen’s case, his stock has clearly risen thanks to two goals and two assists on Wednesday. Dylan Larkin and: David Perron in the first line. Another assist makes it five points since joining the duo on Monday. Rasmussen has operated primarily as a center, so this move to the wing may only be temporary, but as long as he stays in this situation, there’s a lot to like.
Morgan Frost, PHI (Yahoo: 2%)
Speaking of someone who scores points, Frost has significantly increased his totals since moving up the depth chart. In his first appearance in Philly’s mainstay on November 11th, he went four points with two hits, two strikeouts and a plus-4. Since then, he has scored once in his last three at home. Frost averaged 18:33 in that stretch, including three plus leading power plays. The Flyers sit near the bottom of the league in offense, but an upcoming showdown with the California trio and the Coyotes bodes well for their offense.
Cody Glass, NSH (Yahoo: 0%)
Glass was Vegas’ first of three first-rounders in their inaugural season at No. 6, but he spent most of the season in the AHL last year, scoring 62 points in 66 contests. It was supposed to be a springboard for his career, though the production barely dripped at first and there were a number of healthy scratches. Glass was running on the fourth line until a week ago Tuesday, when he was installed on Nashville’s second team. He has since had four points, nine rebounds and six turnovers.
Adam Larson, SEA (Yahoo: 32%)
In their second season, the Krakens have excelled offensively and improved on the other end. Last year, Larson set a career high with 25 points and topped it off with contributions in several categories. He’s been dynamite since Nov. 25, with nine points, 20 shots, 12 PIM, 36 rebounds and 25 blocks while skating nearly 25 minutes a night, including 29 (!) against Vancouver on Thursday. Don’t expect Larsson to keep scoring at this rate, but he should provide enough elsewhere.
Brady Skjei, Car (Yahoo: 30%)
Skje scored 39 points twice in his career and was a top-six player overall. He used to be involved on the power play with the Rangers, though that responsibility largely disappeared until last week, when he was on Carolina’s second unit and actually produced a PPG. Skjei may not hold onto that role long-term, but he’s currently on a great streak with four goals, three assists and 21 shots in eight games, averaging 22:37.
NOTE. He did not play Thursday due to a personal matter, so monitor that situation before adding him.
Connor Timmins, TOR (Yahoo: 2%)
After missing more than a month with an upper-body injury and getting back up to speed in the AHL, Timmins was picked up by Arizona. He made his Leafs debut two weeks ago with a team struggling with multiple blue line absences and didn’t look out of place with six helpers in eight outings. Timmins also stood out on the man advantage and had help there. Back Morgan Riellyin the return unknown and Rasmus Sandin leaving Tuesday’s contest (he’s currently on IR), Timmins has a chance to be a decent short-term acquisition.
Nils Lundqvist, DAL (Yahoo: 2%)
Lundqvist was the Rangers’ first-rounder in 2018 and performed well in Sweden for three seasons before being split between two levels last year and not seeing many minutes with the parent club. He was traded to the Stars in September and immediately recorded a power play goal in the opener. Lundqvist’s ice time hasn’t been consistent, though he’s up to 10 points, along with a number of other stats, skating. Miro Heiskanen at even strength and has a spot on the second power play.
Pheonix Copley, Los Angeles (Yahoo: 22%)
Jonathan Quick Earlier this season, he enjoyed a great five-game stretch where he went undefeated in regulation and posted a 1.57 GAA and .942 save percentage. Unfortunately, his stats have been terrible since then, as he has a 4.54/.853 line. Cal Petersen wasn’t cutting it and eventually cleared waivers to the AHL.
Copley, 30, has spent most of the last eight years in the minors, making 27 appearances for Washington through the 2018-19 season, marking his only significant NHL career. Yet here we are, seven starts later, and he’s impressed with a 6-1 record while allowing just 18 goals, and six of those against Buffalo. With Copley riding the hot hand and the Kings a decent offense, he’s definitely worth a pick.
Lucas Dostal, ANH (Yahoo: 4%)
It doesn’t seem like a smart decision to take the netminder at a club bottom of the GAA, but a goalkeeper who covers most of the contest and makes a lot of saves is important in fantasy. John Gibson has saved ducks on many occasions and Anthony Stolarz it has flashed in brief snippets, but none are currently available. Dostal was called up from the AHL, where he starred after similar success in the Finnish Elite League. Since scoring five goals in 29 minutes in Toronto, he has been spot-on, stopping 144 of 156 shots while picking up two wins for the hosts.
Anaheim will likely continue to struggle on D, but Dostal seems destined to assume more starts even when Gibson returns.
Players to consider from past columns: Logan Couture, Martin Nekas, Dylan Cozens, Joel Eriksson Eck, Gabriel Vilardi, Jeff Skinner, Andrei Kuzmenko, Matty Beniers, Philippe Dunault, Dylan Strome, Kevin Hayes, David Krejci, Trevor Moore, Nick Schmaltz, Max Domi, Kent Johnson, Alex Killorn, Jake DeBrusk, Kirby Dutch, JT Compher, Owen Tippett, Jared McCann, Connor Sheary, Jack Roslovich, Brandon Hagel, Jack Quinn, Sam Steele, Jordan Eberle, William Carlson, James van Riemsdyk, Victor Arvidson, Jason Zucker, Nick Paul, Seth Jarvis, Brandon Montour, Shane Gostisbeher, Jake Sanderson, Noah Hanifin, Daniil Miromanov, Cam Fowler, Sean Durzi, Vince Dunn, Janice Moser, Rasmus Sandin, K’Andre Miller, Cullen Addison, Wanecek , Martin Jones, Charlie Lindgren, James Reimer, Karel Weimelka, Piotr Kochetkov, Stuart Skinner, Spencer Martin, Jake Allen, Craig Anderson