Let the Rick Tucci era begin in Vancouver. After one of the most bizarre turnarounds in recent NHL history, former Arizona/Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Boudreau has taken over as the Canucks’ 21st head coach. About 48 hours and one full practice into the new gig, Tocchet is already giving a few hints about what we might expect from his new approach. Including some clues that should interest fantasy directors in particular.
Judging from Monday’s skate — which includes a slew of assistant coaches and consultants — Tocchet seems prone to running with the perceived strong C/RW pairings through the club’s top three lines: Bo Horvat positioning Brook Bowser; JT Miller Switched to the middle of the tandem Connor Garland; And Elias Peterson Related Andrey Kuzmenko. From a fictional point of view, we are most interested in the particular characters on the left wing in line by line, in particular Jack Studnica, who appears to fall beside Horvat and Boozer. Once a top prospect with the Bruins, who had no problem putting up points at Providence, Studnicka still has the potential to thrive if given the right opportunity. Keep a vision of how the 23-year-old can hold such a high-profile position – however long – under the new Vancouver coach.
Aside from the team sleepers, Boeser is another one to watch as the Canucks enter this new chapter. Available in half of ESPN.com’s leagues, he’s already shown hints of an even bigger productivity boost, here and there. Let’s see how this page-turning effect affects the former accomplished scorer, starting with a friendly tilt on Tuesday against the visiting Blackhawks. If nothing else, there’s also a healthy chance that Boeser will be traded in a scoring role with a competitor in the next few weeks.
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Favorable scoring matches
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After a brief lull in mid-January, the Sabers are scoring — and winning — again. Only the mighty Bruins have more goals so far, through the same number of games. Blues number 1 Jordan Bennington He was just as bad in his last game against the visiting Blackhawks, allowing four goals on seven shots in 24 minutes. The scene was set in St. Louis for a somewhat productive evening of Buffalo’s most dynamic films, including (now) Victor Olofsson. Somewhat coolly, the 27-year-old striker has scored seven goals in his last seven matches.
Midtier Fantasy Strikers
Deep League / Daily Value Attackers
Adam HenriqueAnaheim Ducks (listed in 9.6% of ESPN.com’s leagues): Competition on the scoring line with Mason McTavish And Troy TerryHenrique has four goals and three assists during his current five-point streak. Earning another expected 19 minutes of ice time (or so) with equal strength and on power play, he’s fully capable of scoring in Arizona.
Middle class fictional defenders
Deep League/Daily Fantasy Defensive Value
Matt GrzelecikBoston Bruins (4.3%): The pair’s top defender in a small tear with two goals and five assists in seven contests. Throw in some blocked shots, and Grzelcyk gets his managers a 2.1-point fantasy/contest in ESPN.com’s benchmark competition. If strikes carry heavy weight in your league, Derek Forport Another solid off-radar option on the Boston Blue Line.
Phil HossoDetroit Red Wings (68.8%): No. 1 Detroit comes off 2 solid starts, including 33 saves, in a 3-2 win over Vegas. As far as goal-scoring is concerned, the opposing Sharks are third in the standings. A little offensive support from his teammates would go a long way in helping Hosu beat San Jose at home.