Alex Tanguay LW/RW – Col (10% Owned) – Tanguay has been up and down the lineup all year as the Avs are trying to find some chemistry in their top-9. He hasn’t produced much so far this year but now finds himself on the top line with MacKinnon and Iginla. That line produced both goals for Colorado in their 2-1 win over Tampa on Thursday, with Tanguay producing a goal and an assist. He’s still on the top PP unit, though Colorado has struggled on the PP so far this year, but as long as he’s playing on the top line he should be useful in deep fantasy leagues. Be warned though, he doesn’t take many shots, but being eligible on either wing looks nice.
Benoit Pouliot LW – Edm (6%) – The best thing going for Pouliot right now is that he is playing on a line with Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov. McDavid already looks like one of the best players in the NHL. He scored a goal in Thursday’s comeback win over Montreal which was his 5th straight game with a point. He has yet to produce on the powerplay, but that should come as he plays with McDavid on the man-advantage as well. As long as he stays on the McDavid line, Pouliot will be a valuable deep league fantasy asset.
Jussi Jokinen C/LW/RW – Fla (6%) – Jokinen has been moved up to Florida’s top line, filling in for an injured Jagr. This may not last very long as Jagr should be back soon, but Jokinen was putting up decent stats even before the promotion. He has 6 points in 9 games with 20 shots so far this year, and being eligible for every forward position helps as well.
Joel Ward RW – SJ (13%) – Ward currently leads the Sharks with 5 goals and 8 points in 9 games. He has yet to record a powerplay point, but he is on the top unit, and the points should come as the Sharks have just struggled as a whole on the powerplay so far. If you’re in a deep league, pick him up before someone else does.
Michael Stone D – Ari (16%) – Stone is getting a great opportunity as he is playing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson on even strength and on the powerplay. He’s done a bit of everything so far this year with 4 points, +2, 8 PIM, 2 PPP and 20 SOG in 10 games this year. It looks like he should easily surpass his career high of 21 points set two years ago.
David Savard D – Cls (16%) – Columbus has really struggled this year but they may be turning a corner as they have won their last 2 games. Savard had 11 goals and 36 points last year, and should be able to repeat those numbers, especially since he plays a lot on the powerplay. We would like to see him get more than the 112 shots he got last year, and so far it is looking go as he is on pace for about 150.