In this article I will highlight some players that you should be targeting in your leagues.
Evgeny Kuznetsov/C/Washington Capitals
Kuznetsov has the makings of an NHL star. He has showed that through the first 8 games scoring 12 points including a huge 5-point night against the Edmonton Oilers. Owners may be reluctant to trade him after his hot start but he is well worth it. Kuznetsov’s value may never be lower than what it is now. Send some offers to Kuznetsov owners to get a feel on where they value him.
Nail Yakupov/RW/Edmonton Oilers
Nail Yakupov hasn’t lived up to the hype of being a first overall pick but now Yakupov is really starting to gel with rookie star, Connor McDavid. Yakupov has 9 points through 10 games and it doesn’t look like he’ll be moved off of McDavid’s wing once Jordan Eberle is back. Yakupov is a buy now because his value may never be lower. Yakupov has the chance to sky rocket his value if he continues to mesh and produce with McDavid.
John Carlson/D/Washington Capitals
Carlson is a very underrated defenseman in the NHL. Carlson has very good offensive abilities and the Capitals have started off hot this year. Carlson has benefited from Mike Green’s departure, scoring 10 points through 7 games. Carlson runs one of the most deadly power plays in the league, which will boost his value. He’s going to continue his offensive ways. Try and catch an owner that doesn’t value Carlson as much and buy.
Frederik Andersen/G/Anaheim Ducks
Don’t look at his record as an indication of play. Andersen has been great for the Ducks this season. Andersen has posted a .931 SVV and has had 2.05 GAA. Anaheim is struggling to score now but once the Ducks get going Andersen will start to get you more points. Long term Andersen is a number one goalie in the NHL and even if the Ducks decide to go with John Gibson in the future, Andersen will find a home somewhere. Target an owner who is nervous about Andersen.
Blake Wheeler/RW/Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler may be the most underrated player in the NHL. All he does is produce and so far this year he has 11 points in 9 games. Wheeler is 29 but his value shouldn’t decline until 3-4 years from now. Winnipeg is becoming one of the better teams in the west and with all the fire power there Wheeler will keep up the pace. Buy Wheeler because he may be the cheapest option of players that produce consistently.
Colton Parayko/D/St. Louis Blues
Parayko has been excellent for the St. Louis Blues this season. He has been their best offensive threat on the back end while Kevin Shattenkirk has been out. Parayko has 6 points through 9 games. Shattenkirk is coming back soon but I still think Parayko will produce. Long term Parayko has the chance to become a top ten dynasty defensemen.
Seth Jones/D/Nashville Predators
Seth Jones has 5 points through 9 games so far. Jones has been impressive the last two seasons since being drafted 4th Overall in 2013. Jones has been stuck in a logjam of defenders in Nashville but this year Jones has been leaned on more. He is averaging 20:49 of ice time and that time looks like it could increase with Jones playing well. Jones will end up being the man in Nashville so try and buy now.
Adam Henrique/C/New Jersey Devils
Henrique has found some great chemistry with line mates Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak to start the season scoring 9 points in 9 games so far. Henrique burst onto the scene in 2011-2012 helping the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final but has been disappointing only scoring 43 points in each of the past two seasons. Henrique is looking like he’s going to break out offensively and you should buy now.