As Christmas and New Year’s approaches, the NHL season is completing the 3rd month of the 2015-2016 season. This article will highlight some players putting together a good campaign but have not received much love from Fantasy Hockey owners. In parenthesis is player ownership as of the time of this writing.
Lee Stempniak | New Jersey Devils | LW, RW (48% owned)
Lee Stempniak is putting together a very nice season. He has 8 goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 34 games. In addition he is a +3, has 9 power play points and 71 shots on goal. He is a contributing factor across multiple stat categories. His longest pointless streak is only 3 games and this occurred in games 3, 4, and 5 of the season. Since then he has not gone longer than 2 games without a point. That is consistency any owner would want. He is playing on the top line (along with Mike Cammalleri who has 32 points) on a team currently in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division.
Justin Williams | Washington Capitals | RW (38% owned)
Playing on arguably the best team in hockey Justin Williams has been a very nice free agent signing for the Caps. Currently Williams has 10 goals, 13 assists, 7 power play points, 81 shots on goal and is a very respectable +11 on the season. William’s is coming off of a couple of subpar seasons for the Los Angeles Kings but seems to like playing in the nation’s capital. Playing with the up and coming center Evgeny Kuznetsov in a high powered offense should help Williams avoid any long pointless droughts.
Victor Rask | Carolina Hurricanes | C (30% owned)
The 22 year old youngster is putting together a solid sophomore season. Currently the 3rd line center Rask has 9 goals, 14 assists, 11 power play points, 71 shots on goal, and is a +3. He is playing alongside Jeff Skinner who is beginning to show signs of life (8 points in his last 6 games). Once again this season there are rumors swirling around that Eric Staal is going to be traded. If that happens Rask will get bumped up in the depth chart and see more ice time to contribute.
Jussi Jokinen | Florida Panthers | C, LW, RW (23% owned)
Playing in his 14th NHL season, Jussi Jokinen continues to produce. Despite playing on the 4th line, Jokinen has 7 goals, 16 assists, 5 power play points, 65 shots on goal, and is a +5. Consistency might be an issue but for those in very deep leagues Jokinen could be a good add, especially with center, left wing and right wing eligibility. An interesting note on Jokinen, he currently leads the Panthers with 11 points on the road (for those DFS fans looking for value plays).
Mathieu Perreault | Winnipeg Jets | C, LW (31% owned)
Playing in his second season in Winnipeg, Perreault is on pace to top last year’s performance in points. Last year Perreault had 41 points in only 62 games played. So far this season he has 4 goals, 21 assists, 25 points in 32 games. In addition he has 8 power play points, 47 shots on goal, and is a +4. Perreault should continue to produce playing alongside Blake Wheeler who has 33 points on the season. Dual eligibility at center and left wing will also help owners be flexible with their lineups. He is shooting at a career worst 8.5% (15.5% career average) so any move toward his career numbers should show a nice uptick in goals for owners.
Goalies under 50% to keep an eye on
Thomas Greiss | New York Islanders (35% owned)
Al Montoya | Florida Panthers (3% owned)
Louis Domingue | Arizona Coyotes (4% owned)
That is all for now. Leave a comment below if you think someone deserves to be on this list or disagree with any of the players above. Follow me on Twitter @Advice1Sports.
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