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Fantasy Stocks: Rising and Falling in the East

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates a second period goal by Brock Nelson #29 against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on October 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/NHL/Getty Images)
Fantasy Stocks: Rising and Falling in the East
Benjamin Chandhok

We are a week through the regular season and it is time to see which players’ fantasy stocks are rising and falling in the Eastern Conference.

 

Atlantic Division

 

Fantasy Stock Rising

Justin Abdelkader

Justin Abdelkader has put up ridiculous numbers through the first week of the regular season: a hat trick, five points, and a plus-4 rating in just two games.  I love Abdelkader to continue to step up his game with Pavel Datsyuk out, his fantasy stock is definitely rising.

Torey Krug

With Bruins’ defensemen Chara and Seidenberg sidelined with injuries, Torey Krug has logged over 23 minutes of ice time per night.  In Chara’s return on Monday, Krug still logged 23:51 on the ice making him a valuable asset for the “Average Time on Ice” category in standard leagues.  His four assists and four power-play points in only three games are nothing to laugh about either.  The offensive-minded defenseman has started the season with a bang.

Max Pacioretty

The Montreal captain is one behind the league-leader with a plus-five rating as well as four points in three games.  Add in the 13 shots on goal already and Pacioretty is one of my favorite fantasy breakout candidates this year.

 

Fantasy Stock Falling

Matt Beleskey

The Bruins forward has looked anything but sharp to open the season.  Two points in three games is a fine start, but a minus-5 rating and an average time on ice of under 15 minutes has me worried.  With only four total shots on goal through three games, his fantasy deficiencies are building.

Morgan Rielly

I hope you did not have much invested in the Maple Leafs’ defense, because it is clear that the unit still needs some work.  Toronto will be full of players with negative ratings this year and Morgan Rielly’s minus-2 through three games is hurting his value. His six total shots and no points do not make him worth holding onto if the Maple Leafs continue their likely slide.

 

Metropolitan Division

 

Fantasy Stock Rising

John Tavares

The Islanders’ slow start has not stopped John Tavares from dominating the fantasy world.  The Islanders’ captain has two goals, two assists, two power-play points and 14 penalty minutes in only three games.  The high amount of penalty minutes is primarily due to a ten minute game misconduct for arguing with officials against the Blackhawks on Saturday and should not continue at that level.  However, Tavares is helping fantasy owners across the board so far this season.

Ryan Johansen

The Blue Jackets top line has lived up to expectations even if the team has not. Ryan Johansen has averaged a point and four shots per game through the first three contests.  The Blue Jackets record should improve and Johansen stands to benefit on the top line.

Oscar Lindberg

It is hard to talk about hot starts without mentioning New York Rangers rookie Oscar Lindberg.  He has four goals and a plus-5 rating in just three games.  He is having an extremely impressive debut and might be worth adding to ride out his hot streak.

 

Fantasy Stock Falling

Jakub Voracek

No need to panic yet, but I am concerned with Jakub Voracek’s playing time and point production (lack thereof).  Voracek is averaging a full minute and 40 seconds less on the ice than last year.  He has no goals or assists and a minus-2 rating through three games.  This is a bit unexpected for a popular first round pick.

Rick Nash

Rick Nash is in the same situation as Voracek.  Nash is averaging more than two minutes below his average ice time from last year.  Nash also has no points through three games.  I wouldn’t panic yet about Nash either, but the dip in ice time may be having a direct effect on his production and is something to monitor going forward.

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Benjamin Chandhok
@chandhob

Ben Chandhok is a lover of all fantasy sports, but his first love is hockey. You can find him in Massachusetts, cheering for his beloved Boston College Eagles.

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