It has been almost a week since any hockey was played at the NHL level after last nights slate of games were postponed, and it has made the last two weeks on the fantasy hockey landscape incredibly dull. Though there are additional postponements on the schedule for today, and players are still being placed on the protocol at a high rate, it looks like the season will resume tonight when Montreal visits Tampa Bay tonight at 7 EST. With most fantasy football teams eliminated from the playoffs, mine included, the hockey season is all I have to look forward to for the next several months, with baseball's lockout threatening the season as well. With that in mind, let's take a look at a couple guys that can help you out this week, or longer, as we try to keep our teams' playoff dreams alive.
Maxime Lagace (G-TBL) - 1% Owned
Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Lagace and youngster Hugo Alnefelt were joining the taxi squad due to Andrei Vasilevsky and Brian Elliott entering COVID protocol. This could be an important stretch for Tampa Bay, as they play four games in the next 6 days. If both goalies are unable to return, Lagace could see the lion's share of the net over the next week. If you're looking for goalie starts during this stretch (most of us are), Lagace is a top add, especially if your league has a minimum start requirement. Though his numbers in the AHL this season are anything but inspiring, he did turn in a shutout in his only start with the Penguins giving us some kind of hope here.
Tanner Jeannot (W-NSH) - 29% Owned
Last week we touched on linemate Colton Sissons, but this week, we take a look at wing Tanner Jeannot who had started to put something of a season together before COVID hit, but has certainly taken advantage over the last three games playing 20+ minutes per night. Skating with Filip Forsberg and Sissons, Jeannot has put up 6 points in his last 5 games played, but the young Predator's winger really gives you a boost in leagues that count peripheral stats. Averaging more than 3 hits per game, Jeannot also has 38 PIMs, 47 shots, and 20 blocks on the year that make any points scored (17 in 30 games) icing on the cake. Jeannot looks like a must add for the next week or so, particularly if he can keep finding ways to hit the score sheet.
Anton Forsberg (G-OTT) - 15% Owned
This one may be a surprise addition to the waiver wire list considering that he just went into COVID protocol yesterday, but Forsberg was playing exceptional hockey in net for the Senators before the shutdown. In Ottawa's last 8 games, Forsberg started 7 of those contests, posting 5 wins, 5 quality starts, and a shutout to his credit. It remains to be seen how much time he will miss whilst out, Forsberg is a name that was trending up at this time last week, and his ownership has dropped nearly 10% since then. If he's sitting on your waiver wire, he's worth an add as a netminder down the stretch, especially with depth being harder to come by every day.
Ross Colton (C-TBL) - 7% Owned
I touched on this above, but Tampa Bay plays four times this week, giving you an opportunity to maximize your waiver adds (assuming these guys don't end up on protocols themselves). We touched on Taylor Raddysh in week 10, and he's still skating on the top line if he's available with 8 points in the last 10. Other names to add are Corey Perry, Patrick Maroon, and Ryan McDonagh. I settled on Colton as a nice blend of scoring and banger league potential. On the season he has 11 points, but has also has averaged nearly 2 shots per game, more than 2 hits per game, while adding a block every second game. Despite playing third line minutes, he's also chipping in on the Lightning power play, and has 3 man advantage points to his credit as well.
David Savard (D-MON) - 4% Owned
While this is not the name I originally intended to place on the list, I wanted to avoid adding multiple players currently in the protocol if possible. The Montreal Canadiens are not playing particularly good hockey right now, but Savard is playing quality minutes on the Habs' blue line, and can give your fantasy team some needed production with three games on the schedule this week. Though Savard has upped his scoring pace from the last two seasons, his scoring is likely only to compliment the other numbers he can provide your team. On the ice for 20+ minutes per night, Savard is hitting and blocking more than twice per game, which can be a nice boost in leagues that count peripheral stats. His shooting rate is also the lowest of his 10 year career, and a number we figure to see rise down the stretch. In addition to his valuable counting stats, he plays special teams on Montreal's short-handed unit, giving a nice bonus when he can chip in where leagues count it.