Over the weekend we saw an exciting All-Star Game and Skills Competition in Las Vegas. The NHL seems to have a good recipe for success with plenty of entertainment and 3 on 3 hockey is great for creating scoring, even if it does lack the distinct flavor of true hockey. Since the NHL went on a break a few days before-hand, there hasn't been a ton of action since last week's column - Tuesday and Wednesday's games and only a pair of game on Monday night. Most leagues have a two week matchup for this week's fantasy showdown, so hopefully you made the most of last weeks' transaction limit (if you have one) to set yourself up for success heading into the second week. This week we'll continue to focus on some more guys that are under the radar and have an opportunity this week to help you earn some counting stats or give you a few extra points with additional matchups.
Tyler Ennis (W-OTT) 7% Rostered
The first place you'll want to look this week to pick up additional games is Ottawa. The Senators play five times between Monday and Sunday this week, and should be an excellent source of additional points and peripheral stats. Tyler Ennis isn't a huge source of points, but does have 18 points (5G-13A) in 35 games this season and six points in his last six games too including a hat trick against Buffalo. Though his third line deployment caps his upside at even strength, Ennis is seeing time on the second PP unit for the Sens, and should be a nice dart throw on the waiver wire this week. While Ennis doesn't do much for blocks, he does average just over 1.5 shots and hits per game to give you a little boost as well. Connor Brown would be another nice add - he has 19 points on the season, but offers less value in banger leagues with his lower shot, hit, and block totals.
Mike Hoffman (W-MTL) 15% Rostered
Before a down season in St. Louis last year, Hoffman was consistently a strong fantasy asset with 48+ points per season over a six season stretch with Ottawa and Florida. Though he's now with the lowly Habs who have been brutal for fantasy hockey owners and Canadiens fans to watch this season, Hoffman seems to have found a role on the squad with 14 points in 29 games and five points in his last six games. Though he may bounce between lines a bit in Montreal, he's seeing more than 17 minutes of ice time per night and is seeing time on the first PP unit, a special teams unit that, despite it's woes, has is averaging three or more opportunities per game over the last five. With an unsightly -18 rating, he's unlikely to be much help there, but he is averaging 2.7 shots per game and has 9 PPPs on the year. The Canadiens play four times between Tuesday and Sunday, giving you a chance for some extra shots and points to round out the fantasy week.
Luke Schenn (D-VAN) 4% Rostered
Though Vancouver only plays three times this week, Schenn is an interesting add if you're in need of hits this week. Though Schenn has never played up to the lofty expectations of his draft pedigree, he has been a consistent layer of the lumber at the NHL level during his career. Over 30 games this season, he has nine points, but has a whopping 124 hits and 35 blocks with the best +/- rating of his career at +8. He doesn't see any time on the man advantage, but plays more than 40% of Vancouver's short-handed TOI, and has recently been paired with Quinn Hughes which should boost his +/- rating as well. The boost that Schenn can bring to your roster in banger leagues with his peripheral numbers makes him a compelling case this week, even if you only get three games out of him.
Jonas Siegenthaler (D-NJD) 0% Rostered
The New Jersey Devils play four times between Monday and Sunday this week, and Siegenthaler is another defensive specialist who is putting up some of the best numbers of his young career this season. Averaging more than 20 minutes of TOI per night, and averaging career bests in shots (1.2) hits (1.1), and blocks (1.7) per game with 9 points on the season as well. Jonas also has a short-handed point this season, and has played more than 50% of the Devils' short-handed time on ice this season. If you're digging deep for Siegenthaler, it's likely a dire situation, but he's widely available to contribute in a number of categories for your team this week.
Erik Brannstrom (D-OTT) 1% Rostered
At the expense of beating a dead horse about Ottawa players, Brannstrom is interesting to me for another reason. Long lauded as one of the best two-way defensive prospects in the game, Brannstrom finally seems to be getting an opportunity. Over the last six games, he's skating more than 20 minutes per night with a pair of points including one with the man-advantage. Even though it's a small sample size, Brannstrom is averaging more than one hit and block per game and nearly two shots while spending time on the second PP unit. Brannstrom finally seems to be trending upwards, and he's one I'll be watching down the stretch for the breakout we've all been waiting for.