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Fantasy Hockey Buy/Sell: Week 4

by Mat Vilcek
Oct 22, 2019

Morgan Rielly has been stellar for Toronto to start the year

Hello, hockey fans. We enter into week 4 with zero teams undefeated. It took a while but the Colorado Avalanche finally fell last night to the defending champion St. Louis Blues. A few great runs have started the season, and now we watch as the first quarter worth of games approaches. With-in that time we need to evaluate our own fantasy team performance and make some early moves to strengthen our team or add some depth. After the first couple of weeks you should have an idea as to what your team may be lacking, and thus be targeting players to fill that void. Everyone is for sale at the right price.

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David Pastrnak (RW – BOS)
Boston is off to a great start once again. The team has shown they can slowly add new players each and every year while still keeping a core together and grabbing wins. Within the first games, Pastrnak is Boston’s leading scorer. He has 15 points which is fourth in the NHL, and he is tied for the league lead in goals with 9. Over this past week alone he has seven of those goals adding on two assists. Pastrnak is a young player at 23, but it seems he has found an extra gear this season and his ceiling may be higher than anyone could have expected.

Morgan Rielly (D – TOR)
Rielly is picking up right where he left off last year, racking up five points at the start of the season and six more over the last week. If you need some scoring from your defensive position it may not be a bad idea to target Rielly in a trade. The only downside is he does not light up the hitting category, however, what he lacks in hits he will surely make up on the powerplay as he already has 4 power-play assists this year. Rielly is also leading the team in ice time averaging 24:46 minutes per game.

Casey Mittelstadt (C – BUF)
The 2017, eight overall draft pick seems to be finding his NHL legs, and with that some scoring as well. Up to this article, he has six points with 2 by way of the powerplay. It is great to see this young player surrounded by better talent this year, and with that said it easily puts him into a position to score a lot of points and go unnoticed for some time, very similar to another player that went unnoticed for a while in Leon Draisaitl. Many others are picking him as a sell, but with the young talent surrounding the organization, and a locker room that is starting to click, the Sabres are going to be a fun team to watch all year and your fantasy team will thank you for holding or grabbing some stock.


Jakob Silfverberg (RW – ANH)
As one of the highest adds off the waiver wire over the past week I would suggest selling while the Ducks are still doing well. As you may remember from an overview article I wrote, the Ducks as a team were, and still are a team I would like to stay away from. This situation is a classic waiver and sell high. Silfverberg has had five points over the last week in the form of three goals, and two assists. He has zero points on the powerplay and like last year, the Ducks can collapse at any point, in turn dropping stock on your waiver pick. Flip Silfverberg into some lower talent options that have ice time on the powerplay.

Dustin Brown (RW – LAK)
It seems repetitive, and I apologize for that. We have another case of a big name, that has been around for a while, performing mediocre at best. Brown does have six points in eight games. Zero on the powerplay. He is still performing at this time, but for how long. L.A. is starting off its losing ways again and there can’t be much more production than Brown has already shown. Sell him now while the name is still relevant and once again add some depth to your team with players that may have a higher ceiling. It’s worth noting the Kings will be playing some top tier goaltenders over the next month, which may also keep them, and their scoring down near the league-worst.

The NHL is becoming a young man’s game. But is that a bad thing? New talent, players, and teams on the rise make for a fun sport. The NHL is the most unpredictable of the four major sports and that is why I love writing about it and writing for you as a fan. As always, have fun hockey fans.

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Mat Vilcek is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Mat, follow him @Mat1Thockey.

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