This week’s question is:
What do you forecast for Paul Stastny the rest of the season as he is nearing a return to the Vegas Golden Knights?
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Brian: I've always been a big supporter of Stastny because I think he's as underrated as they come. That said, I'm not sure he is consistently going to be the Golden Knight's second-line center and that will limit his production. There may be times when Cody Eakin will fill that role and play alongside some combination of Alex Tuch, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault or Reilly Smith. If relegated to third-line duties, the quality of the wingers Stastny will potentially skate with, will be substantially reduced. Stastny will still get second-unit power-play ice time, so I don't think his second half will be a complete disaster. I'm thinking he comes in around 24 points, provided he stays healthy, which is no sure thing.
Corey: I had Stastny on my latest Waiver Wired before he had even picked up a point as a member of the Golden Knights. He had a big day Sunday in a 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers with one goal and one assist. Stastny was on an all-American line with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch in the contest for the first time this season and the trio took over the match with a combined five points (two goals, three assists). I like Stastny for the rest of the season for around 30 more points in the team's next 47 games.
Daniel: Anytime I hear the name Stastny, I think of my stack of 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards with his Paul Stastny's dad Peter, as well as his uncles Anton and Marian, as it was a family affair with the Quebec Nordiques back then. Sigh. I guess I am pretty old. I get a kick out of seeing guys like Stastny, Jake DeBrusk, Tyler Bertuzzi, Max Domi, etc. playing these days. I'd like to see Stastny roll up huge totals with the Golden Knights down the stretch, and it would be possible if he lands a top-six job down the stretch. However, he'll likely need injuries to another player to make that so. If he skates on the third line his fantasy ceiling is rather limited, and fantasy owners should be very cautious. Producing 18-22 points down the stretch is probably the right prediction, with 30 points as the ceiling.
Ryan: Paul Stastny should be able to finish in the 25-30 point range. That would be a touch below what we've seen out of him over the previous four seasons in terms of points-per-game and I don't think there's a lot of mystery left when it comes to the soon-to-be 33-year-old. The reason why I'm going a bit below what he's done over the last four years is mostly just due to some minor uncertainty about how he fits into Vegas in the long run. He played with Pacioretty and Tuch on Sunday, which seems like a good fit for him, but Vegas has also been weird about Pacioretty lately, so we'll see.
Joey: I believe Stastny's going to struggle coming out of the game. He's a veteran player, but he's with a new team and he's missed a lot of time with that injury. He's on pace to play in 52 games if he doesn't miss anymore, so I'd expect him to come away with 20-23 points. I feel like it's going to take him some time to get used to his surroundings. I know he had a two-point performance on Sunday, but I expect things to slow down. I wouldn't be in a rush to go out and trade for him in my standard fantasy leagues.
Michael: Everyone has Stastny between 20-30 points the rest of the way and I would have to agree, thinking he will be in the middle at 25. Stastny was a big scorer in Colorado with three seasons in the 70’s but had peaked at 60 only once in the last eight seasons, usually scoring in the 40-50 point range. Should he maintain his pace of late, Stastny should be closer to 30 points but recovering after missing 30 games usually takes a toll on a player and Stastny is not a youngster at the age of 32.