Connor McDavid's injury and Jordan Eberle's return have presented Leon Draisaitl with a great opportunity. He played between Eberle and Taylor Hall against Pittsburgh this past Friday. Draisaitl has seven points in four games this season and he's still available in 70% of Yahoo leagues.
Sam Bennett (CGY)- C - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues
Bennett has been all over the scoresheet for the Flames lately. He has racked up three goals and five assists in his last six games. Bennett has bounced back from a slow start, where he had one helper in his first eight matches. Fans should check out his goal against Pittsburgh from Saturday night to see the slick moves he possesses. The 19-year-old is a high risk, high reward pickup because hot and cold streaks could follow him throughout the year. The potential is certainly there for him to contribute though and his ice time has gone up during his hot streak.
Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ) - C, LW - Owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues
Dubinsky has been logging big minutes since John Tortorella took over behind the bench for Columbus. He has also been productive with three goals and five assists in eight games. Dubinsky has averaged two hits per game this season and you can expect his eight penalty minutes after 15 games to increase as well because he has always played with an abrasive style. His shots on goal have been waning a bit, but I would look for that to improve as well. Dubinsky projects to have very good value from now until the end of the season.
Teuvo Teravainen (CHI) - LW - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues
Teravainen has been playing alongside Patrick Kane lately and it has led to surge of offense. The talented 21-year-old has two goals and two assists in three games since the line change was made. Coach Joel Quenneville has mixed up his combinations frequently and Teravainen has played all three forward positions, but skating with Kane is the golden ticket on the Blackhawks. Take advantage of it while you can.
David Desharnais (MTL) - C - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues
Montreal's third line has outplayed their second line so far this season. Desharnais, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann have been a very productive trio for the Canadiens. Desharnais is tied for second on the team with 14 points, which is more than he had in the first two months (25 games) of the 2014-15 campaign. His current pace is unlikely to last, but fantasy poolies can make use of his great start.
Colin Miller (BOS) - D - Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues
Miller has been making an impact offensively for Boston in his first NHL season. The 23-year-old defenseman extended his point streak to six games on Saturday night. He has registered one goal and five helpers over that span. Miller has been getting time on Boston's second power-play unit, where he has chipped in three assists. He has been a pleasant surprise after he was acquired from Los Angeles in the Milan Lucic trade and is worthy of a spot on your fantasy back end.
Nazem Kadri (TOR) - C - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues
Kadri has one goal and six points in 14 games this season, but he is a powder keg waiting to explode. The Leafs top center has amassed 60 shots on goal, which ties him for third in the league. He was credited with seven shots for the second time this year in Saturday's shootout loss to Washington. I would consider getting in front of this sooner rather than later, but you could also take a wait-and-see approach. It wouldn't be surprising if he broke through shortly, though. Kadri has also averaged a penalty minute per game and he throws plenty of hits (27).
Eric Fehr (PIT) - C, RW - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues
Fehr has been playing with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist for the past couple of games. He got the promotion because of Pascal Dupuis' uncertain status. Fehr has two goals and one assist in four games since making his Penguins' debut on Oct. 31. He missed the first 10 games of the season after he had surgery on his elbow back in June. Fehr has displayed a good scoring touch in the past, which helped him generate 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games for the Washington Capitals last season. He has the ability to be a good fit on a scoring line and is certainly worth keeping an eye on thanks to his new role.
Andre Burakovsky (WSH) - LW - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues
Burakovsky is another player who could benefit from his recent promotion. He was moved to a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson. He has produced two goals and five points in 13 games this season, but he hasn't had much opportunity to shine. Burakovsky could get hot if he sticks on a scoring line and playing with a playmaker like Backstrom should help tap into his offensive upside.
Kyle Palmieri (NJD) - LW, RW - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues
Palimieri's ownership rate has been climbing fast. He has been on an offensive tear of late with three goals and five assists in his past seven outings. Palimieri has 10 points in 13 games this campaign and he has been clicking with Travis Zajac. The duo doesn't do very well defensively, but they have done plenty of damage on the power play. Palmieri leads the Devils with six power-play points and Zajac is second on the club with five.
Martin Hanzal (ARI) - C - Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues
Hanzal is one assist behind the league leaders this season, with 12 helpers in 11 games. The Coyotes pivot is still looking for his first goal, but he did rack up a season-high six shots in Saturday's loss to the New York Rangers. Hanzal isn't much of a goal scorer, but he can provide penalty minutes and hits. He projects as more of a depth play for deeper leagues, but if you need help on faceoffs, where he owns a 53 winning percentage, then he has some extra value.