Kevin Hayes’ ownership dropped to 36% following the end of his point streak and his absence due to injury, but he should still be on your watch list at the very least. Vegas’ Nate Schmidt went from 31% to 43% from a week ago, while Paul Stastny increased from 28% to 33%. Ondrej Kase is still available in 75% of Yahoo leagues, while Dylan Strome can be had in 87% of Yahoo pools.
Mackenzie Blackwood suffered a lower-body injury on Friday after his ownership increased from 14% to 39%. Collin Delia is owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues after he was sitting at a 12% ownership a week ago. The goaltending situation for the Maple Leafs took another turn this week when Garret Sparks was diagnosed with a concussion. Frederik Andersen is on the mend from a groin injury, but if he can’t play this coming week then Michael Hutchinson will continue to carry the load.
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Now, let’s get into this week’s suggestions:
Noah Hanifin (CGY) - D - Owned in 33% of Yahoo leagues
Hanifin had a slow start with the Flames, but he has collected 21 points in his last 30 outings. He has contributed nine helpers in the past 10 games. Hanifin also has 50 blocks and 54 hits in 43 matches this season, while averaging a career-high 20:56 of ice time per match.
David Perron (STL) - LW, RW - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues
Perron has accounted for two goals and seven assists over a six-game point streak. He has been red hot since early December with five goals and 13 points in the last 12 games. Perron has been clicking alongside Ryan O'Reilly, who leads the Blues in goals, assists and points. Perron ranks second on the team with 13 goals and 27 points in 37 matches.
Jake DeBrusk (BOS) - LW, RW - Owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues
DeBrusk has started to heat up since his return to the lineup from a concussion. He has three goals and one assist in his last five appearances. DeBrusk has been back alongside David Krejci on the second line.
Craig Smith (NSH) - RW - Owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues
Smith has generated four goals and two assists during a five-game point spree. He hasn’t gone more than two games without reaching the scoresheet since the start of November. Smith has tallied eight goals and 13 points in the last 17 contests.
Andreas Athanasiou (DET) - C, LW - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues
Athanasiou has found the back of the net in each of the last three outings, while adding one assist. He has four goals and two helpers in the last eight matches. Athanasiou has personal bests this season with 0.68 points per game and 2.92 shots per game.
Charlie Coyle (MIN) - C, RW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues
Coyle has produced two goals and four assists over a four-game point streak. He also has seven shots and five hits during that stretch. Coyle has been playing alongside Zach Parise, who leads the Wild with 19 goals and 38 points, and Luke Kunin (owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues). The trio has combined for 18 points in the last four games.
Andreas Johnsson (TOR) - LW - Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues
Johnsson notched one goal and one assist in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Vancouver, while skating with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. The trio could get on a roll with Nylander looking like a player who has regained his past form. Johnsson has generated 13 points in the last 16 games.
Bobby Ryan (OTT) - LW, RW - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues
Ryan has one goal and three assists in a three-game point spree. He has earned six points in the past seven contests. Ryan has been skating on a combination with Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel (owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues), who has three goals and two assists during his three-game point streak.
Jonas Donskoi (SJS) LW, RW - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues
Donskoi has registered five goals and two assists in the last eight games, which included a four-game point streak going into Saturday’s match against Tampa Bay. He has meshed nicely on a combination with Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane.
Dominik Simon (PIT) - C, LW, RW - Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues
Simon has two goals and one assist in the last two games. He is worth taking a flier on at this time if you are in a deeper league because he has enjoyed some success of late, while playing alongside Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist.