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Wired: Snatch up Burakovsky

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The NHL trade deadline is just around the corner and plenty of moves are expected as teams sell off their players while others gear up for playoff runs. The fantasy values of several players should change for the better after the dust settles on Monday. Some of that has already started and a few players will be mentioned here along with others who you should consider targeting.

 

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Matt Beleskey (BOS) - LW - Owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues

 

Beleskey has produced five goals and one assists in the last four games. He has been racking up points alongside Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes, but he has also been seeing time on the top power-lay unit. Beleskey becomes an interesting player if Loui Eriksson is traded prior to Monday's deadline, as he could move up the depth chart and skate with David Krejci. He has also averaged 3.3 hits per game this season, which could prove valuable to some fantasy GMs.

 

Andre Burakovsky (WSH) - LW - Owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues

 

I've been on the Burakovsky bandwagon for a while now. He is up to 13 goals and 30 points in 57 games after generating 21 points in the last 23 contests. Burakovsky has a three-game point streak going into Sunday's match against Chicago. He has been very successful since his promotion to a line with Capitals' leading scorer Evgeny Kuznetsov.

 

Jason Pominville (MIN) - RW - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues

 

Pominville has struggled mightily this season, but he is in the middle of a hot streak that poolies can use to their advantage. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 17, he recorded four goals and four assists in nine games and he has been playing well again lately. Pominville has registered three goals and five helpers in the past six matches. He is worth taking a flyer on, but make sure to abandon ship quickly if he goes a few games without a point.

 

Alex Killorn (TBL) - C, LW - Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues

 

Killorn has been successful since moving to a line with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan. He has notched two goals and added four assists in the past six contests. Killorn went three straight games without a shot recently, but he has average nearly two per game this year. Stamkos has been red hot during Killorn's scoring boost and picking him up is a good way to get a piece of that production.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) - LW, RW - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

 

With Bryan Little injured for the rest of the season and Andrew Ladd traded to Chicago, Ehlers and Mark Scheifele form two-thirds of Winnipeg's top line alongside Blake Wheeler. Ehlers has contributed four assists in the last four games, including three in two outings since Ladd was dealt. The rookie is likely to be leaned on for the rest of the season and his new role should be beneficial to fantasy owners and the Jets alike.

 

Craig Smith (NSH) - C, RW - Owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues

 

Smith made headlines after he stopped his own shot against Montreal before eventually scoring the winner in the shootout, but he has been moving on the right track. He has recorded eight points in the past 10 games. Smith had a three-point performance versus St. Louis on Saturday while playing alongside Filip Forsberg, who has been firing on all cylinders lately. Smith has had a difficult time producing in 2015-16 following strong seasons in his previous two campaigns, but he appears to be in store for a solid finish.

 

Jannik Hansen (VAN) - RW - Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues

 

Hansen has posted four goals and two assists in the last seven games. He has taken advantage of his time alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. Hansen is one goal away from his first 20-goal season in the NHL and he is seven points shy of tying the personal best he set in 2011-12. He has plenty of time to establish career highs and playing with the Sedin twins should help his cause.

 

Brooks Orpik (WSH) - D - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

 

Orpik does not have a reputation as much of an offensive contributor, but he has made an impact on the scoresheet since returning from injury. He has recorded two goals and four helpers in six games after coming back from a 40-game absence. Orpik has also amassed 64 hits and 43 blocks in 20 games this season and it's worth making use of his newfound offensive touch while it lasts.

 

Carl Hagelin (PIT) - LW - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

 

Evgeni Malkin returned to Pittsburgh's lineup on Saturday and he played between Hagelin and Phil Kessel. Malkin didn't pick up a point in the contest, but Hagelin scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg. Hagelin was successful when he first joined the Penguins, while skating alongside Malkin and the duo will look to continue that success with a revitalized Kessel down the stretch.

 

Nick Bjugstad (FLA) - C - Owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues

 

The Panthers already had underrated depth, but the acquisitions of Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell on Saturday added to that. Assuming Florida puts Jussi Jokinen back with Vincent Trocheck and Reilly Smith when Jonathan Huberdeau is able to return from injury, Bjugstad could have Hudler and Purcell as his new linemates. Bjugstad had 24 goals and 43 points in 72 games last season, but he has been on the third line for most of the 2015-16 campaign. Florida's additions should give him some talented players to skate with and he has the ability to reach another level for the rest of the season.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.