Hey guys! Sven back with another buy/sell/hold. First of all, hope all of you readers enjoyed your Valentine’s Day with someone special… And better yet, enjoy all of the discounted chocolate that follows! Was waiting for a bit more action following the all-star break to put one of these bad boys together, so here we are! As always, I hope you guys enjoy this type of content.
ALL STATS ARE AS OF THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 14
Dominik Kahun – 57GP 11-18-29. Assuming Dylan Strome is already owned in your league, Kahun is reaping the rewards having been put on the Erie Otters reunion line of Strome and Debrincat. Though he is a former Sudbury Wolf, he seems to be clicking with the two former Otters. With nine points in his last five, the ice time isn’t quite there for me to consider him an elite streamer, but this line is providing the Blackhawks with some big time secondary scoring.
Casey Mittelstadt – 55GP 8-11-19. There is no question that Mittelstadt hasn’t lived up to his pre-season hype. That being said, he had a great January with a number of his points coming on the power play. Buffalo appears to be in the playoff race until the bitter end, and may need the youngster Mittelstadt to catch fire. Keep your eye out!
Josh Leivo – 53GP 11-7-18. Jeez, back at it with another former Sudbury Wolf! Better known for his role of 13th forward with the Leafs earlier this season, Leivo has been given a great opportunity in Vancouver, paired with Boeser and Pettersson. He has chipped in since being put on this “second” line, and the TOI is there to seriously consider him in deeper leagues.
Thomas Vanek – 49GP 11-17-28. I’m a firm believer that the Red Wings signed Vanek to this one-year deal purely just to deal him at the deadline. AGAIN. With eleven points in his last eleven games, it is likely that Vanek will be shipped to a team that needs some secondary scoring punch. If I’m Detroit and saw that Brian Boyle is worth a second-round pick this year, I am for sure trying to swing a deal for Vanek. Now is your time to buy!
Josh Anderson – 55GP 19-10-29. Anderson’s fantasy value may tremendously shift down the stretch depending on what the Blue Jackets decide to do with Bobrovsky and (more importantly) Panarin. We could be looking at a future #1W with Dubois and Atkinson. He has found the back of the net four times in his last six, adding two helpers along the way. Anderson may even be a sleeper pick for next year, but let’s wait and see what happens in the Jackets’ front office.
Danton Heinen – 53GP 9-10-19. Viz did mention Heinen in one of his weekly write-ups, so check there for more info. Plain and simple: he is currently the Bruins #1RW with Pasta sidelined for the next couple weeks. Pick him up while you can!
Mats Zuccarello – 42GP 9-25-34. Hear me out on this one. Zuccarello, contingent that he gets dealt in the next week, is a sell for this reason. He and Zibanejad have shown off some great chemistry as of late, thus producing a nice little hot streak for Zucc – Thus, increasing his trade value. I’m not sure what the Rangers have planned for the pending FA (Kevin Hayes is in the same boat), but if he is traded, I can’t see him having as significant of a role. He will likely be a secondary scoring option if traded to a contending team, so I’d sell while you can.
Alex Tuch – 50GP 16-24-40. What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALR- no seriously, ice cold. No points in his last six games, and Vegas has lost their last four at home. Tuch was on fire earlier in the year, so maybe his name still resonates with fantasy owners.
Rickard Rakell – 44GP 9-17-26. Beginning the 2018-19 season as a consensus sixth-round fantasy pick, Rakell has struggled mightily as of late and so has his team – in case you had been living under a rock. If there’s anyone that is going to help somewhat salvage this Ducks season (that isn’t their captain), it’s the young Swede Rakell. Be patient!
David Krejci – 57GP 14-32-46. Krejci – when healthy – has proven his ability to chip in and get the job done as the Bruins’ #2C. If the Bruins want to be playoff relevant, they’re going to need to pick up a rental winger, who will likely play with Krejci and DeBrusk. For that reason, I would hold if you own him, and maybe look at picking him up in shallower leagues (60%own on ESPN may mean he’s still available).