In the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Planner we are not going to indulge on the Zegras assist (that's right assist, respect where respect is due for the hand-eye of Sonny Milano), instead let's stick to the game plan and earn you a W.
Jesper Bratt (49% rostered) is likely not available in your league but if he, he just seems to keep on trucking. This week he put up three assists, one goal, and eight shots on goal. Steady production is all you can ask for a waiver pick-up at this point. Most of his points come from linemates Andreas Johnsson (19%) and rookie Dawson Mercer (9%), good plays in deep leagues.
Also, looking at the Devils, I didn't realize Jesper Bratt is a really solid forward? They've got some good players that Devils team. pic.twitter.com/Xt4DamRrSz
— EvolvingWild (@EvolvingWild) November 30, 2021
Captain Serious Jonathan Toews (30%) finally got his first goal of the season with a little deflection in front of Habs netminder Jake Allen. Toews is seeing some of his lowest ice time in his career, his lowest SOG, and next to no peripherals. I don't see a silver lining here, time to drop.
Can't mention one Toews without mentioning the other, Devon Toews, AKA Cale Makar light. He's got a hot hand right now, shooting at 12.1% which would be a bit high even for most forwards. I wouldn't expect him to be available as he boasts an 84% ownership in Yahoo leagues. If you are one of those lucky people, it may be worth shopping him if his recent performance has people knocking.
Edit*** That's not to say that Devon Toews won't be a decent dman on your roster. But I don't expect these results to last for very long. If you can get an upgrade for someone known to be more consistent I would pull the trigger.
Let's look at last week's picks.
Week 9 Recap
Rickard Rakell did his Rakellian things. As of Saturday he had eight shots, two assists and went plus-3. He was also the unsung hero of a goal I already said I wouldn't mention any further. This is what we were hoping for RikRak, and he's still got a game against the Penguins and Blues so plenty of chances to fill the net.
Valeri Nichuskin was right there with Rakell, managing 14 shots, one goal, one assist and was plus-3 as well. His time on a line with Nazeem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky is well spent. Good DFS buy if he pops up.
— Frozen Tools (@FrozenTools) December 10, 2021
Mats Zuccarello was his consistent self alongside the face of the franchise Kirill Kaprizov with three assists and four shots in two games this week so far with two more still to come. Lastly, Ryan Johansen was having fun out there with two goals, three assists, and five shots in three games this week. That Predators line continues to roll.
Let's dive right into this week's picks.
Nils Hoglander, LW/RW, Vancouver Canucks (10% Rostered)
Opponents: CBJ, @SJS, TOR, ARI
An early second-round pick who is quickly becoming a household name for Vancouver fans. His speed and hockey sense were being underutilized under the old regime. We still haven't seen him with much of a look on the powerplay under Bruce Boudreau, but his quality in linemates is what makes him worth a look.
Hoglander started off the season largely tied to Bo Horvat, and he's been getting more looks with him again, as well as Canuck stalwart J.T. Miller. Horvat and Hoglander have shown great chemistry before, and with a coach known to get his gunners gunning, this will be Hog's opportunity to shine.
His shot totals dwindled during the teams' well-known struggles this year. His five shots against Winnipeg could be a bounce in the right direction. With a team that's starting to look and feel like they want to play hockey again, it's worth getting in on the ground floor of this skilled shooter.
nils hoglander take a goddamn bow pic.twitter.com/Spr6j0Pz6h
— Mr Booth (@MrBooth07) December 11, 2021
Tim Stutzle, C/LW, Ottawa Senators (29%)
Opponents: @FLA, @TBL, @PHI, BOS
Ottawa's 3rd overall pick in 2020 is turning the corner from a slow start. To be fair, the slow start was a bigger picture thing, a couple of injuries and COVID-protocols causing delays in development. But the Senators guns are blazing now. Ok, ok... blazing might be a tad strong, regardless, of Stutzle's 13 points this year, five have come in his last four games. He's heating up!
The word of caution on this one would have to come from his even-strength production. It has been borderline non-existent. Almost 70% of his points this year are from the powerplay. The coaching staff seems content to stack the top line with Brady Tkachuk, Josh Norris, Drake Batherson. Stutzle is the odd man out.
Now here are some of the positives. in his last four games, he has managed 14 shots on goal and averaged around 17:30 of ice time. If he maintains these shot totals then we should expect a couple more goals soon, as his shooting percentage currently sits at just 5.6%. There isn't a big book on him at an NHL level yet, but last year he maintained a 10.8% and he's a known finisher so we expect that number to go up.
Tanner Jeannot, LW/RW, Nashville Predators (10%)
Opponents: CGY, COL, @CHI, @CAR
There is no deep dive or introspective look into Jeannot here, I just figured we could use a banger play from the waiver wire this week. That said, I did find his 15.0% shooting percentage to be pretty ridiculous. What's even more ridiculous is that that's DOWN from last year's 21.7%!
A more accurate percentage here would be me saying I am 100% sure I'm not picking him up for his goal-scoring capabilities (but I won't be upset if he pockets a few). Jeannot has 79 hits, 17 blocks and 34 PIM's this year. He will help you out in those cat's leagues if you are feeling unsure about any of those columns.
And hey, maybe he scores a couple of goals.
— John Witkowski (@JohnWit70286434) December 9, 2021
Travis Konecny, RW, Philadelphia Flyers (30%)
Opponents: NJD, @MTL, OTT
After I saw Justin added him to his unsustainably low list I debated looking for another pick-up to have a bit more variety in the article. However, I still like him as a target this week, and going forward, so I'll just double down on the homework Justin has already put in.
I haven't had a lot of eyes on Kones this year, I watched a handful of Philly games near the start of the season, but they are a tough team to watch now. When I did see them, Konecny seemed relatively forgettable. A couple of good games, sure, but no real wow factor. It makes me all the more surprised to find out that he's getting his highest ATOI and shots per game this year (17:12 and 2.8 respectively).
So what's happening? Well for starters, we could be seeing some age regression happening from linemate Claude Giroux. There have been quite a few injuries to the blue line, Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen, and inconsistent play from other breakout candidates like Joel Farabee (IR) and Ivan Provorov.
Recently released bench boss Alain Vigneault may have been a factor in a lot of this. He tended to have a naughty and nice list for his roster and would lean on certain players, even if it wasn't panning out. The coaching change might be what the doctor ordered here, the Flyers are still sputtering but their offensive game has seen an uptick since Mike Yeo took over.
While Giroux could be aging out, Sean Couturier is still a bounce-back candidate. If they can work out their woes, we should see an increase in production from Travis. I'm a huge fan of his shot totals this year and his (7.2%) shooting has plenty of room to improve.
Mika Zibanejad, C, New York Rangers (99%)
Pretty good chance we never see a miracle year as Zibby had in 2019-20 when everything seemed to be going right for him on a 108 point pace. He just may have gotten away with it too if it weren't for that meddling COVID. I don't know why, but fantasy managers abound seemed convinced that his (19.7%) shooting percentage was the new norm. They drafted him thusly. He's likely disappointing owners that had high expectations. Still, according to MoneyPuck he has only five goals with an 8.73% xGF, so hopefully, we see him start filling the net.
Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, Calgary Flames (99%)
It's starting to seem kind of pointless to put up ownership percentage next to trade targets, isn't it? Well anyway, is it just me, or has Matthew been awfully quiet for a polarizing player? His shooting percentage is in line with his career, and he's seen a spike in SOG/G (3.3 vs 2.6 career). His production isn't the issue, it's those bangs that he usually provides in heaps. He's in an offense-first role now, you could catch an owner off guard.
Bo Horvat, C, Vancouver Canucks (68%)
Captain Bo is feeling it right now. All of Vancouver is. After stringing together 3 wins in a row for the first time this year, the Canucks will look to build on the success after a major shuffle in the office. The team at large was floundering, but with a new coach that's giving the kids some more reigns, it seems to be working wonders. He's been in the middle of most of the offense, and he will give you elite face-off wins and decent peripherals.
— NHL (@NHL) December 9, 2021
Four Game Schedule
Dec.12 Edit*** It came out this morning that Calgary will be on Covid Protocol until at least Dec.16th. Adjust your roster accordingly!
Two Game Schedule
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