2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch Part Two

by Kyle Vaughan
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch Part Two

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch Part Two.

Every Friday we’ll provide an overview of some players whose stock is trending up or down. For the players whose stock has risen, I’m hoping there is a possibility they are available to you on the waiver wire. Accordingly, I will identify players who are at, or below, 50 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues.

For the players whose stock has fallen, I’ll pay less attention to ownership as it's likely they are rostered and you may be wondering if you should drop or trade them.

Part one of this article was posted on December 24th. As of the writing of Part two, only nine NHL games have been played since that time. Usually, my analysis draws heavily on a player's most recent three to five games. Since no one in the NHL has played that many games in the last week, I'm going to change the format of my article for this week. I'll offer up a brief analysis of seven total players. You'll get more players to consider, but the analysis for each will be less in-depth compared to previous Stock Watch articles.

I'm uncertain how most teams will look in the next few weeks as they come out of their respective Covid protocols and Christmas breaks. By giving you more players to consider, I'm hoping it makes up for some of this uncertainty. Next week I'll return to my traditional format.

Don’t forget to check out Justin's invaluable Unsustainable Players articles, Matt's irreplaceable Weekly Planner, or any of the other great Fantasy Hockey content at Fantasy Six Pack.

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch Part Two: this time it's personal.

All statistics from DobberHockey unless otherwise stated. This article does not include Thursday night's games. 

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch Part Two

Stock Up

Nick Schmaltz, RW, Arizona Coyotes (5% rostered)

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  • I know, I know he's an Arizona Coyote. Keep in mind Clayton Keller was on my list a few weeks ago, and he's been money. Nick Schmaltz is in a similar position: a good player who can produce on a bad team. Sometimes.
  • He has five points in his last four games and is playing on the top line and top powerplay unit.
  • Schmaltz is also logging significant minutes. In his last two games, he's played 21:00 and 19:03, respectively. That includes nearly eight minutes on the man advantage across those two games.

Alexander Barabanov, LW, San Jose Sharks (3% rostered)

  • The Coyotes just played the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Check out this Bantam score: 8-7 for the Sharks. Alexander Barabanov had a goal and an assist in that throw-back affair.
  • Barabanov is playing on the Sharks top line and first powerplay unit as well.
  • He has seven points in his last seven games and has played over 17 minutes in each of his last three games.
  • He will also provide shot and hit coverage but at inconsistent rates.

Matt Roy, D, Los Angeles Kings (21% rostered)

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  • Admittedly, this is an odd suggestion. Here is a second pairing defenseman getting limited time on the second powerplay. How is he on my stock-rising list?
  • Roy has five points in his last five games. Not bad at all. But Roy's real value is in his peripheral stat coverage. He's had 14 shots, 12 hits, and 11 blocks over his last five games as well.
  • Roy has logged over 21 minutes of ice time in four of his last five games. He's worth your time.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, Buffalo Sabres (26 % rostered)

  • This man has a name with six k's in it. What else do you need?
  • Craig Anderson suffered an upper-body injury on November 2nd. He is currently month-to-month.
  • The Sabres subsequently traded for Malcolm Subban, meaning Anderson's return likely isn't soon.
  • Rookie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been the de-facto starter for the Sabres as of late, and he's killing it.
  • Luukkonen posted five straight quality starts from December 7th to December 16th. In that span, he did not allow more than two goals in any game.
  • His first game after the break wasn't spectacular: he allowed four goals. But he faced 42 shots.
  • Because he plays for the Sabres, he's not going to get you many wins. His goals-against-average and save percentage should help, though. Keep an eye on him.

 

Erik Karlsson, D, San Jose Sharks (79% rostered)

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  • Get this: Erik Karlsson has 12 points in his last 13 games!
  • Karlsson is playing over 23 minutes in most games, including over two minutes on the Sharks top powerplay unit.
  • He will also get you great shot coverage and a few blocks as well.
  • Karlsson's shooting percentage of 13.1 is more than double his career average (6.5 percent) and nearly double his three-year average (7.6 percent). This recent production may not be sustainable.
  • As of right now, his stock is up. It might not hurt to shop him around.

Stock Down

Nick Suzuki, C, Montreal Canadiens (77% rostered)

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  • Suzuki has no points in his last five games and only four points in his last 17 games.
  • Nine of his 18 points this year have been secondary assists.
  • Suzuki's IPP is the highest of his career. His shooting percentage is slightly down from his career average, but not enough that leads me to believe he is due for a major positive regression.
  • His offensive zone start percentage is the lowest of his three-year career.
  • I'm not saying it's time to give up on Suzuki. Even when not producing points, he'll get fantasy owners' face-off wins and shot coverage.
  • Things in Montreal have been tough this season and Suzuki is an excellent NHL player. But he certainly doesn't hold the value he did on draft day.

Nicolas Hague, D, Vegas Golden Knights (26% rostered)

  • Nicolas Hague has one point in his last seven games.
  • He is currently on the third defensive pairing with Dylan Coghlan.
  • Hague has seen powerplay time in only three of his last 10 games. In two of those games, he saw less than 15 seconds.
  • Hague does provide shot, hit and block coverage but not a rate worth rostering when he isn't producing offensively.
  • Hague's situation is worth monitoring. On December 28th, he played over two minutes on the powerplay. He is worth rostering when getting powerplay time. But I wouldn't expect that to last with players like Alex Pietrangelo returning from Covid protocol in the coming days or weeks.

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