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2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Stock Watch

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Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Stock Watch.

Every week 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.

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.

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

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Stock Watch

Stock Up

Travis Konecny RW, Philadelphia Flyers  (30% rostered)

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Travis Konecny is one of my favorite undervalued picks in drafts, along with David Perron and Ryan Strome. Usually, I can draft all three guys and feel great about what I’m getting for their draft position. Particularly due to their abilities as multi-category contributors.

I would certainly entertain an argument that this year all three have delivered below expectations.  Perron has been injured and recently entered the Blues Covid protocol. Strome has been pretty good but gone through a cold stretch or two. Konecny, though, has had a down year so far without a doubt.

He’s only 30% owned in Yahoo leagues and I picked him up off waivers over the holidays. The Flyers in general have struggled this year. They’ve lost their last five guys and suffered through a ten-game losing streak earlier in the season.

The Flyers are set to come out of an extended break on Thursday night. Konecny will be back from his week-long Covid related absence. He’s worth your time. Konecny has nine points in his last 11 games. He also has 24 penalty minutes, 28 shots, and 19 hits in that span.

Konecny is averaging over 17 minutes a night, including 2:30 on the powerplay. If he’s able to overcome his early-season woes and score at his career average of 0.62 points/game, while also contributing multi-category coverage – watch out. That’s waiver wire gold.

Blake Coleman, RW, Calgary Flames (29% rostered)

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Blake Coleman is another category filler like Konecny. Coleman offers less offensive upside, but he’s a more physical player. He will get you the occasional goal or assist (and is a consistent shooter). But he will get you hits. Coleman also averages just under one penalty minute a game.

He’s an easier guy to roster when producing offensively. For much of this year, that has not been the case. Coleman only has 11 points in 32 games thus far. That might be changing.

Coleman saw his deployment improve in the Flames last game on January 7th. Up until that game, his most common linemates were a mixture of Mikael Backlund, Tyler Pitlick, and Andrew Mangiapane.

In his most recent game, however, Coleman spent the majority of his time with Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk. He also logged over two minutes on the second unit powerplay. Coleman registered a goal, an assist, two penalty minutes, five shots, two hits, and a block.

I know, I know, small sample size. But keep an eye on his deployment. If Coleman continues to see time with Lindholm and Tkachuk do not hesitate to add him to your squad.

Trevor Moore, LW, Los Angeles Kings (3% rostered)

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Trevor Moore played at the University of Denver and subsequently signed as an undrafted free agent with the Maple Leafs. After a few seasons in Ontario, he took a left-wing job with the Kings. Moore is originally from Los Angeles. Hometown hero! You love to see it.

I tell you all of this because up until about 45 minutes ago I did not know who he was. After some sleuthing, I am now well versed in Moore-ology. Another thing I found out about Moore: he is en Fuego!



Moore has seven points in his last four games. He’s playing with Philip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson. The last two guys I wrote about playing with Danault were Alex Iafallo and Adrian Kempe. Both of them now find themselves on the top line with Anze Kopitar.

So what I’m saying is, Danault is magic and turns middle-six forwards into top-six forwards. Moore is next.

Obviously, I’m joking. But Moore has been pretty good as of late and his recent deployment might be as a result. His average ice-time this season is 13:32 with about 30 seconds on the man advantage. In his last three games, he’s played 15:25, 17:40, and 17:35 respectively. That includes two games with over two minutes on the powerplay.

Moore can help out in other categories as well. He’s a consistent shooter and doesn’t mind throwing his body around. Although his shooting percentage is below career norms, his secondary assist rate is pretty high.

This production likely won’t last. But as long as he’s getting more time with better players, especially on the powerplay he’s a viable fantasy option.

Stock Down

Spencer Knight, G, Florida Panthers (71% rostered)

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Spencer Knight was drafted ahead of Jack Campbell and Jacob Markstrom in one of my leagues. That’s how high some people were on Knight entering this year.

The youngster made his NHL debut on the tail end of last season. He played six games and won five of them, including a post-season appearance. Sergei Bobrovsky has had an impressive, but a wildly inconsistent career. He is either a Vezina winner or a sieve impersonating a human. Given his Jekyll and Hyde history, it wasn’t difficult to imagine a world where Knight started more than half of the Panther’s game this season.

That imagined world has disappeared into the ether. The reality is Bobrovsky has 17 wins in 25 games with a .919 save percentage. He’s giving the Panthers a quality start in 52% of his appearances.

Knight has been unimpressive thus far and has spent some time in the minors. He has seven wins in 14 games with an .896 save percentage. He has posted quality starts in only 35% of his games. Recently Knight was placed on the Covid/IR list.

Florida’s recently claimed Jonas Johansson of waivers from the Colorado Avalanche. Johansson is set to make his Panthers debut on Thursday instead of Knight. One more goalie to eat into playing time isn’t going to help Knight’s case.

Knight is the future in Florida. He will undoubtedly bring you fantasy joy for years to come. It just doesn’t look like it will be this season.

Jeremy Swayman, G, Boston Bruins (43% rostered)

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A rare double goalie feature in today’s stock down section!

This one stings a bit. I was high on Swayman coming into the season. In ten games last year he had two shutouts and a .945 save percentage. Those numbers aren’t sustainable, but the kid proved he could hang.

In the pre-season, when I closed my eyes and imagined the future, I saw a world where Swayman was the 1A to Linus Ullmark‘s 1B. He’d get 60 percent of the starts in Bean Town while driving his flying car to TD Garden’s and sipping on Dunkin’ Donuts’ delicious future coffee.

Well, I was wrong on a few things. Turns out I was premature on the flying cars thing and future coffee is just normal coffee. Also, Swayman isn’t getting anywhere near 60 percent of the crease time.

Swayman has been fine this year. He’s even been great for a few stretches. But Ullmark has been pretty consistent after some early-season wobble. The Bruin’s coaching staff have given Ullmark the lion’s share of starts. None of that is great news for Swayman, but he could easily get more time if Ullmark has a dip in performance or gets injured, right?

Right. Except for the minor complication that former Vezina winner and Bruin’s living legend Tuukka Rask is back. Rask signed a one-year deal with the Bruins earlier this week after recovering from hip surgery. Swayman was immediately teleported to Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence. Actually, he probably just drove. On a road, or something boring.



However he got there, it’s not good for his fantasy stock. Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney told the press that Swayman isn’t eligible for the taxi squad. So unless there is an injury (or illness) to Ullmark or Rask, Swayman’s stock will likely stay down for the remainder of the season.


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Kyle is a cinnamon bun enthusiast and life-long OIlers fan. He is a generally tolerable person who can be found aging poorly in his spare time.

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