2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Stock Watch

by Kyle Vaughan
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Stock Watch

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Stock Watch.

Every week we’ll provide an overview of some players whose stock is trending up or down. For the players on the rise, 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 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 18 Stock Watch

Stock Up

Ryan McLeod, RW/LW, Edmonton Oilers (0% rostered)
Kailer Yamamoto, RW, Edmonton Oilers (6% rostered)

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A spot in the Oilers' top six has opened up as a result of Jesse Puljujarvi's injury. I've included both Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan McLeod because I'm not entirely sure what the next couple of games will hold as far as line deployment. It seems like both players might get a boost, but keep an eye on it.

As far as Kailer Yamamoto is concerned, he has yet to find his form from 2019-20. He was recalled from the Bakersfield Condors in the second half of that season and produced at nearly a point-per-game pace. In 27 games he had 26 points and his line of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl was among the best in the league over that period.

Since then his scoring pace per game has reduced by more than half and he's struggled to cement himself among Edmonton's top six. I would venture a guess that the Yamamoto we've seen in the 102 games since 2019-20 is the real player. His rookie numbers are a distant bell at this point. One that we hear echoes of from time to time, but will likely never experience the jarring clang of a few years ago.

However, given Jesse Puljujarvi's injury, a temporary right-wing job has opened up on one of the Oilers top two lines. New bench boss Jay Woodcroft gave the first opportunity to Yamamoto.  Over the past week, Yamamoto has lined up next to Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman on the top line for a stretch. He's also played with Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane on the second line.

He has three points in his last four games, along with eight shots and six hits. If you need a short-term streamer, look into Yamamoto. Admittedly, he isn't getting much powerplay time. But if he can stick with the top six for the duration of Puljujarvi's absence, his presence on your squad could be fruitful.

Prudent owners will check out Ryan McLeod as well. Woodcroft had him lined up on the top line with McDavid and Hyman on Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (playing Yamamoto on the second line with Draisaitl). The young speedster has been impressive as of late and has the skillset to hang with those two. His ownership is zero percent on Yahoo, so he's available.

Cole Caufield, LW, Montreal Canadiens (39% rostered)

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All of a sudden Montreal looks like an NHL team again. Dominique Ducharme is out and Martin St. Louis is in. Since the coach swap, the Habs are 4-3 with wins against the Buffalo Sabres,  St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

One player who certainly likes the change is Cole Caufield. He has ten points in the last seven games. It took Caufield thirty games to score eight points before St. Louis' arrival. His line with Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson looked unstoppable against the (mini-slumping) Maple Leafs, where they combined for seven points. They followed that up with a five-point effort against the Sabres. Hot damn!

Caufield is on the first line and first powerplay unit. We all know he can score and play at an above-average level in the NHL. If this is the change that sparks him, watch the hell out. Whatever St. Louis is doing, it has Caufield's stock on the rise.

Mason Marchment, LW, Florida Panthers  (33% rostered)

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I've been hesitant to write about Mason Marchment. He's a third-line left wing who gets second unit powerplay time... sometimes. Usually, third-liners averaging less than 30 seconds a night on the powerplay aren't noteworthy.

But these Panthers man...

What a time to be a Florida hockey fan. The Lightning have been the best-run franchise in the league for years and have the Stanley Cups to show for it. The best team in Florida, though, can be found 280 miles southeast of Tampa. The Panthers are first in the Atlantic and second in the NHL behind the Colorado Avalanche. They've registered 121 goals-for on the season. That's 13 more goals than the next best team. They've put up nine points twice this year in a single game (and have hung eight and seven on opponents a handful of times as well).

This is not your typical NHL team. If you can, you should watch some Panthers games this year. I'm not sure a show like this will happen again anytime soon.

When a team is that much of an offensive juggernaut, they can have Fantasy-relevant assets on their third line. And that's exactly what Marchment is. He has 27 points in 26 games. He will shoot, take penalties, and hit at rates that are helpful for your team. Marchment has 16 points in his last nine outings (admittedly buoyed by a six-point game on January 31st).  He does get a sniff or two on the powerplay but it's inconsistent. Still, this is a guy to have on your radar. I've streamed him numerous times and he's won me my week on several occasions. He could do the same for you.


Chandler Stephenson, C, Las Vegas Golden Knights (58% rostered)

Before we get to the stock down section, I need to correct some analysis on Chandler Stephenson from last week. I had guessed that he would remain in the bottom six following Jack Eichel's Golden Knights debut. Thanks to a tip from a handy Redditor, it turns out I was wrong. Stephenson is playing right wing on the first line with Jack Eichel and Max Pacioretty. He's also on the second unit powerplay.  Stephenson had two points against the Sharks on February 20th and logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time. His stock is on the rise, not the decline as I had said last week.

Stock Down

David Perron, RW, St. Louis Blues (56% rostered)

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As I've mentioned in a previous article, David Perron is one of my favorite Fantasy players to draft. Over the previous four seasons,  his point-per-game pace has ranged from 0.81 to 1.04. He also adds some penalty minutes, shots, and hit coverage. Consistently Perron is undervalued in Fantasy drafts. This year I drafted him in the seventh round and felt great about it.

In years past I would throw him into my lineup at the start of the season and forget about him until the end of the year. When I'd be looking at my roster come playoff time, I'd usually be surprised by how quietly productive he'd been.

Well, that's not happening this year. Perron has 24 points in 37 games, roughly a 0.65 point-per-game pace. He did miss some time in November-December with an injury, which may have something to do with it. Perron is still logging time on the first line and the second unit powerplay. However, his time on ice per game is the lowest it's been in six years. His powerplay time, too, is below his average from the past four seasons. In his last two games, he's logged 0:57 and 0:30 on the powerplay respectively.

Perron has three points in his last 10 games. I'll leave it up to Blues fans to tell me why they think his play has dipped. Whatever the reason might be, there's no debating his stock is down.

Kasperi Kapanen, RW (11% rostered)

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Kasperi Kapanen was traded from Toronto to Pittsburgh in August of 2020, along with a few other players. In return, the Maple Leafs received a first-round pick (Radion Amirov) Filip Hallander, David Warsofsky, and Evan Rodrigues. Wait, what? Rodrigues was a Maple Leaf? News to me.

Turns out Toronto didn't extend a qualifying offer to Rodrigues and he re-signed with Pittsburgh six weeks after the trade. Neat.

Kapanen had a pretty solid inaugural season with the Pens, putting up 30 points in 40 games. He played with Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Evgeni Malkin (among others) throughout the season.  Coming into 2021-22, some had high expectations for Kapanen, including the head coach. Mike Sullivan told the media that Kapanen was an elite player. Injuries to Crosby and Malkin to start the year gave way to high potential ice time and solid deployment for Kapanen.

The results to date have been disappointing. Kapanen has 24 poitns in 51 games. He currently finds himself on the third line with Brock McGinn and the aforementioned Rodrigues. Kapanen has played below his season average of 15:46 of ice time in nine of his last 10 games. He does hold a spot on the second powerplay unit but simply hasn't been able to produce. He has no points in his last 11 games. Sullivan said the Penguins would try to help Kapanen tap into his elite potential. I imagine they are running out of ideas.

I can't imagine there aren't other, higher-upside- players on the waiver wire who could better serve your team than Kapanen. He isn't worth rostering at this point.

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