2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Planner

by Matt Johnson
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Planner

Starting our 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Planner with a reminder that all good things must come to an end.

Troy Terry's reign of terror streak finished at 16 games! Not to be bested, Mcdavid's ends at 17. Draisaitl has his own thing going on with (19) goals in 19 games, RIDICULOUS.

On to more normal comings and goings of the week.

 

MONDAY EDIT: With Islanders under a short COVID postponement, they will be missing at least one game this week. Keep an eye on that to see if it is extended through the week and add/drop accordingly!

Week 7 Recap

Maybe not ALL good things need to end. Alex Ovechkin set a franchise record for most points through the first 20 games (33 points total). The Russian Machine is playing like a man fully intending on tickling a Gretzky record in the coming years. Wouldn't that be something?

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The Ottawa Senators returned to action after a COVID break, and it was a shooter's delight that saw the Sens lose to the Av's 5-7. Darcy Kuemper stopped 5-of-20 shots (yikers) and Filip Gustavsson 33-of-39 (a bit less yikers). Paging Pavel Francouz, if the Avs figure out their goaltending woes they will be putting the league on notice.

Speaking of goaltending woes, I wish Dallas didn't put in a bid for one-time Stanley Cup champ Braden Holtby to guard the crease. Jake Oettinger seems to be ready to go right now, but the battle for the 1A spot seems neverending. Oettinger (36% rostered on Yahoo) is worth grabbing if you can.

Kirill Kaprizov had another statement game with another four-point effort in a 7-1 win over Winnipeg. He's making anyone around him, like Ryan Hartman (58%) and Mats Zuccarello (27%), fairly relevant.

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Before we dive into this week's picks, let's see how last week went.

Robert Thomas (27%) did what we expected; (2) assists, (6) shots, (2) blocks, (1) hit and went (-1) one for the week. If he could up that shot rate just a bit there is a lot of upside with the talent around him in STL right now.

Mario Ferraro (22%) continued bodying his way into our hearts with (10) blocks, (9) hits, (1) shot, and (3) assists in 3 games this week. San Jose is one of the few teams (5 in total) that has four games this week. Worth streaming again in bangers leagues.

Boone Jenner (36%) had an uneventful week. Being held off the scoresheet against Vancouver, he posted (3) shots, (2) hits and (2) blocks this week. If you are in a points league, Max Domi seems like the "it guy" after pumping out (2) goals and (3) assists in three games. I wouldn't go chasing yesterday's points, but if you got the room, I'd grab him while the stick is hot.

Let's dig into this week's picks.

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Planner

Top Targets

Anthony Beauvillier, LW, New York Islanders (10% Rostered)

Opponents: @PHI, SJS, @DET, CHI

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Ok I know the headline pun was based around Oliver Wahlstrom rather than our buddy Tony here, I got lazy, couldn't come up with anything else.

If there is anyone due for a turnaround week, it's the Isles. They have had some bad luck with injuries and COVID and a really gnarly schedule (13-game road trip) to start the year. Games against other struggling teams like Chicago and Philidelphia should help them reclaim some of their prestige from last season.

I will say this, nothing about his stats really jump out at me. According to moneypuck.com, his lines expected goals (xG) and actual goal totals are in line, so it's not as if some crazy positive regression is expected. He also has been shooting about the same amount (2.1 SOG/G) as he has in years past and has never been one to throw the body around.

Not really positive talk for a top pick next week hey? Alright, so analytically... it's rough. This is largely instinct. He's been spending the majority of his time on the top line, getting 20+ minutes on the ice a night recently, and I'm sure he feels really terrible about not helping out Ilya Sorokin over this ugly stretch. They both deserve better.

I see points in the near future.

Evan Bouchard, D, Edomonton Oilers (37%)

Opponents: PIT, @SEA, LAK

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The Bouche is no stranger to my pick-up suggestions. I probably mention him every other week. His ownership is rising, people are catching on. If you haven't yet, time to catch the wave.

With injuries to Duncan Keith and Darnell Nurse, Bouchard seems to be getting a mixed bag of extra ice time but also extra responsibilities. Lately, he's been relegated to a more shut-down role, leaving Philip Broberg (1%) and Cody Ceci (1%) on the top line. I don't see this as a long-term solution, but even then, it still gives him a chance to throw the body around.

Bouchard will continue to progress his game, and with his ability, pedigree, and two forwards who need not be named, he will fill the stat sheet for you. Seattle and LA should be relatively easy pickings, And Tristan Jarry HAS to come back down to Earth some time, right?

Hot take; in deeper leagues, I could see the argument to pick up Cody Ceci. Please don't screenshot this. He's been putting up roughly 1.3 shots, blocks, and hits all year. Now, with a little bit more ice time, there is a decent chance of picking up a couple of points.

Blake Coleman, LW/RW, Calgary Flames (35% Rostered)

Opponents: PIT, @LAK, @ANA, @VGK

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Another guy who I think I've had a write-up of before, or maybe just an honourable mention. Coleman has never put up crazy offensive numbers, but man is he due. All that puck luck that Andrew Mangiapane has been harnessing is going to shift his way soon.

Blake Coleman was brought into Cowtown as a heavy, and he's been upholding his end. He's totalled (42) hits, (12) blocks and a reasonable (51) shots in 19 games. He's limited to just (3) assists and (3) goals over the course of that period. His shooting percentage on the year (5.9%) is a fair amount below his average over the last three years (10.2%), so he's due for some pucks to fill the net.

With a quality road trip up ahead, Blake should keep up the hits and blocks, and I can see him with a couple of goals/assists along the way. Calgary has bought into the Sutter model and everyone is reaping the benefits. So should you.

Jaden Schwartz, LW, Seattle Kraken (30%)

Opponents: @BUF, @DET, EDM

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I know, I know, I'm the first one to say don't go chasing yesterday's points. This is an instance where we hope yesterday's points keep on coming day after day.

I was one of the probably many fantasy managers who watched in horror as Schwartz turned a decent win on a Sunday into a bitter defeat. The worst kind of Sunday scaries. So let's put that to work for us, and I'll explain how.

Is he going to have another 4-point night any time soon? Probably not. But he's getting his shots in (2.5/game on average) and he's good for a little over (1) hit a game and (.5) blocks a game. Mediocre peripherals, sure, but the point upside is there along with some of the highest ice time on the team.

Jaden has had up-and-down point production over the years, and largely because of lengthy injury time away. He's a very capable offensive forward who, according to his advanced stats, should actually see an uptick in both goals and assists at some point. Pick him up!

Honorable Mention

Kyle Palmieri, LW/RW, New York Islanders (7%)

Much like Beauvillier, Palmieri is due. He has (42) shots and only (1) goal to show for it. They are coming. It's a matter of time.

Brenden Dillon, D, Winnipeg Jets (11%)

Need some hits? He's got a bunch of 'em, about (1.25) blocks a game too. If you need the hits bump in that cats league he's a good find. Three home games and all are off days.

Keegan Kolesar, RW, Vegas Golden Knights (2%)

His ice time has taken a hit with the return of Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty, but he keeps on hitting. I'll hedge my bet on the Knights here, if the ice time keeps sliding, look to the defence. Brayden Mcnabb (2%) and Nicolas Hague (2%) are some deep league plays for hits/blocks with small points upside.

Trade Targets

Last week I blanketed the whole Vancouver Canucks team as a team to look at for some late-season positive regression. They have done absolutely nothing to right the ship yet so that's still a good play. Here are a couple of other targets that may be wild buy lows that pay dividends.

Ivan Provorov, D, Philadelphia Flyers (75%)

I've long been a fan of Provorov. He's got the size and the skill to be a multi-faceted defenseman. His deployment however has always been a question for prophets. Over the last couple of days, he's seen increased time on PP1 and has the highest ATOI of all flyers.

It looks as the Vigneault is giving him a bit of rope. After managing only (2) points in his first twelve games, he now has (5) in his last seven. He's probably still a cheap buy as Philly hasn't looked stellar the last couple games (5 losses in a row).

Jakob Chychrun, D, Arizona Coyotes (69%)

The winds of trade might be shifting on Chychrun already, but perhaps there is still time. If you've been able to swallow his plus/minus (and I hope your league doesn't actually use that stat.) he's actually been decent, all considering.

The Florida man has just (2) goals with an impressive (66) shots on net, at the time of this writing that's four more than Roman Josi, and good for the highest shot total for active defensemen this year.

His current shooting percentage is just (3%), while his average the two years prior hovered around (9%). I know Arizona is scarce for forwards, but he's due for some goals. If he keeps up his decent physical play and keeps on shooting, I think down the stretch there's a chance you benefit from this.

Besides, it was the skates all along!

Ilya Sorokin, G, New York Islanders (94%)

The poor, embattled netminder of the diminished Islanders. He's had a rough go. He did his job today, stopping all but one shot on net. He didn't get any help from the team offensively. While his losses haven't been entirely a team issue (a clunker against the Panthers where he allowed (4) goals on (17) shots before being pulled), the team is indeed struggling to score this year.

As I mentioned in the trade targets, the NYI have had a tough go to start the season. They should round out once some star defensemen get back in the lineup and hopefully they can get a couple of wins behind them. Sorokin is the future, Varlamov hasn't shown he's earned the starter spot back after a brilliant performance last year.

For some more insight, Justin Cheng talks Mathew Barzal and the Islanders over on this week's Unsustainable article.

Schedule Breakdown

To preface the scheduling here, there aren't a lot of teams that could have massive swings to your week.

There are five teams with a 4-game schedule (Calgary, Columbus, New York Islanders, San Jose and Tampa Bay) and only one team with a 2-game schedule (Dallas).

Teams With Off Days

TEAMMONTUESWEDTHURSFRISATSUN
ANAHEIM
ARIZONA
CALGARY
EDMONTON
NEW YORK RANGERS
PHILIDELPHIA
PITTSBURGH
SAN JOSE
SEATTLE
VEGAS
WINNIPEG

Alright, team, that is all I got for you this time! I will be doing an add/drop article in the coming days as well so watch out for that. Hopefully, these tips help you down the start of the cold dark winter stretch. Good luck and remember to keep your head up.


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