2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Stock Watch

by Kyle Vaughan
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Stock Watch

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Stock Watch.

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.

The article intends to help inform the valuation of a player based on their performance to date. Some players are worth more today than last week, and for others the opposite is true.

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.

Let's get after it, ya filthy animals.

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

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Stock Watch

Stock Up

Nino Niederreiter, RW, Carolina Hurricanes (14% rostered)

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Nino Niederreiter is currently playing alongside Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen on Carolina's top line. It seems to suit him. He's racked up a goal and three assists in the two games since his promotion.

Niederreiter was elevated before Carolina's game against Buffalo. During pre-game warm-ups, Andrei Svechnikov was deemed unfit to play due to a finger injury and Niederreiter filled the gap.

He had scored three points in the four games prior to Buffalo and has continued this production in his new role. With seven points and 17 shots over his last six games, Niederreiter has been one of the hottest Hurricanes as of late.

Maybe the most noteworthy observation: when Svechnikov returned to the lineup on Tuesday night Niederreiter remained with Aho and Teravainen.

His increased value hinges solely on his top-line deployment. While Niederreiter is getting some powerplay time, it's inconsistent from game to game and mostly with the second unit. But if he keeps producing and earns a more long-term stay with Aho and Turbo, keep an eye on him. The early returns have been promising.

Yanni Gourde, C, Seattle Kraken (28% rostered)

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Yanni Gourde has eight points in his last eight games. that brings his season total up to 16 points in 21 games. He's averaging nearly 19 minutes a night of ice-time, including 1:53 on Seattle's top powerplay unit.

Gourde has the luxury of playing with Seattle's top two forwards, Jordan Eberle and Jaden Schwartz. While the Kraken are not going to be competitive this year (although they have beaten the Hurricanes, Panthers, and Oilers), that is a solid NHL line.

Eberle, Gourde, and Schwartz could assume a top-line role for a few NHL franchises and would be a lock for the top six on most.  Eberle has scored 60+ in several of his NHL seasons. Schwartz has scored 50+ points in five of his 11 years as an NHL regular.

Gourde himself has put up 60+ points once in his career and scored more than 20 goals twice. His current pace of 62 points is in line with what we've seen him do before. And Gourde's point production to date could be sustainable. His shooting percentage this year (15.0 percent) is slightly below his career average (15.2 percent).

Gourde will provide some peripheral stat coverage as well, mostly in the form of shots, hits, and penalty minutes. If he continues to play nearly a third of every game alongside Eberle and Schwartz, expect his upward trend to continue.

Jonas Brodin, D, Minnesota Wild (22% rostered)

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Jonas Brodin can skate. Real good.

He's also pretty damn good defensively.

However, over his career, his offensive production has been relatively forgettable. Entering the 2019-20 season Brodin had scored 118 points in 486 career games, roughly a 0.24 points per game pace. He has improved on that rate every year since.

Jonas Brodin points per game 2019 - Present
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Recently, this increase in production reached new heights. Since Jared Spurgeon's lower-body injury in late November, Brodin has been an offensive dynamo. In the past seven games, he has had seven points. He logged more than 24 minutes in six of those games, including substantial powerplay time.

In the last three games, Brodin has been the sole defenseman on the Wild's top unit and been on the ice for more than 71 percent of their total powerplay time. Matt Dumba and Alex Goligoski are manning the second unit. It remains to be seen what will happen when Spurgeon returns in the coming days.

Spurgeon has played a prominent role on the Wild's man advantage for years. He's averaged more than two minutes a game on the powerplay in all but two of his NHL seasons since entering the league in 2010. As the incumbent, his return will cost one or more of the Wild defensemen significant minutes on the powerplay. The question is who.

Brodin's recent deployment leads me to believe that Goligoski will be the odd man out. Alternatively, the top unit could return to a two-defenseman format, which would potentially include Brodin. With his recent production and all-around strong play, I can't see Brodin being left off the man advantage entirely.

Keep an eye on what happens over the next few days in Minnesota. Brodin could be in line for a more permanent role on the powerplay. If that's the case, his stock will continue to rise.

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Stock Down

Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia Flyers (70% rostered)

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The Philadelphia Flyers are two games removed from the firing of Alain Vigneault and have lost ten games in a row. This isn't the first time they've been here. In 2007-08 they lost ten in a row on route to an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, so who knows what happens now.

One player who has been ice cold over the last ten games is Sean Couturier. He has one point over that span. To be fair to Couturier, there hasn't been much offense to go around in Philly. Over the course of this losing streak, the Flyers have scored more than two goals in only three games and they've been shut out twice.

But we can't let Couturier off the hook entirely. Other players, like Claude Giroux (nine points in ten games), continue to produce. And Couturier is getting ample opportunity. He is playing over twenty minutes a night, including 3:05 on the powerplay. His usage this year is similar to recent seasons where he put up nearly a point per game.

Couturier continues to be strong on the face-off and he is shooting at a career-high rate. His shooting percentage (7.1 percent) is well below his career average of 11.4. I suspect that when/if the Flyers correct course, he'll be back to his old self.

His stock is down right now as a result of a bad situation in Philadelphia. I don't hate the idea of putting out trade feelers to Couturier owners, but just know that his positive regression may come soon, or it may not come at all this season. It will depend on how the Flyers respond to Vigneault's firing.

Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Anaheim Ducks (71% rostered)

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Kevin Shattenkirk came out of the gates guns blazin' this year. He scored 12 points in Anaheim's first 12 games. However, he did so with a career-high shooting percentage and an elevated secondary assist rate.

If Shattenkirk had continued to score at that torrid pace he would have shattered career highs in nearly every category. As a 32-year-old veteran that seemed unlikely. I think most people expected negative regression and it looks like it's arrived.

Shattenkirk has two points in his last ten games. Recently he's seen his powerplay time decrease, as well. Over the last three games, his powerplay usage has declined from 2:47 on December 3rd against Calgary to just 18 seconds on December 7th against Buffalo.

Jamie Drysdale (mentioned as a stock riser in a previous article) has been eating away at Shattenkirks powerplay time for a while. Drysdale was on the ice for over 90 percent of the Duck's powerplay time against the Sabres on December 7th. He is also outproducing Shattenkirk. Drysdale has six points in his last ten games, three of them coming in his last four outings.

Drysdale is the future of Anaheim. Shattenkirk no doubt has a role on the Ducks, but it won't be as the long-term quarterback on the top powerplay. Given his dip in production and the healthy competition from Drysdale, Shatternkirk's stock is down.

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