2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Planner 

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Planner

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Planner!

Whether your fantasy playoffs are starting, or they’re just around the corner, there’s no better to bolster your fantasy roster. 

This week, the NHL has been teeming with breaking news as the trade deadline approaches.

With the trade market in flux, fantasy owners must plan ahead in order to maximize their team’s output.

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Planner, we’ll go through the latest trends across the league to help you gear up for the playoffs.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 13 Planner

Weekly Streaming MVP 

Mikael Backlund, C/LW, Calgary Flames (16% Rostered)

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Down the stretch, fantasy owners need reliable production. With playoffs starting within the next couple of weeks for most leagues one of the top priorities should be to cover as many categories as possible.

Mikael Backlund has been beaming with confidence lately, performing at a high level for the Flames. Over the last three games, the veteran centerman has put up two goals and three assists.

On top of his offensive production, Backlund has been filling the stat sheet with peripherals. He’s featured on the second power-play unit, giving him the opportunity to rack up the points.

More importantly, for leagues with shorthanded points, Backlund plays on the penalty kill. Shorthanded points are more uncommon than shutouts. Scoring one SHP typically seals the deal for the week. In Backlund’s two-goal performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs last week, one of them came on the disadvantage.

He’s also a stud in the face-off circle, winning 261 so far this year. He’s also racked up 24 total points this season. With Calgary currently battling for a playoff spot, there’s no sign that Backlund’s production will cease any time soon.

Honorable Mention:

  • Pavel Zacha, C, New Jersey Devils (17% Rostered)
  • Jesper Bratt, LW/RW New Jersey Devils(20% Rostered)
  • Jack Roslovic, C/RW Winnipeg Jets (14% Rostered)
  • Vince Dunn, D, St. Louis Blues (7% Rostered)

Last Week’s MVP

Joonas Donskoi, LW/RW, Colorado Avalanche (44% Rostered)

Scheduled Starts:

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Most

  • Anaheim Ducks: 4 games
  • Boston Bruins: 4 games
  • Buffalo Sabres: 4 games
  • Colorado Avalanche: 4 games
  • Los Angeles Kings: 4 games
  • Minnesota Wild: 4 games
  • Montreal Canadiens: 4 games
  • New Jersey Devils: 4 games
  • New York Rangers: 4 games
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 4 games
  • San Jose Sharks: 4 games
  • Vegas Golden Knights: 4 games
  • Washington Capitals:s 4 games
  • Winnipeg Jets: 4 games

Least

  • Edmonton Oilers: 1 game

Officially, the Oilers are slated for three games this week. However, two of those three games are against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks have been marred by a serious COVID-19 outbreak and their season remains in the balance. The Canucks require clearance from the British Columbia Health Authority prior to returning to the ice.

“There will be more meetings between our doctors, the laugh and the NHLPA to discuss the situation and they are going to figure out when the facilities will be able to re-open and when we will be able to continue with our schedule and complete all 56 games,” said Vancouver GM, Jim Benning on a zoom conference with Jim Benning (team physician) and the media.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, also scheduled to play against the Canucks will have their game postponed as well.

? Postponement Alert ? 

April 12
Lightning at Predators: Rescheduled to April 13
Canucks at Oilers: Rescheduled to May 8

April 13
Sabres at Capitals: Rescheduled to Feb. 18
Islanders at Bruins: Rescheduled to April 14
Flyers at Penguins: Rescheduled to March 6

April 14
Islanders at Bruins: Rescheduled to April 15
Canucks at Oilers: Rescheduled to May 13

Teams to Target 

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado is the best team in the league at the moment. Their supporting cast is a big part of their success.

Even though Joonas Donskoi regressed in Week 12, he should still be on the waiver radar. His emergence as a scoring threat on the powerplay should lead to more points. 

Andre Burakovsky has been a scoring machine recently. In the last four games, he’s lit the lamp three times and added an assist. At 38% rostered, he’s a solid waiver grab for those looking to bolster the offensive stats.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs are the hottest team in the NHL at the moment, going 9-0-1 in the last 10 games.

While there’s no chance to reel in a whale the likes Auston Matthews or Mitch Marner, fantasy owners might find some value on the waiver wire coming from the Leafs.

Jason Spezza has shown flashes of his former self this season and is frequently utilized on the power play. He and fellow senior citizen Joe Thornton could be fantasy assets for down the stretch.

Teams to Avoid

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Vancouver Canucks

Currently, the Vancouver Canucks are the only team that fantasy owners should avoid.

With the COVID-19 outbreak fracturing their season, Vancouver has been out of commission since March 24th. By the time they are ready to operate, it will be over a month since the Canucks have played.

Over 20 players have been put on COVID reserve. The symptoms combined with the lack of practice will have set the Canucks back, even if they have their top players are back in action.

Avoid the Canucks going into Week 13 and for the foreseeable future.

Trade Announcements

April 7: Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the Islanders

New York Islanders acquired Kyle Palmeri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst, a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick.

April 8: Chicago gets rid of everyone named Lucas 

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Brett Connolly, Henrik Borgstrom, Riley Stillman, and a 7th round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Lucas Carlsson and Lucas Hallmark.

April 9: Riley Nash to the Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.

April 10: Colorado strengthens the crease

The Colorado Avalanche acquired Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round pick.

April 10: Florida adds Bandon Montour to their blue line

The Florida Panthers acquire Brandon Montour in exchange for a third-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres.

April 10: Savard traded to the Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-team trade with the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for the Lightning’s first-round pick in the 2021 draft and a third-round pick in the 2022 draft.

April 11: Devils land Siegenthaler

The New Jersey Devils acquired Jonas Siegenthaler from the Washington Capitals for a conditional third-round draft pick.

April 11: Montreal Canadiens trade for Jon Merrill

The Montreal Canadiens acquired Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Hayden Verbeek and a fifth-round pick.

April 11: Nick Foligno becomes a Leaf

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Nick Foligno and Stefan Noesen as part of a three-team trade with Columbus and San Jose. Columbus receives a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft, while the Sharks receive a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft.

April 11: Taylor Hall becomes a Bruin

The Boston Bruins acquired Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick.

Fantasy Implications

Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri

Travis Zajac is now on the top line of the Islanders, making him a powder keg of offensive production. Skating alongside Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle, Zajac should see an uptick in usage. While Kyle Palmieri is down on the third line as an Islander, he is seeing power-play minutes and could become a strong asset for fantasy owners.

Devan Dubnyk

The Devan Dubnyk trade certainly helps out his stock. Even though he’s going to be playing behind workhorse goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, being on the best team in the league will help his situation. He was struggling in San Jose, but with a clean slate in Colorado, Dubnyk could be a strong fantasy producer come playoff time.

Nick Foligno

It’s interesting to see where Nick Foligno lands within Toronto’s lineup. He struggled to muster much offensive production. Although he only had 16 points, he has 73 shots, 35 blocks, and 109 in 42 games. Although he’ll have to sit out due to quarantine, he could have value once he’s able to play.

Taylor Hall

The sweepstakes for Taylor Hall was won by the Bruins—for an egregiously low price.

Although the Bruins made off like bandits in this one, the fantasy implications remain the same. Hall will become a member of one of the most potent offenses in the league and should log some serious time with David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand. Hall only has 19 points and a -21 rating, but he should be a moneymaker for fantasy squads.


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