2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Weekly Planner

by Michael Proctor
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Weekly Planner

The NHL season is officially half over. That was fast, right? Well, we are back with another version of the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Weekly Planner, and things are heating up.

If I had one word to describe the NHL action heading into the new week, it'd be 'Streak'. Several teams are playing excellent hockey with extended win streaks, such as the Panthers (W9), Oilers (W9), Jets (W8), and Kraken (W8). Similarly, the Senators wish they weren't dealing with a streak, as their losing streak has hit five games.

We not only have teams riding streaks, but players are joining the trend too! Players like Connor McDavid, Artemi Panerin, and Gustav Nyquist are actively on a nine-game point streak. Panthers' teammates Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe have also hit seven games on their active point streak with hopes that they can continue to extend.

What is going to come out of Week 15? Not sure, but I'm down to find out. Let's hop into the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Weekly Planner and see what we can expect.

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Weekly Planner

January 15, 2024 – January 21, 2024

Top Targets

Jonathan Drouin, Left Wing, Colorado Avalanche (28% Rostered)

After a recent promotion to the team's first line, Jonathan Drouin is a guy who is a must-watch in terms of fantasy hockey. Most players can succeed when placed on a line with two of the best players in the world, and Drouin will have a chance to do just that.

Coming into 2023-24, Jonathan Drouin was looking for a career resurgence to show why he was drafted #3 overall in the 2013 draft. His first step to doing so was reuniting with Halifax Mooseheads' teammate Nathan MacKinnon. The duo have played excellent together in their return, outscoring 13-9 when on the ice together. Then you add multiple-time All-Star Mikko Rantanen to the line, and the trio does nothing but provide offense. The three are outshooting opponents 115-65 during 165:39 of ice time.

Drouin alone has found the stat sheet in 11 of his last 14 games (six goals and eight assists). Expect his stats and fantasy ownership to continue rising as he gets comfortable on the Avalanche's first line.

Jamie Drysdale, Defense, Philadelphia Flyers (33% Rostered)

What a whirlwind of a week for 21-year-old Jamie Drysdale. The 6th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft was traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Philadelphia Flyers in a largely talked about trade. In doing so, he also became an instant fan favorite in the process.

This season has been largely filled with injury, but now a healthy Drysdale lands with a playoff contender and expectations of playing a top-four role. In just his first game with the new team, he was second on the team in total ice time while supplying two shots on goal with an assist. The team is also hoping that Drysdale has the offensive ability to help their dreadful powerplay unit.

Compared to Anaheim, you can expect a major jump in production for Drysdale in his new home. If your fantasy team has an open spot or needs a change on defense, I hope that you start by looking at a player like Drysdale.

Gustav Nyquist, Left Wing, Nashville Predators (26% Rostered)

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Last week, I mentioned the impact that Ryan O'Reilly has on his new team in Nashville. Another Predator that is deserving of similar respect is veteran Gustav Nyquist.

In his first year in Nashville, the 34-year-old Nyquist is having a positive impact on the team's first line and top powerplay unit. An instant chemistry was built with fellow veterans Filip Forsberg and Ryan O'Reilly, and the trio is the top three point-getters on the team. He's been able to rack up a nine-game point streak as we move into the new week, adding six goals and seven assists during the stretch.

Injury Alerts

Trevor Zegras, Center, Anaheim Ducks

It's been a rocky season for Trevor Zegras to say the least. In November, Zegras was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury which forced him out of 20 games. Now, he lands back on injured reserve after a collision on Tuesday night with the expectation that he will miss a lot of time.

The Ducks announced that the 22-year-old star will be undergoing surgery to heal his broken ankle following Tuesday's hit. With the surgery, it'll be at least six weeks before the Ducks expect Zegras back with the team. It was an eight-game stint between injuries for Zegras, so you can expect the Ducks to return to the lines they had during the first absence.

Timo Meier, Left Wing/Right Wing, New Jersey Devils

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The New Jersey Devils have placed Timo Meier on injured reserve following an injury that was suffered during a game last week.

Meier was injured during a game against the Bruins on December 30th and has yet to rejoin the team. It's been announced that Meier is dealing with an abdomen injury, and his timetable for return is unknown. It's been one injury after another for the Devils, who are already missing the likes of Jack Hughes, Ondrej Palat, and Dougie Hamilton.

Meier has had an underwhelming impact on the Devils since being traded over from the Sharks, and this injury will surely hurt his chances of getting back to his San Jose self.

Mark Scheifele, Center, Winnipeg Jets

It may be too early to tell, but the Winnipeg Jets could be without their top point-scorer following Thursday's game. After a quick shift to start the second period, Mark Scheiefele was almost immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. The initial announcement from that team was that Scheifele was dealing with a lower-body injury, but we will now wait for more information to come out.

It wasn't the first time this week that Scheifele missed some ice time for an injury. Tuesday, the 30-year-old missed a few shifts after taking a puck to an ear while he went and received stitches. We hope that, like Tuesday, this recent injury is just a scare and the NHL's best Winnipeg Jets don't lose their 41-point scorer (14 goals and 27 assists).

Team Worth Watching This Week

Philadelphia Flyers

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The Philadelphia Flyers have blown all expectations out of the water. What can you expect from this young team currently sitting in a playoff position? Week 15 will be a good test for them.

As of today, the Flyers are tied with the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. They do not hold the tiebreaker, though, so they are currently in the top Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. We'll see the Flyers take on playoff teams such as the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche along with outsiders like the St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators.

Philly has struggled on the offensive end of the ice but has made up for it on the defensive end. Right now, the team has surrendered the 7th fewest goals in the league thanks to the strong play of Carter Hart and Samuel Ersson between the pipes. Both goalies are strong candidates for a fantasy hockey team in need of help.

Offensively, the team is led by the likes of Travis Konecny (37 points), Joel Farabee (30 points), and Sean Couturier (28 points). For the most part, coach John Tortorella has split the three up to try and spread the offense to different lines. Look for players like Owen Tippett, Cam Atkinson, and Bobby Brink to increase their offensive production when lined up with the others, hopefully creating a strong fantasy duo.

Week 15 Most Games (4)

Anaheim Ducks – @FLA, @WSH, @SJS, NYR

Colorado Avalanche - @MTL, @OTT, @BOS, @PHI

Los Angeles Kings - @CAR, @DAL, NSH, NYR

Minnesota Wild – NYI, @TBL, @FLA, @CAR

Montreal Canadiens – COL, @NJD, @OTT, @BOS

New Jersey Devils - @BOS, MTL, @CBJ, DAL

NY Islanders - @MIN, @WPG, @CHI, DAL

NY Rangers – SEA, @VGK, @LAK, @ANA

Ottawa Senators – COL, MTL, WPG, @PHI

Philadelphia Flyers - @STL, DAL, COL, OTT

Seattle Kraken - @PIT, @NYR, @EDM, TOR

Toronto Maple Leafs – @EDM, @CGY, @VAN, @SEA

Week 15 Fewest Games (2)

Columbus Blue Jackets – VAN, NJD

Pittsburgh Penguins – SEA, @VGK

Winnipeg Jets – NYI, @OTT

Week 15 Back-To-Back Tracker

Anaheim Ducks – 01/15 @FLA & 01/16 @WSH + 01/20 @SJS & 01/21 NYR

Chicago Blackhawks – 01/16 SJS & 01/17 @BUF

Colorado Avalanche - 01/15 @MTL & 01/16 @OTT

Dallas Stars – 01/20 @NJD & 01/21 @NYI

Los Angeles Kings - 01/15 @CAR & 01/16 @DAL

Minnesota Wild – 01/18 @TBL & 01/19 @FLA

Montreal Canadiens – 01/17 @NJD & 01/18 @OTT

New Jersey Devils - 01/19 @CBJ & 01/20 DAL

NY Islanders - 01/15 @MIN & 01/16 @WPG

NY Rangers – 01/20 @LAK & 01/21 @ANA

Ottawa Senators – 01/20 WPG & 01/21 @PHI

Philadelphia Flyers - 01/20 COL & 01/21 OT

San Jose Sharks – 01/15 @BUF & 01/16 @CHI

Seattle Kraken - 01/15 @PIT & 01/16 @NYR

Tampa Bay Lightning – 01/20 @BUF & 01/21 @DET

Toronto Maple Leafs – 01/20 @VAN & 01/21 @SEA

What was missed in the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Weekly Planner? Let me know in the comments!

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