2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Weekly Planner

by Michael Proctor
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Weekly Planner

The NHL is now full speed ahead! Welcome back to the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Weekly Planner.

During Week 1, the hockey universe collectively had its eyes on 18-year-old Connor Bedard who made his highly anticipated debut in the NHL. In back-to-back games, Bedard wasted no time and recorded his first career goal and assist. It has been a seamless transition from junior hockey to professional for the kid.

We've already seen two hat tricks to kick off the NHL season courtesy of Auston Matthews and Brock Boeser. Week 1 also had an impressive 41-save shutout performance thanks to Filip Gustavsson. What can we look forward to in the new week?

It's time to check out the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Weekly Planner and find out!

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Weekly Planner

October 14, 2023 - October 20, 2023

Top Targets

Brock Boeser, Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks (66% Rostered)

We may only be a handful of games into the new season, but Brock Boeser finds himself at the top of the NHL's goal-scoring list! Now although this may not last long, Boeser was able to show that he is absolutely worth the addition to your fantasy hockey team thanks in part to an opening night hat trick.

The 26-year-old starts the season out on the team's second line but will play valuable minutes on the team's top powerplay unit. This should remain consistent throughout the season, as the Canucks still seem to be in no-mans-land. With that, they will rely heavily on the play of guys like Boeser as well as Elias Petterson and Quinn Hughes.

We won't see Boeser consistently record four goals and eight shots on a nightly basis throughout the season, but this start is surely enough to come out of the gates hot with confidence.

John Klingberg, Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs (56% Rostered)

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After a great start with his new team on opening night, John Klingberg is hoping to turn his luck around this upcoming season. The 31-year-old defenseman is coming off of a down year following a successful few years in Dallas.

Unlike last year in Anaheim, Klingberg will likely take on a second pairing role which may ultimately benefit him through the season. Currently, he is skating alongside Jake McCabe but is also the only defenseman on the team's top powerplay unit. Given the unit's star power with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and John Tavares, puck luck should be on the side of Klingberg this season.

Klingberg started the campaign on a positive note with a two-assist performance. Be sure that you are keeping him in mind when looking for a defenseman with fantasy value.

Bryan Rust, Right Wing, Pittsburgh Penguins (40% Rostered)

Another NHL season for Bryan Rust means another season playing with one of the greatest players in hockey history. As it's been for the past few seasons, you will find Rust on the wing opposite of Jake Guentzel with Sidney Crosby in the middle. While this trio is together, they will all make for a valuable fantasy hockey line.

Rust kicked off the new season with a first-period goal and supplied five shots on goal. You'll also find him out on special teams with the first penalty-kill unit and second powerplay group.
As long as he sticks on the right side of Sidney Crosby this season, Rust will remain a worthy fantasy option.

Ryan Johansen, Center, Colorado Avalanche (14% Rostered)

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Last year saw Ryan Johansen take a step back, between the low production and a major injury, but a change of scenery may help him get back to his normal ways.

The 31-year-old signed an offseason contract with the Western Conference favorites in Colorado and has earned himself a second-line role to start the year. On the line, Johnasen is flanked by Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin who should help elevate his play. He also recorded almost four minutes worth of powerplay time on the loaded top unit including Lehkonen, Mikko Rantanen, Cale Makar, and Nathan MacKinnon.

There isn't a better situation for a guy like Ryan Johansen to get himself back on track. If he can keep up with the star power surrounding him in Colorado, Johansen will end up becoming a "must-have" in terms of fantasy hockey.

Injury Alerts

Taylor Hall, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks were expecting big things out of Taylor Hall this season while paired with Connor Bedard. Unfortunately, he is already expected to miss some time. Hall was on the receiving end of a hit during the second game of the season and ended up leaving with an upper-body injury.

The 31-year-old was originally labeled week-to-week but was later upgraded to day-to-day which is great news for Hawks fans.

Zach Werenski, Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets

After missing 69 games last season due to injury, Zach Werenski has quickly landed himself back on the injured reserve list. Unlike last year's shoulder injury forcing him to miss time, Werenski is now dealing with a quad contusion that he suffered following a hit from Garnet Hathaway. The team hasn't provided any additional information as to how long they expect to be without their top defenseman.

Team Worth Watching This Week

Ottawa Senators

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The Ottawa Senators come into this season as a bubble team in the Atlantic Division, on the outside looking in. Throughout the season, they will be battling with the likes of the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings to wedge their way into the top half of the division.

Week 2 won't feature any travel for the Sens as they'll remain at the Canadian Tire Centre for five straight games. We will see them welcome in the Philadelphia Flyers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Washington Capitals. These early season matchups will be extremely important if Ottawa wants to be looked at as an Eastern Conference contender!

Coming into the year, there are pretty low expectations for the Flyers and the Capitals. The Flyers are in the middle of a youth movement while the Caps are sticking with their aging core. The Lightning will continue to be seen as a playoff team until we are proven wrong. It'll certainly be harder to do with the loss of star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the first two months of the season.

The Sens are in a prime position to prove that this is the year they make the jump, and it can start this week.

In order to get out to a successful start, the team will need to rely heavily on the first line of Brady Tkachuk, Claude Giroux, and Tim Stutzle. In addition to those three, Jakob Chychrun and Thomas Chabot will have to produce on the offensive end as well as improve in the defensive zone.

Week 2 Most Games (4)

Calgary Flames – @PIT, @WSH, @BUF, @CBJ

Carolina Hurricanes – @LAK, @ANA, @SJS, @SEA

Colorado Avalanche - @SJS, @SEA, CHI, CAR

Tampa Bay Lightning – @DET, @OTT, @BUF, VAN

Week 2 Fewest Games (2)

Boston Bruins – NSH, @SJS

Dallas Stars – @VGK, @ANA

Montreal Canadiens – CHI, MIN

New Jersey Devils – FLA, @NYI

Pittsburgh Penguins – CGY, @DET

St. Louis Blues – SEA, ARI

Washington Capitals – CGY, @OTT

Week 2 Back-To-Back Tracker

Anaheim Ducks - 10/14 @VGK & 10/15 CAR

Arizona Coyotes - 10/16 @NYR & 10/17 @NYI

Calgary Flames – 10/19 @BUF & 10/20 @CBJ

Carolina Hurricanes –10/14 @LAK & 10/15 @ANA

Columbus Blue Jackets – 10/20 CGY & 10/21 @MIN

New York Islanders – 10/20 NJD & 10/21 @BUF

Ottawa Senators - 10/14 PHI & 10/15 TBL

Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/13 @WAS & 10/14 CGY

Tampa Bay Lightning –10/14 @DET & 10/15 @OTT

Was there anything missed in the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Weekly Planner? Comment below!

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