Buy, Sell or Hold – looking at Kadri, Ladd, Voracek, Moulson and more…
In less than two weeks, this condensed season will at the mid-point. If you are still hanging on to some traditional top performers who are not giving you the returns you thought or are debating dropping one for a seemingly lesser-like who may be having a good run, this week is dedicated to you. All of the verdicts below are based on one year leagues only. Keeper league value can be a whole other kettle of fish. This article will cover a dozen players from only the Eastern Conference.
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs
Funny what a coaching change can do for a player’s outlook; Kadri has 18 points in 22 games since Carlyle was installed as Toronto’s bench boss. He had 18 points in 49 previous NHL contests. It’s not all coaching, as Kadri has matured as a player, but comments from the player himself credit Carlyle with helping him play with confidence. That makes all the difference at this level. Kadri impressed again last night with two neat backhand assists.
Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets
Tied for 17th in the NHL in points scored over the last calendar month (not including last night’s games) with 15 points. Players who also had 15 points over the past month included Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Henrik Sedin, Damien Brunner and David Clarkson. Ladd is also durable, missing only one game over his last four NHL campaigns.
Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets
Kane is currently on a seven game point streak and is on pace for 68 points in a full season. His career high of 57 points was set last season. His pace is not a mirage in what is his fourth NHL season. This guy is going to be a fantasy monster once he realizes his full potential.
Verdict: Buy, but don’t pay keeper league prices in one year leagues.
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
JVR has 10 points in his last 11 games and is scoring at a 62 point pace (pro-rated for 82 games). Last season, he scored at a 46 point pace recording 24 points in 43 games. He is finding some chemistry with fellow American Phil Kessel. Van Riemsdyk is averaging the third most time on ice after Kessel and Bozak and receives top unit power play minutes.
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers