Coyle, Nyquist, and Bourdon – three players who could help you win your keeper league.
A popular team-building philosophy in capped keeper leagues is to combine star players who are usually expensive with cheap effective depth options to help keep the roster under the league's cap ceiling. The stars are easy to identify. We know who they are and most of them have a proven track record of high-level production. It is the cap bargains that are more difficult to find and to make matters worse it is not uncommon for cheap players who are effective in one scoring format to not be worth owning in another league. Some additional research is required to figure out which players will help your team the most in your environment.
This week we continue look at a series of players who are good inexpensive investments in keeper leagues in both points-only and multi-category formats. Factors used to select the players include long-term upside and an ability and opportunity to produce immediately along with a multi-year contract with cap hit that is well below the league's average. These players may or may not be easy to acquire in your league but there is tremendous value in owning them.
Note: Since we are profiling players who should be effective immediately, these players also apply as solid options in one-year leagues.
Gustav Nyquist (DET)
Gustav Nyquist recently re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings for two years. The cap hit of less than $1 million is significant because he is ready to be a full-time contributor at the NHL level. He had a stellar college career and has been above the point-per-game mark for two straight years with Grand Rapids of the AHL. Simply put, he has nothing left to prove at the lower levels.
The one hurdle left for him to overcome is the abundance of forwards signed to one-way contracts in Detroit. Still, his offensive abilities should be a welcome addition to a club that did not score a lot of goals last year. Meanwhile, forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson have a tendency to miss large chunks of games to injury and Darren Helm may not even be ready for the start of the season. So regardless of the numbers there should be plenty of space for Nyquist.
If he is able to play the full season in a favorable role, he should be good for no less than 40 points. Long-term he should eclipse the 60-point mark regularly. For a prospect he is a very safe player to own.
Charlie Coyle (MIN)
Charlie Coyle quietly had a strong rookie campaign with the Minnesota Wild after the lockout ended. He amassed 14 points in 37 games along with 28 PIM, 50 hits and 50 shots on goal. None of those numbers stand out individually but collectively they make him a nice fantasy co