Top 10: Stocks rising in the playoffs

Tom Collins

2014-05-20

Gaborik scores blocker-side against the KingsWhich players have sent their fantasy stock through the roof these playoffs?

 

Every playoffs, there are always a few guys who play much better than expected in the postseason.

Deservedly or not, this brings their stock up tremendously in fantasy hockey. In keeper pools, you have to pay more to acquire these guys, and in one-year leagues, these guys are snapped up earlier than you might imagine.

 

Last season, we saw guys like Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bryan Bickell creep up draft lists in fantasy hockey. In other postseasons, we've seen players like Ville Leino and James van Riemsdyk increase their value with great playoff runs. Players like Leino serve as cautionary tales when using playoff success as a predictor, but it is worth examining who will get the biggest boost from their performances.

 

That being said, here are 10 guys who have seen their value increase this year.

 

 

10. Lars Eller

 

While his linemates are slowly deteriorating — Rene Bourque has one goal in his last seven games, while Brian Gionta has just one assist in that time — Eller has been one of the Habs bright spots game in and game out. His five goals lead the Habs this postseason, while his 11 points is second on the team. He's second on the team with a plus-four. Many are wondering if he can keep this up over a full season, but owners of Eller have to be pleased with how he's been performing this postseason.

 

 

 

9. Torey Krug

 

The legend of Krug in the playoffs continues to grow. The rookie seems to have a knack of stepping up in the playoffs, and he certainly made sure he did so this postseason as well. Krug posted two goals and 10 points, which was enough to lead the Bruins. He was one of the key cogs in comebacks against Montreal in the second round. And the 23-year-old's value has undoubtedly risen this postseason.

 

 

8. Paul Stastny

 

After eight seasons in the league, it's still difficult for fantasy owners to figure out Paul Stastny. Is he a 70-point guy, or a 50-point guy? The playoffs may have owners thinking it's more of the former than the latter. He scored five goals and 10 points in a first-round loss, both leading the Avalanche. As an unrestricted free agent, he definitely earned himself some more money with his playoffs, and increased his trade value in fantasy as well.

 

 

7. Nick Bonino

 

Bonino seemed to have a knack of stepping up in important playoff games. In the first round against Dallas, he scored two goals in a series-clinching Game 6 victory. In the second round against the Kings, Bonino had a goal and three assists in the last five games. Many fantasy hockey enthusiasts have been waiting for years for Bonino to break out, and after this postseason, they may have been rewarded for their patience.

 

 

6. P.K. Subban