Eastern Edge: Deep Dive – Part One (2015-16)

Eric Daoust

2016-02-09

Bogosian is one of several widely available players in the Eastern Conference who may be of help in your multi-category league.

In multi-category leagues the preparation is a lot more complex than it is for points-only leagues. Each category impacts everyone’s value and can introduce many unlikely faces to the pool of fantasy-relevant players. This includes numerous bottom-six NHL forwards and bottom-pairing defensemen. Despite being viable options, some will get overlooked due to their own lack of name value or due to a bias towards a more easily-recognized offensive-minded alternative.

This week we begin a two-part series outlining two players per team in the Eastern Conference that may be available and helpful in your multi-category league. Each of them is owned in less than half of Fantrax leagues.

Jimmy Hayes – Boston (41 percent owned)

Despite playing fewer minutes and producing a bit less than a year ago in Florida, Hayes remains a decent multi-category depth option. His size and physical play allow him to contribute a lot of hits and also more PIM than expected this year while his goal-scoring touch has earned him a secondary role on the power play. His downside is his lack of consistency which includes just a goal and an assist over his last 11 games.

Kevan Miller – Boston (27 percent owned)

After two promising years plagued by injuries, Miller has remained healthy for most of his third year and is easily having his best season to date including a surprising 14 points and almost 20 minutes in average ice time. That said, his bread and butter is his peripherals where he already has 111 hits and is closing in on the century-mark in blocked shots. As long as he can contribute offense on occasion Miller will remain one of the league’s most underrated multi-category defensemen.

Zach Bogosian – Buffalo (30 percent owned)

Another injury-prone defenseman, Bogosian can be pretty lethal especially in leagues that do not count plus/minus. He provides a good combination of shots, PIM, hits and blocks along with decent secondary scoring and a few opportunities on the power play. Plus, with just one goal on 52 shots Bogosian has been a bit unlucky and could benefit from a couple goals in the coming weeks.

Josh Gorges – Buffalo (12 percent owned)

While he is no longer the shot-blocking monster he used to be, Gorges still finds himself among the league leaders. He is also dishing out his frequently and has done a great job keeping his plus/minus close to even. However, he does not offer much at all offensively and is better-suited for deep leagues or in a specialist role to make ground in the shot-blocking category.

Ron Hainsey – Carolina (10 percent owned)

Hainsey is in the midst of his best offensive campaign since 2012-13 with 13 points already to his name. This combined with his high volume of shots and blocks along with decent hits and PIM make him a decent multi-category depth defenseman. With an average of over 22 minutes of ice time, he has much better odds of keeping it up down the stretch. Unfortunately, his minus-11 rating hurts him a lot in leagues that co