Frozen Pool Forensics: Quick Starters

Cam Robinson

2016-10-14

Looking at five players primed to get you off to a good start in your fantasy hockey pool.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a box, rotisserie, points-only, keeper or one-year league; you want a quick start. Finding players primed to get off on the right foot and locking them into your lineup early is key in your quest for a championship and lasting glory amongst your ramshackle group of friends. This week on Frozen Pool, we’ll dig into some players set for a hot start in 2016-17. (Yes, most of these players got nice and warm at the WCoH).

 

**This was written before puck drop on Wednesday. All line combos are from the pre season***

 

Filip Forsberg

 

I have a hard time finding enough space to write good things about the Nashville sniper. He was stolen from Washington for a fistful of magic beans and has done nothing but ascend the ranks towards super stardom.

 

The Swedish product has just turned 22 years old and is already amongst the leagues deadliest finishers as his 33 goals last season illustrate. In the past two campaigns he’s scored 59 total goals and 127 points in 164 games – a 0.77 point-per-game output. We haven’t even got close to his ‘fourth year breakout’ either.

 

Heading into 2016-17, Forsberg has had a nice tune-up against the best in the world lining up on Sweden’s second line at the World Cup of Hockey next to should’ve-been-teammate, Nicklas Backstrom and Patric Hornqvist. While the Tre Kroner were somewhat held back offensively throughout the tourney, Forsberg still dazzled with his skill and produced a couple points in four games. His 34 points in the final 30 games of 2015-16 are a nice taster of what’s to come as well.

 

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