Get Your Leaf On – Morgan Rielly and the Leafs Have a Great Upcoming Schedule

Mike Schmidt


Looking ahead at the schedule for the upcoming week.

All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. All players discussed are selected based on their team’s upcoming schedule. Without further ado…


The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)


Jakob Silfverberg, RW, Anaheim (Available in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues)Ryan Kesler is having himself quite the season, and Silfverberg is reaping the benefits of playing on the same line as the accomplished veteran centerman. Silfverberg has registered an impressive 19 points in 27 games played, despite seeing less than two minutes of ice time on the man-advantage per contest and is well on his way toward a career campaign. The 26-year-old winger is well on his way toward a career year, which — to be fair — isn’t all that amazing when one considers he’s never scored more than 39 points in a season at any point in his time in the NHL. He’s on a bit of a hot streak right now with three points in his last four appearances, so he’s worth a look as long as he’s producing on the Kesler line. Just temper any expectations for long-term success, as Silfverberg’s never put it together on the ice for a full season.


The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)


Morgan Rielly, D, Toronto (Available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues) – Is Morgan Rielly ready to break out? It sure seems like it… The talent is there. The production is pretty decent. If he ever starts seeing more advantageous ice time, look out. However, though poolies are still looking for the 22-year-old blueliner to take a step forward, it’s difficult to take issue with the production he’s put forth this s