Ramblings: Eberle Getting McDavid Time, Skjei’s Fleeting Value, the Islanders’ Brilliant Top Line (Feb 17)

steve laidlaw

2017-02-17

Eberle getting the McDavid treatment, Skjei’s fleeting value, the Islanders’ brilliant top line and more.

 

Oh boy, here we go with another Brady Skjei hot streak. He has seven assists in the last eight games and 19 SOG in that stretch. He doesn’t provide this type of scoring consistently, after all he is on pace for 39 points. By definition, a 39-point defenseman is going to have plenty of goose eggs. He is one slick puck-mover however and his ability to feed their speedy forwards in stride is a huge reason the Rangers are one of the league’s best counter-attacking teams.

Skjei skated over 20 minutes for the first time in nearly a month and saw more than a minute of PP time (3:08) for the first time since December 31! If Skjei was used more, he could probably crack permanent fantasy relevance but until that time his value is limited to short bursts.

The Rangers don’t play again until Sunday but have five games in eight days starting that day. Perhaps you can find room for Skjei on your roster.

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This is such a fantastic pass by Josh Bailey:

Tavares is what makes this line go but Bailey has stepped up his game as playmaker this season. He leads the Islanders in assists and it’s not just some fluke from playing with Tavares, as evidenced by the pass above. He is tied for 36th in the league with 28 assist on the year and has a similar ranking in primary assists.

Bailey had been a bust for years but now in his ninth season at 27 he is emerging as a fantasy relevant threat. Not too often you see players emerge this late.

Bailey is tied for 50th in league scoring since December 1 with 26 points in 34 games. Meanwhile, Anders Lee is tied for 25th and Tavares is tied for 20th. There’s no other way to describe this trio than as one of the league’s best lines.

Kudos to you if you stuck with Lee through the tough times. It was awfully tempting to give up on him after his struggles the first couple of months of the season, especially after failing to improve last year. He is on pace for 32 goals and 52 points. He might fall j