Six Underappreciated Players to Grab in Your Fantasy Hockey League

Chris Liggio


In these first few weeks of play it is always humorous to see the panic button being mashed to oblivion in the forums. It only takes about two games for the posts to start racking up with frantic owners on red alert. Patience is at an all-time low in the modern era so in an effort to both alleviate and make recognition of real deal players let us look at a few personnel you should always start with confidence.


Jeff Skinner


There may not be a less appreciated player in the league than Mr. Skinner. Only coming in as the sixth best goal scorer last season with 37, he seemingly always finds himself as a draft day pariah going at an ADP below his worth. Let’s get this straight right here right now; Jeff Skinner is dangerous.



Goodness gracious can you say howitzer in the video above. Not only was that an absolute rocket that Mike Smith had no prayer on but take notice of Skinner’s ability to absorb that shove by Michael Stone that would’ve put many on their bums. With a Corsi For % of 50 or higher every season of his career, more likely than not when Skinner is on the ice the play is going in the Hurricanes favor. As the straw that stirs the drink in Carolina, the Hurricanes will go so far as he takes them being the bonafide goal scorer numero uno on the roster. Any fears of decreased ice time and third line duty were alleviated by game three. If you own Skinner consider yourself lucky to have the most underappreciated sniper in the game and deploy with confidence as he has picked up from where he left off last year. Boasting elite shots with his goal scoring prowess many an intellectual owner would clamor to possess him.


Derek Stepan


All the attention always goes to the players putting 65+ points in a season but there is plenty to celebrate in a guy who you can plop down a lot of money on getting you 55 points year-in and year-out. W