This week we take an in-depth look into a couple of lines and how they’ve produced recently. We also squeeze in a couple of quick thoughts on notable line changes that could make certain players more valuable going forward.
Alex Debrincat – Jonathan Toews – Anthony Duclair
Team ES Point Production: 10 | Line ES Point Production: 6 | Corsi For %: 55.38
Jonathan Toews has always been a prime example of a player whose real-life value is much greater than his fantasy value. Despite a career-low point pace, Toews continues to display those intangibles that make him a number-one center. If you don’t believe me, maybe Auston Matthews’ words will be more impactful. As valuable as he is to the Blackhawks, you need him to be valuable for your fantasy team, so let’s take a look at his numbers. What really stands out is the fact that he’s seeing much more power-play time than last season, but is on pace for half the points. This really speaks to Chicago’s PP struggles, as their efficiency with the man advantage is fourth-worst in the league. Worse than Arizona! I fully expect Toews to improve his scoring pace as the season progresses, but the team has got to be better on the power play.
Richard Panik has four points in seven games with the Coyotes. Anthony Duclair has four points in six games with the Blackhawks. It looks like that trade provided a beneficial change of scenery for both parties involved. It’s easy to forget that Duclair is only 22-years-old when you see he’s on his third NHL team, but the reality is that he’s still developing his game. This is why playing alongside Jonathan Toews is so beneficial, because the opportunity to learn from Toews could really help Duc