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 upcoming schedule. Stats in this article updated through March 14th
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, Ottawa Senators (Available in 96 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With the Sens’ schedule looking solid, what better time to slot in Pageau than for the stretch run? Since the calendar flipped to March, all Pageau has done is: score 4G-1A with 25SOG in seven games, see PP1 minutes as the net-front on a unit that’s clicking, and he’s seen between 18:55 and 24:55 in all seven games. Because he plays both PP and PK, he’s also in a good position to pick up some peripheral stats in Hits and Blocks.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Mikkel Boedker, LW, San Jose Sharks (Available in 96 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Between getting healthy scratched and seeing time on the third- and fourth-lines of the Sharks, it’s easy to forget that Boedker is a 50-point player that picks up PP points like they’re getting discontinued and he needs to stock up. Since finally getting moved onto a second line alongside Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture, Boedker has picked up 1G-5A in seven games, two points coming on the power play, and he put up 15SOG in those games. With an injury to Joonas Donskoi in the Sharks’ last game, there’s an open spot on the first PP unit, which will go to one of Boedker, Hertl or Meier. Picking up HOTBOED is worth the risk given the Sharks’ upcoming schedule, even as he only sees about 15 minutes a night.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New Yor