Alex Steen and the Blues Have a Favourable Slate in the Season’s Final Week

Adam Daly-Frey

2018-03-30

 

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 27th

Author’s note: this is the last Looking Ahead for the year, hopefully it came in handy and you win your seasons!

 

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

Alexander Steen, RW, St. Louis Blues (Available in 60 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With the Blues having an excellent finishing schedule (see below), Steen is a strong add at this point thanks to getting moved away from the Schenn/Schwartz duo. Since Vladimir Tarasenko has come back from injury and moved Steen down to the second line, Steen’s feasted on lesser opposition to the tune of 2G-3A in his last six, and he’s played more than 19 minutes in five of those six. He still gets top power play time on the point and is a strong peripheral player; for those pushing for a championship and losing someone like Johnny Gaudreau, Steen is a more-than-adequate replacement.

Since this is the last Looking Ahead of the season, BONUS IMMEDIATE FIX: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is only 42% owned, and since moving up to play wing beside Connor McDavid, has scored 2G-5A in six games. If he’s available, he’s the C to pick up.

 

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

Ryan Donato, LW, Boston Bruins (Available in 85 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – The rare NCAA draft pick who makes the mid-year jump to the NHL and finds immediate success, Donato both has the talent to succeed as a fantasy asset as well as have the opportunity to succeed – a crucial factor. Donato plays even strength alongside David Krecji and a rotating cast of wingers which will eventually be Rick Nash or Jake DeBrusk, but importantly he’s been slotted into the first power play of a potent Bruins team. Since joining the Bs, Donato has put up 3G-2A (including two PPP) in six games and has fired 16SOG; Donato AVERAGED six shots per game in the NCAA, so expect that shot volume to keep up. He’s a great add for a stretch run but is also a necessary add for deep keeper leagues.

 

 

The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)