The end of the regular season doesn’t mean it’s the end of fantasy hockey. In many ways, it’s just starting.
While I love regular season fantasy hockey, playoff fantasy hockey is more special. It’s the one time of year when you get interest from regular joes who don’t normally participate in fantasy sports. There’s no trades and no worries about who might be the next big rookie. For most playoff pools, it’s straight forward and anyone can participate.
Below are 10 players that might be somewhat under-the-radar this postseason. Some of you might scoff at a few of the names on this list, but remember that there will be a lot of people in your pool who are just going to take players based on their point totals this year.
10. Kyle Turris
Nashville is tough to choose an under-the-radar player because they score by committee. They had the seventh-best offense despite not having a single player hit 30 goals or 65 points. In last year’s postseason play, Filip Forsberg led the squad with 16 points in 22 games, so you can’t really count on a lot of Predators to do much even if the team goes deeps. If you decide to load up on Preds, Kyle Turris would be a sneaky good pick. He’s shown this year he can go on an insane hot streak (18 points in his first 18 games as a Pred) and can move up the lineup if need be.
9. Marcus Johansson
This could be a huge reach, as Johansson hasn’t played since Jan. 23 due to a concussion. There are some positive signs that he might be ready to go by the Devils first game on Thursday. Johansson was activated from the injured reserve list on April 1 and has been practicing all week, although he hasn’t been cleared for contact yet. Johansson does have some recent playoff success, with 15 points in 25 games over the last two postseasons.
8. Timo Meier
Meier found another gear shortly after Joe Thornton went down with an MCL injury. Since Feb. 2, the 21-year-old had 10 goals and 19 points in 31 games (compared to 11 goals and 17 points in the previous 50 games). His ice time is also up an extra two minutes a game when comparing the two stretches. Meier is still on the second power play unit and the third even-strength line, but his style seems suited for the playoffs.
7. Thomas Vanek
For Columbus to have any kind of success in the playoffs, they are going to need players such as Vanek, Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner to be successful. None of them are getting much more than 15 minutes of ice time per game, and they aren’t featured on the power play either. However, Vanek has a history of producing, and even with limited ice time, had 15 points in 19 games for Columbus. He’ll have to