The NHL playoffs are where fantasy careers can be made, or even rejuvenated.
A player who has struggled all season can make fantasy general managers forget all about that with a couple of good months, or even simply a good first round. The player’s value is boosted, and GMs would be wise to look at the players and decide whether it might be a good time to sell high.
Strangely enough, it is really tough for a poor performance to lower a player’s value, especially from a superstar. Connor McDavid (if the Oilers could ever make the playoffs) could go pointless in 10 games, but he’d still be going first overall in one-year drafts this fall.
Below are 10 players whose values have risen this postseason.
10. Pierre-Luc Dubois
Dubois is a good example of how everything is magnified in the postseason. Even though he only had four games and the Jackets lost in six games, there was much talk about how he had arrived and was on the top line with Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin. However, his most frequent 5-on-5 linemate in the regular season was also Panarin. Thanks to the playoffs, there are some fantasy GMs hoping the duo sticks together next year even though they’ve been together most of the year, and it has only boosted Dubois’ value.
9. Paul Stastny
After another average regular season from Stastny (his 0.65 points-per-game average right on par with his four-year average of 0.66), Stastny had his most successful playoffs ever. His 15 points in 17 games really stood out, especially when his most frequent linemates, Patrick Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, failed to live up to their hype. Stastny’s value will continue to rise this offseason once he signs somewhere as an unrestricted free agent, and one of the storylines that will be mentioned frequently is how he stepped up in the playoffs.
8. Tomas Hertl
Hertl showed that he’s ready to take the next step in his development. Or at least that what his fantasy owners are hoping for after Hertl scored six goals and nine points in 10 games. He was pretty much tied to the hip with Logan Couture this postseason, as Couture was on the ice for 97 per cent of Hertl’s 5-on-5 shifts. Hertl could be found on the top power-play unit throughout the playoffs, which could be a good sign for next season. The trick is maintaining that spot, which could be difficult considering Evander Kane’s new contract will give him a good shot for that unit. Plus, Joe Thornton or another big-nam