Top 10 buy-low players

Tom Collins

2018-10-22

The start of the hockey season is also the start of the crazy season, where some fantasy general managers with little patience start trading any player off to a slow start.

It happens every year. We see threads in the forum about trading superstars for second-line players because the former is struggling while the latter is playing awesome.

Just remember, we are only 10 per cent into the hockey season. There’s still lots of hockey to be played. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the situation. If there is someone in your league who is willing to do a drastic move based on a few games, it’s better for you that the superstar is on your squad instead of another team.

However, buying low doesn’t mean fleecing the other general manager. It means giving up a lower-quality player than you have if you traded for the player three weeks ago.

Below are 10 players who are off slow starts that you might be able to buy low on, depending on the general manager.

 

10. Steven Stamkos

We all know from last year that Stamkos can go on a sustained hot streak (remember the start of last season when he had 35 points in 19 games). That obviously hasn’t happened this year with three points in seven games. It will be harder for him to have a great streak considering his average ice time is down 1:30 per game compared to last year and he’s not playing with Nikita Kucherov. If there was ever a time to get him cheap, it would be now.

 

9. Max Pacioretty

Pacioretty has been a bust in his first eight games as a Golden Knight (one point in eight games), but this is familiar territory for the 29-year-old winger. MaxPac has a history of streaky shooting. Two years ago, he had 40 points in 40 games starting on Dec. 4. You want to get him before he goes on that streak, not after. Put some feelers in the water and see if he’s available.

 

8. Rickard Rakell

Rakell started off the season with three points in his first game, but has just one point in eight games since. I’m chalking a lot of that slow start to the injury situation in Anaheim, where pretty much every player has already missed time due to injuries. There should be more stability now that Ryan Getzlaf is back in the lineup, but don’t expect much until the two are back together on the same line. Again, the time to get Rakell is before the two reunite, not after.

 

7. Jaden Schwartz

Schwartz has missed a couple of games due to injury, but his two points in five games has to be considered disappointing, especially considering last year he had 32 points in his first 24 games. Now that he’s healthy, he is lining up with Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, but is on the second power-play unit (although he’s never been a big power-play producer).

 

6. Pierre-Luc Dubois

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