Wild West: Pettersson Returns, O’Reilly on Fire, and James Neal

Chris Kane


Welcome to another week of the Wild West column. During the last week we have had goalie injuries, superstars returning, and some incredible goals from human highlight reel Connor McDavid. Let’s assume you know all of that and jump right in to some players.


Potential Streaming Pickups:

No teams in the west play four times during the upcoming week, which is usually a benefit when streaming a player. Obviously the idea being that if you are looking to add a guy that might produce at a lower point per game pace than the ones you drafted, getting that extra game can certainly help make up for it. This week then, by necessity we are featuring some high risk/high reward candidates.


Over in Winnipeg Bryan Little has been showing some strong shooting with 17 shots over his last fives games, though it has not translated into goals or assists. He has been suiting up with Kyle Connor and Mathieu Perreault, which is certainly a downgrade from Patrik Laine, but his high shot counts and time with the second power play unit could provide a mid-week boost with two games back to back on Thursday-Friday.


Elias Petterson’s first few weeks were the stuff of, “I-want-the-guy-who-is-playing-with-Pettersson” good. Enter Nikolay Goldobin. With Pettersson injured Goldobin’s production when to zero in a hurry, but good news, Petterson is back. Also on their line on Saturday? Brock Boeser. There is definitely some points-by-osmosis potential here with three games early in the week.


Last week’s recommendation:

So that great recommendation of Zach Parise from the first week didn’t translate as well to the second week. Kailer Yamamoto tore up the league with zero goals, one assist, one power play point, and three shots in four games (though this is written while his last game is still on progress). Dominik Kahun was slightly more brilliant with zero goals, two assists, one power play point, and five shots in four games.


Line Combos:


Don’t look now but something in St. Louis agrees with Ryan O’Reilly. There was a shake up in lines and it seems to be doing wonders for his scoring. Who would have thought that it would take moving Vladimir Tarasenko off his line to make it happen? The line doing the damage is O