Looking Ahead: November 9 – November 21

Adam Daly-Frey



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 updated through Wednesday, November 7th

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

Frank Vatrano, W, Florida Panthers (Available in 100 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With Florida’s easy schedule this month and Vatrano’s current role on a line alongside Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau, he could be picked up for nothing and could pay some dividends; Vatrano has always been a shooting monster, averaging 2.25SOG/game but hitting double digit SF/60 rates in his first three seasons. He averaged more than five shots per game in the AHL and is still only 24 years old, he just needs the opportunity to play top-6 minutes and for right now, he’s got it.


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

Sam Girard, D, Colorado Avalanche (Available in 96 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – It was around this time last year that I mentioned Girard should be added, and yet here he is only 4% owned. Although he plays at even-strength behind Tyson Barrie, Girard has usurped the point on Colorado’s potent first power play unit, and has already put up 1G-5A (including three PP assists.) Girard is averaging around three minutes more than he did last year – he’s up to 20:05/game – and is averaging one hit and one block per game.


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

Alex Galchenyuk, C, Arizona (Owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – There’s nothing wrong with Galchenyuk per se, as he’s working his way through a top-line role alongside Clayton Keller and a rotating cast, but his time on ice combined with Arizona’s weak schedule should see Galchenyuk left on the side for the time being. Playing only 16:30 a night through six games, Galchenyuk has actually performed well with 2G-3A, but Arizona doesn’t use a “top line” and that will always hurt his fantasy value. Wait until the Coyotes have a better schedule to rely on the young centre.



The Anchors (They’ll do nothing but disappoint even over the long haul)

Max Pacioretty, W, Vegas (Owned in 59 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – It’s not fair to Patches to call his time so far in Vega