Eastern Edge: Players coming off career years

Brennan Des



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What do Ice Ice Baby, Come on Eileen, Take on Me, Never Gonna Give You Up and Bad Day have in common? They’re all one-hit wonders! What do Jeff Skinner, Mike Hoffman, Cam Atkinson and Teuvo Teravainen have in common? None of them are one-hit wonders! This week we’ll take a look at a few players coming off career seasons who aren’t expected to match the same level of production going forward. Most fantasy managers will be avoiding the following players in fear of regression, but I urge you to take a chance on them if they fall to you on draft day.


Jeff Skinner

SkInNeR iS NevEr GoINg tO SCorE 40 GoALs AgAiN. I’ve seen this view expressed several times on social media as a lot of people are underestimating Skinner’s fantasy value for the 2019-2020 campaign. To be fair, his production did fall off a cliff in the final quarter of last season where he tallied just eight points in 21 games. While Skinner’s 14.9 shooting percentage last year was higher than anything we’ve seen from him previously, he’s certainly capable of scoring on around 12 to 13-percent of his shots – which should still be good enough for 35 goals going forward. In some respects, it’s unfair to compare Skinner’s performance last season to the rest of his career because Jack Eichel is so much better than anyone he played with in Carolina. Twenty-two-year-old Eichel is going to keep getting better, which is good news if you own Skinner in your fantasy league.

The Eichel-Skinner duo outscored opponents by a score of 53-43 through almost 850 minutes of ice-time. They controlled 53-percent of scoring chances created while they were on the ice and over 56-percent of total high danger opportunities (