Eastern Edge: Centres to target in your drafts

Brennan Des

2019-09-10

 

This week we’ll take a look at where Centers are being drafted in the average Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League. For the most part, I’ve noticed a few names going later than they should be, but there’s also one name ranked a little bit too high for my liking.

 

Sebastian Aho – Overrated (Average Yahoo Pick: 36.1)

Put down your pitchforks and hear me out for a second. Sebastian Aho is an elite forward who is probably going to post a point-per-game pace next season (if not better), but I think he’s being drafted a liiiiiitle too early in Yahoo Leagues. Aho’s triple eligibility status last year made fantasy rosters much more flexible because you could start him at the center, left-wing or right-wing slot. However, this year he’s only listed as a center – so you don’t have the same luxury. Now, it’s important to mention that Yahoo updates their position eligibility during the season, so there is a chance that Aho is granted C/LW or C/RW status at some point. But let’s consider the existing scenario, where Aho is only a center. There’s one person being drafted after Aho who really stand out to me – Brayden Point. Point posted 92 points in 79 games last season while Aho had 83 in 82. I’ll also go out on a limb and say that Point is surrounded by more offensive talent in Tampa Bay, which might help him tally goals and assists even when he’s not playing his best – something I can’t confidently say about Aho.

 

Mika Zibanejad – Underrated (Average Yahoo Pick: 78.3)

The Rangers forward tallied 74 points last season with a pretty lacklustre supporting cast. So, what happens when Artemi Panarin, Kaapo Kakko and Jacob Trouba join the squad? Zibanejad’s draft stock has to rise, right? Well my friends, in the average Yahoo fantasy league, Zibanejad is currently being drafted 79th overall. Drafting a point-per-game player outside o