Looking Ahead: Gusev Primed for Devil of a Start

Adam Daly-Frey

2019-10-04


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, October 2

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

Cody Glass, C, Vegas Golden Knights (Available in 84 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – The first Vegas draft pick to play a game for the Knights, Glass has already played one game and managed a goal on two shots. Glass is getting a very, very plum role for the time being, centering a line with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, which is why his value for the next handful of games will be sky high.

Glass skated on the top power-play unit with his linemates and played a total of 14:51. As long as Cody Eakin (returning over the next week) and Alex Tuch (missing at least nine more games) are out of the lineup, he’s a free square.

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

Nikita Gusev, W, New Jersey (Available in 63 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – To regular Dobber readers, Gusev’s expectations this year being as high as they are shouldn’t come as a surprise. The ex-KHLer managed 17G-65A in only 62 games in his last season in Russia, and this summer he put up 4G-12A in the World Championships against strong, mostly NHL-calibre competition.

New Jersey paid a decent price to get him, both financially (he has a $4.5M cap hit) as well as in trade capital (NJ gave Vegas a second- and third-round pick to acquire him), so they’re going to give the 27-year old every opportunity to succeed: Gusev is skating at even strength alongside Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt, and stays with his linemates on the second power play.