Eastern Edge: Atlantic Division observations

Brennan Des

2019-10-08

 

We finally have regular season hockey to talk about!! This week, we’ll take a look at the biggest fantasy hockey news out of the Atlantic Division so far in this young season. Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to get this kind of information throughout the 2019-2020 campaign!

 

Boston

When I think about the Bruins in the context of fantasy hockey, that top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak is the first thing that comes to mind. However, through the team’s first two games, the big story has been goaltending – not offense. Tuukka Rask was stellar in Boston’s opener against the Stars, allowing just one goal on 29 shots. Jaroslav Halak watched that performance from the bench and displayed an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude as he posted a 35-save shutout against the Coyotes two days later. I think this is one of very few situations where I would endorse owning two goalies who play for the same team. We saw last season how Halak and Rask thrived while sharing a pretty even distribution of the workload – which ultimately led to a sensational playoff showing from a rested Rask. We’re just two games into the season but I’m expecting a similar situation to play out this year. Halak is owned in just 33% of Yahoo Leagues and makes for an excellent second or third goalie on your fantasy roster.

 

 

Buffalo

All of the fantasy hockey talk in Buffalo has been about Victor Olofsson, and for good reason. He’s registered a point in each of his first three games and is in a great situation beside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart on the top line. The thing that excites me most about his production going forward is the opportun