A mere $100 investment in Apple stock in 2002 would have grown into more than $13,000 today. A small investment into any of the players below might yield a fantasy hockey championship in a few months. In this week’s Eastern Edge, we take a look at a few players in the Eastern Conference whose fantasy stock is bound to increase as the season progresses. If you’re looking to buy low, there are plenty of names in New Jersey, Florida and Philadelphia to check out. Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to share your thoughts and ask any questions!
James van Riemsdyk – 35. That’s how many shots he’s taken without scoring a goal – the highest total among players who are still looking for their first tally. Considering there haven’t been any drastic changes to his deployment, you wouldn’t expect anything less that the 55-60-point pace he’s maintained each season throughout his career. He plays on the power play for about three minutes a night and sees about 17 minutes of total ice-time each game, but he has somehow failed to record a single point through seven contests. That fact is made even more shocking when you consider he’s seen exposure to talented players like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek – but I guess they’re off to slow starts as well. I’ll remind you that JVR scored 27 goals in 66 games last year, scoring on 16 percent of his shots in the process. While that shooting percentage is a bit high, he’s always been an efficient shooter and should have at least a couple of goals by now. At the moment he’s available in 66 percent of Yahoo leagues, but his ownership is bound to increase when he eventually gets the monkey off his back. I advise you to invest while his fantasy stock is at its lowest.
Claude Giroux – The Flyers captain is so valuable in fantasy hockey leagues because of his triple position eligibility, allowing you to slot him in the center, left-wing, or right-wing position and maximize your starts on any given night. His value is currently lower than usual as he’s still looking for his first goal of the 2019-2020 campaign despite directing 24 shots on net. He has just four assists through seven games, but all it takes is one big outing for him to become a point-per-g