Ramblings: Thoughts on Athanasiou, Makar, Pageau, Bjorkstrand, Vatrano, Zacha, Blackwood, Glass, Gusev, Kassian and more (Nov 11)
First, a look at some players.
J-G Pageau, 5 points in 5 games and 11 on the season. Here is a player I’ve always liked and now he’s getting a chance in an offensive role because, well, there’s nobody else. I’ve had him on my fantasy squad (full keeper, points-only) on two occasions, bailing on him once and dropping him once. So of course he breaks out now, right? But lucky for me, Ottawa won’t have any 60-point players so he’s capped no matter how well he does. His career high is 43 points and I think he’ll beat it. Barely. So I guess not really a “break out” per se.
Frank Vatrano, started off with zero points in five games and has eight in 12 since then. The latter trend is what he’s capable of doing. He becomes a 40-point player this year and takes a run at 50. This year he hits his Breakout Threshold and his background numbers are real solid – his IPP points to his driving the offense when the team scores while he’s out there, and his CF% verifies this. His 5on5 S% indicates very poor puck luck (just 2.06%) so watch him, he could be at the start of something here. And when he gets going, linemate Vincent Trocheck will get going.
Andreas Athanasiou was off to a slow start but he has five points in his last six games. He has also had poor puck luck at 4.76% 5on5 S%. Robby Fabbri, early on, has shown some chemistry with him. Could be the spark he needed. Fabbri now has points in both games he’s played for Detroit.
How to play Fabbri?