Top 10 Players Who Can Keep Up Their Hot Start

Tom Collins

2019-11-11

 

One of the best feelings in fantasy hockey is when a player that you drafted in later rounds ends up having a breakthrough season.

We’ve all been there before. The 12th-round pick giving the same value as a third-round pick will usually win you the championships. Of course, this early in the season, there’s no guarantee that many of these players won’t simply revert to that 12th-round value.

Below are 10 players who can keep up their great starts to the season. Just as a quick note, I use the term “hot start” somewhat loosely. Some of these players started the campaign atrociously but have since rebounded into some of the hottest players in the league.

 

10. David Perron

Perron started the season on a hot streak, but his value skyrocketed on Oct. 24. That’s when Vladimir Tarasenko left the game early in the first period with a shoulder injury that will cost him five months. In the team’s first nine games, Perron had seven points and averaged 17:53 per night, with 2:21 of that on the power play (he had zero power-play points). Since Tank went down, Perron has 11 points in nine games averaging 18:03 per night. However, he’s also now averaging 3:45 on the power play and has seven power-play points. A week before Halloween, I wouldn’t have predicted Perron to keep up his pace, but since he’s replaced Tarasenko on that top spot, the story has changed.

 

9. Eric Staal

After starting the season with one point in his first seven games, Staal has quietly been one of the hottest players over the last couple of weeks, posting 13 points in his last 10 games. In those 10 games, he’s been pointless only twice, and also has three power-play points, eight PIM, 23 shots and a plus-one. His average ice time over those 10 games is 17:05, compared to 15:31 in the first seven games. If he can produce more on the power play, he should be able to stay at a 65-point pace for the rest of the season.

 

8. Connor Hellebuyck

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