Looking Ahead: Coyle, Dach, Olofsson, and more

Adam Daly-Frey



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, November 21st


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

Charlie Coyle, C, Boston Bruins (Available in 89 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – After being labelled a disappointment in Minnesota – 242 points in 479 games for the Wild – Coyle gets to spend his age-27 season in Boston, where he’s picked up 4G-7A in 21 games while playing 16:33. That’s an improvement over the 21 games he played for Boston last season after getting moved at the trade deadline, when he put up a paltry 2G-4A while playing 15:59/night.

This season has seen Coyle bounce around between a second-line role and a third-line role, mostly depending on the health of Patrice Bergeron, but for the time being it looks like he’s sticking on the second line as a winger. More importantly, Coyle’s been given a shot on the dominant top power play of the Bruins in what used to be Jake DeBrusk’s position; he immediately paid that off with a power play assist.

While his ice time will eventually drop back down to earth with Bergeron back in the fold, Coyle’s ice time has jumped up to as high as 20:25 and the average of his past five games is just over 18:30. It’s no surprise that his increased role also coincides with an uptick in scoring, as Coyle’s picked up 2G-4A in his past five games, which is one assist more than he’d earned in the 16 games prior.


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

Kirby Dach, C, Chicago Blackhawks (Available in 91 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – The 18-year old is sticking with the Blackhawks, and has seen a steady increase in responsibility and ice time as Chicago has juggled things around; Dach’s topped out at just over 14 minutes so far – his season average is just 11 – but his past four games have seen