The Journey: Prospects to Buy Low On

Brayden Olafson


Managing a fantasy hockey team can sometimes be just as much about playing the market as day-to-day investing is. This week’s edition of The Journey looks into the prospect world to dust off the names of some once-budding youngsters to see what their status is, and if it’s a good time to go shopping.

Henrik Borgstrom, Florida Panthers 

The University of Denver allum had seemingly crossed the threshold of prospect status last year as he emerged with the Panthers’ as a reliable middle-six pivot. The year prior, Bogstrom had been highly touted as a potential Calder candidate, and the hype really didn’t ever go away. At the end of last month, however, the Finn was reassigned to the organization’s farm team in Springfield where he’s since put on a lackluster performance, resulting in a goose egg in his stat line.

His ownership in Fantrax has dropped 0.2% over the last week indicating that there are owners who perceive his value to be dropping, but if you’re able to find the right seller, Borgstrom is still a player who is certainly worth owning in most involved fantasy leagues. The fact of the matter is that Borgstrom’s slow start to the year was an extremely small sample size, and in all likelihood the centerman will rebound shortly.

Joe Veleno, Detroit Red Wings 

Nineteen-year-old Joe Veleno is off to a modest start in his first ever season of professional hockey. With three goals and five assists through his first 21 contests on a mediocre Grand Rapids team, Veleno’s perceived value is slumping. What seems to be forgotten by many fantasy owners, however, is that Veleno is playing in the AHL a year sooner than many Canadian Junior players would be eligible to.

He has recently been placed in a second-line center position alongside Evgeny Svechnikov and Matthew Ford where he’s being relied upon to maintain his 200-foot awareness while also developing his game against strong matchups. As the 30th overall selection that he is, Veleno should still be considered to be meeting expectations, and as such should be bought from anyone who believes he is on a trajectory to underachieve. 

Rasmus Kupari, LA Kings

Yet another forward prosp