Looking Ahead: There’s Life After Hall In Jersey

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, December 18

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

Jesper Bratt, W, New Jersey Devils (Available in 99 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With a strong upcoming schedule for the Devils (see below), Jesper Bratt offers a lot of potential production this holiday season as he’s currently playing in the now-vacated Taylor Hall role for the Devils (top line with Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri).

Over the past three seasons, the top line of Bratt-Hischier-Palmieri had an expected scoring rate of 2.67xGF/60 – better than the 2.59xGF/60 without Bratt – although a very low on-ice shooting percentage (OiSH) of just 6.76% which should see some positive regression.

On the season, Bratt’s stat line doesn’t jump off the page with just 6G-3A in 27 games on 37 shots, but in the past three games with Hall either sitting out or traded, Bratt has taken eight shots and added an assist. His TOI will be a concern as he’s averaging just 13:12/GP this season, but that should see an increase and he’s a great add in the short term.

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

Filip Hronek, D, Detroit Red Wings (Available in 75 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – After scoring at a half point-per-game pace in his rookie season (5G-18A in 46 games), it’s a surprise that Hronek wasn’t a more popular pick coming into the season on a decimated Red Wings blue line. It’s even more of a surprise that Hronek is still so widely available given his stat line of 7G-12A in 34 games so far (0.55 pts/GP) and his whopping 23:12/GP.

Hronek plays on the first-unit power play of the Red Wings – which means skating with