Potential multi-cat targets for 2020-21

Tom Collins

2020-05-11

While points-only pools are my favourite type of fantasy leagues, there's something fun about being in a league with peripherals that give value to players you normally wouldn't draft.

A few years ago, I won a one-year head-to-head Yahoo pool that included PIM, blocked shots and hits, and a large portion of that success was due to Mark Borowiecki and Radko Gudas. They occupied two of my three starting defensemen spots, almost guaranteeing me the victory in at least two of those categories each week.

Below are 10 players that should see increases in peripheral statistics for next season.

For this list, I want to concentrate on the next generation, so I'm only looking at players who are under the age of 25. Because of this, just missing the cut was Matt Roy, but I wanted to take a minute to talk about the 25-year-old's season. Although he played 25 games a season ago, this year was officially his rookie campaign. In 70 games, Roy had 112 shots, 132 hits and 100 blocked shots, making him one of only 12 players to hit triple digits in all three categories. His ice time increased from 15:33 in the first 21 games to over 19 for the rest of the season, so expect those peripheral numbers to increase next year if he continues to average 19 minutes a game.

As well, instead of focusing on prospects who may not get a shot to play in the NHL next year, I'm only looking for guys already playing in the NHL. There's no point in telling you about a player that you should focus on for next season that may not even play in the NHL.

Some players, such as the Tkachuk brothers and Timo Meier, aren't included as they've already pretty much hit the peak of their peripheral stats.

Honourable mention: Dennis Gilbert

Gilbert doesn't quite make the list as there's no guarantee he will even in the NHL next season. However, if he does and can play almost a full season, he may be the next Gudas or Borowiecki. The 23-year-old played in only 21 games this year (which was his rookie campaign), but had 38 PIM, 74 hits and 33 blocked shots. That paces out to 148 PIM, 289 hits and 129 blocked shots over 82 games. He won't necessarily hit those numbers over a full season, but he's a safe bet for peripherals anytime he is in the lineup.

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