Eastern Edge: Fantasy hockey takeaways from 2019-20 – Part 1

Brennan Des

2020-05-19

In this week's Eastern Edge, I'll begin highlighting an important fantasy hockey takeaway for each team in the Eastern Conference. I tried to include information from the 2019-2020 campaign that may be forgotten during this extended offseason. Hopefully, these reminders will be useful when NHL action eventually resumes. This is the first of four installments, where we'll cover Boston, Buffalo and Carolina. If there's something you want me to cover in future articles, please let me know in the comments below!

 

Boston Bruins: Scorey Krug

No matter how long this NHL pause lasts, I think you'll be able to remember most fantasy hockey headlines related to the Bruins. For example, you don't need me to tell you that Boston's top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak is probably the best in the league. While that reality was reinforced this season, it's something we've known for some time now. In the same way, Tuukka Rask's elite performance this year is something we've come to expect from him – especially now that his workload is optimized thanks to strong support from his understudy Jaroslav Halak. However, both of those headlines are easily accessible because they were covered constantly during the season. Something that may fly under the radar is Torey Krug adding another strong offensive campaign to his résumé. With 49 points in 61 games this year, Krug managed a 60-point pace for a third-straight season. The thing is, Krug missed time due to injury during each of those three seasons. So, while he's consistently been on pace for 60 points, he's never actually achieved the total. As a result, I feel like he doesn't receive enough recognition for his elite offensive output. Now, Krug doesn't yet have a contract for next season, so it's hard to project his