Wild West: Playoff Value Picks 2020

Grant Campbell


The Play-ins begin August 1st and here is a look at players in the West on each team that are taking part in the Play-ins or Play-offs that might be value picks in your playoff pool.

Not involved are Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. Dallas and Vegas are through automatically to the actual playoffs. First-round matchups are Arizona against Nashville, Calgary against Winnipeg, Chicago against Edmonton, Colorado against St. Louis and Minnesota against Vancouver.

All of us will need to keep informed when players are unfit to participate, as no information will be available outside of an obvious injury that everyone witnesses. I'm going to assume at least 10-14 days if a player is deemed unfit to play once in the bubbles.

Arizona Coyotes

Phil Kessel is a player that might drop to fifth or sixth in the Coyotes list of players selected in a pool. He has 87 career playoff games with 33 goals and 44 assists, albeit with much better teams and admittedly being a better player. Kessel still can be a point-per-game player in the post-season. If your pool goes deep enough to grab Arizona players, elevate him on your list.

Calgary Flames

In the last 19 games before the stoppage, Andrew Mangiapane had nine goals and eight assists, playing with Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund. He has certainly solidified his spot in the top six and should be taken accordingly.

Chicago Blackhawks

There is a chance that Kirby Dach, could surpass Dylan Strome and get some time with Patrick Kane on a regular line and more importantly more power playtime. Chicago has nothing to lose and might be willing to let Dach sink or swim. Another player to consider is Duncan Keith who quietly put up 13 points in the final 19 games (seven on the PP).

Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog is going to fall on a few people's lists as he only had 21 goals and 44 points in 54 games. He did have 23 points in his last 21 games and is rested and healthy now (knock on wood). In his career, he has played 25 playoff games with 10 goals and nine assists.

Dallas Stars

Joe Pavelski has played 118 NHL playoff games