One of the more interesting phenomena with the playoffs and fantasy hockey is how the postseason can sometimes artificially boost a player's fantasy value.
A couple of good series by a player, and all of a sudden, a fantasy general manager has to pay more if he is trying to acquire that player. Last year, Max Pacioretty and Jaden Schwartz were two of the top players whose value increased due to strong postseasons. Cale Makar was another, and his value continued to rise into and throughout the 2019-20 season.
Strangely enough, the opposite isn't usually true. If a player struggles in the playoffs, you won't be able to get him for cheaper than you would have before the postseason began. For instance, the asking price on Blake Wheeler, Evgeni Malkin or Mitchell Marner after their disappointing round-robin exits is pretty much the same as it was back in April.
Below are 10 players whose values increased this postseason, meaning you could trade them for a higher price now than you could have back in June. For some of them, it would probably be good for you to sell high. For some others, this increase in value could be the start of better things for a player.
10. Kevin Hayes
Despite making it to the second round, the postseason was seen as a disappointment for many Flyers players. Sean Couturier scored only two goals, Claude Giroux had only one, Travis Konecny was scoreless and James Van Riemsdyk was frequently a healthy scratch. However, one Flyer who did show up was Hayes, who had 13 points in 16 games, including eight in the series against the Islanders. This was much-needed relief for fantasy general managers after a poor regular season (a 49-point pace).
9. Brock Nelson
Despite an increase in value, he still isn't getting enough respect. Nelson has nine goals and 18 points in 20 postseason games. That point total is tied for seventh-highest this postseason, and is a 74-point pace over 82 games. He's