Eastern Edge: Risers and fallers in the East, including Hischier, Pulock, and White – Part 3

Brennan Des

2020-12-15

In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll continue looking at risers and fallers across teams in the Eastern Conference. This will be the third of four parts and we'll cover the Devils, Islanders, Rangers and Senators. Check out the links below to get caught up!

 

Part One: Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus

Part Two: Detroit, Florida, Montreal

 

As a quick reminder, the inspiration for this series came from Wild West writer Grant Campbell, who discussed risers and fallers in the Western Conference a few weeks ago. He highlighted players with rising fantasy value ('risers') and declining fantasy value ('fallers') from each team in the West. Risers are players that you'd want to keep on your fantasy roster, while fallers are players you may want to offload in the near future. I highly recommend you give Grant's article a read here!

 

New Jersey

RisersNico Hischier, Damon Severson, Nikita Gusev, Jack Hughes

FallersP.K. Subban, Travis Zajac,

Gusev's NHL career got off to a slow start as he managed just five points through his first 13 games last year. He bounced back in a big way, tallying 39 points in his final 53 appearances – which translates to 60 points over 82 games. Gusev averaged fewer than 15 minutes of ice time last season – a number which I expect to increase in the coming years. As Gusev's role increases, his offensive production and fantasy value should follow suit.

Nico Hischier's career got off to a great start when he tallied 52 points during his rookie campaign in 2017-2018. In year two, his role with the team increased as his ice time jumped from 16 to 18 minutes. His offensive output also saw slight improvement in the process as he paced for 56 points. Last season – Hischier's third year in the NHL – included a whole lot of change that didn't exactly help the young center perform to his potential. Line mate Taylor Hall and captain Andy Greene were both traded away, while head coach John Hynes was fired. More stability in the coming years should help Hischier's fantasy value rise as he continues to develop and establish himself in New Jersey.

Severson tallied 19 points in his final 28 appearances of the 2019-2020 campaign, which translates to 55 points over a full season. Notably, nine of those 19 points were scored with the man advantage as Severson took on a more prominent power-play role while Subban was struggling and Vatanen was injured/traded to Carolina. Severson could see his offensive pro