The Journey: Buy Low Prospects

Dave Hall

2021-01-09

Well, folks, we have made it. It was a long stretch. But finally, we have rounded third and are heading towards home plate. Just five days until NHL hockey. 

If you are all done with your fantasy draft(s), I hope that all of your airtight strategies turned out the way you had planned. Of course, they never do. If you have not drafted and are set to do so over the weekend, make sure to go back and check out my previous five pieces, where I touched on a variety of prospect options with both immediate and long term benefits. 

Here they are:

I would like to place some emphasis on last week's article, where I discussed what I like to call the "WJC effect". While I fully understand the hype surrounding certain players such as Trevor Zegras and the want to draft him early (in redraft leagues) based on recency bias (believe me, I am right there with you), it is crucial to keep your expectations reasonable. He, much like many of these young prospects, is by no means a shoo-in to make his NHL team out of camp. Jump in with caution, as you may end up disappointed and wasting away crucial waiver-wire dollars (if you use fantasy bid money).

The same can be said for goalies. In fact, even more so. How many goalies have stepped up for their countries, get hyped up, only to fizzle out into the darkness? Mark Visentin, Al Montoya, Zach Fucale…the list goes on. 

Now, given his strong outing, I am expecting Devon Levi's stock to rise substantially this season, at least in dynasty formats. With zero major junior experience to his name, he still has a long way to go to prove his worth.

You get my point, I digress. On to this week. This season will certainly be one for the ages, and one that could see an increased volume of young players fill more prominent roles. You can thank taxi squads and COVID protocols for this. 

There are few names floating around various training camps that intrigue me as potential bounce-back players (prospects). Players that could easily drop in drafts based on previous shortcomings and provide fantasy value. Buy low, sell high.

Let's take Jack Hughes and