Looking Ahead: January 22 – February 5

Adam Daly-Frey

2021-01-22

All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week, and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. All players discussed are selected based on their upcoming schedule.

Note: With COVID news coming out of the blue, this article could be stale by Friday evening. It's important as always to pay attention to twitter and the site (especially the Ramblings) to keep abreast of all fantasy-relevant changes. The schedule portion of this article will continue as always, but be prepared to react quickly if games get postponed.

 

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Nils Hoglander, W, Vancouver Canucks (Available in 87 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – With the Canucks' fantastic upcoming schedule, Hoglander is a good add given his role on Vancouver's second line; he's playing 16:35 per game on average so far which includes one game with a whopping 21:45 and although he's only found the back of the net once, he's taken eight shots and added seven blocks as well.

The second line in Vancouver is typically the Canucks' shutdown line, which isn't ideal for Hoglander in terms of production but does mean he'll get lots of minutes, which is the best path to fantasy points. Hoglander managed to put up 9G-7A in 41 SHL games last season (mostly as an 18-year old, as he has a late December birthday) and prior to this NHL season put up 5G-9A in 23 SHL games while on loan – so there's scoring ability, and his puck skills are unrivalled by his teammates outside of Elias Pettersson. In the short term, it's worth picking up a free Hoglander and seeing what he's got.

 

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Denis Gurianov, W, Dallas Stars (Available in 79 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) – Gurianov should pay off in the short term given the Stars' upcoming schedule (see below), but he's also a great long-term add and has the bonus of having a f