Eastern Edge: Buy low and sell high

Brennan Des

2021-01-26

In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll highlight players that you might be able to acquire at low cost, and others that you may be able to offload for a nice profit. As they say, buy low and sell high!

 

Buy Low

Rasmus Dahlin

The 20-year-old defenseman hasn't registered a point through his first six games of the season. As I mentioned in last week's article, the beginning of a new season isolates and magnifies short stretches of play that would normally get lost over the course of a full year. Some may panic when they see that Dahlin hasn't registered a single point through six whole games. However, more experienced managers understand that such dry spells aren't out of the ordinary for defenseman. Last season, Dahlin experienced a stretch of six games without a point and another stretch of five games without a point – yet he still managed to score at a 56-point pace overall. Since those scoreless streaks happened in the middle of the season, they were insulated by production across other games. This season, there's nothing to offset Dahlin's early scoring struggles, making his lack of production more striking.

Despite Dahlin's lack of production so far, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about his fantasy outlook. First, he's averaging over three shots per game and currently sits seventh among defenseman in that category. Second, he maintains a prominent role on the man advantage, seeing 63-percent of the team's total power-play time through six games. Finally, thanks to Victor Olofsson, Dylan Cozens, Eric Staal and Taylor Hall, the level of offensive talent across Buffalo's forward group is the highest it's been in recent years. Dahlin is an incredibly talented defenseman in an environment conducive to scoring. The points will come soon.

Other potential targets: Ryan Pulock, P.K. Subban, Nikita Gusev, Chris Kreider

 

Sell High

Patric Hornqvist