Wild West: Next Season Potential Bargains

Grant Campbell

2021-06-14

I'm going to focus on some players that could potentially improve their production next season and might be a bargain in some leagues and pools. I know the fourth-year breakout is a thing, but some of these players might be ahead or behind that theory. We will only look at players from Western teams and see what their ceilings might be and provide some goals for next season.

Troy Terry – Anaheim (23-years old) – Terry had his most productive season in his career last year with seven goals and 20 points in 48 games (0.42 pts/game). An encouraging sign was his second half with 13 points in 26 games (0.50) and his elevated minutes from about 12 to 16 per game. It didn't hurt that he played with Trevor Zegras a little down the stretch as well and showed some chemistry. He needs to shoot the puck more often than 1.4/game but he could see 15 goals and 40-45 points next season.

Alexander Volkov – Anaheim (23) – While Volkov might not break scoring records he seems to be getting much more ice in Anaheim than Tampa Bay (go figure). His last 20 games of the season saw him with four goals and eight points and playing over 12 minutes per game. He has the potential to get 10-15 goals and 25-35 points while getting 80-100 hits and blocks. He could be a cheap add for multi-category pools.

Dillon Dube – Calgary (22) – Dube has been a little disappointing so far in his two and a half years in the league. He did manage 11 goals and 22 points in 51 games last year (0.43) but more was expected of him. The good news is that unless the Flames add in free agency, Dube should get another shot on the second line in Calgary. He has the potential to be a 20 goal scorer next season and perhaps 40-45 points. Perhaps his value has taken a hit in some leagues and he can be acquired cheaper than usual.

Juuso Valimaki – Calgary (22) – Valimaki was the 16th overall pick in 2017 and missed all of the 2019-20 season with a knee injury. He came back and played 49 games last year while only averaging just more than 15 minutes per game while being heavily sheltered. With Rasmus Andersson struggling a little, we shouldn't forget that Valimaki was drafted with an offensive component to his game and had 14 points in 20 AHL games in 2018-19 and had 19 points in 19 games in Liiga last year before joining Calgary. He could be a very cheap addition to most rosters with the potential to be a 25-35 point defenceman.

Henrik Borgstrom – Chicago (23) – Borgstrom was the 23rd overall pick in 2016 by Florida and played 58 games over three seasons with nine goals and 19 points before playing all of last season in the Liiga and producing 21 points in 31 games with HIFK. The Blackhawks acquired his rights in the Lucas Wallmark trade and have signed him to a two-year one-way deal worth $1 million AAV. He should play next season in Chicago and whether this is an insurance policy on