Although the playoffs have no bearing on next season's production, that doesn't stop fantasy general managers from overvaluing players based on the postseason.
A great postseason makes many believe that a small sample size can translate to a full season next year. Look no further than last season. Anton Khudobin was a higher pick this year based on what he did during the playoffs last year. Brayden Point was so awesome that one writer with The Hockey News predicted Point to win the Art Ross trophy this season in their annual fantasy guide.
While a player's value can increase thanks to a strong postseason, it's tough for a poor postseason to decrease a player's value. Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews will both still be first-round picks in fantasy drafts for next season, for example. Any player who does see his fantasy value decrease is usually because the postseason is a continuation of a poor season (see Sergei Bobrovsky).
By the way, if you're looking at the playoffs to try to figure out who might be a sneaky pick next year, stay away from ice time per game. It's the most misleading stat for the postseason as overtimes can significantly impact a player's time on ice.
Below are 10 players whose fantasy value rose because of the postseason. Keep in mind that the key theme of this deals with the postseason. Jack Campbell was excellent for the Leafs in round one, but he didn't greatly increase his fantasy value as he was also excellent in the regular season.
10. Alex Galchenyuk
This one may slowly be forgotten about, but Galchenyuk was one of the Leafs’ best players in their first-round choke job loss. He's been a fantasy pariah the last couple of years, as demotions to the AHL and spending time on four NHL teams with little production will do. However, he had four points in six playoff games, including a three-point game in Game 4. He was also credited with 15 hits. This fantasy boost won't last long, especially if he signs with another team, so I hope you took advantage of it while you could.
9. Nicolas Roy
In the regular season, he