Looking Ahead: The Calm Before the Storm

Andrew Santillo

2021-10-08

Because this is the first article of the season and games haven’t been played yet, all stats are from 2020-21.

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

Jeff Carter, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (Available in 88% of ESPN leagues)- Yep, you read that right, Jeff Carter is the immediate fix you need on your fantasy team. In ten words or fewer, here's why- Everyone (figuratively) on Pittsburgh is hurt. This means that someone needs to step into the top centre role on this club, and that will most likely be the 36-year-old Carter.

Carter played 14 games for the Penguins last season after coming over from LA, putting up 11 points with an ATOI of 16:55. Coming over to Pittsburgh he was slated on the second line with at the time a struggling Malkin before finding a home on a line with Jared McCann and Jason Zucker. With both Crosby and Malkin out with injury and Guentzel in COVID-19 protocol, we should see Carter slotted into the first line center spot, as well as centering Pittsburgh's first power play unit. For the short term, Jeff Carter is in an advantageous spot for fantasy owners.

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

Conor Garland, LW/RW, Vancouver Canucks (Available in 18% of ESPN Leagues) –So in case you haven't heard by now, the two biggest moves of the Canucks offseason took place last week with the club signing Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, but I think there was another signing that took place that could be extremely beneficial for the Canucks and Garland fantasy owners alike. It's difficult to name a player for this category with a new season bringing promise to so many players, but Garland's name stuck out amongst the rest. Right now, he's higher owned in leagues across each platform but if you're in a league that hasn't drafted yet, Garland is looking to start on a line with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser.

Garland is coming off back-to-back 39-point seasons, the only d