Looking Ahead: Dadonov in a Better Situation

Andrew Santillo

2021-10-15

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

Evgenii Dadonov, RW/LW, Vegas Golden Knights (Available in 37.5% of ESPN leagues, 40% Fantrax leagues)
– So let's start with Florida Evgenii. He was once a 20-goal scorer in this league and a sneaky cheap DFS player from time to time in the right situation. Dadonov might not have had the most stellar campaign during the shortened season in Ottawa last year, but this is a player I've always liked that was put in tough spots, often in a shutdown role, playing bottom six minutes for a bottom-of-the-standings Sens club.

The reason he's an immediate fix is because it looks like he might get to play a significant role on this Vegas team. During Tuesday's game vs. Seattle, he played 14:33 minutes and spent time on the top power-play unit, and that alone makes this an enticing addition. Last season Vegas was one of those clubs that for the most part would run their top power-play unit out for the entire duration of the penalty, and if that's case, then Dadonov is in a great situation with the Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. He also saw time early in Tuesday's contest paired with Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson, although it looks as he's going to be primarily on the Vegas third line with Nolan Patrick and either Peyton Krebs or Keegan Kolesar.

If your fantasy team has an injury or you're in a league with an extended bench, why not take a chance on a low-owned Dadonov?

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

Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (Available in 18.7% of ESPN leagues, 12%
Fantrax leagues) – Bjorkstrand is finally free from Torts jail! This could go for most of the Jackets, but let's just focus in on Bjorkstrand for now. Last season his opposite wingers rotated constantly, yet still led the team in points (44), goals (18), and assists (26) playing 56 games. I see no reason the 26-year-old winger couldn't be