Eastern Edge: A Thought from Each Team

Brennan Des


In this week's Eastern Edge, I'll share an early thought for each team in the Eastern Conference.

Boston BruinsI'm Easily Swayed, Man

I know it's only been one game, but I'm already convinced that Jeremy Swayman will end up being Boston's most valuable fantasy netminder when the season is over. He looked excellent on Saturday night, stopping 27 of the shots he faced en route to a 3-1 victory over Dallas. Now, it's obviously way too early to evaluate the Bruins' goaltending situation because Ullmark hasn't played a game yet, but I just want it on record that Swayman is my horse in this race.

Buffalo SabresSkin in the Game

Through two games this season, Jeff Skinner has registered two points and seven shots. He's seen a huge increase in opportunity compared to last season, skating 18 minutes a night and enjoying a 69-percent share of the team's total power-play time. Yes, I know the Sabres have only played two games so far and you can't put too much stock into such a small sample. However, given the lack of talent on Buffalo's roster, Skinner won't have much competition from his teammates for ice time and should continue seeing a lot of minutes. His confidence seems to be restored under a new coach, so perhaps a 50-point-pace with high shot totals is in the cards?

Carolina HurricanesDeAngeLow Ice Time

Tony DeAngelo has seen a huge role with the man advantage through Carolina's first two games of the season, enjoying an 84-percent share of the team's total power-play time. He's made the most of it so far, securing two power-play points already. I do think it's concerning that he's averaging just 16 minutes of ice-time early on. DeAngelo's defensive shortcomings have been well-documented in the past so it seems like the Hurricanes are using him in a limited role where offense is the primary focus. That idea is reinforced by the fact that he's started 75-percent of his shifts in the offensive zone so far. While being deployed in such a manner may help him put up points, seeing significantly less ice time than the average defenseman may limit his even-strength production.

Columbus Blue Jackets Boon for Boone

Boone Jenner has featured on the team's top power-play unit during these first two games of the season. Adding power-play production to his resume would make Jenner incredibly valuable in multicategory leagues, considering he already puts up a significant number of hits, blocks, shots, and faceoff wins. It's also encouraging to see that Jenner was skating on the team's top line between Jakub Voracek and Patrik Laine during Monday's practice.

Detroit Red Wings – Less for Moritz

Twenty-year-old Moritz Seider has had an incredible start to his NHL career, posting three points in his first two games with the Red Wings. While I have no doubt he's going to be a special player in this league, I think we need to be cautiously optimistic about his fantasy value this year. Through his first two appearances, he saw a 64-percent share of the team's total time with the man advantage. However, in Detroit's most recent practice, Seider was skating on the second power-play unit while