Looking Ahead: Help from Brassard, Kyrou, the Capitals, and More

Andrew Santillo


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

Derick Brassard, C, Philadelphia Flyers (Available in 97% of ESPN leagues, 85% Fantrax, 97% Yahoo )- Sometimes the best way to search for value is look to a club that sustained an injury and look for the player that has filled that role. The NHL injury ward is getting a little full in the early going and there's no worse feeling than scanning the waiver wire before lock looking for a player to replace. I give you Derick Brassard.

Brassard signed a 1-year deal in Philly towards the end of August and was slated to be a third line center behind Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes but when Hayes underwent abdominal surgery in late September it gave the 34 year old veteran a spot on Philadelphia's second line centering Joel Farabee and Cam Atkinson. How has that line produced so far? They lead the NHL in 5 on 5 goals with 6 with Brassard himself tallying a goal and four assists during the Flyers last two contests. Typically when the Flyers are at home the Couturier line usually goes out to match against opposing top competition, which gives other lines a chance at a potential matchup with middle or bottom six players. The Brassard line has been excellent so far in this role. If you're in a league where you play multiple centers it might be worthwhile to strike while the iron is hot.

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

Jordan Kyrou, C/RW, St.Louis Blues (Available in 67% of ESPN leagues, 16% Fantrax, 50% Yahoo) – Believe me, those availability numbers might be even lower by the time you're reading this. Kyrou might be one of the "it" players of the week and in leagues where he is available this could be a perfect building block to any fantasy owner looking for a winger.

Kyrou scored twice on a career-high four-point night vs the Yotes and has gotten a point in each of the Blues first three games. The Blues are a very deep team with Kyrou skating along side Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues third line for most of the first two contests St.Louis has played but has seen time playing up on the second line with center Brayden Schenn. His ATOI is a little lower than I'd like to see it at 13:52 in his three games of the season but if he continues to play well, I don't see why he wouldn't begin to see more ice time, which would mean more time on power play. I think that this is a great addition if he's available in your players pool and possibly an even better addition for those in keeper leagues.

The Odd Man Out (His short-term val