Looking Ahead: Grab Granlund

Andrew Santillo

2021-11-19

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

Mikael Granlund, C/RW, Nashville Predators (Available in 75% of ESPN leagues, 40% Fantrax, 64% Yahoo) – Coming into this season I don't think that any of us saw Mikael Granlund as a 20-minute-a-night top-line center, but this season has been full of the unexpected. Granlund has five points in his past six games and 11 points in his last 12 and is tied for the team lead in points with 16. Even with a shorter season last year, Granlund should smash the 27 points he put up. Currently he is averaging 2.4 assists per 60 minutes and has excelled on the first line paired with Matt Duchene and Luke Kunin, who has filled in on the top line in the absence of Filip Forsberg.

Nashville has a busy schedule coming up next week, so if you're in need of offense or just filling roster spots in the short term, Granlund makes for an easy add with him being both center and right wing eligible. We've all been there trying to compare players on your roster and players on waivers that are only eligible at one forward position, having any flexibility (especially in leagues with smaller rosters) with more than one position helps tremendously.

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

Nils Hoglander, LW/RW, Vancouver Canucks (Available in 91% of ESPN leagues, 43% Fantrax, 81% Yahoo) –It's been a night in and night out of letdowns in Canucksland, but if there's one positive it's Nils Hoglander. You don't need, oh say, a sit down with the owner (Mr. Canuck?) and GM to come to the conclusion that he should be seeing more time on the ice. Nope. Definitely not.

This is a player to get excited about here, Hoglander has excellent vision on the ice and has been fantastic thus far creating chances in the offensive zone. He has five points in his past four games and five goals on the season, that's more goals than Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson who were most likely taken higher than him in your fantasy draft…much higher. He has 3.64 individual expected goals created and 23 high danger chances for 5v5 since the start of this month (eight games), and in that timespan also leads the Canucks in rush attempts (three) and shots (36).

Now, the only downside is well, it's Vancouver. Somewhere Forrest Gump is sitting on a bench telling a lady waiting for the bus that the Canucks lines are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get and if there's going to be any power-play correlation. The latest iteration has Hoglander alongside Tanner Pearson and Bo Horvat and over the past three games he has also seen time with JT Miller on his opposite w