Wild West: Players to Sell High in the West

Grant Campbell


Teams have played between 15 and 19 games so far, so we have a pretty good sample pool of stats to go through. I'm going to focus on some players in the West that if you have on a fantasy team, I would look to sell at their highest value.

These players will more than likely have their point production slow down and their peripheral stats like plus/minus get worse as the season progresses. They are all at a productive high-point in my opinion.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Anaheim 18-4-10-14 (plus-6) 19:50 ice time

Shattenkirk is on pace for 18 goals and 64 points and a plus 27. At 32-years of age, he does have a career-high of 56 points in 2016-17 where he split the season with St. Louis and Washington. He is certainly capable of 40 or more points but he hasn't had more than 34 since his career year. His expected goals for at 5on5 is 9.27 while the team has scored 16, while the expected goals against at 5on5 is 13.70 with the actual being 11. Shattenkirk should be faced with both production slowing down and his plus/minus regressing.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Arizona 19-2-12-14 (even) 21:09

Gostisbehere is on pace for nine goals and 60 points while being even in plus/minus. Twice with Philadelphia, has he exceeded his current pace. In his rookie season in 2015-16, Gostisbehere had 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games for 0.72 pts/game and bettered that in 2017-18 with 13 goals and 64 points in 78 games for 0.82 pts/game. Arizona is not the offensive team that Philadelphia was and Gostisbehere is not a strong defensive player, so it stands to reason on a weak Coyotes team that 60 points is a stretch and his plus/minus should suffer a little. I'd expect a top end of 40-45 points and around a minus 10 by the end of the season.

Andrew Mangiapane – Calgary 19-15-2-17 (plus-6) 15:10

I think the world of Mangiapane and by including him here, I'm not saying that he can't or won't score 35-40 goals. He is shooting at a career pace of 2.5 shots/game and currently succeeding 31.3 percent of the time. He's a very good shooter who had a shooting percentage of 19.8 last year and 15.6 the year before. If we assume that he will maintain 2.5 shots/game (in 178 games before he had 1.5/game) and shoots 20 percent he could see 40 goals. More than likely he will see his shot pace slow a little and percentage come somewhere in his prior range. If Mangiapane can get to 35 goals and 50-55 points it is an excellent year for him. Interestingly enough, his two assists are both secondary.

Oliver Kylington – Ca