Looking Ahead: Niederreiter, Rodrigues, Oettinger, Toews, and More

Andrew Santillo

2021-12-10

Welcome back to another week of Looking Ahead, where we look ahead to the next week or so of NHL action and where fantasy owners can help or hurt their lineups. We will look at players to add, players possibly worth dropping, and teams that could have some tough schedules. Let's hop to it.

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

Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (Available in 55% of ESPN leagues, 67% Fantrax, 81% Yahoo) – Could I interest anyone in seven points in his past six games and skating on Carolina's top line? Plus is there a more fun name to have on your roster like Nino Niederreiter? Answer there would be yes there's two, Jani Hakanpaa and the shot block bot himself, Artyom Zub. Regardless, there's a lot to like with what Niederreiter can help bring in the short term.

The Canes shift their lines around pretty frequently, but the latest iteration has had Niederreiter on the top line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen and that's a very good thing for his offensive upside. It seems like everything Aho touches turns to gold for a player that is excellent creating offense with whoever he is paired with. The Canes don't have a line that has stuck together for over 75 minutes of ice time so this could be a great short-term addition so long as Neiderreiter remains on the top line.

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

Evan Rodrigues, C/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (Available in 89% of ESPN leagues, 53% Fantrax, 68% Yahoo) – The Penguins have mixed up their top line a fair bit this season but it's not because they have been trying out different line combos, it has been navigating both injuries and COVID. When Bryan Rust went out due to a lower body injury it drew Evan Rodrigues onto the top line and if I'm Pittsburgh, I'd consider keeping him there even after