Ramblings: Stephenson; Atkinson; Knight; Finding Possible Late Bloomers via IPP Patterns (Dec 15)

Alexander MacLean

2021-12-15

Well the latest wave of Covid is running through the NHL, and we have already seen a number of players, teams, and games affected. We're not out of the woods yet, and this season may end up being just as bumpy as last year when all is said and done.

This is the kind of time that allows you to look at your borderline players with a very critical eye. There was an excellent article over on GoaliePost going over how to manage your roster during Covid, and it very succinctly outlined how to handle a handful of difficult situations. Check it out here.

There were at least two players (Morgan Frost and Tucker Poolman) who were pulled mid-game due to Covid protocols. That’s not good, and it puts a whole host of other teams at risk for positive tests and postponements now.

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Chandler Stephenson does not want to give up his top line spot to Jack Eichel. The former Capital put up three more assists last night to bring him up to 14 points in the last nine games, and seven in his last two. He really loves having Max Pacioretty back.

His underlying numbers seem a little high, though they have been a little inflated for the last few years now; that’s what star line mates can do for you. I’m really curious to see how this team fits together when Eichel is finally healthy. The way things are going right now, it may actually be William Karlsson who is relegated to the third line. The former 40-goal scorer has only five points in 13 games on the season, which is a far cry from the 60-point forward he has been the last three seasons.

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The date of the Midseason Guide is now set – and it will be January 15. This Guide comes with your Ultimate Fantasy Pack or Gold/Platinum subscriptions. It does not come with the Keeper League Fantasy Pack nor the Silver subs. You can pre-order it here.

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Tomas Tatar, a notably streaky scorer, has gone four games without a point now, and he's dragging his new linemates (Dawson Mercer and Andreas Johnsson) down with him. He's more of a cut-bait option than someone to be buying low on though. The forward line you want to be looking at in New Jersey is whatever line Jesper Bratt is on. He's turning into the real deal… a bit more on that later.

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