Top 10 Hot Players

Tom Collins

2021-12-20

This upcoming week will be a frustrating one for fantasy hockey general managers in head-to-head matchups.

Covid-19 is shutting down games at an insane rate. All most fantasy GMs can do is hope the few players they have remaining can put up enough points. As games will be rescheduled, this won’t impact those in points-only leagues or roto leagues as much.

Below are 10 players who are on hot streaks according to Dobber’s hot list. Some of them still have games scheduled for this week, so they may be worth picking up. Some other listed players have had their games cancelled and won’t be playing again until after the Christmas break. For those guys, you’re trying to think ahead and hope that these players can continue a hot streak after a week of no NHL action.

10. Alexandre Texier

A couple of years ago, Texier was a popular pick for a dark horse Calder nomination (not sure how much of a dark horse pick a player can be if there are plenty of prognosticators choosing him). Regardless, he was a disappointment in his rookie and sophomore campaigns, but this season has been much better for him with 16 points in 28 games. He has six points in his last six games, but a worrisome trend is his ice time. It’s simply all over the map, and you don’t know if he will play 10 or 18 minutes in his next game.

9. Brandon Hagel

Playing alongside an elite linemate can be tricky. Some players can’t take advantage of the opportunity and fall flat on their face, while some excel for a short time. Others parlay that chance into long-term success. It’s way too early to tell into which group Hagel will fall. Hagel has been lining up with either Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews for most of the season, and has five points in his last four games. He’s also been promoted to the top power-play unit. Although the Hawks only play one game this week, Hagel is owned in three per cent of Yahoo leagues, so take advantage while you can.

8. Taylor Raddysh

The 23-year-old rookie had a slow start to the season with one point in his first 19 games. He seemed to have flipped a switch and now he has eight points in his last nine games. That’s the third-highest among Tampa over that time frame, trailing only Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos. To top it off, in the last few games, he’s been on Tampa’s top power-play unit, although his overall ice time is still low (in his last game, he played 4:53 on the power play and 11:26 overall).

7. Noah Dobson

It’s probably no surprise that the Islanders have been playing much better lately. They started the season on a 13-game road trip and then the team was hit with Covid. However, in their last nine games, they are 3-2-4. Dobson, for his part, has six points in his last eight games to go along with 20 shots, eight hits and 14 blocked shots. A fantastic sign for future production is the fact he has been on the ice for 72.6 per cent of all of the Islanders’ power-play minutes during this streak.

6. Devon Toews

While much of the focus in Colorado is on