Lining Up: Fliers to Consider with Thinning Rosters, like Johnsson and Robinson

Peter Ryell

2021-12-21

With COVID wreaking havoc on NHL and fantasy teams alike, what better time to take a look at the top even strength lines of the season so far? Some of the names below might not have been on your radar or you may have passed them over without a second thought, but as of writing this none of them are sitting out on COVID protocol. If you find yourself dropping mid-tier players because your lineup has been decimated, take a flier on a guy riding on some of the league's top even strength lines.

Let's dive in and see if there is anything or anyone that stands out.

Jesper BrattAndreas Johnsson – Dawson Mercer

We start with a line from NJD that has exceeded expectations so far. Sitting comfortably within the top ten even strength lines, Bratt-Johnsson-Mercer are performing very well with a GF of fifteen, a GA of seven and CF% of 55.2.

Bratt has been the driver of this line, currently at eight goals and twenty-four points in 29 games to go along with just shy of three shots per game. Bratt has also maintained his PP time so far this season with a 50.6% share but he may be in line for more power-play points as his PPIPP is at 60 compared to the last three seasons in a row where he maintained 72.7, 75.0 and 72.7 rates. Bratt is owned in only 54% of Yahoo leagues so if he's still available, consider picking him up and receiving a few extra points on the power-play.

Not to be outdone, Johnsson has nine goals and nineteen points in 30 games with a respectable two shots on goal per game and almost a hit per game. Johnsson is much less rostered than Bratt, only being owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues. Take a flier if you're in need.

Be mindful that Nico Hischier entered COVID protocol on December 11, so these players may be mixed around when we return after the holiday break.

NJD has a solid schedule for the extended fantasy week, playing four times with three of those games being on lighter days.

Sean KuralyEric RobinsonAlexandre Texier

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