Editor's note: Due to postponements related to the never-ending COVID pandemic, please note that the scheduling data provided in this article may not be 100% up to date at the time you read it. Please refer to the Frozen Tools Schedule Planner for the most recent scheduling information for your customized period.
Also, stats include games played up to Wednesday January 5.
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Craig Smith, RW, Boston Bruins (Available in 97% of ESPN leagues, 85% Fantrax, 90% Yahoo) – Everyone's favorite top line has a new member for the time being as Craig Smith has drawn onto Boston's top line's switching spots with David Pastrnak, and that's a sneaky good spot for him from a fantasy and DFS prospective.
Boston's top line with Smith now on it looks like this, Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron– Craig Smith. Not a bad line at all and we do have a sample of this trio with together of 43 minutes and a 72% Corsi for percentage with two goals. Smith is on Boston's second power-play unit which does hurt his correlation a tad, but I don't mind so much with Boston giving some time to their second power-play unit. Over the last three games the first unit has totaled just over six minutes with the second unit getting around three, so not a bad split there. The one thing that has always been true about Smith is that he is not afraid to shoot and that's a nice bonus for a player in a good spot with Patrice Bergeron as his center. Smith has 172 shots on goal this season putting him at sixth for all Boston skaters. I think as long as Smith continues to draw time on Boston's top line, he is a great addition to any fantasy club looking for offense.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Noah Dobson, D, New York Islanders (Available in 75% of ESPN leagues, 18% Fantrax, 74% Yahoo) – Let's be honest, there haven't been too many positive story lines coming out of Islandersland this season, but one of the positives has been the development of the 21-year-old defensemen. Oh, and the new rink, I'll throw that in as a nice positive as well.
Dobson has been terrific as of late with 10 points in his last 10 games, any fantasy lineup would be thrilled to get that kind of offense from a defenseman. The offense isn't a fluke either, Dobson has great offensive peripherals averaging 6.3 shots on goal per 60 minutes and has a shooting percentage of 8.9. Another bonus is that his ice time has also gone up around 2:40 over his past seven games played putting him at an average time on ice of around 22:50. This is a player I like a lot both even strength and on the man advantage as he quarterbacks New York's top po