Geek of the Week: Temporary Solutions to Get You Through PPD Hell

Scott Royce


Hey everyone, hopefully everyone enjoyed their New Year festivities last week and are doing their best to enjoy 2022 so far. From a fantasy hockey perspective though, things have been tumultuous at best. The "set it and forget it" managers will surely be having a bad time this season as we continue to deal with an onslaught of postponed games. Even the most focused fantasy hockey managers have had their hurdles to get over as of late. 

All you do is remain vigilant and try to soldier on by making the best temporary adjustments you can to try and weather this storm of COVID-protocol related issues. Both of my main leagues I am involved with voted on doing a pause over the last two-week period to see if things would get back to normal. We picked things back up this week and it's been tough sledding to say the least. I figured now would be a good time to offer up some temporary band-aid solutions to help plug some of the gaps in your roster. 

Yakov Trenin

Yakov Trenin? Who?  Trenin is a Russian-born left winger who turns 25 years of age next week and he's currently enjoying his best stint of play thus far in his career with the Nashville Predators. He was drafted in the second round by the Preds way back in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He played numerous seasons down in the AHL with the Predators farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals. He dabbled a bit in the NHL the past couple seasons, and even played a bit in the KHL for SKA St. Petersburg. 

The Predators have been as hot as just about anyone over the last couple months. A few weeks ago I highlighted Tanner Jeannot and how his play has been pretty extraordinary this season. Well, Trenin finds himself on the same line with Jeannot currently, and as of late his play is starting to yield some results. He has six points in his last six games, four of which were goals. The Preds are getting production from all over the place, so Trenin makes an ideal candidate for a temporary solution to fill in for one of your forwards on COVID protocol. 

Outside of his offensive upside, Trenin plays a gritty physical game and racks up a decent amount of hits. He currently has 79 hits through 35 games, which is averages over two hits per game. Trenin is pretty widely available across the board. He is 2% owned in Yahoo leagues, 14% on Fantrax, and 1% owned in ESPN leagues. Next week the red-hot Preds have two home games versus Colorado and Buffalo before heading out on the road for a weekend game versus the Bruins. 

Ilya Mikheyev

Mikheyev has driven Leafs fans crazy pretty much since his arrival with the team back in 2019-2020. He shows so many glimpses of incredible play, but at the same time he always seems to be "snake-bitten" when it comes to his actual production. He's fast, he plays hard, but it seems like he never can finish. During preseason this year, Mikheyev looked sharp, but as luck would have it, he broke his thumb during one of