Welcome back for another week of 'Looking Ahead', the Dobber column that looks at future schedules and the players that benefit from them. There will be players recommended to pick up, play, or avoid, depending on the team's games over the next little while. As always, things can change quickly in the NHL, so be up to date on news in our daily Ramblings.
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Lawson Crouse, LW, Arizona Coyotes (Available in 95% of ESPN leagues, 63% Fantrax, 85% Yahoo) – Lawson Crouse might just be the most immediate fix we've had in a while.
I do like Crouse and if there's one part of his game that we're noticing from him is that he is a decent offensive player: six points in his last five games with sixteen shots on goal in that same time span. This is a strike-now addition to any fantasy team and I'd like to say that his offensive production continues, but this is Arizona, and he might be playing in his own end most of next contest. With rosters as COVID bitten as they are right now I think Crouse could be a good addition at very low ownership across all fantasy platforms.
The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)
Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings (Available in 87% of ESPN leagues, 38% Fantrax, 62% Yahoo) –Did LA win the trade? Hard to tell this early with how well Nashville is playing but we also can't ignore how well Arvidsson is playing out on the west coast.
Great as of late, with six points in his last four games, and has played well on a higher event Kings second line that has 29 shots for in their last three games. One of the nice things about Arvidsson is his flexibility to play up anywhere on LA's top six with 113 minutes played on each of the top lines, along with seeing regular time on LA's top powerplay unit. This is a player that I really like going forward this season. With Los Angeles now starting to get healthy along with better as of late goaltending, Arvidsson could be in a fantastic spot to help swing a matchup in your direction.
The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)