Looking Ahead: Something Positive in Long Island

Andrew Santillo

2022-01-21

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The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, New York Islanders (Available in 95% of ESPN leagues, 58% Fantrax, 88% Yahoo)
– It feels good to write about something positive out of Islandersland. If you're in a deeper league with less players available on your waivers I think Wahlstrom might just be an add that can help in the coming days.

So on the surface of the stat sheet Wahlstrom has one point in his last four games, but that's coming off COVID as well as the Isles hardly playing any games in late December/early January. I think that's really the issue here, as we just have not seen enough of him where he would come up as a potential addition to any fantasy team. Coming into this week, the Isles are in action four times and will play four times again next week, so I think them seeing more consistent ice time will only help both Wahlstrom's fantasy value and the Islanders as a whole.

Wahlstrom is a player I've always really liked and think he should see more time on the top six, and the offensive numbers show it. So far this season he has the highest points per 60 minutes and highest shots on goal per 60 minutes of his career and in the past week he has 18 shots on goal. The only players with more than him in that same timespan are Mikko Rantanen, Roman Josi, Nathan MacKinnon, and Jeff Skinner. Wahlstrom also see's top power play time which only adds to his value for your fantasy or DFS lineup.

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

Anton Lundell, C, Florida Panthers (Available in 90% of ESPN leagues, 42% Fantrax, 75% Yahoo)
– I get it, sometimes in fantasy there's always that pause before adding a rookie, but I think Lundell might be worth the addition, and not just for a week or two but for the long haul.

In short, Florida is good at hockey. Not really a hot take, but their offense is fantastic and for fantasy and DFS those are the teams we love to target. So far this month Florida leads the entire NHL in total goals for, scoring chances, have the highest danger chances for, and Lundell is a part of reason why they are leading in these categories. The 20-year-old center has five points in his past four games and over that span has filled in top six center roles for players that have seen time in COVID protocol.

Right now, Lundell is centering Florida's third line but that's a line that does