Top 10 Underrated Fantasy All-Stars

Tom Collins

2022-02-07

One of the big talking points heading into the NHL’s all-star season is the list of snubs.

While some will put together a list of fantasy all-stars, many of the names mimic the NHL. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out the Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews would be fantasy all-stars.

Obviously, not everyone having a great season can make the all-star roster, but it would be nice if a few more underappreciated players play in the game.

The same holds for fantasy. The big names get all the accolades, but there are plenty of those who deserve more recognition.

Below are 10 players who would have an argument for a fantasy all-star team but may not make everyone’s initial roster.

Before I begin, a quick caveat. A lot of a player’s value will depend on your league settings. Someone with a lot of penalty minutes and hits would lose their lustre in a points-only league. I tried to include players that would cover several different fantasy leagues so everyone would have an option.

10. Adrian Kempe

Not too many people had faith in Kempe this season. That goes a long way to explaining why the 2022 NHL All-Star went undrafted in most Yahoo leagues. Despite a ranking of 104 in basic Yahoo leagues and being able to slot in as left wing or right wing, he’s available in 58 per cent of Yahoo leagues. However, he’s quietly become one of L.A.’s best offensive weapons. His 19 goals are tied for 27th in the league and leads the Kings, while his 28 points are third-best. He’s demolishing his shot numbers, averaging 2.89 shots per game (up from last year’s career high of 2.27). He’s also on pace for slight career highs in PIM and hits. While he has only six power-play points, he’s playing on the top unit with Anze Kopitar, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he bests his career high of 14 power-play points as well.

9. Alex Nedeljkovic

Some of his numbers may not seem that great, but he can still contribute in many fantasy leagues, depending on your settings. If your league counts saves, then Ned’s value skyrockets as he currently sits seventh in the league in saves. His numbers (13 wins, 2.90 GAA, 943 saves, 0.911 SV %, one shutout) are very similar to Connor Hellebuyck (14 wins, 2.90 GAA, 1,017 saves, two shutouts, 0.910 SV %).

8. Radko Gudas

You’re never going to choose Gudas for points, but he continues to be a beast in peripherals. In 45 games, he has 57 PIM, 67 shots, 199 hits and 66 blocked shots. How great are those numbers? Let’s look more closely at his hit total, where he is first by a mile. The next closest is Ryan Reaves at 165, and the next closest defenseman is Alexander Romanov at 147. Only six defensemen have at least 125 hits. His 66 blocked shots give him an average of 1.47 per game, his highest since 2018-19. His 1.27 PIM per game is his highest since 2016-17. His 11 points are just a bonus.

7. Chandler Stephenson

Stephenson missed a couple of games before the all-star weekend due to Covid-19 protocols, but it