With the All-Star break now in our rear-view mirrors, it's time to focus ahead towards the trade deadline and the subsequent home stretch of the season. We are quickly approaching the time where you as an owner need to decide whether you are a contender or a pretender. For those of you in keeper leagues, is it time to sell off pieces for draft picks? Or alternatively, do you think you are a piece of two away from finishing in the money? Before you go making any big splashes though, let's take a look at some add and drop candidates for this week.
After an unexpected coaching change in Edmonton this week, new head coach Jay Woodcroft is opting to roll with Puljujarvi on the top line with Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman. Friday's game versus the Blackhawks saw Puljujarvi score a goal, so hopefully the trio can get some offense brewing for the Oilers under their new coach. Puljujarvi has 11 goals and 15 assists to date and is on pace for a 50-point season, which would be the best of his career.
2016 feels like a lifetime ago, but it's crazy to think Puljujarvi is still just 23 years of age. Hopefully he can continue to develop his game even further and eventually be a bonafide fantasy asset down the road, but for now he is worth a look if you need some forward depth. He is averaging 2.5 shots per game this season, which is also a career best. On top of his offense, he also is good for a hit or two per game which is a nice added bonus.
It's worth noting the Oilers play five times next week, so you will have some opportunities to get him in on the off-nights where less games are being played. While he is heavily rostered in Fantrax leagues at 78%, he is still widely available in Yahoo leagues where he is just 33% owned, and as well as ESPN leagues where he is 43% owned.
Boldy has just recently begun his NHL journey as he has only played in 12 games. Through those games though, Boldy has impressed. He's netted four goals and added six assists for 10 points to date. He's been getting surprisingly solid deployment, seeing top-six minutes and playing on a line with Frederick