Looking Ahead: Hanifin Can Help

Andrew Santillo


Clubs have started to come back from various breaks, as well as playing in games that were scheduled around Christmas time. Your fantasy lineup may vary from day to day without much regularity in it, but let's try to navigate some spots to help get ahead this week.

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

Laurent Brossoit, G, Vegas Golden Knights (Available in 93% of ESPN leagues, 65% Fantrax, 78% Yahoo)
– Knights head coach Pete DeBoer told the media that Robin Lehner was evaluated by doctors and will be back, "sooner rather than later." Whether that means early next week or into next weekend, this gives us a chance to grab some starts from a very low-owned Brossoit.

Although Brossoit is a backup, I think he's one of the better ones in the league and could probably start for at least four or five clubs right now. Seriously, I recently watched Filip Gustavsson versus Sam Montembeault, so there's two right there. Even though the Knights fell short on Wednesday night at home to the Avalanche, I thought he had a strong outing and that's been the trend when Vegas goes to him in net.

In 17 GP this season (14 starts) Brossoit has nine wins, eight quality starts, a .906 save percentage, and 2.62 goals against average. That's not too shabby and for a backup. While Lehner is out I think taking advantage of starting Brossoit is a great way to get some spot starts here in the short term.

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

Noah Hanifin, D, Calgary Flames (Available in 90% of ESPN leagues, 57% Fantrax, 84% Yahoo)
– Hanifin has been a player I've had on my watch list for a while now and the one thing keeping me off adding him to any of my fantasy teams was that he just didn't have the offense at times. That's not so much the story the past couple of weeks and I think this is a player worth putting in a claim for or making an add/drop.

Hanifin has five points in his last five games which is good but what makes him such an intriguing addition is that he plays on Calgary's top defensive pairing which means he plays even strength time with Calgary's top line. Buzzsaw, wagon, juggernaut, whatever you want to use to describe how well the Gaudreau – Lindholm – Tkachuk line has been playing is probably fair and Hanifin playing even-strength time with them only ups his fantasy value. In 200 minutes played that forward group has 32.8 expected goals for and in the last ten games have 11 goals. Looking more into his even-strength time, the Rasmus Andersson – Hanifin duo has been exceptional as of late, with a 7.4 percent shooting percentage in their last ten games.

On the man advantage sure, Hanifin sees time away from Calgary's top line and is paired with Calgary's second line, but that's not much of a downgrade with that grouping also scoring 11 goals in their last ten games, along with 21 shots for in their last three games. I think adding Hanifin moving forward can only help your fantasy team playing on a club that has not slowed down yet this season.

The Odd Man Out (His short-term value is cause for concern)

Evgenii Dado