Looking Ahead: New Role for Boqvist; Thompson and Skinner; Provorov, and More

Andrew Santillo


Is there anything better than the "Game Will Start Shortly" screen on NHL.tv? It's the calm before the storm and with most leagues having around six or seven weeks remaining in the season we're right in the thick of things. Let's do what we do and try to swing a matchup in your direction.

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

Adam Boqvist, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (Available in 93% of ESPN leagues, 50% Fantrax, 94% Yahoo) –
Jackets defensemen Zach Werenski missed Thursday's game vs Florida and will also miss Friday's game vs Carolina. For Boqvist that means playing a larger role on a very high event club.

This isn't the first time Boqvist has played in Werenski's absence, in early January while Werenski missed time due to COVID, Boqvist played over 21 minutes a game which is well over his season average of 17 minutes. With the extra minutes comes top power play time, which is great for fantasy, but Boqvist this also adds shot blocking ability on a club that tends to give up their fair share of shots. So far this season the Jackets have the highest shot attempts by games played in the NHL at just over 35 shots a night.

Even if Werenski is only out of the lineup for a handful of games, I think adding Boqvist is a chance to grab some points for your blue line. He's been good offensively with 10 goals and nine assists on the season with a 22% shooting percentage, which is not only the highest percentage for Columbus defensemen, but for defensemen in the entire league. Great trade by you, Chicago.

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

Tage Thompson, C/LW/RW, Buffalo Sabres (Available in 67% of ESPN leagues, 34% Fantrax, 48% Yahoo) –
Taking a look at the ownership numbers on different fantasy and DFS sites, it looks like the secret may be out on Buffalo's top line. Thompson is still available in a fair amount of leagues and I think if you have a roster spot open he makes a great addition to your club.

Thompson's ownership really took off following his hat trick vs Colorado but even outside of that there's been a lot to like about his game. He has ten points in his last ten games which is great but what also makes him valuable is his current line combination with wingers Alex Tuch and Jeff Skinner. Not only are all three skaters fully correlated on the power play but as of recently this is a line that has been shooting the lights out. In the last 15 days Tuch leads all the NHL with 31 shots on goal, and Skinner is sixth in the league with 22 shots on goal. Even if Thompson isn't necessarily the trigger man on this line, the fact that this line is putting pucks on net only adds to his value offensively. Not to mention in most leagues Thompson being wing and center eligible which makes it easy to float him around your