Looking Ahead: Vatrano Better In New York

Andrew Santillo


Odds are right now your fantasy league has the rest of this week and next to finish out the season which means the name of the game is monitoring ice time, injuries, and the schedule. If you're on the outside looking into a playoff spot or looking to make moves before a bye week, let's look to set you up with the players in good spots upcoming.

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

Sean Durzi, D, Los Angeles Kings (Rostered in 10% of ESPN leagues, 45% Fantrax, 19% Yahoo)
– With Drew Doughty still on the shelf, Durzi has become the primary defenseman for the Kings. If you're in need of defense on your club, I think this could be a good addition before Doughty returns. 

Doughty has been on the sidelines with an upper-body injury since March 7 and there hasn't been a date or game in place that's been set for his return. While he has been participating more in practice, there could be some games here upcoming for LA that you can pencil in Durzi to play a larger role on the Kings even strength and power play.

Durzi is skating on the top pair along with quarterbacking the Kings top power play, which has come an ice time bump from 18:52 a game to 24:22 along with more opportunities to shoot and be able to contribute. The Kings power play wasn't stellar in March with only seven goals for ranking them 26th in the NHL over that time, and while their even-strength offense slowed up a bit as well this is still a good club with a very good top six. I think the move here is if you're in the neighborhood for a low-owned defensemen, pick up Durzi for the time being until Doughty returns to the lineup.

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

Frank Vatrano, LW/RW, New York Rangers (Rostered in 58% of ESPN leagues, 27% Fantrax, 22% Yahoo)
– I've stood by the Rangers fans here all season agreeing with them that this club needed another winger to really elevate their game going towards playoffs. The Rangers went out did just that and more brining in Andrew Copp, who for now is used as a center until Ryan Strome returns, and Vatrano.

Since coming over from Florida, Vatrano has six points in eight games and has seen his ice time increase from the average time on ice he saw with the Panthers. I