Now that the second round is officially underway, I figured it's time to start thinking and talking about the players that advanced past the first round who carry value going into next season. The first round of the playoffs was incredibly exciting with many series going to game seven, including some overtime games along the way. The playoffs are always some of the more intense times of the NHL year and with the way some of the matchups are going currently, I think we are due for one of the more exciting playoffs in recent memory.
With that being said, it's time to start discussing some of the players who made it to the second round, who could help provide some good value going into next season.
With the NHL regular season ending, Fantrax doesn't have the roster percentages showing currently so I will be omitting them for the foreseeable future! The positions listed for each player come from the official website of the NHL. With the contract years, I will be listing any UFA/RFA as just that and specifying what type of FA they are. Anybody who has a contract guaranteed for next season, I will be listing the number of years left that as if we have started next season. Sam Reinhart for example has three years remaining as of this moment, the remainder of this season, and then two more after this one. Cap information from Cap Friendly.
#1) Andrew Mangiapane – LW – Calgary Flames Contract: $2.425M – RFA this summer Roster Percentages: 82.7% ESPN, 59% Yahoo
With Mangiapane set to become a RFA this summer and having set a career high in goals, assists, and points, expect a raise for the 26-year-old this summer. Calgary has shuffled their lines throughout the year, but often Mangiapane has found most of his ice-time coming from being on the second line. During the playoffs so far, he has been a staple to that second line, left wing role, while receiving valuable second power play unit time. Having scored 35 goals on the year, he wound up finishing fourth among Calgary players in that category. With Calgary having the expectations of making the playoffs again next year, expect a player like Mangiapane to player a similar role next year for the team. After having a breakout season, I don't really foresee Calgary moving on from him if they don't have to. Even if he somehow found a new home, I would still expect to see him carry value going into next season due to the contract he'll receive. I don't expect a pay-raise high enough to put him into a category where his production doesn't match the dollars behind him. He managed to put up close to 40 goals, while averaging less than 16 minutes of ice time. If he can become your fantasy team's depth scoring winger, I would consider that to be a positive.
#2) Tony DeAngelo – D – Carolina Hurricanes Contract: $1M – RFA this summer Roster Percentages: 76.7% ESPN, 82% Yahoo