Ramblings: Hits Options Jeannot, M. Foligno; Playoff Scoring and More (Jun 26)

Ian Gooding

2022-06-26

Since his debut in the 2013-14 season, only five players have registered more hits than Tom Wilson. Over that time, Wilson has gradually developed into a scoring threat as well, all the way from his 10-point rookie season to his career-high 24 goals and 52 points last season. The combination of scoring and peripherals makes Wilson an incredibly valuable player in bangers leagues. Unfortunately, he isn't expected to return until around December following knee surgery.

This past season, four players were credited for at least 200 hits while scoring at least 20 goals. One was Wilson. Another was Brady Tkachuk, who is also well-known as a dual threat for scoring and hits. I'll discuss the other two below and what they might have in store for next season.

Tanner Jeannot

Only Radko Gudas had more hits than Jeannot in 2021-22 (318). The Predators winger showed signs of a physical presence in limited duty in 2020-21 with 53 hits in just 15 games and 17.5 Hits/60. As well, only Mark Borowiecki and Pat Maroon finished with more penalty minutes than Jeannot (130), which should make the undrafted Jeannot a much-desired player in bangers leagues – even without the scoring.

As for the scoring, I'm a little less sold. One big one is that Jeannot doesn't see much power-play time. That number crept up a little as the season went on, but consider him a PP2 option at best. As well, his shooting percentage (19.4%) and secondary assist percentage (47.1%) both check out higher than expected. Jeannot averages about 1.5 SOG/GP, so that number will likely need to improve. Playing on more of a scoring line might be one way for his shot total to increase, since his most frequent linemates have been Colton Sissons and Yakov Trenin.

In bangers leagues, I'm absolutely zeroing in on Jeannot as a possible Wilson substitute. If his scoring doesn't dip much, he has tremendous value. However, Jeannot is way down the list for me in pure points leagues. He's currently 254 in the