Eastern Edge: Potentially Bright Fantasy Futures for Skinner, Olofsson, Reinhart, and More

Brennan Des


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When evaluating a player's performance for a given season, it's easiest to look at their overall production. It's a number we're all familiar with, a number that can be compared between different players, and a number that's readily available on every website. Although it's easily accessible, overall production can sometimes be misleading. Factors like line mate quality/familiarity, ice time, offensive zone deployment, coaching styles, and injuries can influence a player's output. Those factors often change over the course of a season, so it's usually more valuable to analyze a player's production during different segments of the year. In that way, you can see what factors were in place during a player's most, or least productive stretches. To put some of this into practice in a very simple way, this week's Eastern Edge will discuss players who had strong second half performances last year. Because the public places such an emphasis on overallproduction, many of these players will be undervalued during upcoming fantasy drafts.

Sam Reinhart

Unlike some other players on this list, Reinhart's overall production last year (82 points in 78 games) was pretty impressive. The reason we're talking about him is because his overall production doesn't quite capture how dominant he was. His numbers are weighed down by a poor start, presumably an adjustment period as he got familiar with his new team in Florida. He started the year with 12 points in his first 21 outings (47-point pace), seeing 16 and a half minutes of ice time per game, with a 50% share of the team's total power-play time. From that point on, he racked up 70 points in 57 games (100-point pace), skating 18 minutes a night and enjoying 70% of Florida's time with the man advantage. His deployment and production from the final three quarters