Eastern Edge: Finding Draft Value From Every Team, Including Necas, Barzal, Matheson, and More

Brennan Des


In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll identify a player that's worth targeting from each team in the conference. These players should provide value that outweighs the cost to acquire them in fantasy drafts.

Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk

Since posting a 50-point pace in his rookie campaign and a 30-goal pace in his sophomore season, DeBrusk's production has been underwhelming over the past three years. However, he showed signs of life late last season, posting 10 goals and six assists in his final 20 appearances. With Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand sidelined to start the year, DeBrusk should see an increased role at both even strength and on the power play. He had a rocky relationship with former coach Bruce Cassidy, so a fresh start with new coach Jim Montgomery could help DeBrusk that next step offensively.

Buffalo Sabres – Victor Olofsson

I've mentioned Olofsson as a strong bounce back candidate a few times during the offseason. With up-and-coming young talent capturing most of the attention in Buffalo, Olofsson – who is just two seasons removed from an impressive 64-point rookie campaign – has fallen off the radar in fantasy leagues. He was hindered by an oblique injury for a decent chunk of last season but still finished with a 56-point pace. He ended the year on a high note, tallying 25 points in his last 28 appearances. I think a healthy Olofsson will carry that momentum into this season, ultimately flirting with a 25-goal, 60-point pace. That's decent production for a player that will start out on the waiver wire in many fantasy leagues.

Carolina Hurricanes – Martin Necas

All eyes in Carolina are on Seth Jarvis, who has been touted as a breakout candidate by many outlets this year. While Jarvis certainly has the talent and opportunity to succeed, he's now a well-known commodity and is being drafted as such. In contrast, Martin Necas, a 23-year-old forward who posted a 63-point pace just one season ago, will begin the season a free agent in many fantasy leagues. Ne