Lining Up: New Opportunities for Kubalik, Montour, Robertson, and Others

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to another edition of Lining Up. It's early in the season but already there are controversies and injuries beginning to mount. This means plenty of players are receiving new opportunities to thrive and Lining Up will try to make some recommendations to help fantasy rosters in the week to come. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some get to quarter-back the top Florida power-play.

Let's dive in.

Dominik Kubalik

Dominik Kubalik has had a moderate start to his career while in Chicago. His first two seasons showed strong promise as he produced back-to-back campaigns with a 0.68 points per game pace. However last season saw a dip where he only tallied 31 points in 78 games for a 0.40 pace. Now with a change of scenery on a rising Detroit squad, he has kicked off his fourth season with eight points in five games and is lining up alongside Dylan Larkin for more than half of his time at even strength.

He has also seemingly earned a spot on the power-play unit with David Perron and Dylan Larkin. Detroit may be splitting time between two units more so than other teams, but this unit saw a slightly larger share of the available time last game at 54.5%. Kubalik is currently rostered in only 40% of Yahoo leagues, get him while he's receiving this deployment and on the hot streak.

Jeff Petry

After a dismal season last year in Montreal that saw Petry post only five points through his first 34 games, he began to come around under the guidance of new coach Martin St. Louis, closing out the campaign with 11 points in 13 games. Petry subsequently moved to Pittsburgh where his fantasy value became questionable. From the 2017-2018 season to last season, Petry had a %PP average of 50 compared to the 33.6 he has seen so far with Pittsburgh. Even with that lesser deployment, he has been very valuable early this season, especially in multi-cat leagues. Petry currently is sitting at one goal and four points in five games along with just over two shots per game and over five hits and blocks. In practice and in last night's game against Edmonton, Petry