We're at the American Thanksgiving mark of the season and I think this is a good benchmark of who's who and who is for real in the NHL. It's also a good point to look forward at who we'll likely see come playoffs. Last season on this date your division leaders were Florida, Carolina, Minnesota, and Calgary. All four of those clubs made playoffs and three of them won their divisions (Colorado won the Central over Minnesota). This season your division leaders as of right now are Boston, New Jersey, Dallas, and Vegas. It's something to watch for moving forward, but always like to use this week as a good gauge so to speak. With that, let's dive in!
The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)
Rasmus Sandin, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (Rostered in 2% of ESPN leagues, 36% Fantrax, 12% Yahoo) – You guys know the drill by now, someone goes down, we add the replacement. Although usually these spots are a short-term fix, this is an advantageous spot here for this week's Immediate Fix.
Morgan Rielly was put onto LTIR Tuesday afternoon which does hurt this Toronto blueline and power play, but it does give us an advantage in fantasy to pick up a lower rostered option in his absence, and for that we turn to Rasmus Sandin. Sandin is a player I've always really liked, probably 10% because of what he brings to the table, and 90% because he has been a cheap Leafs D man to throw onto Toronto powerplay stacks in DFS. Now though, he may see a permanent roll this season not only on the Leafs top D pair, but as power play quarterback as well and that's a great spot to be in. Right now Toronto is 5th in goals for on the man advantage, which is maybe a slower start than we anticipated but once that unit gets going Sandin could be in a great spot to benefit from whatever offense comes his way.
For now it looks like Toronto is going to use Sandin in the roles that we listed, but just keep an eye on if the Leafs pivot and go to Mark Giordano in the top power play roll, or possibly even Justin Holl. I think if you have space on your roster to make a move, see how Sandin works with the Leafs top skaters for the time being. If he sticks on top pair, top power