Even more is ahead for Ryan Johansen and Brayden Schenn, don't forget about Dan Hamhuis and more …
Over the past three years, his most common linemates have been Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson, and all three are much weaker offensive contributors than Johansen. Among skaters with at least 2,500 minutes in all situations during the three-year stretch, Foligno ranked 71st in points per 60 minutes (2.34), Jenner ranked 136th (1.91), and Atkinson ranked 128th (1.97). Johansen ranked 27th with a 2.62 mark.
He's a point-per-game threat available well into Round 4 of drafts, and unless that changes significantly, he's a roster building block to target with your third or fourth selection. Johansen's one of the rare players available after Round 3 with both a high floor and a high ceiling, and he's already posted a 71-point showing.
However, what's most intriguing is his running mates this year should be a combination of James Neal, Filip Forsberg, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson. Plus, four quality offensive-defenseman in Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis.
And finally, even if Johansen shows no improvement on his 2014-15 numbers with Nashville, he scored at an 82-game pace of 66.4 points. Only 22 players registered 66 points last year.
Avoiding arbitration should be viewed as a plus for Brayden Schenn. He's now improved in the point column in each full season and had a beastly cross-category return last year: 26 goals, 59 points, 22 power-play points, 33 penalty minutes, plus-3 rating, 178 shots and 187 hits.
Since the lockout, only 32 times has a player posted a stat line of 25 goals, 10 power-play goals, 55 points and 30 penalty minutes, and Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are the only players to accomplish the feat in each year. Schenn was one of just 13 players to hit all four marks last year.
Among skaters with 1,000 minutes of five-on-five time, Schenn ranked 37th in points per 60 minutes with a 1.95 mark, and he ranked 42nd among all skaters with at least 200 power-play minutes with 4.52 P/60. In all situations, Schenn ranked 18th among skaters with at least 1,250 minutes of ice time with 2.66 P/60.
Entering his age-25 season, Schenn could take a huge step forward towards 30 goals and 65 points with solid contributing statistics. So, sitting ranked at 76th at NHL.com and 115th at ESPN could open up great value in the middle rounds.
With Sean Couturier's developed scoring last year, Schenn's value might not be completely tied to playing with Claude Giroux, either. Albeit, skating with Giroux would obviously be a huge help. Just note, Giroux and Wayne Simmonds were both better at five-on-five with Schenn on their line than when they played without him.
There's a decent case for Dan Hamhuis as a late-round filler to round out your fantasy blueline. The veteran has been limited to just 117 games over the past two seasons and returned only 36 points. He's off the fantasy radar.
However, Dallas lost 60 points from their defense corps with the loss of Alex Goligoski and Jason Demers, and remember, Demers only played 62 games. There are a pile of points available, and Dallas only added Hamhuis to the mix.
The 33-year-old Hamhuis is going to see a big role at even strength, and Dallas finished third in the league with a 2.46 goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five last season.
Additionally, both Goligoski (plus-21) and Demers (plus-16) moved the plus/minus needle.
Hamhuis won't pound the real-time statistics, but he tips the scales across all of penalty minutes, shots, hits and blocked shots enough to suffice. And he should easily approach 30 points this season with the potential for a great plus/minus rating.
As far as free assets go, Hamhuis is intriguing in the endgame given his likely high floor. He just has to stay healthy.
It wouldn't take Las Vegas long to have a decent club if it didn't have to draft a roster with an aggregate Expansion Draft value between 60-100 percent of the previous season's upper limit of the salary cap.
Without that restriction, the expansion club could load up on second- and third-year pros with upside and then offer ridiculously high contracts to free agents over the first few seasons.
We'll see, but is it viable to add Ryan Pulock, if you need to hit a $50 million salary floor during the expansion draft? Or perhaps better put, how many Pulock types can you add and still hit the salary floor?
Pulock is the example here because it was confirmed Monday he would have to be protected in the expansion draft. New York could very well choose to protect him, too, but the overarching point remains: Las Vegas will likely be forced to collect a less than ideal group of assets to meet a salary point.
What is most frustrating for the Islanders, surely, is Pulock is not exempt because of a three-game stint with Bridgeport following his final year with Brandon during the 2013-14 season. Those three games are going to cost New York an excellent player, as will be the case for Detroit with Mantha.
After Holland went unclaimed on waivers, he's likely an unhappy Maple Leaf following a career-best season offensively. Corrado and Holland aren't movers and shakers in most fantasy settings. Still, Holland could top out at 40 points in a fully healthy campaign, and Corrado isn't an afterthought yet.
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