Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Undrafted Fantasy Young Guns

We're just over a quarter into the season and there's been some impressive young guns out there lighting up the NHL. The usual top incoming rookies were drafted in fantasy leagues such as Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, Aleksander Barkov, and Jonathan Drouin (sucks if you drafted him before he got sent down) because of their names and star potential. With those big names off the board there were definitely some undrafted gems to be picked up who's numbers would be paying off big time for your fantasy team.

Here are the young guns that you hopefully scooped up off waivers in your fantasy leagues at the beginning of the season:

Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

The 6th overall pick from the June draft wasn't a lock to make the team and nobody expected him to step in and be 2nd in goals and points on the Flames. In 21 games Monahan has put up 8 goals and 14 points and could be a 50-point player this year with the ice time he's getting playing on Calgary's top line. He started hot with 9 points in his first 8 games, but he hasn't any big dry spells and appears to be scoring consistently with 3 points in his past 4 games.

Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild

You have to think Garth Snow is already regretting dealing away Nino for Cal Clutterbuck last June with the way the young Swiss forward has been playing. Niederreiter, who was the 5th overall pick back in 2010, is tied for 5th in points on the Wild with 12 in 23 games and is a +6. In deeper leagues where it can be hard to find wingers, taking a flyer on Nino should pay off this year especially if you have hits as a category as his 52 lead the Wild.

Torey Krug, Boston Bruins

Undrafted in the NHL and there's a good chance he went undrafted in your hockey pool. The 22-year-old Krug might only be 5'9", but he has been a monster of a point producer from the back end. In 21 games Krug as 6 goals and 12 points to lead rookie defencemen, and his +5 rating and 50 shots on goal are among the tops for all rookies. You have to imagine the nightmares he still gives Rangers fans when Freddie Kruger scored 4 goals in 5 games in the Eastern Conference Semi's.

Brandon Pirri, Chicago Blackhawks

It shouldn't be that shocking to see the kid who led the AHL last year in points excel at the NHL level. Just 22-years-old, Pirri is getting a chance to play and he hasn't looked out of place. In 17 games Pirri has 6 goals and 11 points despite only averaging only 12:32 TOI/game which is low considering the top rookie scorers are getting at least 16 minutes a night.

Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets

The 21-year-old Johansen is starting to find his offensive talents that he showed off in the WHL and has already surpassed his point totals from last year when he put up 12 points in 40 games. Through 21 games he leads the Blue Jackets in goals with 6 and his 13 points are good enough for 3rd on the team. An increase in powerplay and total ice help help his offence, but he's still hurting defensively with a -7 rating.

Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks

Hertl started off the season hot and has cooled slightly, but he still leads all rookies in scoring with 12 goals and 18 points. Throw in a +7 rating through 21 games playing on a line with Jumbo Joe and you've got a fantasy steal if you were smart enough to see who his linemates were to start the season. If sending veteran backups into retirement was a category you would have locked that one up to thanks to Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl:


  1. Drafted Hertl in every yahoo draft this year and I am sure most gm's thought I was nuts.



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