Here are some of the undrafted fantasy gems available in most leagues early on:
Had John Tavares not gone down with injury those numbers would be even higher, but he still continued to do well without him to cap a great fantasy year.
could have had a Vezina candidate from the get-go. In 61 starts, Bishop has 37 wins and some of the leagues best numbers with a 2.18 GAA and .926 SV% so far. Throw in Bishop's 5 shutouts and you have the 2nd best fantasy hockey goalie this year behind Tuukka Rask. Goalies are so valuable in fantasy hockey and to get one with these numbers off the waiver wire just doesn't seem fair.
Many Leafs fans saw this coming as MacArthur left Toronto to do well in Ottawa. With 24 goals and 54 points, MacArthur has shown flashes of his career high 62-point season back in 2010-11 with Toronto. Throw in MacArthur's 15 powerplay points, +14 rating, and 74 PIMs and you've got a Top 50 fantasy steal and heartbreak for Toronto who let him go for nothing.
the Penguins injure woes, Niskanen gained more powerplay time this season and rose to the occasion as Sidney Crosby's breakout passer. Niskanen was one of the top fantasy d-men this year with a career high 10 goals and 42 points so far. While those stats might not jump out at you for a top fantasy d-men, when you include his +33 rating, 51 PIMs and 14 powerplay points he becomes one of the top fantasy players this season.
should have picked up in November.
had a great November with 7 goals and 12 points that caught the eye of fantasy GMs. Johansen has 213 shots on goal, 43 PIMs, and 15 powerplay points thus far and those stats will do just fine on my fantasy squad.
has earned some Calder consideration for his efforts. Most likely not on the radar until 2014 where he's scored 39 of his 54 points (including 16 points in both the months of January and March), Palat has done the majority of his scoring at even strength to earn a +28 rating. Not bad for a guy who's name you probably can't pronounce.
put up most of his points without Stamkos and St. Louis having their names on the scoring line.
10-win month of January. Despite limited games played, Khudobin's numbers are too great to ignore especially in recent months when fantasy hockey ramps up.
Krug's goal scoring in the playoffs last year you might have taken a gamble and drafted him late. If not, you definitely tried to pick the young d-man up as he's currently got 14 goals and 37 points to lead all rookie defencemen in scoring. With plenty of PP time he's put up 18 extra-man points and his 177 shots on goal make him one of biggest defensive shot takers in the NHL. Don't forget that Krug is also a Bruin so of course he's +17.
most of which came in the past 3 months), Nyquist is one of the highest goal scoring undrafted fantasy guys. He's stepped up to help the Red Wings into a playoff position and likely did the same for your fantasy team down the stretch.
Harding's 1.66 GAA and .933 SV% are still league best numbers and we wish Harding the best on his recovery.
one of the bright spots on a struggling Hurricanes team. Getting a defenceman having a career season for free off the waiver wire seems like a steal to us.
Tyler Seguin trade, Smith has had a solid year with 19 goals and 49 points this season playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. While he doesn't shoot as much as fantasy GMs would hope with 137 SOGs, his +24 and 13 powerplay points make up for that category. Keep this kid in mind when you're picking your playoff fantasy team as he and the Bruins are good for a few playoff rounds.
starting to resemble the player that played in Italy's 2nd Division during the lockout as he's already scored more goals and points this season than his previous 4 seasons combined. 20 goals and 47 points are great for a guy seeing just over 16 mins/game, but it's his powerplay production that has made him so valuable with 20 powerplay points on the year. Keep an eye on Bonino for your playoff pool as he's currently playing on the top line with Getzlaf and Perry.
tied for the Devils powerplay scoring despite playing in fewer games.
a league leading 6 shorthanded points and 10 on the powerplay. With a +20 rating, Johnson did his most damage playing with Ondrej Palat and Marty St. Louis and continues to have a strong rookie campaign that could earn him some Calder consideration.