Fantasy sleepers for 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Columbus Blue Jackets: Alexandre Texier, F–The Blue Jackets rookie forward had three points (two objectives, one help) and seven shots on goal in 13: 28 per game during their first round sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He skated mainly on the third line with forwardsNick FolignoandBoone Jennerand saw time on the 2nd power-play system with forwardsPierre-Luc Dubois,Oliver BjorkstrandJosh Andersonand elite defensemanSeth Jones
Video: TBL@CBJ, Gm4: Texier snipes early power-play objective
Boston Bruins:Jaroslav Halak, G–The Bruins goalie did not play in their very first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs however might have an opportunity in the 2nd round if starterTuukka Raskfalters. Halak is experienced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, going 13-15 with a.924 conserve portion in 30 looks and could make an impact versus the Columbus Blue Jackets if called upon. Halak’s regular season SV%(.922) was much better than Rask’s (.912).
Carolina Hurricanes:Justin Faulk, D–The Hurricanes defenseman had 3 assists in seven video games versus the Washington Capitals in the first round. He skated 26: 11 per game (second among Hurricanes skaters) on the leading pair, bringing exposure to forwardsSebastian AhoandTeuvo TeravainenFaulk might see extra offensive production in the 2nd round versus the New york city Islanders if forwardsAndrei SvechnikovandMicheal Ferlandreturn from injury.
New York Islanders:Tom Kuhnhackl, F–The Islanders forward had 2 assists and 7 SOG in 13: 45 per game throughout their sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Kuhnhackl skated on the 2nd line with forwardsJosh BaileyandBrock Nelson, who have combined for seven points in 4 playoff games. Kuhnhackl, who had two objectives prohibited in Game 1, has not been known for his offensive production however might continue to contribute if the lineup placement sticks.
Colorado Avalanche:Colin Wilson, F–The Avalanche forward had four points (two goals, two helps), one on the power play and 13 SOG in 16: 41 per game against the Calgary Flames. Wilson skated on the second line with elite forwardMikko RantanenandCarl Soderbergand leading power play with Rantanen,Nathan MacKinnon,Gabriel Landeskogand defensemanTyson Barriein the preliminary. If the Avalanche continue to keep Rantanen on the second line, Wilson has sly upside versus the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round. Wilson has actually produced prior to in the playoffs, scoring 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games for the Nashville Predators in 2016.
Dallas Stars:Jason Dickinson, F–Destiny forward had two goals and 11 SOG in 14: 54 per game against the Predators in the preliminary. Dickinson has been skating on an underrated 2nd line with forwardsMats ZuccarelloandRoope Hintz, who combined for 6 points in the preliminary. While Dickinson has actually not skated on either power-play system, the Stars will likely continue to rely on the second line to take pressure off the loaded leading line of elite forwardsJamie Benn,Alexander RadulovandTyler Seguin
St. Louis Blues:Oskar Sundqvist, F–The Blues forward had four points (two objectives, 2 assists) and 12 SOG in 16: 35 per game versus the Winnipeg Jets in the first round. He skated mainly on the second line with forwardsBrayden SchennandJaden Schwartz, who had four objectives and 15 SOG in six games versus the Jets. Sundqvist did not skate on either power play versus the Jets however could see time on the second unit if he continues to produce.
Video: STL@WPG, Gm2: Sundqvist buries 2nd objective five-hole
San Jose Sharks:Joonas Donskoi, F–The Sharks forward remains in a 37- video game goal drought however brings renewed upside in their 2nd round series versus the Avalanche. He had 2 SOG in 14: 49 per game against the Vegas Golden Knights in the very first round however missed out on 4 games since of healthy scratches and an injury sustained in Video game 6. If healthy, Donskoi could secure a lineup spot with forwardJoe Pavelski(upper body) unsure to begin their series versus the Avalanche and had 4 points (2 goals, two assists) in nine video games last postseason. Donskoi had an NHL career-high 37 points (14 goals, 23 helps) during the regular season.
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