Minutes Eaters: Players to Watch This Week
Minutes Eaters: Players to Watch This Week

With just weeks to go until the trade deadline, the next stretch of games will determine whether teams are sellers or buyers. For the sellers, it'll give their young players a chance to play; for the buyers, the emphasis will probably be on veterans and experience. Here are 10 players who could see their roles and minutes increase.

Blake Coleman, Devils (47 percent Yahoo owned)

One of the holdovers from the Lamoriello era and having an eerily similar career trajectory to long-time Devils great John Madden, Coleman has emerged as a very good, versatile, two-way, middle-six winger on a half-decent team. He's scored 18 goals, 15 at even strength, and ranks fifth in ice time among the forwards while playing on the second power-play unit in Travis Zajac's absence. Sustainable or not, Coleman is at least a high-volume shooter and ranks 11th in the league in hits with 142. His three-position eligibility and ability to contribute in multiple categories makes him a valuable fantasy asset. It's unlikely Coleman will get more than 17 minutes per night, but the Devils will play host in all four games this week, which includes the Kings and Hurricanes, so it's a very favorable schedule.

Erik Gustafsson (39 percent), Dylan Strome, Blackhawks (9 percent)

Who cares about defense if your only chance to win is to outscore your opponent? The Blackhawks will live with Gustafsson's defensive warts because his offense has been so good. He scored two goals against the Wild on

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