Hutch's Hockey: It's Good To Be King

Hutch's Hockey: It's Good To Be King

Life is better with hockey on. The best part of the NHL, in my opinion, is the unpredictability. Did anyone really see the Blue Jackets putting up eight goals on the Coyotes or the Sabres beating last year's Stanley Cup finalist Canadiens? While some of these things can incite panic or joy in fan bases, it's important to remember that no team has played more than three games yet. The start of the season can show us where teams are headed, but it's by no means a make-or-break part of the year. 

That said, some seeds have been planted this past week that could blossom into fantasy value. I'd like to shine a particular spotlight on Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, who both sit in the top-three in NHL scoring this week. Obviously, fantasy managers can't just pick them off the waiver wire – they were often mid-round selections this season. Their value is likely through the roof in a trade now, but we can capitalize on the hot starts by looking at the supporting cast. 

  • Viktor Arvidsson picked up a power-play goal and an assist in two games, and he also added 10 shots on goal. His offense has declined for three straight years due to injury and shortened seasons, but he's gotten first dibs on Kopitar's left wing. Just for comparison's sake, Dustin Brown likely has Kopitar to thank for not dropping under 30 points in the last five years. The injury concern with Arvidsson is fair,
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Shawn Hutchinson
Shawn has covered sports independently since 2010, and joined RotoWire in 2019. He serves as a beat writer for the Calgary Flames and contributes in hockey and baseball. Shawn also enjoys soccer, rooting on his hometown teams: Sounders FC and Reign FC.
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