As fans and fantasy managers, we all have certain expectations of the level of play that is sustainable for any given player. When we watch games, we notice certain players that stand out more, be it for spectacular offense or steady defense. Every now and then, a player begins to surprise us by going on a hot streak we thought was simply too much for them to sustain. In fantasy, it's important to identify not just those players, but the circumstances that have led to them finding extra success.
This week, the spotlight goes to Rasmus Asplund, who ends the week on a six-game point streak. The 23-year-old has three goals and five assists in that span, and the absence of Victor Olofsson (soft tissue injury) has allowed Asplund to play in a top-line role. It's an impressive run for a player who had all of 14 points in his first 57 contests across two seasons. A second-round pick from 2016, it's not all too surprising to see Asplund take a step forward, but his 10 points in 11 games is likely more than he can sustain all season. That said, the Sabres are not brimming with top-six talent, so he should stay high up the lineup even when Olofsson returns.
Another player who has benefited from a move up the lineup is Flames blueliner Oliver Kylington. Full disclosure: the Flames are my team, and if I was behind the bench, I'm not sure I would have trusted