Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.
So much more was expected of the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. Instead, they have the fewest points in the NHL standings (33), their defense has been a liability, their starting (Sergei Bobrovsky) and backup (Curtis McElhinney) goalies are injured, and franchise center Ryan Johansen has been under the microscope since coach John Tortorella was hired.
But there is at least one bright spot: Brandon Saad, one of my preseason fantasy breakout picks, is in line for the best regular season of his career (82-game pace: 60 points, 10 power-play goals, 238 shots on goal) and has established chemistry with a young center who's flying under the radar.
Alexander Wennberg, a 21-year-old Swede who has been playing alongside Saad at even strength in recent weeks, has shaken off his quiet, injury-plagued start with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 21 SOG in 13 games since Dec. 5. Wennberg has three multi-point outings in that span, thanks to an elevated power-play role (four PPP), averaging 2:15 per game in those situations (second among Blue Jackets forwards in past month).