Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.
C - Eric Staal, MIN ($6,300)
The Minnesota Wild got exactly what they hoped for when they signed Staal to a three-year contract last summer. Prior to Saturday, he was leading the Wild in points (33) and had 13 goals. Staal is six points behind his total in 83 games last season with the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes. He has seven goals and 14 points in his past 10 games, good for 5.0 DraftKings points per game. There haven't been many poor performances this season from Staal, who will visit the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
C - Kyle Turris, OTT ($5,800)
Kyle Turris is centering the Ottawa Senators' second line with Ryan Dzingel and Bobby Ryan, with whom he's shown good chemistry this season. Turris had a goal in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals last Sunday and has two goals and five assists in 10 games. He's averaging 3.1 DraftKings points per game in the past 10 games and averaged more than two SOG per game and one block per game, which are solid peripherals. Turris had an assist and two blocks (3.0 DraftKings points) on Oct. 30 against the Edmonton Oilers, his opponent on Sunday.
Video: OTT@WSH: Turris slots home the feed from Dzingel
W - Mikael Granlund, MIN ($5,200)
Staal's teammate, Granlund is also having a solid season, although he's flying more under the radar. Granlund has 10 goals and 31 points and has four goals and 10 assists in his past 10 games (4.7 DraftKings points per game). He has points in eight of 10 games, including six multi-point games. Granlund is on pace to set a career high in goals and points (he had 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games last season), and has been one of the key cogs in the Wild's offense. His $5,200 price tag is very appealing.
W - Sebastian Aho, CAR ($4,700)
Aho hasn't been talked about nearly as much as other rookies in the League, but the Carolina Hurricanes wing quietly has had a good season. He has eight goals and 21 points in 39 games, including three goals and seven points in 10 games. The 19-year-old isn't afraid to put the puck on net, evidence by his 94 SOG. On Sunday he'll be home, where the Hurricanes are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games, to play the Boston Bruins.
W - Jonathan Drouin, TBL ($5,500)
Drouin has picked up the slack for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who remain without Steven Stamkos. Drouin has 11 goals and 23 points in 32 games, including five goals and 10 points in his past 10 games prior to Saturday (3.8 DraftKings points per game). He has points in seven of 10 games and a 12.5 shooting percentage. Playing on the power play is also a plus for Drouin, who will play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
D - Duncan Keith, CHI ($5,300)
Keith may have one goal this season, but that doesn't diminish his value; he's among the League leaders in assists with 27 and has 47 blocks and 86 SOG in 42 games. He has seven assists and 12 blocks in the past eight games. Keith has 85 goals and 401 assists in his NHL career, so this season hasn't been out of the ordinary. He's averaging 2.9 DraftKings points per game this season and has four assists, five blocks and six SOG in three games this season against the Nashville Predators, who the Chicago Blackhawks play Sunday.
D - Ryan Ellis, NSH ($4,200)
Ellis has 14 points, but three have come in his past four games. He is a defensive defenseman with 60 blocks compared to 45 SOG, but can chip in offensively when needed. The 2.8 DraftKings points per game may not be great, but at $4,200, he potentially provide a spark to your lineup, allowing you to spend funds elsewhere.
G - Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ ($8,200)
The Columbus Blue Jackets' 16-game winning streak ended on Thursday with a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. As a result, Bobrovsky was expected to sit Saturday in favor of backup Curtis McElhinney, and start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 23 shots Thursday, but has been one of the best goalies this season. His 5.8 DraftKings points per game make him a great choice, even though he's the most expensive goalie in this contest. Bobrovsky was 25-6-2 with a 2.03 GAA and .930 SV% prior entering Saturday.
Video: CBJ@WSH: Bobrovsky stones Winnik on shorthanded break
UTIL - Nick Bonino, PIT ($4,600)
The Penguins have won four games in a row, and, although Bonino only has two assists during that span, he's still a decent option. Ten of his 17 points have come at home this season and this will be Pittsburgh's first game of the calendar year after having not played since Dec. 31, meaning he should be refreshed. Bonino also chips in with blocks (47 in 38 games this season) and has averaged almost 2 SOG in his past 10 games.
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