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Fantasy picks: Jacob Trouba emerging offensively

Jets defenseman among April 8 DFS targets against Predators

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This article includes expensive and value plays and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

NOTE: These picks are for 11-game Saturday contests beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

 

TOP CENTER: Connor McDavid, EDM ($8,400)

Reaching 100 points is a real possibility for McDavid ahead of back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks to close the regular season. McDavid extended his point streak to 12 games (tied for longest in the NHL this season) on Thursday, putting him at 97 points. McDavid has the best road splits in the NHL (51 points in 40 games) and has three goals on eight shots on goal in three games against the Canucks (4.7 DraftKings points per game).

Video: EDM@SJS: McDavid pots rebound for 30th goal of season

 

VALUE CENTER: Ivan Barbashev, STL ($2,800)

Barbashev is priced $300 above the DraftKings minimum but offers sneaky upside for the St. Louis Blues at the Carolina Hurricanes. Six of his 10 points this season have come on the road. He has a low shot volume (17 SOG in 28 games) but has recently been given a top-line center trial with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. Barbashev has an assist in back-to-back games, and the Hurricanes have been outscored 14-5 in their four-game losing streak.

 

TOP WING: Jake Guentzel, PIT ($5,800)

Guentzel ranks third in 5-on-5 points per 60 minutes (2.84; minimum 500 minutes played), according to stats.hockeyanalysis.com. Only Pittsburgh Penguins linemate Conor Sheary (3.06) and McDavid (2.85) have been better in that category. Since missing four games with a concussion, Guentzel has six points (four goals, two assists), two blocks and 11 SOG during a four-game point streak he'll try to extend against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

VALUE WING: Jaromir Jagr, FLA ($4,300)

Jagr has played all 80 games for the Florida Panthers, and the 45-year-old is worth this low price to start a season-ending back-to-back. Linemate Aleksander Barkov (upper body) has missed the past four games, but Jagr has two points and 13 SOG in that span. He has been effective against the Buffalo Sabres, with three assists and nine SOG in three games this season.

 

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Jacob Trouba, WPG ($5,100)

Trouba has 33 points in 59 games, 18th in points per game among defensemen (0.56). He has six points, nine blocks and 12 SOG in his past five games, and two assists, three blocks and seven SOG in two games against the Nashville Predators this season. Averaging 24:57 per game for the Winnipeg Jets, who feature forward standouts Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little, has made Trouba a high-upside play.

Video: WPG@CBJ: Trouba rips one-timer past Korpisalo for PPG

 

VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS ($4,200)

Vlasic shoulders a heavy workload (21:15 per game) and has been a bright spot on both ends during the San Jose Sharks' recent struggles. He has at least 3.5 DraftKings points in each of his past six games, totaling five points, 17 blocks and 16 SOG. He's had success against the Calgary Flames this season with three points, five blocks and nine SOG in four games (3.5 DraftKings points per game).

 

GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Jaroslav Halak, NYI ($7,900)

The New York Islanders' season will be on the line at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday; they need a win and a Maple Leafs loss to remain in postseason contention. Halak has been sensational since being recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, going 5-1-0 with a .949 save percentage in six games. He stopped 26 of 27 shots against the Devils on March 31 and is likely to start Saturday after a 29-save shutout at the Hurricanes on Thursday.

 

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