Each day during the 2015-16 season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.
Players accumulate points in DraftKings for each goal (3 points), assist (2), shot on goal (0.5), blocked shot (0.5) and shootout goal (0.2). Bonuses are given for shorthanded points (1) and hat tricks (1.5). Goalies accumulate points for each win (3) and save (0.2), and lose a point for each goal allowed. Goalie bonuses are given for a shutout (2) where the goalie completes the entire game with no goals allowed in regulation (and overtime, if applicable). Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout, and goalies will receive points for any goals or assists they score in a game. Penalty minutes, hits, plus-minus and PP points DO NOT count in DraftKings. DraftKings lineups must include nine players (2 C, 3 W, 2 D, 1 G, 1 FLEX) and fit within the $50,000 salary cap.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Edmonton Oilers
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DraftKings price: $4,600
Nugent-Hopkins is in the midst of a cold spell with no goals and three assists in the past eight games, which would likely make him a lesser-owned player in DraftKings when the Oilers host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1). With only four games on the schedule, owners can gain a lot ground in their respective contests if the second-line center performs well. The most important numbers to consider about Nugent-Hopkins is his nine points (three goals, six assists), six blocked shots and 23 shots on goal in 10 home games this season as well as three points (two goals, one assist) and 10 shots on goal in five games against Boston.
Anders Lee, W, New York Islanders
DraftKings price: $4,600
What usually helps win contests on light game nights are lesser-owned players that have a surprisingly solid showing. Lee is a good choice Wednesday when the rival New York Rangers visit Barclays Center for the first time (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN), since he plays on an offensively consistent second line with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey and sees second-unit power-play minutes. The wing has been strong at home this season with seven points (two goals, five assists), six blocked shots and 39 shots on goal in 14 games, and also has two goals, four blocked shots and 11 shots on goal in four games against the Rangers.
Sami Vatanen, D, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $4,800
Vatanen is averaging a point per game over the past 11 games with three goals and eight assists in that span. Owners always have the chance at getting fantasy points with Vatanen since he is averaging 1.92 shots on goal through 25 games this season and plays on the Ducks' first power-play unit. The Finnish defenseman should be a fine pick when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Honda Center based on his nine points (three goals, six assists), 20 blocked shots and 26 shots on goal in 13 home games as well as one goal, two blocked shots and four shots on goal in two games against Tampa Bay.
Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets
DraftKings price: $6,100
The Winnipeg Sun reported Hellebuyck will get the start when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit (7:30 p.m. ET; SN) and owners should take the chance on the rookie goaltender who is primed for his second game in the NHL. It's possible rookie goalie Garret Sparks ($6,200) will receive a second straight start for Toronto after earning a 3-0 shutout against the Oilers in his NHL debut Monday, so this game is very much a toss-up. Given the limited player pool Wednesday it's worth flipping a coin, calling "Hellebuyck" or "Sparks" and hoping that it's your player's name showing up when that coin hits the ground at the end of the night.