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.
Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild
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DraftKings price: $4,500
Koivu had 18 of his 20 points during eight-game and seven-game scoring streaks. While the second-line center enters Monday against the Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m. ET; FS-N+, ALT) without a point in five games, it's safe to assume another hot spell is coming soon. Koivu has done well against the Avalanche, with 15 goals, 24 assists, 26 blocked shots and 136 shots on goal in 56 career games against them, including one assist and four shots on goal in two games this season.
Frank Vatrano W, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $3,200
It's important that DraftKings owners add a few depth players Monday with three games on the schedule. Vatrano is a safe option since the rookie is averaging 3.09 shots on goal and 0.91 blocked shots per game in 11 games. Those numbers translate to at least two DraftKings points per game, which is a good starting point for owners who are counting on the third-line forward getting a goal or assist against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, SN, FS-TN, NESN).
Ryan Ellis, D, Nashville Predators
DraftKings price: $3,800
Loading a lineup with expensive fantasy stalwarts on a light game night can be counterproductive since any points earned from those players likely will be cancelled out due to the high percentage of ownership. Going with a value pick like Ellis can make the difference though, considering the depth defenseman has one assist and is averaging 2.67 shots on goal in the past three games. Ellis has also done the job against Boston in his career with two assists, one blocked shot and seven shots on goal in four games.
Ryan Miller, G, Vancouver Canucks
DraftKings price: $7,300
Owners may shy away from drafting Miller because of his 2-6-2 record and 3.16 goals-against average in his past 10 games, but that potential low ownership is the reason to go with him at home against the Buffalo Sabres (10 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BELL TV, SNP). Miller is 1-1-0 with 2.50 GAA and 39 saves on 44 shots in two career games against the Sabres, who he played 11 seasons for prior to getting traded to the St. Louis Blues during the 2013-14 season.