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.
Max Domi, C, Arizona Coyotes
DraftKings price: $5,000
Domi has been the best-looking rookie so far in my opinion. He has three multipoint games in four games with a goal and an assist in each and has used his speed to create opportunities for himself and his teammates. There are 23 centers more expensive than him but only one (Jason Spezza, $5,700) averages more points per game (6.0) than Domi (5.6). Domi won't keep up this tremendous pace and won't get you many points in the hits and blocks categories, but ride him while he's hot against a struggling Bruins team. It also might not be a bad idea to line stack Domi, Anthony Duclair ($3,700), and Martin Hanzal ($4,200). Duclair has four goals and Hanzal has seven assists; each has points in every game this season.
T.J. Oshie, W, Washington Capitals
DraftKings price: $5,200
Oshie picked up his first two points of the season in a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday skating on a line with Alex Ovechkin ($9,000) and Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,100). Oshie hasn't faced the Hurricanes that often (one goal, five points in eight games) but the Capitals should get their looks against a weak Carolina defense which has allowed more than three goals a game this season. Oshie has averaged 3.8 DraftKings points per game, which is a great value for his price. In addition to averaging three shots a game, he also has at least one block and hit in each game this season.
Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks
DraftKings price: $4,900
Not only is Keith one of the best defensemen in the League, he's also a good DraftKings selection, and here's why: His salary isn't even in the top 10 defensemen by price. He's also playing the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have allowed 26 goals in five games, are playing awful defensively and do not have a win this season. True, Keith only has two assists, and averages a little more than a shot per game, but he has averaged one hit and two blocks and is a good candidate to get on the score sheet on Saturday. If you're looking for an even cheaper option, his teammate Brent Seabrook ($3,800) averages 2.2 DraftKings points per game (Keith averages 2.4) and has 11 hits, seven blocks and nine shots in five games to go with one goal.
Mike Smith, G, Arizona Coyotes
DraftKings price: $5,700
It's hard to get more of a bargain than Smith, who at $5,700 is the cheapest goalie in the contest Saturday which includes 10 games. Smith has averaged 7.4 DraftKings points per game and has been outstanding in three of his four starts, the lone exception being Thursday when he allowed three goals on 17 shots and was pulled in the second period of a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. In his first three games, Smith had a shutout and averaged 35 saves per game. Against a struggling Boston Bruins team, Smith is the choice. He's $2,700 less than Carey Price ($8,400), the most expensive goalie, and likely will put up better numbers in this contest. Smith ranks tied for fourth among goalies in points per game.