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.
David Krejci, C, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $4,800
Krejci sustained a knee injury that caused him to miss the final seven weeks of last season. His production (seven goals, 31 points) was a far cry from previous seasons (he had more than 50 points in each of the past five full regular seasons) but Krejci will be the top line center for the Bruins. Krejci has four goals and 18 points in 23 games against the Winnipeg Jets, who the Bruins play Thursday. He takes slightly more than two shots per game but can chip in with the occasional block or two.
Chris Kunitz, W, Pittsburgh Penguins
DraftKings price: $5,100
Starting on a line with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel is a huge bonus in terms of scoring points. So is playing the Dallas Stars, who allowed 3.13 goals per game last season. Kunitz has 10 goals and 20 points in 36 games against the Stars. Although his 40 points in 2014-15 were his fewest in a full season since 2009-10, Kunitz is a six-time 20-goal scorer and should surpass last season's total of 17, especially given the talent of the Penguins' top six forwards. He averaged 2.3 shots per game last season and although his blocked shots are low (29), the upside for his price makes Kunitz a bargain.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, St. Louis Blues
DraftKings price: $4,800
Shattenkirk blossomed last season before sustaining an abdominal injury that caused him to miss nearly two months. He tied for 20th in points by a defenseman with 44 (eight goals, 36 assists) in 56 games. Shattenkirk had 12 assists in his final 10 games (including the Stanley Cup Playoffs) and was one point shy of his career high in points set in 81 games in 2013-14. He's one of the better offensive defensemen in the League and had 86 blocks in limited action last season.
Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis Blues
DraftKings price: $7,000
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott will start and his $7,000 price is less than teammate Jake Allen ($7,700). Elliott was 26-14-3 last season and had five shutouts; he averages a shutout every 8.5 starts. He has also dominated the Edmonton Oilers in his career (7-3-0, 2.41 goals-against average, one shutout) and averaged more than 25 shots against last season. Elliott, 79-40-15 lifetime at home, also has one of the best defenses in front of him; the Blues tied for fourth in goals against last season (2.40).