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Fantasy 31 trends: Low-ownership player on each team

Flyers rookie Patrick, Sharks wing Labanc among those worth adding for playoff push

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor

Each week, will identify a fantasy-relevant development from the past week for each of the 31 teams based on injuries, lineup changes and production trends.

Anaheim Ducks: Jakob Silfverberg (LW/RW, 35 percent owned in Yahoo) has been promoted to the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell. If this line stays together, Silverberg will have bounce-back appeal to finish closer to his Yahoo preseason ranking of 141 (currently 206).

Arizona Coyotes: Antti Raanta (G; 25 percent) is 2-1-1 with a .937 save percentage in his past four starts. The Coyotes have a stretch of games where they play nine of 10 at home beginning Feb. 10, making Raanta an attractive add in season-long formats. It's also worth noting that he is in the final year of his contract.

Boston Bruins: Danton Heinen (C/RW/LW; 29 percent) is a great short-term add with Brad Marchand (suspended) out. Heinen is skating on the top line with right wing David Pastrnak (ranked 36th in Yahoo) and center Patrice Bergeron (17th). Heinen is also playing on the first power-play unit with Bergeron, Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner and defenseman Torey Krug.

Video: BOS@OTT: Heinen bats home Pastrnak's feed for PPG

Buffalo Sabres: Forward Sam Reinhart (C/LW/RW; 23 percent) has strong NHL career numbers in February and March totaling 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games. He plays on the first power-play unit with center Jack Eichel and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. His tri-eligibility makes him worth a look in deeper leagues.

Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund (C, 23 percent) is a top 100 skater in Yahoo (86th). He skates on the second line with Matthew Tkachuk (ranked 63rd in Yahoo) and Michael Frolik. Backlund ranks second behind Johnny Gaudreau among Calgary forwards in time on ice per game with 19:14.

Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Williams (RW; 18 percent) quietly ranks within Yahoo's top 100 overall (84th). In 52 games, he has already matched his assist total from 2016-17 (24). In the past 10 games, Williams has seven points (two goals, five assists) and 25 SOG. 

Chicago Blackhawks: Alex DeBrincat (LW/RW; 22 percent) has seen his ice time increase exponentially in the past five games (15:44). Over the same span, he has four goals, one assist and 25 SOG. He's skating on the top line with center Jonathan Toews (69th) and wing Anthony Duclair.

Video: CHI@VAN: DeBrincat snaps wrist shot past Markstrom

Colorado Avalanche: J.T. Compher (C/LW/RW; 1 percent) has a goal in three consecutive games. The tri-eligible forward has been elevated to their top power-play unit with elite wing Mikko Rantanen (ranked 34th in Yahoo), left wing Gabriel Landeskog (72nd), forward Tyson Jost and defenseman Samuel Girard. Compher's power play usage makes him a more attractive option than Alexander Kerfoot (C/RW; 11 percent) in Nathan Mackinnon's absence.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Alexander Wennberg (C; 21 percent) is a great bounce-back candidate. He has recently been skating on the top line with Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin and on the top power-play unit with Foligno, Panarin, right wing Cam Atkinson and defenseman Seth Jones. 

Dallas Stars: Esa Lindell (D; 23 percent) has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games. He skates alongside John Klingberg (who ranks second among defensemen on Yahoo) on the Stars top defense pair. Lindell gains additional value with his spot on the second power-play unit.

Detroit Red Wings: Petr Mrazek (G; 33 percent) is the second ranked goaltender on Yahoo over the past 30 days. Over that span (seven games) he is 4-1-1 with a .946 save percentage.

Edmonton Oilers: Jesse Puljujarvi (RW; 8 percent) ranks fourth on the Oilers in even-strength points per 60 minutes (1.8). In his past five games, he has four points (one goal, three assists). Puljujarvi skates on the second line with left wing Milan Lucic (ranked 100th in Yahoo) and forward Jujhar Khaira. 

Video: VAN@EDM: Puljujarvi scores off rebound late in 2nd

Florida Panthers: Denis Malgin (C/RW, less than 1 percent) has exposure to elite left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (ranked 59th on Yahoo) and center Vincent Trocheck (30th) on the second line. In his past six games, Malgin has three goals, two assists and 14 SOG.

Los Angeles Kings: Tanner Pearson (LW; 8 percent) is an intriguing add with the prospect of Jeff Carter (ranked 25th in Yahoo for the 2016-17 season) returning from a lacerated ankle tendon. It is unknown when Carter could return but adding Pearson for a late season playoff push is worth a roster spot.

Minnesota Wild: Nino Niederreiter (LW/RW; 38 percent) returned to the lineup on Feb. 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights after missing eight games with an ankle injury. Niederreiter finished the 2016-17 season ranked in Yahoo's top 50. He ranks second on the Wild behind Eric Staal (ranked 50th in Yahoo) in goals per game (.41).

Montreal Canadiens: Jeff Petry (D; 16 percent) ranks 18th among defensemen on Yahoo over the past 30 days. With Shea Weber (foot) still sidelined, Petry will continue to play on Montreal's top defense pair and on their first power play with left wing Max Pacioretty, right wing Brendan Gallagher and forwards Jonathan Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk.

Nashville Predators: Kevin Fiala (LW/RW; 15 percent) is trending up. Over his past five games, he has four points (two goals, two assists) and 15 SOG. He ranks second behind elite forward Filip Forsberg (C/LW; ranked 73rd in Yahoo) on the Predators in even strength points per 60 minutes with 1.85.

Video: FLA@NSH: Fiala puts Preds ahead with his second goal

New Jersey Devils: Miles Wood (LW; 1 percent) is the second highest ranked Devils forward in Yahoo (154). He has 14 goals and eight assists in 49 games. Category coverage makes the left wing a potential fantasy asset. He has 50 hits, 105 SOG and 57 penalty minutes on the season. 

New York Islanders: Anthony Beauvillier (C/LW; 24 percent) was promoted to the top line with center John Tavares (ranked 23rd in Yahoo) and Josh Bailey (50th). If this line combination stays, Beauvillier is a must-add for the playoff push in season-long formats.

New York Rangers: Jimmy Vesey (LW; 3 percent) has been elevated to top line with Mika Zibanejad and Rick Nash. He has taken Pavel Buchnevich's spot, who is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Vesey sustained a concussion against the Predators on Saturday and is unlikely to play against the Stars on Monday.

Ottawa Senators: Matt Duchene (C/LW; 39 percent) has seen improved fantasy value in his past 11 games. He has four goals, six assists and 26 SOG during that span. If this production continues, Duchene has a chance to finish closer to his Yahoo preseason ranking of 199 (currently ranked 325).

Philadelphia Flyers: Nolan Patrick (C; 7 percent) is playing on the second line with two Yahoo top-100 skaters, Jakub Voracek (sixth) and Wayne Simmonds (81st). He is worth picking up in deeper leagues if this high-end exposure continues.

Video: PHI@WSH: Patrick dekes and buries Simmonds' dish

Pittsburgh Penguins: Jamie Oleksiak (D; 3 percent) is the 33rd ranked defensemen on Yahoo in the past 30 days. Since Jan. 1, Oleksiak ranks third among defensemen with 42 hits making him a valuable addition for leagues that count that stat.

San Jose Sharks: Kevin Labanc (LW/RW; 5 percent) has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. He is playing on the first line with Logan Couture (ranked 87th on Yahoo) and Tomas Hertl and on first power play with Brent Burns (37th), Joe Pavelski (79th), Couture and Hertl.

St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn (D; 1 percent) is worth a look in deeper leagues. He plays on the first power-play unit with Brayden Schenn (ranked 12th in Yahoo), Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko (14th). 

Tampa Bay Lightning: Recent call-up Matthew Peca (C, fewer than 1 percent) has five points (two goals, three assists), a plus-7 and 10 SOG in past three games. He is worth monitoring in deeper leagues and should be considered a value pick in DFS formats (currently priced at $3,500).

Video: TBL@CGY: Peca blazes past defense, beats Smith low

Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman (C/LW; 14 percent) has points in three consecutive games. He skates on the top line with Auston Matthews (ranked 71st on Yahoo) and William Nylander (102nd). As a line, they have outscored their opponents 29-9.

Vancouver Canucks: Since returning from an ankle injury on Jan. 21, Bo Horvat (C; 33 percent) has four points (two goals, two assists) in five games. He is skating on a line with Sven Baertschi and Brock Boeser (ranked 55th in Yahoo) and the first power play with Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Boeser, and defenseman Alexander Edler.

Vegas Golden Knights: Shea Theodore (D; 26 percent) has three assists and 11 SOG in his past five games. He ranks second behind Colin Miller among Vegas defensemen in points per game (.50) and power-play time on ice per game (2:26). 

Washington Capitals: Lars Eller (C; 5 percent) has been a Yahoo top-100 skater (91st) over the past 30 days. He has nine points (five goals, four assists), 21 SOG and 68 faceoff wins in his past 10 games. Eller ranks third on the Capitals in even-strength points per 60 minutes (1.91) behind Alex Ovechkin (2.52) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (2.32). 

Video: MTL@WSH: Eller fires home one-timer to trim deficit

Winnipeg Jets: Rookie forward Jack Roslovic (C; 1 percent) is playing on the first line with forward Blake Wheeler (C/RW; ranked 10th in Yahoo) and right wing Patrik Laine (41st). Roslovic has a goal, five SOG and has seen his playing time increase to 16:11 (including usage on the first power-play unit) over his past three games. Roslovic is worth adding until Jets top center Mark Scheifele returns from an upper-body injury.

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