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Fantasy bounce-back candidates for 2020 Stanley Cup

Bobrovsky, Stars skaters, Boeser, DeBrincat look to rebound; podcast analysis

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

NHL.com identifies 15 bounce-back candidates for fantasy hockey playoff pools that count the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and entire 24-team tournament. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS: Stanley Cup pools | Top 100 'F' | 50 'D' | 25 'G'

 

FORWARDS

Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL
Rank among NHL.com's top 100 forwards: 41

Key stats: Shot 6.9 percent this season (career average: 10.7 percent), tied with Taylor Hall for worst among high-volume shooters (minimum 200 SOG). Won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY
Rank among top 100 forwards: 42

Key stats: Tied for 16th in the NHL in points per game (0.96) since entering the NHL in 2014-15. Shot an NHL career-worst 8.6 percent this season (career average: 12.1 percent).

Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
Rank among top 100 forwards: 53

Key stats: Tied for 29th in goals per game (0.38) since entering NHL in 2016-17 but has missed significant time because of multiple injuries. Shot an NHL career-worst 9.5 percent this season (previous three seasons: 14.3).

Nazem Kadri, C, COL
Rank among top 100 forwards: 72

Key stat: Scored 32 goals in consecutive seasons (2016-17, 2017-18) with the Toronto Maple Leafs as their second-line center, the role he currently has when healthy for the Colorado Avalanche.

Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
Rank among top 100 forwards: 80

Key stats: Had NHL career highs in goals (41) and points (76) with a shooting percentage of 18.6 last season (8.7 percent this season).

Phil Kessel, RW, ARI
Rank among top 100 forwards: 96

Key stats: Won consecutive Stanley Cup titles with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017) and has 77 points (33 goals, 44 assists) in 87 career postseason games.

Matt Duchene, C/RW, NSH
Rank among top 100 forwards: 99

Key stats: Has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 18 career postseason games; two-time 70-point producer (2013-14, 2018-19).

Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, WSH
Rank among top 100 forwards: 100
NOTE: Potential 2020 unrestricted free agent

Key stat: Has 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 32 career postseason games; will play in the playoffs for the first time since 2012 with the New Jersey Devils.

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DEFENSEMEN

John Klingberg, D, DAL
Rank among top 50 D-men: 17

Key stats: Has a high ceiling considering he had an NHL career-high 67 points (eight goals, 59 assists) in 2017-18. Has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 26 career postseason games.

Tyson Barrie, D, TOR
Rank among top 50 D-men: 22
NOTE: Potential 2020 unrestricted free agent

Key stats: Had three regular seasons of at least 50 points and 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 21 career postseason games for the Avalanche before being traded to the Maple Leafs for Kadri.

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GOALIES

Braden Holtby, G, WSH
Rank among top 25 goalies: 7
NOTE: Potential 2020 unrestricted free agent

Key stat: Among the 47 goalies in NHL history to play at least 60 career postseason games, Holtby has the best save percentage (.928).

Matt Murray, G, PIT
Rank among top 25 goalies: 11
NOTE: Potential 2020 restricted free agent

Key stats: Won consecutive Stanley Cup titles with the Penguins and is 28-19 with a .921 SV% and six shutouts in 48 playoff appearances.

Philipp Grubauer, G, COL
Rank among top 25 goalies: 14

Key stat: Went 7-5 with a .925 SV% and one shutout in 12 games last postseason.

Carey Price, G, MTL
Rank among top 25 goalies: 17

Key stats: Has had at least a .919 SV% in four different postseasons, including a .934 in 2011 and .933 in 2016-17 (career playoff SV%: .914 in 60 games).

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, FLA
Rank among top 25 goalies: 22

Key stat: Went 6-4 with a .925 SV% in 10 games last postseason.

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Other bounce-back candidates: Clayton Keller, LW/RW, ARI; Joe Pavelski, C/RW, DAL, Ryan Johansen, C, NSH; Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN; Pekka Rinne, G, NSH, Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR

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