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Fantasy sleepers for second round of 2019 playoffs

Texier, Wilson sneaky depth scorers; Sundqvist brings valuable exposure to Schenn, Schwartz

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com identifies sleeper candidates for the Stanley Cup Playoffs who can round out your playoff pool roster or provide value in FanDuel DFS contests. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

Columbus Blue Jackets: Alexandre Texier, F -- The Blue Jackets rookie forward had three points (two goals, one assist) and seven shots on goal in 13:28 per game during their first round sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He skated mostly on the third line with forwards Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner and saw time on the second power-play unit with forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois, Oliver Bjorkstrand Josh Anderson and elite defenseman Seth Jones.

Video: TBL@CBJ, Gm4: Texier snipes early power-play goal

Boston Bruins: Jaroslav Halak, G -- The Bruins goalie did not play in their first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs but could have an opportunity in the second round if starter Tuukka Rask falters. Halak is experienced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, going 13-15 with a .924 save percentage in 30 appearances and could make an impact against the Columbus Blue Jackets if called upon. Halak's regular season SV% (.922) was much better than Rask's (.912).

Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk, D -- The Hurricanes defenseman had three assists in seven games against the Washington Capitals in the first round. He skated 26:11 per game (second among Hurricanes skaters) on the top pair, bringing exposure to forwards Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. Faulk could see additional offensive production in the second round against the New York Islanders if forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland return from injury.

New York Islanders: Tom Kuhnhackl, F -- The Islanders forward had two assists and seven SOG in 13:45 per game during their sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Kuhnhackl skated on the second line with forwards Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson, who have combined for seven points in four playoff games. Kuhnhackl, who had two goals disallowed in Game 1, has not been known for his offensive production but could continue to contribute if the lineup placement sticks.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado Avalanche: Colin Wilson, F -- The Avalanche forward had four points (two goals, two assists), one on the power play and 13 SOG in 16:41 per game against the Calgary Flames. Wilson skated on the second line with elite forward Mikko Rantanen and Carl Soderberg and top power play with Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and defenseman Tyson Barrie in the first round. If the Avalanche continue to keep Rantanen on the second line, Wilson has sneaky upside against the San Jose Sharks in the second round. Wilson has produced before in the playoffs, scoring 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 games for the Nashville Predators in 2016.

Dallas Stars: Jason Dickinson, F -- The Stars forward had two goals and 11 SOG in 14:54 per game against the Predators in the first round. Dickinson has been skating on an underrated second line with forwards Mats Zuccarello and Roope Hintz, who combined for six points in the first round. While Dickinson has not skated on either power-play unit, the Stars will likely continue to rely on the second line to take pressure off the loaded top line of elite forwards Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin.

St. Louis Blues: Oskar Sundqvist, F -- The Blues forward had four points (two goals, two assists) and 12 SOG in 16:35 per game against the Winnipeg Jets in the first round. He skated mostly on the second line with forwards Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz, who had four goals and 15 SOG in six games against the Jets. Sundqvist did not skate on either power play against the Jets but could see time on the second unit if he continues to produce.

Video: STL@WPG, Gm2: Sundqvist buries second goal five-hole

San Jose Sharks: Joonas Donskoi, F -- The Sharks forward is in a 37-game goal drought but brings renewed upside in their second round series against the Avalanche. He had two SOG in 14:49 per game against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round but missed four games because of healthy scratches and an injury sustained in Game 6. If healthy, Donskoi could secure a lineup spot with forward Joe Pavelski (upper body) uncertain to start their series against the Avalanche and had four points (two goals, two assists) in nine games last postseason. Donskoi had an NHL career-high 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) during the regular season.

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