Each week we will look at the top five players to add to your fantasy hockey team. Our list will feature mostly second and third tier fantasy players and based on their production over the last 14 days. Timely trades or signing of these depth players may be the key to winning your hockey pool.
No. 5 – Dmitry Orlov (Washington Capitals) is loaded with offensive potential and is only 20 years old. Over the last five games Orlov has four points to go along with a plus four rating. He is on pace for 20 points in just 60 games this season as a rookie.
Dennis Wideman is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season who is eating up almost three and a minutes of powerplay time a game, while Orlov is getting less then a minute a game. If Wideman signs with a different team this off-season expect Orlov to see more powerplay time.
Orlov is going to be an outstanding offensive defenseman who will average 45-50 points a season, with a career high of 65 points. Don’t waste another minute reading this and get Orlov now.
No. 4 – Jamie McGinn (Colorado Avalanche) is enjoying the change of scenery as he is seeing more ice time and producing points. Over his last four games McGinn has scored four goals and six points, in fact as I am writing this column McGinn scored his 17th goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks.
McGinn is playing on the second line in Colorado with David Jones and Paul Stastny as well as seeing time on the second powerplay unit. He has shown strong chemistry with his new team so hopefully the Avalanche will re-sign him this off-season.
McGinn is a depth winger who as already hit career highs this season with 30 points and is on pace for 34 points. McGinn is a 45-point player can play both wings, which increases his value in fantasy pool that has position requirements.
No. 3 – Slava Voynov (Los Angeles Kings) is a similar type of player as Orlov, an offensive defenseman with great potential. Last season Voynov scored 15 goals and 51 points with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. This season in the NHL he is on pace for 19 points in 54 games and has four points in the last six games.
The biggest thing holding Voynov back was the Kings depth of offensive defenseman but the Jack Johnson trade changed all of that. Voynov is averaging just over 18 minutes a game and that will go up to over 21 minutes a game next season. Voynov is averaging almost two and half minutes of powerplay time a game, which will also go up next season.
Like Orlov you need to sign Voynov now as he is going to be a strong offensive contributor. Expect similar numbers as Orlov, averaging 45-50 points and could one day score 20 goals.
No. 2 – Valterri Filppula (Detroit Red Wings) is turning out just like every other player the Red Wings produce. Filppula is an offensive player who is also a solid two-way player. Similar to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Filppula’s offensive numbers would be much higher on any other NHL team who doesn’t focus so much on two-way hockey.
Filppula has stepped up big time in the absence of Datsyuk with five goals and 11 points in the last seven games. He has smashed his career highs this year as he has scored 22 goals, 35 assists and 57 points and with 13 games remaining he should finish with 65+ points.
Filppula is only 27 years old and just entering his prime; expect him to average 30 goals and 70-75 points over the next seven seasons.
No. 1 – Teddy Purcell (Tampa Bay Lightning) has not been able to have the same success in the NHL as he did in the AHL. Purcell scored 41 goals and 121 points in 105 AHL games, that’s 1.15 points per game. In the NHL Purcell is averaging a point every two games.
This season Purcell is producing at a 0.82 point per game and has set career highs with 20 goals and 55 points. Purcell has been on fire as of late, scoring 22 points in the last 12 games. He had an 11 game point streak before going pointless against Carolina on March 10.
Purcell is a great waiver pick up right now as he is playing on a line with Martin St. Louis and NHL leading goal scoring Steven Stamkos. Purcell, like Filppula is just entering his prime as well. He is an inconsistent scorer who should average 25 goals and 70 points for the next several seasons.
Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of fantasyhockeycoach.com. FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for The Fischler Report, The Star Phoenix, Fantrax and Inside Hockey. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at twitter.com/fanhockeycoach.