DFO Fantasy Hockey: Risers & Faller (Week 21)


Jonathan Quick, G, Vegas Golden Knights (DETAINED: 58%)

If there’s one coach who can fix Quick and/or bring him back to fantasy relevance, it’s unequivocally Bruce Cassidy. With Logan Thompson out long-term and Laurent Brossoit currently banged up, Quick will battle Adin Hill for game time. In his Golden Knights debut on Sunday, the 37-year-old made 25 saves for the win as Vegas knocked down Montreal 4-3.

Evan Bouchard, D, Edmonton Oilers (OWNER: 56%)

The departure of Tyson Barrie from Edmonton was great news for the owners of Bouchard. The 23-year-old is back on the first power play unit with the big boys, and obviously with that comes a substantial increase in value. The Oakville, Ont., native had three assists in Saturday night’s 7-5 loss to Winnipeg.

Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Carolina Hurricanes (OWNER: 44%)

In two outings so far for the Canes, Gostisbehere has been an absolute monster. Unsurprisingly, his four points (two goals, two assists) came on the power play. Don’t expect too much even strength, but PP production is what they acquired it for. Add!

John Klingberg, D, Minnesota Wild (OWNER: 42%)

Without a doubt, Anaheim’s move to Minnesota should help Klingberg’s stock immensely. Essentially, he was brought in to lead Minnesota’s first power play unit. And that means tons of exposure to Kirll Kaprizov. Take a flyer.

Joonas Korpisalo, G, Los Angeles Kings (DETAINED: 33%)

In his debut for the Kings on Saturday night against St. Louis, the 28-year-old stopped 24 shots en route to a 4-2 win. In the short term, Korpisalo and Pheonix Copley will likely face off for game time. That said, look for Korpisalo to land that No. 1 spot as soon as possible. Pick it up.

Rasmus Sandin, D, Washington Capitals (DETAINED: 16%)

Indeed, especially with John Carlson still out, Sandin will take on most of the responsibilities of the late Erik Gustafsson on the Washington blue line. In just under 22 minutes on the ice in his Capitals debut on Saturday night in San Jose, the 22-year-old had three assists in an 8-3 loss to the lowly Sharks. Be aware.


Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning (OWNER: 100%)

In 11 appearances since the All-Star break, the 28-year-old is 5-4-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. Additionally, he’s allowed 14 goals in his last three outings and four or more goals in four of his last seven starts. Translation: Yeah. That said, it’s still Vasilevskiy, so keep the faith.

Alex Pietrangelo, D, Vegas Golden Knights (DETAINED: 95%)

For various reasons, the attacking season has had its ups and downs for Pietrangelo. Lately, unfortunately, it has been freezing. The 33-year-old is currently mired in a pointless five-game drought, and on top of that he’s picked up just two points (one goal, one assist) in his last 10 outings. Stay patient.

Tomas Hertl, C, San Jose Sharks (OWNER: 54%)

For the rest of the season, there’s no point hanging on to Hertl, especially now that Timo Meier is also gone. In his last eight outings, the Czech pivot has only collected one goal and one assist. Drop it. See you later.

Erik Gustafsson, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (OWNER: 40%)

There is no need to wait for Gustafsson. Simply put, Toronto was the worst place imaginable for fantastic value. During two outings, he was used in a bottom pairing role. Additionally, Morgan Rielly continued to lead the first power play unit, which obviously diminishes Gustafsson’s value even further. Cut the bait.

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