Prospects Ramblings: NHL Rookies with value

Peter Harling


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The NHL regular season has begun, which means fantasy hockey leagues are in full swing. The draft is done, maybe you have a player with an injury already, or maybe you just want a do-over on a pick. Well there are plenty of rookies who broke the roster to start the season and are fantasy relevant. Chances are Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Patrik Laine and the like are all long gone. Not to worry, here are several players widely available in Fantrax leagues who can help your team in a variety of leagues.

Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes, 58% owned

Don’t sleep on Aho if he is a free agent in your league, especially if it is a keeper league! Aho had an unbelievable past two season of development and is a legit top prospect in the NHL. He has had the most improvement in that time over any other prospect except perhaps Patrik Laine. To start the season he is playing on a young line in Carolina and to date has two points while playing over 13 minutes a game. Frozen Pools lists his line mates as follows below




Nikita Zaitsev – Toronto Maple Leafs, 55% owned

The Leafs defenceman with the most power play time to date has been Zaitsev. He has the trust of the Coaching staff in Toronto and has acquitted himself to the NHL very well after coming from the KHL. Zaitsev was arguably the best defenceman for Russia at the World Cup just before the season and allowed him some time on not only the NHL ice size, but in Toronto as well. Zaitsev should provide a decent supply of goals and assists for a NHL rookie, and he also has posted some peripheral stats in three hits and four blocks in his first two games played.

Mike Matheson – Florida Panthers, 39% owned

Matheson had a strong showing at the World Championship for USA after an impressive rookie season in the AHL. Matheson broke camp with the Panthers and has been outstanding early on playing close to 20 minutes a night with six shots on goal and an awesome first career NHL point leading to an overtime game winning goal.

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Tyler Motte– Chicago Blackhawks, 33% owned

There are a lot of rookies on the Hawks roster this year and Tyler Motte has been one of the more impressive to date. Motte has two points after three games with four shots and is also contributing peripheral stats as well with five hits and five blocks after three games. His