Projecting Prospect Point Potential Using PNHLe: Veleno, Fox, Batherson, & Pilut

Mason Black

2019-02-27

 

Most leagues are now on the home stretch and teams are jockeying for position to make a final push into the playoffs. The trade deadline has past and players have settled in on their respective lines, while coaches attempt to optimize player usage. This creates a great opportunity to find valuable players in your respective fantasy pools based on the point production set by prospects over the course of this season.

 

Today I’ll be outlining some key players you may want to focus on while utilizing PNHLe as a fantasy tool to identify players who are perhaps undervalued for one reason or another. I’ll also compare those players with others from past years that have ended their season with a similar PNHLe and were in a similar situation in terms of player usage and line-mates.

 

Joe VelenoDetroit Red Wings – PNHLe (74)

Of all the drafted forwards currently playing outside of the NHL, Veleno holds the highest PNHLe by a fairly wide margin. I think most would agree that his fall down the first round of the NHL draft board last summer was a surprise, especially as a player who was originally granted ‘exceptional status’ in the QMJHL. Nonetheless, it means that because he was drafted 30th overall, fantasy GMs may not value him as highly as they should. The fact that he’s produced 98 points in only 51 games suggests that door is quickly closing and a fantasy team in rebuild mode should take the risk in acquiring him prior to your league’s trade deadline before his stock continues to rise.

 

Closest Comparables – Travis Konecny (Sarnia Sting: 2015-16), Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads: 2014-15), Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting: 2012-13)