Draft season is upon us.
With news circulating around the NHL’s return, many leagues have begun, or are gearing up for their 2020-21 fantasy drafts. Whether your league is waiting patiently, or not, I would take a bet that you have begun to do some of your own due diligence towards your upcoming gameplans – new players signings, recently drafted players, potential line combinations, and of course, player positions.
In the fantasy world, it is hard to match a better feeling than waking up on a Monday to set your weekly/daily line-ups, only to find that one of your players has been granted an additional position. More times than not, these changes occur before the season, however, in certain circumstances, these changes are awarded mid-season – and it is fantastic. It’s amazing how a simple change in one’s position can drastically boost a player’s draft stock, depending on the league format you use.
Aside from the Connor McDavid’s, Nathan Mackinnon’s, and Auston Matthew’s of fantasy, I always find it interesting how some GMs refuse to target and put very little value on a pure “C”, regardless of their pedigree. While some gun for nothing but the league’s top pivots and think nothing of it.
Let’s take Elias Pettersson, for example. Both Dobber and the NHL.com’s dynasty fantasy rankings have him falling just outside of the top-10, but at least four spots ahead of a comparable player such as Sebastian Aho. Petey, a pure “C”, seems to be the consensus choice in rankings, and yet, in my most recent drafted league, Aho was taken four picks ahead – solely based on his dual position. This continued throughout the draft, as GM’s looked to fill their rosters appropriately and draft accordingly.
Since I just recently endured this process myself and already scoured through the list of Fantrax players, I thought I would save you the time and highlight the prospects who currently own (Fantrax) dual position-ship.
To qualify for this piece, the prospect has to have played less-than 60 (combined) NHL games and can not be over the age of 24. This week, I cover the West.
Of course, it is important to look ahead. There are a number of prospects heading into the league who could very well be moved around in their respected line-ups in order to be squeeze in. Dylan Cozens, for example, currently sits as a pure “C”, yet, there is a strong chance that he is moved to the wing in order to fit – this could initiate a midseason adjustment. There are plenty of examples of this, so make sure to dig appropriately and do your best to forecast the future!
Immediate Impact Players
Cody Glass, C, RW, Golden Knight
Fully healthy, Glass should be ready to take on a significant role increase this season. Glass can move between the wing and up the middle, but it looks like the club has created a comfy spot for him as the clubs second-line center. Glass is a points-only beast, and should provide a solid spike in production for fantasy owners this season.
Barrett Hayton, C, LW, Coyotes
Barrett Hayton has fully recovered from his shoulder ailment and is ready to take on a (hopeful) increased role with the Coyotes. His inaugural season was awkward – full of irregular minutes, nights in the press-box, and of course, a significant injury. While the stint has not gone quite as planned statically (just four assists through eight matches), Hayton is currently in Finland gain