The Snipers Corner – 60 and under: Part 6

Justin Rosser March 9, 2021

This article will be based off of standard fantasy scoring systems as I look at some potential flower buds ready to blossom that are less than 60% owned in Fantasy Hockey leagues. Remember, these aren’t guarantees, just potential diamonds in the rough.

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Ryan Strome (C, RW) NYR: 57% Rostered

Strome started the year fairly cold, only 57% owned in Yahoo leagues there is a high likelihood of him being available in your leagues. Centering the Rangers second line in between red hot Chris Kreider and recently returned Kaapo Kakko, this line will only get better when Panarin returns from Russia. He also centers NYR top power play unit, which puts him in a really good position to succeed.

In his last 9 games, he has 4 goals and 7 assists with 4 PPP and +4 over that span. He is not much of a hitter or blocker, but he gives back good return on points. Strome had been struggling tons before this 9 game heater, which actually shocked me because I though Strome paired with Panarin would pick off where they left off last year. But like some struggling relationships, sometimes it’s good to just get some time apart and that seems to be just what the doctor ordered. When Panarin gets back, I assume this line will be firing on all cylinders with Strome’s new found confidence.

Kaapo Kahkonen (G) MIN: 59% Rostered

Starter Cam Talbot has struggled this year, not only with injuries, but then missing time because of COVID-19. Not only has Talbot missed time, when he has been playing he is hurting the Wild. When Kahkonen is between the pipes, that’s a different story. Ranked 44, Kaapo has done admirably filling in and I think he is a legit stud goalie (see they waived Stalock).

In his last 7 starts, he has allowed more than 2 goals only ONE time and won every single game. To me Kahkonen is the starter for Minnesota, so why not grab him and use him for fantasy? 59% owned, is a low number for a goalie putting up these numbers, but I think people just automatically think of Talbot as the starter, which in my opinion, is no longer the case.

Goalies are the pillars to the success of our Fantasy teams, you can have stud forwards on your team, but if you have trash goalies you’re not going to be winning a title. So go check your Free agent pool and if you need a goalie…or even if you don’t, add him. He could be a great trade asset if you have some stellar goalies already.

Alex Tuch (LW, RW) VGK: 53% Rostered

O.K, is it just me or are those golden helmets legit? I know there are the people that dislike them, but they attract me like a moth to the flame. Alright, back to my 60 and under article…

Only 53% rostered, take a look at adding Alex Tuch, skating on the Golden Knights first line and top PP unit, lately this guy is playing like Lancelot to King Arthur (Pacioretty). In his last 8 games, Tuch has 8 goals and 1 assist with +6 rating, bringing him to 12 goals and 7 assists on the year. Ranking 128, his performance could be even better if he did not start the year buried on the Roster, now one of these top guys will mix it up on the second line when Mark Stone returns from his minor injury, but that should not hold you back from adding Tuch to your roster, with those goals he is scoring makes him extremely valuable in my mind.

Rickard Rakell (LW, RW) ANH: 46% Rostered + Max Comtois (LW, RW) ANH: 36% Rostered

Anaheim mixes their lines up each game, so it’s a bit hard to point out their lines, but I can tell you this, these two players are hotter than Mexican summer heat on a freshly paved tarmac.

Ranked 102, in Rakells last 6 games he has 5 goals and 7 assists, THAT’S 2.0 points per game. He could cool off at any moment, but ride it while it’s hot. You never know, he could just stay consistent for the rest of the year, but I would not bank on that 2.0 that he has averaged over his last 6.

Ranked 71, Max Comtois is someone who I have loved to watch play lately. In his last 8 games he has 2 goals and 8 assists and is +7, which are really solid numbers. While I love his offense production, to me he is so valuable because of his hitting ability, with 51 hits on the year he is no slouch.

Both players are doing extremely well, I would take the dive on Rakell in a points only league and if your league includes hits, then I would suggest Comtois as the safer bet, either way, ride these hot streaks and see where it goes!

Tomas Tatar (LW, RW) MON: 48% Rostered

For starters, I talk to people all the time and they pronounce his name Tar-tar, it is TA-TAR. Sorry, had to get that off my chest for all of those who misread his name.

A lot of managers jumped ship on Tatar this year and rightfully so, he was horrible. But lately he has righted the ship, so if you’re not ready to add him, then at least keep an eye on him for the next 3 games and make your move. If he does well, other managers will catch on, or they read this article ;).

Ranking 165, Tatar has been consistently rising lately, he has 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 6 games and a +3 over that span. He plays LW on the top line for Montreal and on the point on the PP2 line. The one thing I would like to see start to increase is his TOI (time on ice) as he gets around 15 minutes per game. I usually have a rule that anyone that plays for me has to be over that 16 minute mark, but still he could be a sneaky add.

Anthony Cirelli (C) TBL: 48% Rostered

Playing on Tampa’s top line with Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat, also on the point of their PP2 line, I like Cirelli a lot. Ranking at 63 overall, even after missing 6 games recently to and upper body injury, Cirelli has “all-around player” written all over him. Since returning from said injury, he has 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. What I like about Cirelli is he gets game winning goals and shorthanded points, while I know those numbers are impossible to predict, he has 2 shorthanded points and 2 game winning goals on the year.

Everyone wants a piece of the Tampa Bay Lightning, they seem to always do well and players always have a good +/- (Cirelli is +10 on the year).

Thank you all again for giving this a read and we appreciate the support so much.

Justin Rosser March 9, 2021

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