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NHL Plays: Wednesday

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


The new game in town is called DRAFT (Draft.com) and the DFS game is something most poolies have grown up on, drafting a team, allowing each participant to take a player with each pick. Unlike the other DFS games, if for instance you draft Connor McDavid in your pool, no one else can take him.

 

The draft is quick as you are allowed only 30 seconds per pick and you take five players, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.

 

You can use some strategy. Let’s say there are five participants in your pool and you are picking last. If the first four take goaltenders, then pick your goalie in the final round as you are going to get him anyway.

 

Editor’s Note: Compete in a live snake draft right now! Drafts take as little as 2 minutes to complete and last just one night. For a limited time, DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers a FREE entry into a real money draft and a Money-Back Guarantee up to $100! Here's the link.

 

Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.

 

Familiarize yourself with the rules and enjoy! It’s a great game! Wednesday’s three-game slate features plenty of three-person drafts as well as head-to-heads.

 

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Forward Rankings:

 

 

Pittsburgh scored five goals in each of their four games against Philadelphia this season. Crosby collected two goals and seven assists during that span, while Malkin had two goals and five points. Winnipeg’s high-powered offense should be led by the dynamic duo of Scheifele and Wheeler in the playoffs. Scheifele picked up one goal and five helpers in three games versus Minnesota during the regular season, while Wheeler generated two goals and four assists in four appearances against the Wild. Kopitar and the Kings have the experience and the talent to bring the Golden Knights back down to earth. The Los Angeles captain picked up two goals and three assists in four matches against Vegas during the 2017-18 campaign. Giroux could definitely be drafted higher, considering how hot he was down the stretch. He compiled 12 goals and 16 assists in 19 games to finish the year. The Flyers captain will enter the postseason riding a 10-game point streak and he had four assists in four outings versus Pittsburgh over the course of the season.

 

Defense Rankings:

 

 

Gostisbehere is the highest-scoring defender on the board from the regular season for this slate. He finished fourth among blueliners with 65 points and he wrapped up the year with three goals and 12 assists in 13 contests. Byfuglien chipped in three assists in four games against Minnesota in 2017-18. You certainly could choose Doughty over the Jets defender. He had one goal and four points in four outings against Vegas this campaign. Letang concluded the year with 13 points over 16 contests. With Ryan Suter injured, Dumba has emerged as a superb option from the point. He has 16 points in his past 19 contests.

 

Goaltender Rankings:

 

 

Hellebuyck will make his NHL playoff debut Wednesday night, but he was one of the best goaltenders in the league this season. He went 3-1-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .914 save percentage versus Minnesota during the regular season. Quick had an uneven 1-1-1 record versus Vegas during the year, but he has the ability to lock it down during the postseason. Murray would have been second on the list if he played better during the 2017-18 campaign. He is certainly worth taking higher based on his past playoff success, though. Fleury has been up and down in the postseason over his career. Vegas will need him to be great to advance and he could be a good sleeper on this list along with Dubnyk, who was superb down the final stretch. The Wild netminder was excellent last year, with a 1.86 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, in the postseason despite a first-round exit against St. Louis.

 

Now, let’s also look at some players to consider for FanDuel and DraftKings.

 

Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UT).

 

Paul Stastny (WPG) - C - $5,200 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings)

Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) - W - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings)

Jake Guentzel (PIT) - W - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)

Jonas Brodin (MIN) - D - $3,600 (FanDuel), $3,300 (DraftKings)

Devan Dubnyk (MIN) - G - $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings)

 

Winnipeg’s top line will be very popular, but don’t forget about the team’s second unit. Stastny, Ehlers and Patrik Laine will have strong stack potential as well. Guentzel is slated to play alongside Sidney Crosby. He made a big impact last year in the postseason with 13 goals and 21 points in 25 games. Guentzel also had two markers and six points in four outings versus Philadelphia during the 2017-18 campaign. He has plenty of under-the-radar value and stack potential with Crosby. Minnesota may get Jared Spurgeon back in the lineup, but if Brodin’s recent production continues then he qualifies as a potential bargain pickup. He has quietly registered one goal and three assists in the last five games, while adding 10 blocks and 10 shots during that span. If you don’t want to load up on Jets and like the Wild then Dubnyk may have some sleeper value, as previously mentioned. He is the least expensive projected starter on DraftKings and the second cheapest on FanDuel.

 

Goaltenders

 

Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.



Corey Abbott is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him Twitter @CoreAbbott.
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