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NHL Plays: Wednesday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.


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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 has head-to-head drafts with a lot of three player drafts.


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Forward Rankings:



Pittsburgh has defeated Philadelphia by 5-4 (OT) and 5-1 margins this season and the Flyers have been leaky of late, so the Penguins should make for strong plays. Calgary’s top line has not been firing on all cylinders lately, but a visit to Buffalo could help them get back on track even though the last meeting between the two clubs resulted in a 2-1 Sabres’ win in overtime. If Penguins aren’t available then the Vancouver Canucks have a favorable matchup at home and should make for worthy selections despite losing rookie sensation Brock Boeser to injury.


Defense Rankings:



Alexander Edler receives an honorable mention. The field is pretty wide open on the back end for such a small slate, so you can probably wait to get your defenseman and feel satisfied with who you end up with.


Goaltender Rankings:



This is not a great slate for goaltending, but Markstrom has a good matchup and he was superb in a 3-1 win over Arizona on Feb. 25 with 41 stops. Jarry is a decent option as well, as has two wins against the Flyers this year, but neither appearance was a full game.  Please remember to double check who the starters are before picking any goaltenders.


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).


Phil Kessel (Pittsburgh) - W - $8,200 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)

Mikael Backlund (Calgary) - C - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)

Sam Reinhart (Buffalo) - W - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings)

Brendan Leipsic (Vancouver) - W - $3,400 (FanDuel), $3,800 (DraftKings)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona) - D - $5,200 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)


Kessel has picked up two points in each of his last three outings. He also has one goal and two assists in two matches versus Philadelphia this season. As previously mentioned, the top line of the Flames has been underperforming, but the second unit has been productive. That makes Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk solid potential plays Wednesday night. The first combination of the Sabres has some potential as well. Reinhart has been red hot, piling up 16 points in his last 16 outings, and Ryan O'Reilly has a four-game point streak. Leipsic has five points in three games with the Canucks since he was acquired at the trade deadline from Vegas. He has been playing alongside Bo Horvat and could provide plenty of bang for the buck. Ekman-Larsson has one goal and two assists during a three-game point spree.




Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Corey Abbott

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