If you’re not already, you need to start stacking lines in fantasy hockey.
The logic behind why you should do this is very simple. Players who play on established lines and power play units together have fewer variables involved in their output than two players on completely different teams.
The rationale for this has been illustrated and laid out in fantasy football via PlayerProfiler, but much of the same principles carry over to hockey.
For example, if you draft Auston Matthews in the first round, you’d better pick Mitch Marner in the second round rather than players like Patrick Kane and Alexander Ovechkin. Since fantasy hockey is played in weekly games, your job as a manager should be to put together a roster that has the best chance of maximizing its potential in any given week. Having both Matthews and Marner does, as there’s a pretty direct correlation between the production of these two, considering they both play on the same line and unit of power play. If Matthews scores, there’s a good chance Marner will factor in the goal, and at the very least be on the ice for it. This not only helps increase your totals in categories like goals and assists, but is also a big plus in your plus-minus and power play total for the week.
In this example, let’s say you select Matthews and follow him with Kane. Matthews could turn it on for a week, but Kane could go through a crisis. Your chances of winning that week diminish if your second round pick doesn’t shoot. If you select Marner, however, the chances of him not producing while Matthews is are much slimmer. With both having a good week, your chances of winning are much higher.
Of course, the reverse is also true. If Matthews isn’t playing well, neither is Marner and you are likely to lose. Even in Team Matthews and Kane, however, if Matthews falls short of expectations, your team is probably in bad shape.
Now that the benefits of stacking in fantasy hockey have been established, here are the best stacks to acquire in your draft.
Edmonton Oilers Stack
Players: C Connor McDavid (1.1 ADP on Yahoo), Dr. Tyson Barrie (62.7), AG / AR Zach Hyman (126.6)
If you have the top pick overall in your fantasy hockey draft, this is the stack you should be aiming for.
With a 1.1 ADP, McDavid is the consensus first overall pick in fantasy hockey after his dominant performance in 2020-21 which netted him 105 points in 56 games. The Oilers have improved their supporting cast this offseason by adding Hyman from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The daring forward, who scored 15 goals and 33 points a year ago, will play alongside McDavid on both Edmonton’s top line and top power-play unit. Barrie will be the team’s male advantage quarterback, and after a season in which he led all defensemen with 48 points, is a wise choice.
Tampa Bay Lightning Pile
Players: RW Nikita Kucherov (4.4), C / RW Brayden Point (18.8), LW Ondrej Palat (75.0)
With Kucherov returning to play in the regular season for the first time since 2019-20, the Lightning’s front row certainly has a lot of stack appeal.
When in good health, Kucherov is arguably the most talented player in the league. He’s only two seasons away from a wacky 41-goal, 128-point campaign that won him the Art Ross and Hart Trophy. Point will serve as a middleman on that line, and after a slightly disappointing season that saw the 25-year-old produce just 23 goals and 48 points in 56 games, he should see those numbers increase with the return of Kucherov. Palat has proven to be a useful front row player last season, scoring 15 goals and 46 points in 55 games while adding 82 hits. This trio have nice category coverage and all three are likely to see their fair share of power play time.
Florida Panthers Stack
Players: LW Jonathan Huberdeau (16.9), C Aleksander Barkov (24.0), C / RW Sam Reinhart (83.6)
The Panthers proved themselves to be one of the best offensives in the NHL last season when they scored 188 goals, which is tied for the fourth highest total of any team in the league. With the team’s core of players intact, the Cats are poised to have similar and potentially increased success in 2021-22.
Florida added to their already deadly forward squad this offseason by signing Reinhart to a three-year contract. The second overall pick of 2014 recorded over 20 goals in five of his six NHL campaigns and that seems like a benchmark for his production this coming season, given the improved supportive cast with which he. will play after leaving the Buffalo Sabers. He is currently slated to play on the squad’s front row alongside Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe.
Huberdeau and Barkov demonstrated in 2020-21 that they are true superstars, combining for a screaming 119 points. These two are good choices at their current ADP, and while they won’t see much evenly matched time together, both will be featured on the power play – likely alongside Reinhart.
New York Rangers Stack
Players: LW Artemi Panarin (9.5), C Mika Zibanejad (23.2), D Adam Fox (25.3), C / RW Ryan Strome (137.4) LW Chris Kreider (159.4), LW Alexis Lafreniere (163.9)
While you can stack the Rangers without centering them around Panarin, I strongly suggest that you do so. He led the Blueshirts with 58 points, and it is recommended to have the focal point of some offense.
However, if you select Panarin in the first round, there are several ways you can stack your team around him. On turn 3 you will likely have to choose between Zibanejad or Fox to get a power play stack. If your league counts blocks as a statistic, I prefer Fox to Zibanejad at ADP. If not, feel free to write one or the other.
In the final rounds of your draft, a number of Rangers with high potential will be available. Strome is a must-have for anyone with Panarin considering both his ADP and his 2020-21 production. The 28-year-old’s 49 points ranked 15th among all crosses last season, and that number shouldn’t go down as he continues to play alongside Panarin in favor of the man and by force. equal.
Premium: If you drafted Zibanejad against Fox and wanted even more exposure in New York City, Kreider and LafreniÃ¨re will fit into his wings. Kreider is a reliable forward who will average between 0.60 and 0.70 points per game while adding a good number of hits. LafreniÃ¨re would be the choice of those looking for more potential in later rounds, as the overall top pick of 2020 is packed with potential.
Pittsburgh Penguins Stack
Players: C Sidney Crosby (18.0), LW / RW Jake Guentzel (30.3), D Kris Letang (78.6), LW / RW Bryan Rust (109.7)
A stack of Penguins are very attractive, easily accessible, and it won’t even cost you a first round pick.
There are four players in Pittsburgh that you can focus on when looking to complete this stack. While he will likely miss the first two weeks of the season as he recovers from wrist surgery, Crosby is still not a bad choice at ADP. He scored 24 goals and 62 points in 55 games last season and has shown no signs of slowing down.
His teammates, Guentzel and Rust, are well established players at this point in their careers. Guentzel, in particular, continues to be one of the league’s top scorers. He recorded 23 goals and 57 points in 56 games last season while putting in another impressive 16.3 percent shooting percentage. For the second consecutive campaign, Rust provided solid category coverage with 22 goals, 42 points, 154 shots and 62 hits. As long as he’s by Crosby’s side, he’ll be immensely helpful.
Letang is an increasingly important player to target in the banger leagues. His strong year-on-year point totals aside, the 34-year-old offers big numbers in the hitting and blocking departments. In 2020-21, Letang distributed 92 hits while totaling 65 blocked shots.
All four will likely see consistent use on the team’s best power play unit, making for a nice collection of players to draft.
Washington Capitals Pile
Players: LW Alex Ovechkin (11.4), D John Carlson (24.9), C Evgeny Kuznetsov (67.6)
The Capitals are getting older, but offensive production isn’t slowing down.
In 2020-21, Washington’s 188 goals tied the Panthers for fourth in the league. Ovechkin’s goal rate has slowed down a bit as he scored 24 goals in 45 games, but he had back and leg problems last season. It also didn’t help that his teammate, Kuznetsov, suffered two separate battles with COVID-19 and was suspended by his team for disciplinary reasons, limiting his total of matches to 41. With Kuznetsov in good health and probably back in Ovechkin’s line, he should bounce back and finish with a score of 0.80-0.90 points per game instead of 0.71 on average last year.
It was business as usual for Carlson, who scored 10 goals and 44 points in 52 games with 15 points on the power play. With all three set to see some time on the team’s power play, a unit that turned out to be the third best in the NHL in 2020-21, Washington is still a team that deserves to be strengthened in. your fantastic drafts.
Two player batteries
Boston Bruins: AD David Pastrnak (7.8) or Brad Marchand (10.3) and Patrice Bergeron (35.8)
Carolina Hurricanes: C Sebastian Aho (19.5) and LW / RW Andrei Svechnikov (27.7)
Chicago Blackhawks: AD Patrick Kane (13.9) and AD / AD Alex DeBrincat (33.7)
Colorado Avalanche: C Nathan MacKinnon (3.1) or Mikko Rantanen (7.0) and Gabriel Landeskog (35.1)
Oilers: C / LW Leon Draisaitl (2.4) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (76.7)
Toronto Maple Leafs: C Auston Matthews (7.8) and AD Mitch Marner (14.4)
Vancouver Canucks: D Quinn Hughes (45.2) or C Elias Pettersson (47.1) and C / LW JT Miller (53.0) or RW Brock Boeser (60.1)
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