Next up, we see Vasily Podkolzin, who has been rostered by 56% of fantasy players.
This might come as a surprise after scoring just a total of 26 points last year, while also having a poor preseason with just one point in four games, but it still seems that Podkolzin has left an impression on hockey fans all over the world as one of the more enticing sophomore players this year.
Ranked 143rd in the NHL, Podkolzin’s combination of physicality and skill is great upside for fantasy owners looking for hidden gem utility players.
Last season, Podkolzin amassed 288.50 fantasy points in 79 games. Although his production was not something to shout about, his big body presence was felt nearly every night, which could be a sneaky add for fantasy owners.
The Russian trend continues on for the Canucks with Andrei Kuzmenko.
Ranked as the 1708th best player in the NHL, it seems that a handful of fans are buying into the potential of the 26-year-old and what he can achieve playing for the Canucks.
With no prior NHL experience, Kuzmenko will be a popular name in Vancouver this season, especially following his impressive preseason showing of two goals and two assists.
Moreover, Kuzmenko notched 20 goals and 53 points in the KHL last season, all of which has led to his 33% roster addition.
Yahoo predicts that Kuzmenko will score 343.10 fantasy points this year. This would be a low output for a player that is almost guaranteed a top-six spot on the team from the get-go, so only time will tell to see if Kuzmenko can shatter those projections.
Other Honourable Mentions
Conor Garland is rostered by 28% of owners and is expected to produce 514 fantasy points.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been picked up by 19% of fantasy players and is projected to be on a similar course to last year with 373.80 points.
Both Tanner Pearson and Nils Höglander are each rostered by 1% of fantasy players,
Tyler Myers is on 5% of fantasy rosters for this year.
Ilya Mikheyev has been added by 4% of owners in their respective leagues.
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