The “Value Picks of the Night” series will be a periodic “these are guys I like from tonight’s slate” type of article. While I will most often look towards value options — choosing stars is the easy part — there will occasionally be higher-end players listed, particularly on nights where there aren’t a lot of games.
C Nico Hischier ($4,300 DK, $4,800 FD)
Hischier will get the pleasure of centering Taylor Hall, one of the best playmakers in the NHL. In their first outing together, Hischier’s line posted 57.4 Corsi For per 60 in a tough matchup vs. the Lightning. However, Hischier had two assists in that one, and could hit the scoresheet again tonight, as Ottawa gives up the 3rd most Corsi Against per 60 minutes in the entire NHL.
W Kailer Yamamoto ($4,700 DK, $4,200 FD)
Similar to Hischier, Yamamoto will get to skate alongside one of the best playmakers in the league in Connor McDavid. Yamamoto clocked 22 minutes of ice time and added an assist in his first rodeo on the Oilers’ top line. Against the Blackhawks, who allow the 6th most High Danger Corsi Against per 60 minutes in the NHL, Yamamoto should have plenty of opportunities to pick up points at both even-strength and the power play.
W Craig Smith ($3,800 DK, $3,700 FD)
Smith has had a bit of a resurgence after a disappointing 2016-17, already netting three points in six games, with 15 shots on goal. These numbers aren’t going to win a GPP for you, but playing with talented players like Kevin Fiala, Smith could easily get you a point or two in the right matchups. It is also an encouraging sign to see Smith’s individual CF/60 up around 20, meaning he is shooting a ton. At a price under $4K on both sites, Smith is a sneaky bargain.
W Brett Ritchie ($3,600 DK, $3,300 FD)
Another one of my iCF/60 darlings is this man, Brett Ritchie . Like Smith, he won’t see a ton of ice time, but will see power play minutes with the second unit for the Stars. I think the entire Dallas second line is in play tonight with a great matchup vs. the Dvorak line for Arizona. A point and a few shots on goal is certainly in Ritchie’s range of outcomes tonight.
D Ryan Pulock ($2,700 DK, $3,500 FD)
The Islanders’ prospect should see top power play minutes tonight, and for under $3,000 on DraftKings, it’s hard to do better than Pulock as a punt. In his NHL career, he’s played 16 games and has recorded 12 blocks and 15 shots on goal. This is a low-risk, high upside play that will probably be popular in GPPs tonight, but is hard to get away from.
G Cam Talbot ($7,100 DK, $8,600 FD)
Talbot has struggled lately, allowing 3, 5, and 4 goals in his last three starts, but gets a solid road matchup against the Blackhawks tonight. First of all, Talbot shouldn’t have to worry about getting goal support as Chicago has been putrid defensively. Second, Talbot’s Medium Danger Save percentage is only 84%, suggesting that he has been on the wrong side of some puck luck. And Finally, Talbot will probably be under 5% ownership against a team on a back-to-back with only one line (Saad-Toews-Panik) plus one player (Patrick Kane) that you have to fear here.