Fantasy Hockey Adds: Players 50% Owned or Less

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With this weekend’s NHL All-Star game in Nashville marking the league’s unofficial halfway point, we take a look at 5 Fantasy Hockey players who are owned in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues, and who can help your fantasy squad for the rest of the fantasy season and playoffs.

If these guys are available in your league, scoop them off the wire and start trash-talking your opponents for missing out on these potential gems.

1. Shayne Gostisbehere – Phi – D (50%)

The rookie is ranked in the top-5 per avg amongst NHL defenseman this season, yet is miraculously only owned in 50% of Yahoo leagues. Starting the year in the minors, and missing a couple weeks due to injury, Gostisbehere has put up 22 points in just 29 games, including 12 power play points. At only 23 years old, his offensive production can help any team for the remainder of the season, and if you’re in a dynasty-league and he’s still available….take advantage of your weak competition and pick this kid up NOW!

2. Jaden Schwartz – Stl – LW (50%)

Schwartz had a breakout 2015 campaign in which he scored 28 goals and 63 points for the Blues. He broke his ankle only 7 games into this season and is on the verge of returning. Schwartz will slot right back into the top-6 in St. Louis upon his return and I expect a return to his 2015 pace. Though currently on the Injured-Reserve, Schwartz is expected back within the first week after the All-Star break.

3. Lee Stempniak – NJ – RW (48%)

A career journeyman, Stempniak seems to have found a good fit on his ninth team – the New Jersey Devils. His 36 points have him on pace for a career year and he’s playing on the top-line and getting 1st unit power play. Perhaps a little regression is in store for the 2nd half, but his consistent production and opportunity should keep him relevant down the stretch.

4. Ryan Spooner – Bos – C (41%)

With the injuries in Boston this year, and the team entering a pseudo-rebuild, Spooner has been given top-6 opportunity with the Bruins and has really stepped up as an offensive player and power play contributor. His 14 PPP has him ranked in the top 30 in that category and he’s currently ranked 77th overall in Yahoo. Anyone ranked in the top-100 should be owned, and it’s a travesty this kid is only owned in 41% leagues. Drop an overrated, underperforming guy with a better known name for this youngster and you’ll be laughing your way to a hockey championship.

5. Nazem Kadri – Tor – C (34%)

Sure Kadri has been a bit of a disappointment since being drafted 7th overall by the Leafs in 2009, but this year he seems to have turned the corner and thrived under new coach Mike Babcock. Kadri is currently ranked 75th in standard Yahoo leagues, and if can improve his shooting percentage (which is likely) his second half should be even better than his first. Given the opportunity he has in Toronto to be the top guy, I expect his production to increase and for him to move up the rankings after the break.

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