Too bad Duck Dynasty has ruined the tradition of growing playoff beards by pretending all bushy beards are cool. Let’s get to the business at hand for Day 1 of the NHL playoffs.
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis ($7700): Vlad is one of the more expensive options, but he ended the year on an eight game point streak, tallying six goals and five assists over that period. Despite the high price, Tarasenko needs to be considered with such a shallow game pool, especially if Chicago is using back-up goaltender Scott Darling.
Carl Hagelin – Pittsburgh ($4800): After Evgeni Malkin went down, the Penguins shuffled things up, and their second line immediately found magic as Hagalin, Nick Bonino, and Phil Kessel have been firing on all cylinders. Hagelin is a cheap option while trying to squeeze the high cost players into your line up. The former Wolverine has 10 goals, 17 assists since joining Pittsburgh before the trade deadline.
Patrick Kane – Chicago ($8800): Kane is the most expensive option on the slate. He led the Hawks in power play time and points, checking on as the NHL’s only 100 point scorer, including 46 goals. With seven goals and five assists to close out the season, Kane and line mate Artemi Panarin ($6600) are a dangerous duo.