Welcome to opening night of the 2016/17 NHL season, and this guy couldn’t be happier. Now if Johnny Gaudreau, Nikita Kucherov, Jacob Trouba can sign their Restricted Free Agent contracts and get on the ice it would be even better. Kucherov and Gaudreau aren’t going anywhere, but Trouba requested a trade, and the never ending Kevin Shattenkirk trade rumors in the air could turn a team into legit Cup contenders.
OK, speculation and rumor aside, these are some of my favorite DFS picks for tonight’s four game schedule, and I apologize in advance to the Toronto Maple Leafs, because I’ll often be using players skating against you this season.
Connor McDavid - Edmonton ($7500): If you’re looking to surprise anyone with this pick look elsewhere, I have a feeling McDavid will be 100% owned in DFS today. The battle for Alberta starts on day one of the NHL season, and with the bitter past history I’m expecting plenty of power play time for both teams. Averaging over a point per game last year with 48 points in 45 games, McDavid is the new savior of Edmonton, and he will certainly score for our DFS teams as well.
William Nylander - Toronto ($4400): Just because I’m going to use everyone against the Leafs, it doesn’t mean I won’t use Toronto players as well. Willie is slated to play left wing on the Leafs second line with Nazem Kadri, and Joffrey Lupul, which is not a bad place to be for the young Swede. Ottawa’s penalty kill was 29th in the NHL last year, so the Sens are not going to walk all over Toronto. Nylander is a great value pick in tonight’s light schedule, and should be used often this year as the Leafs young guns continue to mature.
Erik Karlsson - Ottawa ($7900): There is no discount on picking Karlsson, but against the youngest team in the Toronto Maple Leafs this pick is almost a slam dunk. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least the super Swede ends up with a goal and three assists tonight, but maybe the Leafs have us all fooled and will play defense like the 1995 New Jersey Devils? I’m betting they won’t so pay the price for Karlsson, and skimp on one or two of your centers or wings instead.
T.J. Brodie - Calgary ($4800): This pick is a cheaper option if that’s the route you decide to take when drafted your DFS winner. Brodie plays on Calgary’s top pair with Mark Giordano, along with the top power play pair as well. Even though the Flames power play was 22nd in the league last season with a 17% success rate, this is the Edmonton Oilers they are playing and even though they added Adam Larsson to their thin defensive corps, their penalty kill was 18th last year, and I’m expecting this game to be a scoring bonanza.
Martin Jones – San Jose ($8000): Opening the season versus arch-rival Los Angeles, Jones and the Sharks are still hungry and southern royalty is on the menu. Jones backstops the defensing Western Conference Champions, and wanting to get back to the Finals, beating LA is the right start. Jones tied for second in the NHL with six shutouts last season, while going 37-23 record in his first full season as a starter. I’m projecting a better year then last, starting with Wednesday night, while his $8000 salary is second highest, he’s worth the costs. There are cheaper options in the goaltending ranks, but I believe this is our best chance at a win.