One of the more interesting stories so far this season in the National Hockey League has been the play of the New York Rangers. They lead the Metropolitan Division with a record of 12 wins and four losses and lead the National Hockey League with 65 goals scored.
Something else Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has been able to institute in the Big Apple is balanced scoring. The Rangers have ten players on their roster who have reached the double digits in total points so far this year. Their leading scorer is J.T. Miller of East Palestine, Ohio, who has 15 points in 16 games.
If you are looking to add a Ranger to your lineup because of their strong offensive start to their season, do so with caution. The reason is because the Rangers are utilizing all four lines at the moment and you might be disappointed with the lack of ice time your player might be receiving. Don’t forget just because a player you have on your fantasy team is playing on a winning team, does not necessarily equate to success in fantasy hockey.
The leading scorer at the moment in the NHL might be a surprise. It is Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets, who leads the NHL with 20 points. Scheifele, who is dating Canadian Olympic gold medalist Dara Howell (women’s slopestyle skiing at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi), has ten goals and ten assists to start the season.
This past week two notable players went on the injury reserve. Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis is out after having groin surgery and New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is out with a broken jaw. Ennis has been injury prone throughout his career. He only played 23 games last year because of concussion issues and is now expected to be out two months. Seidenberg signed a one year deal worth $1 million with the Islanders in the offseason, and has got off to a great start. He is third on the Islanders in scoring with eight points and is a team high +10.
This week six teams play a NHL high four games. They are the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. The best possible fantasy players in weekly leagues are Scheifele, his Jets teammate Patrik Laine and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.