Friday, November 2, 2018

NHL 2018 October Top 10 Fantasy Hockey Stock Risers

Which 10 NHL players had the greatest increase in fantasy hockey ownership (on Yahoo) from September to the end of October? I had recorded everyone's ownership % on Yahoo during the preseason, and again today, to see what stock has risen the most.

Goalies not included.

1) Michael Ferland, Carolina, (rose 75%): He started the season at only 4% ownership, and was the biggest gainer for the month of October, climbing up to 79% by Nov 1. His October stat line was 12 GP, 11 PTS, 43 shots, 34 hits.

2) Thomas Chabot, Ottawa (rose 65%): Add this kid to my "I suspected this was going to happen and should have drafted him" list. He started out at 17% ownership and shot up to 82% with 13 PTS in 11 GP.

3) Kasperi Kapanen, Toronto, (rose 59%): Kapanen should send William Nylander a thank you card. Expect him to give a lot of this value back if and when Nylander does sign. He was only 5% owned in September, and is up to 64% with 10 PTS in 12 GP.

4) Elias Lindholm, Calgary, (rose 54%): Lindholm started out at 15% ownership. After scoring 13 PTS in 13 GP in October he is up to 69%. There was much speculation prior to the season that he would be battling with James Neal for a spot on the top line, but Neal has sucked so far. Lindholm has been great.

5) Zach Parise, Minnesota, (rose 53%): Parise missed significant time with injury last season and started out at only 14% owned in September. He's scored 12 PTS in 12 GP and is currently sitting at 67%.

6) Maxime Lajoie, Ottawa, (rose 45%): Nobody knew who this guy was until he started piling up PTS. He went from 0% in September, scored 7 PTS in 11 GP, and now finds himself at 45%. It's worth pointing out that Maximus did peak at over 60% in mid-October, and has given some of that value back (as expected).

7) Elias Pettersson, Vancouver, (rose 44%): Kid Wonder started out at 34% owned back in September, scored 10 PTS in 8 GP, and now sits at 78%. That rise was blunted by a concussion suffered earlier in the month, from which he returned and didn't skip a beat.

8) Jeff Petry, Montreal, (rose 42%): We did see Petry put up great numbers in the 2nd half last season with Weber out of the line-up, but he was still only owned in 20% of leagues before this season. 11 GP, 9 PTS, and 23 hits later, that ownership is up to 62%.

9) Timo Meier, San Jose, (rose 37%): Timo did get some sleeper buzz in preseason, which helped his ownership get to 39% before October 1st. 12 GP, 14 PTS, and 37 shots later, he's at 76%.

10) Henri Jokiharju, Chicago, (rose 37%): This teenager was not on anyone's radar heading into the season and went largely undrafted, 0% owned during preseason, 37% owned at the end of October. He had been higher earlier in the month but has given some of that value back.

Honorable mentions: Robert Hagg +36%, Hampus Lindholm +34%, Josh Morrissey + 33%, Jordan Staal +31%, Jason Pominville +31%

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