The NHL has been scheduling games at an interesting pace this season, and after a night full of action on Tuesday, there are only six teams in action on Wednesday.
The New York Rangers will face off against the Boston Bruins on NBC's Rivalry Night, David Perron of the Pittsburgh Penguins will return to Edmonton, and the San Jose Sharks will take on the Calgary Flames in a Pacific Division battle.
The lack of games on the schedule means that multiple fantasy players will pick up similar players, and winning will come down to the slimmest of margins. With that in mind, here are the players you should look out for when you decide to draft your roster with DraftKings so that you will still have some money left over for a big-name player or two.
|February 4: Daily Fantasy Hockey Players Worth Drafting|
|C||Derek Stepan||vs. BOS||$5,000|
|C||Anton Lander||vs. PIT||$3,300|
|W||Johnny Gaudreau||vs. SJS||$5,300|
|W||David Pastrnak||@ NYR||$2,900|
|D||Torey Krug||@ NYR||$5.600|
|D||T.J. Brodie||vs. SJS||$4,200|
|G||Henrik Lundqvist||vs. BOS||$9,000|
Centers: Derek Stepan ($5,000) and Anton Lander ($3,300)
Derek Stepan has eight points in his last 10 games and 33 points on the season. He's going to cost a lowly $5,000 against the salary cap, and he's worth drafting, especially because of his career success against the Boston Bruins. Stepan has nine points in 14 career games against the Bruins, including two game-winning goals.
The second center you should consider, but in a utility role, is Anton Lander. Lander has eight points in 14 games this season, and six of them have come in the last 10 games.
The Oilers center has shown success at the AHL level, tallying 83 points over the last 75 games, and at age 23, he is looking to actualize his potential at the NHL level. Adding while he is playing well makes sense at this price tag, and he could be a player who gives you the minimal edge to be victorious.
Wingers: Johnny Gaudreau ($5,300) and David Pastrnak ($2,900)
Johnny Gaudreau is an immensely talented hockey player who is often overlooked because of his production and price tag. However, the diminutive (5'9") forward continues to impress by giving Filip Forsberg a run for his money in the Calder Trophy race.
Gaudreau's salary of $5,300 is fair, and with seven points in his last 10 games, he's a great addition in a wing or utility role.
David Pastrnak is a talented rookie who has really made an impact since joining the Boston Bruins, and he's a great bargain at $2,900. He's a solid player in all three zones and is earning the respect of his peers, including veteran center Chris Kelly.
While Pastrnak only has six points in 14 games this season, he has four goals over his last nine games. At 18 years old, he is a talented youngster still finding his way at the NHL level, but $2,900 is an amazing value for a budding offensive forward.
Defensemen: Torey Krug ($5,600) and T.J. Brodie ($4,200)
Torey Krug is a skilled offensive blueliner with 10 points in his last 10 games, and he's averaged 3.9 fantasy points per game over that span.
He's also a Ranger killer, and he seems to pull off at least a move like the one above during every game he's played against the Blueshirts.
T.J. Brodie is in the midst of a promising season with the Calgary Flames and has 30 points in 51 games. The rear guard has four points in his last 10 games, and for $4,200, he can provide a nice low-risk, high-reward value on the back end.
Goalie: Jonas Hiller ($8,100)
I originally had Henrik Lundqvist selected, but he has since been named inactive for Wednesday's matchup against Boston.
In that case, I would suggest drafting Jonas Hiller of the Flames. Hiller has three wins in his last four starts, and he has a 16-14-2 record and 2.40 goals-against average on the season. He's also averaged at least 4.4 fantasy points over his four starts, and those are decent numbers for a netminder.
DraftKings stats and details per official site.