The fantasy corner is here to help you with weekly streaming options for fantasy hockey. This will be focused on defencemen because they are always in high demand and hard to come by.
The New Jersey Devils have been scoring a ton and also winning games. Damon Severson had been getting more ice time and puck touches while Dougie Hamilton was out, but he has kept up his production because the team hasn’t slowed down offensively.
For a defenceman, Severson gets a good amount of shots while also throwing in some penalty minutes on a regular basis. For leagues where average time on ice (ATOI) is a factor, he plays a lot. For a minus-13 player this season, his last eight games have brought a plus-three rating and it looks to be steadily climbing.
He has 33 points in 57 games, 13 of which are on the power play. Severson has two goals and 12 points in his last 14 games and looks to be a valuable add now that could turn into a long-term solution at the defensive position, which is thin on the waiver wire.
Ben Chiarot is one of the players who has greatly benefited from the new face behind the bench for the Montreal Canadiens. Along with continuing to be a stud defensively and highly sought after among contending teams, he has picked up his offensive game immensely.
Chiarot has two goals and nine points in his last nine games, is playing more every game, and has raised his plus/minus by eight over that span. As the Canadiens continue to win games and score goals, he should continue to factor in on the points, that is until he is inevitably traded within the week and is lining up on a contending team.
T.J. Brodie continues to be the second-most effective defenceman on the Toronto Maple Leafs when it comes to putting up points. He has scored six of his 16 assists on the season in the past four games and has a four-game point streak. The Maple Leafs have scored at a tremendous pace all year and should continue to do so despite the goals against.
Brodie has always had offensive upside, and now that he is split up from Morgan Rielly, he is more relied on to be the puck-mover of his new pairing with Justin Holl. Not known to be a shooter, Brodie was able to record 1/7th of his shots for the season in one game vs the Arizona Coyotes. That may be a new trend starting, but don’t count on it. One thing you can count on is a good plus/minus, ice time, and the assists to come.