As the second round is set to kick off, you will likely be looking for a few players to pick up in playoff pools. From the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers series, these are the three best options that may be available to pick up.
Seth Jarvis may have been overlooked because he is a rookie or since the Boston Bruins were a tough first-round matchup for the Hurricanes. Regardless, he made his mark right away in the playoffs and finished Round 1 with three goals and five points in seven games.
He is playing on the top line with Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov who combined for 150 points in the regular season. The first round was slower for the top line in terms of points since the second line took over, but expect more production moving forward and Jarvis to be a big part of the offence. The Hurricanes are also favoured in this series and have the potential to go deep with their roster and playing style.
Andrew Copp has instantly clicked with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome since coming over from the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline. Copp finished the regular season with eight goals and 18 points in 16 games for the Rangers and scored four goals and seven points in seven games in Round 1.
He has been one of, if not the best, goal-scorers for the Rangers since his arrival, and that bodes well for fantasy points. He is playing with an elite talent in Panarin who recorded 74 assists during the regular season. The second line produced 20 points in Round 1 against a tough Pittsburgh Penguins team and they helped the Rangers come back after going down 3-1 in the series. Look for more good things from Copp if you go with this almost sure option in Round 2 for fantasy points.
Alexis Lafreniere started to find his stride this season and it has carried over, even elevating, in the playoffs thus far. He is one-third of the kid line in New York that has shown high energy and skill from a trio of young players overlooked and even labeled as busts so soon. His linemates: Kaapo Kakko and Filip Chytil.
They were outscored while on the ice, but that didn’t stop the line from producing offensively. Of the three, Lafreniere has shown the most promise and goal-scoring ability, finishing the regular season with 19 goals and recording four points in seven games in Round 1. The Hurricanes shut down teams well, but this line could surprise them and find the back of the net at key times, led by Lafreniere.
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