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Solid seasons from non-Playoff performers Konecny, Suzuki, Raymond and more – DobberHockey

When it comes to mastering your fantasy hockey roster and dominating your league, sometimes you have to look back to move forward.

Such is the case with some of the underrated X-Factor type players who can fly under the radar with their impressive fantasy production – smaller markets, basement teams and players without household names are all reasons for a good fantasy season. to not get enough love. Let’s take a look at some intriguing fantasy pieces that will produce strong results in the 2023-2024 seasons against non-playoff Eastern Conference teams that didn’t get nearly enough attention this campaign.

Travis Konecny

The Philadelphia Flyers have certainly performed above average this season, but that does not alter the fact that the club undoubtedly has a bright future – especially up front, where Philly has promising attackers such as Tyson Foerster, Bobby Brink, Owen Tippett, Morgan Frost and of course, Travis Konecny.

At 27 years old, Konecny ​​is one of the veterans on this youthful Flyers team and he leads by example as one of the most complete two-way players in the entire NHL who also brings elite peripheral fantasy value to categorical leagues. Konecny ​​set career highs in goals and points this season with 33 and 68 respectively, while also crossing the fantasy board with 67 penalty minutes, 244 shots, six shorthanded goals, five game winners and 90 hits. If the Flyers’ core of young offensive forwards continues to develop at the rate many NHL experts expect them to, Konecny’s upcoming production will likely draw much more attention in fantasy hockey circles.

Nick Suzuki

Speaking of career highs, Nick Suzuki doesn’t get nearly enough credit for steadily improving production over the past three seasons, and he really should. In a third straight year of rising point totals, Suzuki finished the campaign with 33 goals, 44 assists and 77 points for Martin St. Louis’ team – new career totals in goals, assists and, of course, points. When you draw a prototypical NHLer with a complete all-around game, Suzuki comes to mind. A natural leader with an elite hockey IQ, Suzuki also possesses special qualities on the ice that, like Konecny ​​above, push him to be one of the most effective two-way players in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens are still a rebuilding team looking for a true identity, but that has nothing to do with their leader on and off the ice getting better every season. Suzuki will likely fly under the radar until the Canadiens take a big step back toward playoff relevance, but if he increases his point total for a fourth straight campaign, fantasy fanatics may be forced to pay a little more respect to his to cast a name. sooner rather than later.

Luke Raymond

After an impressive 57-point rookie season during the 2021-2022 season, heads turned for a 19-year-old rising star in Lucas Raymond, who was selected with much buzz and was the fourth overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft. That season earned Raymond the fourth-most votes for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, but the young Swede’s fantasy value took a sharp dip when he followed that up with a disappointing 2022–2023 season of just 45 points. Raymond returned to form this season, and then some, with a sensational return of 31 goals and 41 assists from just 163 shots on net. As his confidence and frame continue to fill out, his offensive production and fantasy value will continue to rise.

Mike Matheson

Considering the relatively poor performance of most of the Canadiens’ roster this season and their last-place finish in the Atlantic with a division-low 76 points, it makes sense that solid fantasy production from the likes of Suzuki and Matheson went relatively unnoticed. Matheson nearly doubled his previous career high in points with a whopping 62, but he was also a fringe fantasy beast, posting the ninth-most blocked shots with 186 and chipping in with 68 hits, 58 PIMS and 187 shots at the just. It’s probably a bold prediction to expect that kind of offensive production and peripheral value from Matheson again, but it’s clear he has the offensive talent and skating ability to be an offensive option. The rest of his play and his Canadiens teammates make Matheson a bit of a liability heading into next year, but his excellent under-the-radar 2023-2024 is worth a shoutout.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

This wasn’t the goaltender that every NHL expert thought would be the last man to be in the Sabres’ blue paint this season. No disrespect to Devon Levi, who still has a bright future in Buffalo as the number one netminder, but Luukkonen’s impressive stretch means he could get even more opportunities in training camp. Considering the massive disappointment felt by both Levi and the entire Sabers team as a whole, it makes sense that not enough fans and pundits have paid attention to what UPL has been able to accomplish. A 27-22-4 record, five shutouts, a .910 save percentage and a solid 2.57 goals-against average indicates a goaltender who could very well get it done at the NHL level. With an expected rebound campaign from the Sabers on deck and even more confidence under his belt, UPL is a very sneaky late-round goaltending option with plenty of upside.