The San Jose Sharks are currently leading the entire NHL with a staggering five goals per game and it seems like every player on the roster has a crooked number next to their name in the point column. That kind of goal production starts from the back line and one of the more underrated defenders in fantasy hockey this season has been D Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
In 48 games of the shortened 2012 season, MEV only racked up seven points (2 G/3 A). It was an extremely disappointing performance for a kid that most fantasy fans predicted to breakout. Like most of the Sharks, though, the 26-year-old has been on fire this year.
Vlasic started his first four games by recording at least one point in each contest and he has already matched his point total (5) from last season through the first six games. He has even added a power play assist and a shorthanded goal to his incredible early season stat line. Vlasic has become very comfortable with Justin Braun on the team’s second defensive line and the duo has done a great job at getting the pucks up to their stars.
Vlasic is currently getting over 20 minutes (20:21) of ice time per game and has quietly produced in deeper fantasy formats. If the underrated defenseman is on the waiver wire in your league, add this blueliner while San Jose is still scoring goals like it’s NHL ’94 for Sega.