It is not too often that I suggest grabbing someone off the fantasy hockey waiver wire that has yet to score a single goal this season. Fantasy hockey is about racking up points and someone that doesn’t score goals can be a risky start week after week. However, LW Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals is simply playing to well to ignore.
While the 22-year-old has yet to light the lamp this year, he has been quietly racking up assists for the Caps. Johansson has already helped on eight goals this season and the Swede is on pace to have the first 50-point season of his career.
Johansson has been flying under the radar all off-season, despite earning a spot on the team’s high-scoring first line this fall. The fact that Johansson gets to line up with Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, though, has done wonders for his fantasy value. It seems that all Johansson has to do is put on his skates to rack up assists.
Washington is also the number one ranked team on the power play (33 %) and Johansson has been a main reason for their early-season success. He has added three power play assists already this year and the youngster has continued to make plays with the man advantage.
Johansson is available in close to 50% of fantasy leagues at the moment. He will be a steady contributor of helpers for the rest of the season and will allow fantasy owners to get an edge on the assist category each week.