The fantasy hockey season is on a month-long hiatus due to the activities in Sochi. However, the Olympic break is the perfect time for fantasy fans to start scouting some talent. So for those of you watching the 2014 Winter Olympics, here are some fantasy hockey options worth targeting once regular play resumes.
RW T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues (USA) – St. Louis is currently tied for first place in the league with 84 points and the team is second in the league with 3.3 goals per game. Oshie has been a major part of the team’s offensive success. He has racked up 46 points through 57 games this season, but his amazing performance at the Olympics will certainly put the 27-year-old on the map. He will have a big second half to the fantasy season and the winger will be worth targeting heavily in all formats.
D Ollii Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins (Finland) – The injury to D Kris Letang will thrust Maatta into a much bigger role after the turn. The teenager has racked up nine points (3 G/6A) in his last 11 games and has proven that he can be a valuable fantasy blueliner. The Finnish star has scored two goals and added two assists in his country’s two games so far and will be a very popular second half option. If you get ahold of the defender during the break, I highly advise doing so.
G Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres (USA) – Through two games of US hockey action, Miller has yet to see any time between the pipes. Miller was one of the key players in America’s silver medal during the 2010 Olympics, but he has seemingly been forced to pass the torch to Jonathan Quick as the country’s number one netminder. However, the writing is on the wall for Miller. He will likely be traded by Buffalo very soon, and while he has struggled at times, he is constantly getting peppered with shots. Miller has seen 30-plus shots in six of his last eight games and the veteran has had a tough time keeping the puck out of the net. He will benefit from a change of scenery, though, and the future free agent is worth grabbing now before he officially changes zip codes.