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  • Canadiens' Xavier Ouellet: Hasn't found twine since 2016-17

    Ouellet recorded just two points (both assists) in 12 NHL contests prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.

    The blueliner hasn't scored a goal at the NHL level since he found twine thrice in 2016-17 with Detroit. Ouellet has been far more proficient at the AHL level, putting up nine goals and 24 points in 39 games this year with the Laval Rocket. That type of production would translate to fantasy utility in the NHL, but until that happens, the France native carries no value for virtual squads.

  • Ben Chiarot D | WPG

    Canadiens' Ben Chiarot: Sets new career high

    Chiarot chipped in nine goals and 21 points through 69 games before the league went on hiatus in mid-March.

    Both those figures are career bests for the 29-year-old, who has seemed to benefit greatly from increased usage in his first year in Montreal (23:08 vs. 18:37 in Winnipeg last season). Chiarot's 0.3 points per game aren't going to rocket you to a fantasy championship, but if your league counts defensive metrics, his 152 hits and 128 hits make him a sneaky play in deeper formats.

  • Wild's Mats Zuccarello: Pedestrian output in St. Paul

    Zuccarello produced 15 goals and 37 points in 65 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.

    Zuccarello's first season with the Wild has gone rather unspectacularly. He recorded 37 points in 46 games with the Rangers last year before being shipped to Dallas and suffering a season-ending injury in just his second game with the club. The Norwegian is a ways off the the 61, 59 and 53 points he put up in the three prior campaigns, so it might be worth adjusting your expectations as he enters his age-33 season.

  • Zach Parise LW | MIN

    Wild's Zach Parise: Minnesota's top lamp-lighter

    Parise piled up 25 goals and 46 points in 69 games prior to the mid-March pause of play.

    The 35-year-old hometown favorite continues to fill the net in the State of Hockey. After two campaigns during which he failed to reach the 20-goal plateau, Parise roared back to the tune of 28 last year before notching 25 in 2019-20, which is a nice bit of renaissance for one of the game's true good guys. Also encouraging are Parise's 18 power-play points, which are his most since 2013-14's 20. As long as he can stay healthy, the 2003 17th overall pick has shown he's got plenty left in the tank as he approaches the final chunk of his career.

  • Ryan Suter D | MIN

    Wild's Ryan Suter: Wild's top blueliner

    Suter racked up 48 points in 69 games before play was suspended in mid-March.

    Now in his 15th NHL campaign, the 35-year-old blueliner just keeps getting it done. Suter ranks in the top 10 in both league ice time and points among defensemen. He appeared poised to take a run at double-digit goals (eight) for the first time in his career, as well as the triple-digit blocked-shot plateau (93) for the seventh consecutive campaign. Two things that really jump out for the Wisconsin native are the fact he's produced one more point than last year despite playing in 13 less games, and -- perhaps even more impressively -- that he's done that while averaging over two minutes less of ice time (24:38 compared to 26:42 in 2018-19). Suter is as durable as they come, and if he can keep producing at an elite rate despite receiving less ice time, owners need not look elsewhere.

  • Ben Hutton D | VAN

    Kings' Ben Hutton: Production in L.A. as expected

    Hutton managed 16 points in 65 games prior to the league's suspension of play in mid-March.

    The fifth-year NHLer's first year in Los Angeles has looked mostly the same offensively, as Hutton landed between 19-25 points in three of his four seasons with Vancouver. He doesn't chip in anything extraordinary in the peripheral categories, either, so fantasy owners can continue to bypass the 27-year-old for their virtual squads.

  • Mike Hoffman RW | FLA

    Panthers' Mike Hoffman: Continues thriving in Sunrise

    Hoffman racked up 59 points in 69 games prior to the league going on hiatus in mid-March.

    The former Senator's second year in Florida has essentially been an extension of his first, as he's produced at the exact same rate (0.86 points per game) as last season's 70-point effort. Hoffman has also tidied up his plus/minus to the tune of a minus-5 after the hideous minus-24 mark in 2018-19. It's important to note that he's actually received a full minute less of ice time (16:50 vs. 17:50 last year) but has still managed to produce at the same clip, so it appears that life is good for Hoffman under decorated head coach Joel Quenneville.

  • Aaron Ekblad D | FLA

    Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Sets new career high

    Ekblad set a new career high in assists (36) and points (41) in 67 games before play was paused in mid-March.

    How on earth is this guy still just 24? Ekblad has now skated in six full NHL campaigns and finally looks to be the 50-point threat the Panthers hoped they were drafting first overall back in 2014. It probably helps that he's not expected to shoulder the majority of the offensive load from the back end thanks to veteran Keith Yandle and his 45 points, and first-year Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville historically knows how to get a lot out of his blueliners (see: Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook). For an influence of Coach Q on Ekblad's game, look no further than the hit column -- he's recorded just 34 after 114 last year, suggesting a renewed, more disciplined focus toward offense. It also doesn't hurt that Ekblad has Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, who sit 10th and 30th in league scoring (respectively) to dish the puck to on a regular basis, either.

  • Brett Connolly RW | WAS

    Panthers' Brett Connolly: Nearing 20-goal plateau

    Connolly tallied 19 goals and 33 points in 69 games prior to the league suspension of play in mid-March.

    The 2010 sixth overall pick joined his fourth NHL team this season after spending time with Tampa Bay, Boston and Washington. Connolly has received a career-high 14:30 of ice time with the Panthers, which he's parlayed into what would be (should regular-season play resume) a near-guaranteed return to the 20-goal plateau for the second straight year after failing to get there in his first seven professional campaigns. His six power-play points are a personal best, too, and have come in a modest 1:18 of average man-advantage time. All told, the ship has probably sailed on Connolly ever delivering on his lofty draft position, but at the age of 28, he should still be in his prime and good for a point every other game or so.

  • Dylan Larkin C | DET

    Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Paces team in points

    Larkin put up 19 goals and 53 points in 71 games prior to the league's pause of play in mid-March.

    Despite leading the Wings in points, it's been something of a disappointing season for the fifth-year NHLer. Larkin's well off last year's 32-goal, 73-point pace. Also, his minus-21 rating stands out as a black mark even though it's not actually his worst performance in that regard (minus-28 in 2016-17). It's no secret that Detroit is rebuilding and doesn't have many exciting NHL assets at the moment outside of Larkin, so we expect he'll be just fine in the long run as the team improves. In the meantime, owners can't be blamed for feeling underwhelmed with the 23-year-old's output.

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