As fantasy managers, we tend to remember how players perform when we have them on our teams. I'm sure just about everyone has a story of a guy who always seems to double his output the week after we cut him due to a cold stretch. Sometimes, it's the sleeper pick that doesn't pan out the year you picked him, but the year afterward, when you'd given up on him. As frustrating as those players and situations can be, it's important to recall that each season is unique. Not every player can perform to our ideal standard of their capabilities all the time – there's ups and downs throughout seasons and over multi-year stretches.
With that lesson in mind, please open your hearts and minds to the concept of rostering Mikael Granlund again. I'm sure he's disappointed a few people in the previous two-and-a-half seasons, but right now, the Finn is in excellent form. Fueled by a four-assist game versus the Blues on Thursday, Granlund picked up six points in three games this past week. That's good and all, but here's where my confidence in him comes from – he's at three goals and 13 assists in just 15 games overall. Four of those helpers have come on the power play, and the playmaker is shooting a reasonable 13.6 percent. Last year, he shot 17.6 percent while putting up a decent but not remarkable 27 points in 51 contests. He's playing more than ever (20:25 per game) and thriving in