That job – at first glance – now belongs to Patric Hornqvist, who was acquired in the Neal trade, and is expected to eventually be Malkin’s right-winger.
What does that do for Hornqvist’s fantasy hockey value? Well, one can only predetermine how his production’s going to look. And some sites have him already ranked as a top fantasy sleeper for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
Hornqvist is anticipated to drop big numbers because he’s an avid net presence, and takes a handful of shots, per Jensen. The right-hander took 248 shots last season, and considering both Crosby and Malkin are inclined to get everyone but themselves involved, expect him to raise that total this season.
Hornqvist is also polled into a category on NHL.com titled “Which fantasy sleeper would you most likely draft?” As it stands, he sits in second behind the Lightning’s young talent, Jonathan Drouin, and ahead of the Blues’ Jori Lehtera, Blue Jackets’ Nathan Horton, Stars’ Valeri Nichushkin, and Wild’s Mikael Granlund.
If Hornqvist can post 53 points on an extremely offensively-absent squad like Nashville, he can certainly put up that type of production and more with Pittsburgh.
Especially in the Pens’ top-six.
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