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New team, no problem for Jonathan Quick

New team, no problem for Jonathan Quick

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Our final fantasy value article of the 2022-23 season includes Dallas’ No. 2 center, a winger rolling in Colorado, Washington’s and Vegas’ trade acquisitions making their mark and a slumping Norris Trophy winner.

Next week, we’ll move onto a playoff-specific column on Tuesdays to provide tips for the NHL slates therein.

First Liners (Risers)

Wyatt Johnston, C, DAL

Johnston hasn’t hit a rookie wall. In fact, he’s gotten better as the season has worn on, especially in the last two months. Johnston hasn’t gone more than two games without a point since mid-January. The 19-year-old continues to chip in regularly on offense with 10 points over 16 games since the All-Star break. For the season, Johnston, selected 23rd overall in 2021, has 17 goals, 32 points, 127 shots on net and a plus-10 rating through 67 appearances while skating as the second-line center in Dallas.

Anze Kopitar, C, LA

Kopitar shows no signs of aging. After notching four goals on February 28, Kopitar decided to share the wealth, distributing three assists Thursday. Those three points gave Kopitar 61 in 67 games on the season. The 35-year-old has reached the 60-point mark in all but one of the full-length campaigns in his career. He’s at 25 goals, 36 helpers, 140 shots on net, a plus-15 rating, 76 blocked shots and 61 hits through 67 outings. With 390 tallies, Kopitar sits just 10 shy of 400 in his Hall of Fame career.

Valeri Nichushkin, RW, COL

Despite being limited to just 36 games due to being sidelined by injury twice this season, Nichushkin has shown that his rise in production last season was no fluke. His eight-game point streak ended Thursday, but Nichushkin has posted 13 goals and 22 assists in those 36 contests played. Nichushkin potted a career-high 51 points last season, earning an eight-year, $49 million contract from the Avalanche. Don’t look for Nichushkin to slow down any time soon as he has five goals and 16 points over his last 11 contests as Colorado’s second-line right winger.

Patrick Kane RW, NYR

Kane struggled his first two games on Broadway, but he found his way in his next two contests. After going scoreless with a minus-four rating following his arrival in New York, Kane lit the lamp the next two games while adding an assist.

Kane had a rough season (by his standards) in Chicago but posted seven goals and three helpers in his last four games in the black, white and red of the Blackhawks. Concern over his hip still exists, but it hasn’t…

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