The 2021 NHL regular season. What a ride. The ups, the downs, the constant refreshing to see how many more of your players weren't scheduled to skate that night. But hey, it's been fun. And the playoffs should be even better.
Let's look at a few who pleasantly surprised in terms of fantasy performance. Some may not have come out of nowhere, but they still did significantly better than expected. We'll also evaluate whether they will maintain their success next season.
Jason Robertson, DAL
Of all the featured forwards, Robertson proved to be the only no-brainer. The 2017 second-rounder didn't start off 2021 well following a preseason injury and a stint on the taxi squad. It wasn't until early February when Robertson got it going with a five-game scoring streak. After a move up the depth chart, the rookie managed 16 points in March and increased that to 18 in April.
Can He Keep It Going?
Sixteen goals and 26 assists in 47 games seems like a tough achievement to replicate, though Robertson has excelled at the junior and minor levels and is well-positioned within the Stars' lineup. He offers way too much talent to be fazed by the so-called sophomore jinx and will be motivated in the final year of his entry-level contact (though could be re-upped this offseason).
Joe Pavelski, DAL
Staying in Big D, we take a look at the league leader in power-play goals. That's right, Pavelski's 13 tops superstars Connor McDavid (nine),