The Hockey News’s Steven Ellis predicts fantasy hockey break-out stars who might shine as sophomore NHL’ers, and he suggests that poolies pay attention to Filip Hronek as the 2019-2020 season approaches:
Filip Hronek, D, 21 (Detroit)
Do the Red Wings have a gem on their hands? As the team looks destined to finish near the bottom of the standings in 2019-20, Hronek will be given ample opportunities to become a leader on the back end after a solid half-season in Detroit. Even though he only played in 46 games, tallying five goals and 23 points, his 19:57 average ice time was the third-best among all rookies, and only Dahlin (0.54) averaged more points per game among first-year defensemen with at least 45 games played. Hronek will start the season on the second pairing, but if Mike Green runs into health issues – and let’s be realistic: the odds of him playing 82 games is unlikely – Hronek could be playing top-pairing minutes quite quickly.