Kyle Wilson has been a revelation for fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Back in January of 2009, Rich Peverley caught most poolies by surprise when he suddenly posted 35 points in 39 games. It’s early still, but there’s another player who hasn’t been getting the respect he deserves and may just be Peverley Part 2.
Kyle Wilson is a former college standout who was drafted 272nd overall in 2004 by the Wild and later allowed to walk. The Capitals snapped him up, but only to bolster their American League lineup in Hershey. Peverley was also a college standout, but he was never drafted. When Peverley was allowed to walk (he was waived in January of 2009), the Thrashers picked him up. Since then, he has been a steady second-liner, producing in that 55- to 60-point range. That’s a fairly valuable number in a lot of fantasy leagues.
Wilson was signed by Columbus in the summer to help their AHL squad, but surprised everyone with a camp that was so impressive he made the NHL roster. But even then, the 25-year-old wasn’t being taken seriously. How else do you explain being a healthy scratch for the first five games? He finally got back into the lineup because the team was struggling to score. After two games of getting his legs back, Wilson was put on a scoring line. He’s posted seven points in eight games since. That gives him nine points in 12 career NHL games, if you include his cup of coffee a year ago in Washington.
Wilson is a steady 55- to 60-point AHL player and it looks as though that is translating to the NHL, so far. If you need a depth forward you could do a lot worse...
Wilson’s teammate Derick Brassard is also on a nice run thanks to the switch of his left winger from Nikita Filatov to Rick Nash. After starting the year with just a point in six games, he has 11 in his last nine. Brassard has the potential to be a No. 1 center for the Blue Jackets, but he needs to stay healthy to do it. He has been injured significantly in three of the past four seasons and if that trend continues he’ll never see his 80-point upside. For the short-term, however, he is as good a pivot as most of them out there in fantasy leagues.
Injuries, from a fantasy league perspective: Speaking of Peverley, he has quietly posted nine points in his past nine contests. Some of that comes from added ice time and improved linemates thanks to the Bryan Little injury (concussion). So this nice production may be at risk when Little returns.
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