2023-01-24 17:41:16

Tuesday fantasy hockey tips - NHL picks, matchups, more

By Victoria Matiash

Let the Rick Tocchet era in Vancouver begin. After one of the most bizarre transitions in modern NHL history, the former Arizona/Tampa Bay bench boss takes over for Bruce Boudreau as the 21st head coach of the Canucks. About 48 hours and one full practice into the new gig, Tocchet is already offering some hints as to what we might expect from his fresh approach. Including some clues that should intrigue fantasy managers in particular.

Judging from Monday's skate - comprising a hefty number of assistant and consulting coaches - Tocchet appears prone to run with perceived strong forward C/RW pairings through the club's top three lines: Bo Horvat centering Brock Boeser; J.T. Miller shifted to the middle alongside Conor Garland; and Elias Pettersson linked with Andrei Kuzmenko. From a fantasy view, we're more intrigued with the characters designated at left wing on each respective line, particularly Jack Studnicka, who is apparently falling in alongside Horvat and Boeser. Once a top prospect with the Bruins, who had little issue putting up points in Providence, Studnicka still has the potential to blossom if offered the right opportunity. Keep a view of how the 23-year-old manages in filling such a prominent position - for however long - under Vancouver's new coach.

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