There are few skaters who turn it on after the mid-point of the season the way that Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan has since long before the days of the team being re-branded as the Arizona Coyotes. Lost in all the excitement of Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Louis Domingue, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the trade rumors swirling around Mikkel Boedker has been the production and performance of Doan and his outstanding play over the last month or so.
He has played himself into the top 75 players in standard scoring categories in fantasy hockey despite not seeing a wealth of ice time or skating with exceptional talents. He also leads his team in goals and trails only Ekman-Larsson in power play tallies with ten. Doan’s power play goal scoring is one key part of his fantasy value, the other is his notably high penalty minute total.
Doan’s fantasy managers and prospective managers shouldn’t count on him being a force for penalty minutes though. Thirty-two of his penalty minutes came during two games in January 18th and November 20th. But his inflated and unsustainable penalty minute total doesn’t tell the whole story of his fantasy value.
Doan’s Second Half
The 39-year-old wing has already crushed his goal total and his power play production from 2014-15. His impact on the man advantage is rather surprising considering that he is currently playing on what is considered Arizona’s second power play unit with Antoine Vermette and Boedker. Despite his age and being third among forwards on the Coyotes in ice time, Doan has been doing a little bit of everything for the Coyotes and it shows in his fantasy value.
Arizona’s captain hits, shoots, spends time in the penalty box, and gets the puck in the back of the net. As long as Doan is healthy, he will be a key part of the puzzle for the Coyotes and their scramble to land in a wild card spot in the Western Conference. An appearance in the 2016 NHL playoffs might be out of Arizona’s reach, which casts a bit of a fog over Doan’s future with the team with his expiring contract–but that has been said before of the man who spent his entire career with the Coyotes’ franchise.
What is more likely is that pieces around Doan, including Boedker or maybe Vermette, could be shipped away before deadline day which could either improve or eviscerate Doan’s fantasy value. There is a chance that if the Coyotes sell pieces like Boedker there will be more dynamic and productive linemates, including Domi, in Doan’s future.
With Doan’s history of turning it on when his team needs him most, he is a fantasy option that can’t afford to be ignored regardless of a league’s scoring categories. Across the three major fantasy hosts, Doan’s value can’t seem to be agreed upon. Doan is 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, just under 70 percent owned in CBS leagues, and nearly universally owned in ESPN fantasy hockey leagues. There may be better options than Doan in fantasy hockey, but there are very few options better than him that are still available.
The veteran winger’s power play production, shooting rate and ability to put pucks in the back of the net makes him a fantasy option that can’t be ignored, especially in leagues that value points scored on the man advantage. Although Doan’s value is inflated by a few emotional outbursts earlier in the season that resulted in double digit penalty minutes, the face of the Coyotes franchise still has a lot to offer as long as Ekman-Larsson and Arizona’s power play remains as special as they already are.