I ask this not because I think the new Oilers captain has the natural skill of most of the guys you will find on your fantasy lineup. In fact, he is simply a grinder who has worked hard to get to the point that he is at in his career. I ask because the two wingers flanking him do have the skill to be elite fantasy options. I was a little shocked when I heard the news, but it is true, Horcoff is anchoring the second line between the Oilers top two prospects – Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. He is also getting some powerplay time, notching a PPG last night.
I do not expect him to return to the form he displayed in 2007-08 when he scored 50 points in 53 games and made his only All-Star appearance (yes I drafted him the next year expecting big things; it was the last time I ever drafted an Oiler). However, he shouldn’t take quite the beating he did last year when he was routinely matched up against the oppositions top line, leading to a -29 rating.
If he sticks on the second line with the two young guns, 50 point’s isn’t out of the question. That isn’t anything special, and he probably isn’t a great option in your standard ten team league. However, if you are in a 12 or 14 team league, or use extremely deep rosters, he should be at the top of your list of guys to keep an eye on. Anybody who plays on a line with a guy with this much talent is bound to rack up a few points.