Mike Hoffman had his best year as a pro in 2016-17, setting career highs in assists (35) and points (61) in 74 games with the Senators. The 27-year-old winger was one of Ottawa's most potent offensive weapons last season, ranking second on the team in scoring behind Norris Trophy finalist Erik Karlsson. A 2009 fifth-round pick who's made good, Hoffman is locked into a top-six role and is also a key member of the team's top power-play unit. He racked up 26 of his 61 points while skating with the man advantage, averaging a notable 3:11 of power-play ice time per game. There's no reason to believe Hoffman won't return to the same role this season, so he should be able to surpass the 60-point threshold for a second consecutive campaign in 2017-18, making him a valuable asset in all fantasy formats.
Hoffman started the year with a pair of first-period markers in Ottawa's 6-2 preseason win over Toronto on Monday. Hoffman appears to be in midseason form already, as he picked up where he left off last season. He looks like he'll be good for his fourth consecutive 25-goal season while again serving as one of the Senators' top weapons.
Hoffman scored the winning goal in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 triumph over the Penguins. Hoffman rocketed one from the top of the circle past the outstretched glove of Matt Murray to break a 1-1 tie 1:34 into the third period, then let goalie Craig Anderson and the Ottawa defense do the rest. The skilled winger also brought a physical element, leading the Senators with five hits as they staved off elimination. Four of his 11 points this postseason have come in the past four games.
Hoffman tallied a goal and an assist during Wednesday's Game 3 win over Pittsburgh. Hoffman entered Wednesday's contest with four goals and seven points through 14 playoff games, and this was just his second multi-point showing of the postseason. That said, he's a streaky scorer who's capable of piling up points in a hurry. If Ottawa is going to advance past Pittsburgh, Hoffman will probably need to continue making an offensive impact.
Hoffman scored a first-period goal and registered three shots during Tuesday's Game 6 win over the Rangers. The winger scored in consecutive games to finish off the Rangers, and he's up to four goals, seven points and 34 shots during the postseason. Hoffman has posted three straight 25-goal seasons and is a key offensive cog for Ottawa. The Sens will need him to continue frequenting the scoresheet to have a shot at advancing past the Eastern Conference finals.
Hoffman scored two goals -- one with the man advantage -- and registered eight shots on net during Monday's Game 3 win over Boston. After being held off the scoresheet in the first two games of the series, this was a breakout showing for Hoffman. He's posted three consecutive 20-goal campaigns and is a key offensive piece for Ottawa. With the offensive monkey off his back, Hoffman could easily parlay Monday's huge outing into a strong stretch. He's notoriously streaky, after all.
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