In his first NHL season since 2011-12, Dadonov scored 28 goals and 65 points this season, including 13 power-play points. What a season for Dadonov, who played in the KHL over the last five seasons with St. Petersburg SKA. Prior to that, he was a borderline NHL skater that split time between the Panthers and multiple AHL squads. Now, the 28-year-old Russian has established himself as a dangerous scoring threat on the wing. Dadonov posted 21 multi-point games, a plus-10 rating, and 188 shots on goal, good for a wonderful 14.9 shooting percentage. In his last KHL season, he scored 30 goals and 66 points, so this may not be a fluke, but more of what can be expected from him next season.
Dadonov scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 3-0 win over the Islanders. He scored his 24th goal of the season on his only shot, adding a blocked shot and a plus-2 rating. Dadonov has only found the scoresheet in three of the last seven games, but on all three occasions he recorded multi-point performances -- making him an interesting DFS tournament play as the Panthers fight to stay alive in the playoff race.
Dadonov finished with a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Senators. Both of Dadonov's points came in the second period, with linemates Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov each picking up two points on those plays as well. That fearsome trio's excellent chemistry has turned Dadonov into quite the fantasy commodity, as he's amassed 56 points in 63 games this season. Any questions about his ability to perform at a high level on North American ice have been answered.
Dadonov registered two assists during Thursday's 3-0 win over Boston. This was the Russian's sixth multi-point showing through his past eight games, and he's now recorded an impressive 15 goals and 18 assists through his past 29 contests. Dadonov's locked into a top-line gig with Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad, and the trio is clicking on all cylinders. Considering his recent form, Dadonov should be owned in all fantasy settings.
Dadonov deposited his 22nd goal of the season in a 5-3 home loss to the Senators on Monday. The Panthers were stunned by an Ottawa team playing spoiler, and this can't be how Dadonov had wished to celebrate his 29th birthday. Still, the Russian winger has been phenomenal, adding four goals and seven assists through seven games in March. He might even be flying under the fantasy radar since he's still building a reputation in the states following five seasons in the KHL.
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