I have reached the finals in my league, and as I look through my roster to clean up any loose ends, I wondered: In regards to NHL teams going down the stretch, how do you guys feel about players on hot streaks with medium strength of schedules vs. consistently talented players with tough strength of schedules?
Here's an example (albeit only one of many possible scenarios I'm considering):
Alexander Radulov has certainly stepped up, and has contributed 3 points in 3 games for the Preds. However, they have a pretty difficult schedule coming up these next two weeks (STL, DET, CHI, MIN, DAL, COL). With the exception of Minnesota (who still is pretty defensively stingy) this is a pretty tough way to close out the season, despite being an obviously talented player.
On the other hand, Marcus Foligno is an unproven rookie on a TEAR with the Sabres. He's on a line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, and I know for a fact that he will not be leaving this position on a hot line through the end of the season, barring a total meltdown. The Sabres play WSH, PIT, TOR (twice), PHI, BOS. While this is not an easy schedule, they do get Toronto twice, and have been playing like world-beaters lately.
Either would be replacing Adam Henrique, who's pretty much gone cold. Again, this is only one example (and probably the most extreme case), because at any other point in the season, the question of Radulov vs. M. Foligno would be an absolute no-brainer in favor of Radulov.
Other players available that fit the mold of this post are: Havlat, Cooke, McGinn, Malone. Also worth mentioning is the guy I'm playing pretty much tied my first round score, and both of us destroyed our round 1 opponents. This will be a VERY tight matchup.
Do you put more stock in raw talent or streaks and strength of schedule at this pivotal time of the year?