There have been a lot of bad trades over the last five years in the NHL.  It’s no surprise that Nino Niederreiter has turned into an excellent player in Minnesota after being traded by the Islanders, the team who drafted him fifth overall.  Who knew trading a player who just went in the top five in the draft at 20 years old was a bad idea?  Anyways, Nino has been solid for a few years now but he’s starting to peak in his age 24 season.  Niederreiter scored two goals and an assist with four shots in the 4-3 win over the Coyotes on Thursday.  This brought Nino to 30 points (14+16) on the season while being +18.  The PIM are below average and the shots are barely above two per game but with his developing power play prowess to supplement his even strength play, Niederreiter is looking like a clear hold at the moment.  Hopefully everyone in dynasties held onto him because the best is yet to come.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Oliver EkmanLarsson – Goal on three shots with two PIM in Wednesday’s game.  That’s the good.  The bad is that he was -5 in this one.  We’ve gotten absolutely worst case scenario from OEL this year.  He followed it up with 2 SOG and a -1 rating on Thursday so it didn’t get any better.

Shane Doan – Three assists with four shots and two PIM over two games.  Doan was a surprise last season but father time has caught up to Captain Canada this year.  Leave him on the waiver wire.

Dustin Byfuglien – Two assists with three shots, +3.  The shots have been going up lately to get him to exactly three per game on the season.  Add in the 115+ PIM and 45-50 points and you have your typical Big Buff season.

Nikolaj Ehlers – Goal on six shots with two PIM.  If he can start avoiding the 0 shot games, Ehlers can be a stud in all categories.

Bryan Little – Goal and an assist with two shots.  I’m still holding Little in 12’ers.

Jacob Trouba – Goal on five shots.  He’s slowed down a but but I’m still holding him in 12’ers for okay points but solid PIM and shots.

Ondrej Pavelec – 30 saves on 33 shots in the 6-3 win over the Coyotes, his first game this season.  Pavelec has had one good season in his entire career.  If you need a goaltender, you can grab him for the short term, but it’s firmly in the “desperate for starts” category.

Matt Murray – 19 saves on 20 shots in the 4-1 win over Montreal.  An easy game was what the doctor ordered after the 8-7 bloodbath on Monday.  It has been a rough stretch for Murray but I have no worries going forward.

Jake Guentzel – Goal on his only shot.  He’s playing with Malkin and Hornqvist right now so he’s back towards the top end of streamers.

Patric Hornqvist – Two assists with two shots.  Strong across the board again from Hornqvist.

Patrice Bergeron – Goal and two assists with two shots.  That’s six points in the last five for Bergeron who is finally starting to get rolling.  Look for him to push the top 25 overall in the second half.

Brad Marchand – Two assists.  This ties his previous career high in assists.  Marchand has played 48 games.  I didn’t think he could top last season but he’s well on his way.

Adam McQuaid – Goal and an assist.  He had more points in this game than he did in his first 42 combined!  He’s useless in fantasy.

Frank Vatrano – Two goals on six shots with two PIM.  He’s pushing towards a hold with three shots per game and solid goals as a result.  If the minutes go up a little bit, he’ll be there.

Dylan Larkin – Goal and an assist with two shots, +4.  I am already predicting that Larkin has the post-hype breakout next season.

Gustav Nyquist – Goal on four shots.  That’s six points in the last four games for Nyquist who is right on the fringe for me.

Tomas Tatar – Goal and two assists with two shots, +4.  He’s a fine streamer and nice GPP play in DFS because he’s had some monster games this year but the only consistency Tatar has shown is in his inconsistency.

Aaron Ekblad – Two assists with four shots.  Ekblad now has four assists in his last three games which is as many as he totaled in the first 39 games.  The penalty minutes and shots are excellent so it’s still worth holding for the upside.

Vincent Trocheck – Goal on two shots.  Six game point streak for Trocheck who is thriving in his increased role.  I still would look to sell high when Barkov is on the verge of returning.

Connor McDavid – Goal and two assists with six shots.  Every time that players get close to him in the points race, McDavid has a huge game.  His hands are just ridiculous let alone that he can use him at top speed.

Martin Jones – 22 saves on 24 shots in the 3-2 win over the Kings.  He’s regressed some lately but Jones has still been excellent on the whole.

Joe Thornton – Two assists with a shot.  So I did some digging on Thornton’s goals this year.  They were all empty netters!  Maybe Jumbo Joe can actually score a goal on a goalie at some point this year, if he shoots the puck at one that is.

Dustin Brown – Two assists with a shot.  He’s actually chimed in some points lately with six in the last five.  I don’t trust it to last at all so here’s my breakdown of whether or not I’d care about Brown.  One, do you have at least 16 teams in your league?  Two, do you count hits?  If either answer is no, then I could care less.  If you answered yes to both, then you can maybe think about it.

Marian Gaborik – Goal on two shots with two PIM.  He’s back on my streaming radar with four points in the last four.

Tanner Pearson – Goal on three shots.  Bottom end hold like we talked about on Tuesday’s podcast but I’m still holding.

Jason Pominville – Three assists and a shot.  Pominville received some quality power play time in this game and delivered.  He’s a bottom end streamer due to the lack of PIM and inconsistent even strength role.

Eric Staal – Goal on four shots.   He’s shown no signs of slowing down giving him a clear case for bounce back player of the year.

Thomas Greiss – 23 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Stars.  Finally!  This is the Greiss I expected earlier in the season.  Own him everywhere.

John Tavares – Two goals on six shots.  Johnny who?  Tavares!  Those who follow lacrosse will get the reference.  Anyways, is seven goals in four games good?  Asking for Mr. Tavares.

Mike Condon – 42 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Blue Jackets.  I still don’t expect Condon to keep it up but until Craig Anderson returns, he’s must own.

Erik Karlsson – Assist with two shots and two PIM.  He hasn’t had a huge game lately but Karlsson has dished an assist consistently.  I doubt he leads the league again like last season but he’ll be near the top.

Pavel Buchnevich – Goal on two shots.  Pushing towards a hold again.

Michael Grabner – Two goals on five shots.  I can’t believe Grabner has 21 goals already.  I guess he has to be held again because 35+ goal scorers shouldn’t be on the waiver wire and he’s well over that pace now.

Kevin Hayes – Two assists with six shots.  The shots are up a bit lately with 16 total over the last five games.  If he can get the shots up, Hayes would be pushing towards the top 50 overall.

Brady Skjei – Goal and an assist with two shots.  There’s definitely some upside here in dynasties but for now, I’d leave Skjei on the waiver wire in 12’ers.  It’s close but it’s not quite enough.

Zach Hyman – Goal on three shots.  Clear as day streamer.

Andre Burakovsky – Goal and an assist.  I’m probably holding him while he’s this hot with the expectation that I will cut him again in the next couple weeks.  At the least, I’d look to stream him against Dallas on Saturday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s officially back.  I thank him on behalf of his owners, that is assuming they didn’t quit on their season with how dreadful he was the first few months.

T.J. Oshie – Goal and an assist.  Can’t stop Oshie or the Capitals right now.

Alex Ovechkin – Two assists with two shots.  The Great Eight hasn’t had more assists than goals in six years but it’s getting extremely close after six assists but zero goals in his past four.

Daniel Winnik – Two assists with a shot.  Nothing here really given his role on the fourth line.

Jake Allen – 6 saves on 10 shots in 25 minutes before being pulled.  Carter Hutton then allowed 3 goals on 8 shots.  Man, the Blues goaltending has really let them down this season.

Jaden Schwartz – Goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM finishing +3.  Not too bad in any game let alone when your team loses 7-3.  Schwartz is starting to find his groove again with six points in his past five.

Alex Steen – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  Just shoot the damn puck and stay healthy!

Viktor Arvidsson – Two assists with two shots.  He’s back on the fringe after a recent cold streak.  If you’re in a roster crunch or want to grab somebody hotter, I’m fine with cutting bait.  Having said that, I’d lean towards hold.

Ryan Ellis – Two goals on three shots.  It’s his show on the blue line with the injured Preds so make sure to grab him everywhere.

James Neal – Goal on two shots.  This was his first point in three games after missing about two weeks due to injury.  Expect the shots and points to turn around in the near future.

Dougie Hamilton – Two assists with a shot and two penalty minutes.  Dougie continues to hit all of the categories at a solid clip.

Sean Monahan – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Four game goal streak along with a streak of five straight games with at least four shots.  This is the Monahan we’ve come to know and love over the past couple seasons.

Calvin Pickard – 34 saves on 36 shots in the 2-1 loss to the Ducks.  Shots were 22-3 Ducks after the first but Pickard kept it 0-0.  He’s been great lately but the team is so poor in front of him that he stands little chance.  The truest of “desperate for starts” guys.

Gabriel Landeskog – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  The other members of Colorado’s big three had an assist.  I’m still holding the Kog despite his team’s struggles.

John Gibson – 21 saves on 22 shots getting the win.  En fuego.  It doesn’t take much for it to continue against the Avs right now.

Hampus Lindholm – Goal on seven shots.  He’s just too inconsistent right now to hold in 12’ers.

Jonathan Drouin – Goal on four shots.  In the last four games, Drouin has at least four shots on goal.  Assuming this shot rate holds (almost three per game on the season), he’ll be a top 50 player next season.

Aaron Dell – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 2-1 win over Tampa.  He rarely plays but when he does, Dell is worth streaming.

Friday’s Streamers:

Andreas Athanasiou (7.3%) – Going back to the well after he scored against the Bruins in their last game.  A game with the up and down Sabres gives him a great opportunity to get another point or more.

Jake Guentzel (3.8%) – He’s had a point in both games since his recall and while the Hurricanes have been outstanding at home, they’re not stopping Malkin.  Great spot for Guentzel as long as he sticks on Geno’s line.

Reilly Smith (17.3%) – Smith has been okay lately but the minutes have been huge.  The Canucks have been better lately but I’ll take my chances with the Panthers top six guys getting massive minutes.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Monday recapping all of the weekend’s action.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Scott says:

    The Red Wings are next to last in their division, but it’s not Andreas fault…

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Scott: haha well played! Certainly not lately

  2. jon says:

    14 team keeper league keep all…. G A P PP+- HITS

    I am in 1st, I have Barkov but looks like he may not come back this season..

    I love him in keepers but I want to win now… should I deal Barkov for toffoli and a 1st round entry pick?

    Any sugestions on a player I could target for Barkov if not Toffoli?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @jon: I think toffoli is a good idea, maybe try giving up a lesser pick first and see what he says? It’s kind of hard to give other suggestions just because it has to be someone on a bottom end team that can take an injured Barkov and I don’t know who they have

      • jon says:


        In this deal I would be getting Toffoli and a 1st and giving Barkov only

        he did also mention he would do my Barkov for his Toffoli, 1st and one of the following specs, Logan Brown, Daniel Sprong, Debrincat or Brock Boeser.

        what do you think?

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @jon: whoops, I misread. I would do that trade given your want to win now. My first choice of that bunch would be DeBrincat but it’s marginal over Brown and Boeser. Not a big sprong guy

  3. Shitwolf says:

    hey was thinking about some long term strategy and wanted to throw it past ya… when dealing with a long term IR like stamkos when is a good idea to pick him up? Also whats the deal with Parise this year is he hurt or just inconsistent? thanks man

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Shitwolf: if you have an IR spot, obviously grab him right away.. generally I would say a week or two before he is back otherwise. The only potential issue is that Stamkos might be returning during head to head playoffs and you can’t really afford a 0 for a week from a roster spot. In that case, it should only be a couple days before he’s back

  4. Mr. Rickey says:

    I’ve been using Hellboy as my #3 G (behind Bob and Budaj) – does he get back to starting this season? I could grab Pavelec but not thrilled by that idea. Condon, Coreau and Pickard are also out there. Make a move or wait and see?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Mr. Rickey: I think he gets it eventually, I’m just unsure of when. Condon is the best of the bunch right now so I’d say grab him and then revisit the situation in a few weeks when Anderson is back

  5. Holala says:

    15 team league
    10 keepers

    Would you deal Tavares for Marner & Monahan? What about Marner & Eberle?

    Thanks a lot!!

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Holala: man, these are both pretty close. Where are you in the standings right now? I definitely wouldn’t do eberle but marner + Monahan is super close.

  6. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

    earlier you had of these 2 trade offers the 2nd being better
    my fabbri and edmundson for schultz + coyle
    2. my larkin + burmistrov for rust + kessel

    was this from any of these (or which order if more than 1)
    1. kessel is best player (in shots/PPP/points only but he is good at those and i’m assists weak)
    2. you also think schultz will go back to near worthless if he ends up on another team next year (like he had been nearly his whole career till PIT)
    3. you like fabbri long term more than larkin (they were both big name prospects, larkin higher, BUT fabbri gets more hits and PIMs than larkin for SURE)
    4. trade 2 nets me more PIT players than #1.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I would say all of these hold some water although 4 is more of an added bonus. 3 I’m kind of unsure of just because they’re both still incredible young. Mostly I think it’s #1 and 2. 2 is especially true just because we have no idea where he ends up (I doubt Pitt, he’ll get paid after this big year) even though I do prefer getting kessel instead

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

        @Viz: you probably know more about his fenwick/corsi numbers. are those better than previously as well? (schultz i mean). i know he was drafted as an O-dman and certainly that part’s looking good at PIT, at EDM neither the D nor the O was doing anything for years. if his D still isn’t great i’d think he’d get around 4.5ish or so, more if both are better.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i forgot kessel. they have a ridiculous amount of money tied up in crosby/geno/fleury (probably gone soon)/kessel/letang. 4 of them for next year. they are more top heavy than even CHI is. hard to believe they put a competitive product out there all the time, esp as they’ve given away first rounders most of the time for either rentals or kessel. guentzel thus far being MUCH better than his draft stock would’ve indicated is good for them. their next highest guys sprong/sundqvist (and another high goalie to go along with jarry last year) are mostly only decent prospect names.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i also just looked at exactly HOW long that kessel deal is. wow. this guy will be locking up points/shots/PPP for YEARS with malkin/crosby/letang here. since i also have meier/fiala and one of fabbri/larkin (and later barbashev/mcleod as far as forwards) i’m still probably ahead of the curve as far as young guys to back up my NHL caliber guys. sprong hasn’t yet be readded to yahoo.

            such yahoo b.s. to even have a system that has a guy in it’s system and then removes them later (except in obvious deaths/retirements). sticks to their complete lack of logic to their dealings that speaks to pretty much anything they do.

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Schultz has been around 50% almost his entire career no matter where he was. Usually that’s break even but last year, 50% on the pens was horrible because they were pushing 57% as a team. I suspect somebody who misses on Shattenkirk is going to wildly overpay him. Agree on the kessel part, it’s the perfect situation for him

  7. Quick Sycamore says:

    Jake Allen. Didn’t even travel with the team. Needs a mental break apparently. At least yahoo made him dtd so I could out him on the IR+.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Quick Sycamore: yeah, probably for the best even though the blues don’t really have much margin for error anymore

      • Quick Sycamore says:

        @Viz: Jake Allen has had his problems for sure. But something seems wrong with the team. Another loss today. At this point I’m just glad I traded for Gibson.

        • Quick Sycamore says:

          And of course, Gibson left with an injury.

          • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:

            @Quick Sycamore: it was chest, so probably not long term issue (not like a leg or knee thing, ask price/quick about those)

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