Hey everyone!  We are only two days away from the season starting and the preseason is in the books.  Today, I’m going to take a quick look at all 30 teams in regards to lines, injuries and surprise players who may make the team.  Players officially have to go down by Tuesday so there will be a little guess work on my part for the last couple guys to make the roster but at least for standard leagues, nearly everything is clear at this point.  Let’s get right to it!

Anaheim Ducks – Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm are still unsigned which is quite problematic.  I’m not sure either of them are worth holding if they’re unsigned by the first game.  This gives a bump to Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen with Lindholm out and Jakob Silfverberg because the Ducks are playing with more balanced lines up front and Silfverberg looks to be playing with Ryan Getzlaf.

Arizona Coyotes – Dylan Strome will make the team as the second line center so own him in all leagues.  Michael Stone will miss the beginning of the season so Alex Goligoski should be owned in 12’ers.  Radim Vrbata has been getting first line time so he’s an interesting streamer to start the year.

Boston Bruins – Not much to note here.  David Pastrnak may be on the first line and David Backes the second but I don’t think it changes either’s value significantly.

Buffalo Sabres- Kyle Okposo is questionable for opening night but he needs to be held regardless.  Rasmus Ristolainen remains unsigned and while I’m optimistic a deal can happen, they’re cutting it extremely close.  Hold Risto for at least a week or two to see what develops.

Calgary Flames – Johnny Gaudreau is the biggest holdout right now and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.  I am already lowest on him on Fantasy Pros but I’d be avoiding him if you haven’t drafted yet.  I’d hold if you already have him but it could be painful if he misses the first few weeks.  Matthew Tkachuk is going to make the team, at least for the first nine games, so I’d look to stream him while he’s getting big minutes.  If he starts well and Gaudreau signs, I’d try to sell high in redrafts.

Carolina Hurricanes – Nothing has changed here at all; everything is as expected in their team preview (available under the team preview tab in the header at the top of the page).

Chicago Blackhawks – Tyler Motte looks like he’s going to make the team and quite possibly in a top six role.  I’d try to grab him in deep leagues if he’s available; for standard leagues he could be a nice early stream.  He was a very strong player at Michigan.  Niklas Hjalmarsson is suspended for the first game of the season for those in deep leagues.

Colorado Avalanche – No surprises here.  The big 3 look to be playing together as expected so they all get a boost.

Columbus Blue Jackets – No surprises.  I’m buying into Oliver Bjorkstand and think he could be a hold at some point this year.  Zach Werenski has a chance to make an impact from the back end; it’s something to keep an eye on.

Dallas Stars – Tyler Seguin should be back game one, if not game two so he’s a clear top 6 player for me.  Mattias Janmark is out six months due to a knee injury so drop him everywhere.  Cody Eakin will also be out around 4 more weeks due to a knee injury which could give Radek Faksa some extra value in deep leagues.\

Detroit Red Wings – Their lines are a big mess and make me dislike their players more than I already did.  Mike Green is on the top pair and top power play unit which gives him a chance for a bounce back season.

Edmonton Oilers – Traded Nail Yakupov to the Blues (more on him later).  Jesse Puljujarvi should slide into the top six.  I’m not thrilled about him for this season but he’s a streamer in 12’ers for the time being.  They also signed Kris Russell who is horrible at hockey.  His most useful asset is blocking shots after he’s been hemmed into his own zone.  This will almost certainly hurt the plus-minus of virtually everyone on the team.

Florida Panthers – Jonathan Huberdeau is out 3-4 months after his Achilles was cut by a skate.  Horrible news.  If your league has IR spots, stash him for the time being, otherwise just cut him.  Jonathan Marchessault has moved into the top six (probably the first line) and should be owned in all deep leagues.  He’ll be an excellent streamer in 12’ers in the short term.  They have some other young players breaking into the lineup but all in the bottom six with minimal fantasy value.

Los Angeles Kings – Marian Gaborik is out over a month due to injury; I wouldn’t draft him in standard leagues any more.  Dwight King bumps up into the top six for the short term but his value is restricted to deep leagues.  Somehow, Dustin Brown will also be getting top six time which is a mess.  Don’t touch him, he’s a shell of his former self.

Minnesota Wild – Joel Eriksson Ek should make the team; I like him as a prospect for dynasties but for now, there’s little value.  Nothing else here.

Montreal Canadiens – No surprises. I just want to add that Daniel Carr has really impressed me in the preseason; he’s only a streamer for now outside of the deepest of leagues but he’s worth keeping an eye on.

Nashville Predators – It sounds like Roman Josi will play with Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban with Ryan Ellis.  Either way, Ekholm and Ellis are must-draft now with the minutes load they’re going to carry.

New Jersey Devils – To balance their lines, Kyle Palmieri will start on the second line with either Beau Bennett or Devante Smith-Pelly on the first line.  I don’t think it hurts Palmieri much.  Bennett or DSP will be worthy of streaming if they’re on the top line.  With Jon Merrill out, Steven Santini could be on the top pair.  I don’t think it matters outside of deep leagues but we need to pay attention to the first few Devils games to see how their defensemen are utilized.

New York Islanders – No surprises here; Mathew Barzal has made the team so I’d keep taking a flier on him in late rounds or pick him up to see what he does i the early going.

New York Rangers – Pavel Buchnevich will make the team and should be on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider.  Color me intrigued by this line.  In deep leagues, I’d be sure to grab The Butcher and look to stream him Thursday against the Islanders (spoiler alert!)

Ottawa Senators – It sounds like Mark Stone may be able to play day one after suffering a concussion.  Nice break for his owners; hopefully there isn’t a setback.  Ryan Dzingel has replaced Zack Smith as the LW2 due to a very strong camp.  It’s another thing to keep an eye on for deep leagues.

Philadelphia Flyers – This is just a reminder that Brayden Schenn is suspended for the first three games from a playoff charge against the Caps. Michael Raffl will start the season on the first line and makes a nice stream Radko Gudas is almost certainly going to get a suspension for another cheap shot.  No surprise, this scumbag needs to get out of the league.  Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny have made the team.  Provorov should be drafted in all 12’ers since he’ll be in a top 4 role right away.  Konecny has deep league value and should be in the top 6 the first three games making him a solid stream.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Only thing here is it’s Marc-Andre Fleury‘s job to run with until Matt Murray returns.  Fleury could turn this into a true timeshare so he gets a nice boost.

San Jose Sharks – Tomas Hertl has been getting time on the first line again while Mikkel Boedker is on the second in the place of Patrick Marleau.  Hertl is a must own while he’s in the top six while Marleau is fringe.  He absolutely needs to hold his spot on the first power play unit or he should be on the waiver wire.  The Sharks are trying to add a backup goalie but in the meantime, expect a lot of Martin Jones.

St. Louis Blues – Jaden Schwartz will be out the first 4-6 weeks of the season.  Hopefully you can IR him and if you’re in leagues that have IR spots, draft him in the later rounds.  David Perron is going to get first crack to take his place.  He could play himself into a hold so stream him for now.  Nail Yakupov could eventually take Perron’s place once he settles into St. Louis.  For now, I’d just keep an eye on him, there are better streaming options available.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Nikita Kucherov remains unsigned although Bob McKenzie sounded optimistic about the two sides getting a bridge deal done.  Nothing else to see here.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Nikita Soshnikov will start on the Marlies while Mitch Marner will be up to start the season.  He’s a nice late flier or streamer.  Same goes with Milan Michalek who should be in the top six.  Also, I’ve been extremely impressed with Nikita Zaitsev.  The Russian is 24 going on 25 so he’s much more experienced than your normal rookie.  I’m not sure it’ll be 12’er worthy but there’s a chance that it will be so watch how he does on Wednesday against the Senators.  Frederik Andersen is healthy to start the season.

Vancouver Canucks – Anton Rodin will make the team and is an interesting player for dynasties.  He’s questionable for opening night due to a knee issue and I don’t want much to do with him this season for redrafts since the Canucks will be a mess.

Washington Capitals – No surprises at all here.

Winnipeg Jets – Jacob Trouba is holding out for a trade; don’t draft him in 12’ers and cut him if you have him because I don’t see a resolution in the short term.  Nikolaj Ehlers looks to be on the first line solidified my love for him this season along with the rest of his line (and this team in general).

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a podcast with Reid; my next writing post will be Wednesday with a quick preview of the four opening night games.  As always, feel free to ask any questions and leave any comments below.  Take care!

  1. Saints says:
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    Wow viz thanks for this article waited for one of this 🙂 amazing Work.
    It’s good to see for me that some of my guys in my dynasty League are noted positively (Barzal,Zaitsev,Soshnikov,Smith Pelly). I hope they could deliver this season like I(and you) am expecting it 😉 )

    • Viz

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      @Saints: No problem at all! Despite Soshnikov starting in the AHL, I still like him plenty. He just suffered an injury during preseason and they want to ease him back in in the AHL.

      • Saints says:
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        @Viz: I have the possibility to get Dalton Prout or Marco Scandella. DO you like one of them ? I’m not sure i think they are not way better than the other guys on the Fa Market. But they are cheap and not tooo old do you see one of them making a step forward this season ?
        Or Should i try to trade for Manson. (Hope you can remember me of the Top 250 Post 😀 😀 )

        • Viz

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          I don’t think either of them have much more in them; the problem with both of them is that they are blocked by a bunch of other defensemen. I’d prefer Scandella over Prout but I don’t see anything more than a potential marginal increase for either of them.

          • Saints says:
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            @Viz: Manson as well ?

            • Viz

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              @Saints: I guess I’d prefer Manson over them both just for the PIM and strong hits plus blocks. It depends what you’d have to give up to get him, though.

  2. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Good morning Viz!

    Cant wait for the season to get started!

    I have a draft tonight for a league where I have the 6th pick. It’s a 12-team non-keeper league with daily lineups. This is our roster format: 2C, 2RW, 2LW, 4D, 2UTIL, 6BN, 1G.

    Would you change the way you ranked your top 4-9 (McDavid, Seguin, Kane, Tarasenko, Karlsson, Pavelski) when these are the offensive scoring categories: G, A, PPP, +/-, SOG, Blocks, Hits?

    Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Morning! I can’t wait either. I think you have to make some slight changes here. Karlsson is decent in hits and a monster in blocked shots which is a huge edge over everyone else while Pavelski is the best forward in blocks and by far the best in hits. Seguin is also decent in hits while the other three are poor in all of them. Since you start 4 D, I think that puts a big priority on defensemen. I’m moving Karlsson up to 4th to get that big boost in blocks from a stud player. Seguin and Pavelski are 5 and 6 in some order; I think you can go either way there. I’d probably lean Pavelski just to be more well rounded but it’s close. McDavid, Kane, Tarasenko would be 7-9 staying in the order they are in my normal ranks since they are all virtual blanks in hits and blocks.

      • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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        @Viz: awesome, thank you very much. On average, how many spots would you move players up who are good in hits/blocks?

        • Viz

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          I generally wouldn’t make drastic changes, mostly on the margins. Mostly, I’d just keep track of how you’re shaping up around the middle of the draft; if you’re short on them I’d sure them up. They’re easy categories to stream so I wouldn’t make it a priority to get a ton of hits, for example. I’d just make sure your bottom end defensemen get quality blocked shots.

          • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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            @Viz: thanks Viz, I appreciate the help! I’ll post my team tomorrow morning for your expert review. Have a great night!

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              No problem, sounds good! Either here or on the new podcast post will work for me.

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    morning man! just finished my draft last night and used your rankings as a cheat sheet what do you think? I didn’t want to draft goalies so early, but bishop fell to 20 and i felt like i had to jump on him then… wanted to know how you think I did and if you see any areas of weakness thanks viz love your rankings and the podcasts

    Goals (G), Assists (A), Plus/Minus (+/-), Penalty Minutes (PIM), Powerplay Points (PPP), Shorthanded Goals (SHG), Game-Winning Goals (GWG), Shots on Goal (SOG), Faceoffs Won (FW), Hits (HIT)

    and Wins (W), Goals Against Average (GAA), Saves (SV), Save Percentage (SV%), Shutouts (SHO)

    1. (5) Connor McDavid (Edm – C)
    2. (20) Ben Bishop (TB – G)
    3. (29) Patrice Bergeron (Bos – C)
    4. (44) Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Ari – D)
    5. (53) Wayne Simmonds (Phi – RW)
    6. (68) Devan Dubnyk (Min – G)
    7. (77) Torey Krug (Bos – D)
    8. (92) Kyle Okposo (Buf – RW)
    9. (101) Brayden Schenn (Phi – C,LW)
    10. (116) Ryan McDonagh (NYR – D)
    11. (125) Tyler Johnson (TB – C)
    12. (140) Evander Kane (Buf – LW)
    13. (149) Morgan Rielly (Tor – D)
    14. (164) Nikolaj Ehlers (Wpg – LW,RW)
    15. (173) Sam Reinhart (Buf – C,RW)
    16. (188) Nazem Kadri (Tor – C)
    17. (197) Michal Neuvirth (Phi – G)
    18. (212) Ondrej Palat (TB – LW)

    • Viz

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      Man, I really like that team! I agree that it’s solid value for Bishop and I don’t blame you one bit for going that route. I don’t really know what your weakness is. Maybe faceoff wins could turn into one because you don’t have any guys playing center that you can play at different positions that take draws (Schenn and Reinhart will both be wingers) but then again, Bergeron usually leads the league in faceoff wins and McDavid should be up there. Getting Kane really fills in some shots, PIM and hits which is also nice and Palat is incredible value in the last round. I’d be willing to hold pat on this team for a few weeks into the season barring injury and just see how they all do. Schenn is suspended the first three games and Okposo is ?able for opening night but nevertheless this team should do very well.

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        @Viz:

        thanks homie that makes me really happy to hear! We have a UT slot so i will be playing either Johnson or Kadri there depending on matchups and such…

        Also thank you for the tips on the status of Oko and schenn I have, Reinheart in at RW and Ehlers in at LW to start… also good luck with your team! Keep an eye open for some D 😉 Im watching proverov

        • Viz

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          Gotcha, that all makes sense. Thanks, best of luck to you too! We talked about Provorov on the podcast we recorded today that should go up tomorrow; I would own him in 12’ers now for the upside.

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            @Viz:

            Would you drop anyone on my squad for prov?

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              @Shitwolf:

              With the dub and bishop was thinking I could drop neuv for him? Or is it good to keep a 3rd g

              • Viz

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                No I think I would stand pat. Considering that saves is its own category, it’s imperative to get a lot of starts so I’d either hold Neuvirth or turn that roster spot into a streamer spot where you play top end backups who play that day. For now, I’d just hold Neuvirth.

  4. Nate says:
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    Viz,
    Great stuff here! Used your rankings and feel I should have the roster to get to crush my league. Our league is super goalie heavy the only reason I drafted Vasilevskiy…

    Goals, Assists, +/-, PIM, PPG, GWG, SOG, Hits, Blocks,
    Wins, Losses, GAA, Saves, Save %, SHO

    Do you think it’s worth throwing some offers for Johnny hockey or still too uncertain?

    9.) Seguin
    16.) Karlsson
    33.) Allen
    40.) Wheeler
    57.) MacKinnon
    64.) Scheifele
    81.) Tyler Toffoli
    88.) Evander Kane
    105.) Mike Hoffman
    112.) Tyler Johnson
    129.) Robin Lehner
    136.) Sergei Bobrovski
    153.) Nikolaj Ehlers
    160.) Brandan Gallagher
    177.) Zdeno Chara
    184.) Andrei Vasilevskiy
    201.) Jacob Trouba (dropping)
    208.) Morgan Rielly
    IR moved Seguin to open roster spot and added Nikita Zaitsev
    Any glaring issues that you see needing to be addressed?

    • Nate says:
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      @Nate:
      Sorry we start 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 4D, 2U, 2G

      • Viz

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        That looks really strong. Maybe you need some hits or blocks? You might not though, I wouldn’t worry about it either because you can get those easily. You can try to but I doubt the person would sell low on him plus I have your top 6 guys ranked higher than Gaudreau anyways. Add in hits and blocks and he’s even lower so unless he wants to do like, Toffoli and another small piece I wouldn’t bother.

  5. Lackeydrinksonme

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    Hey, Viz

    8-man league, H2H categories, I do OK with football and baseball, but I don’t know if I understand some of the nuances of Fantasy Hockey. It’s easy to understand streaming pitchers for a single start, or a tight end for a single weekend, but hockey players?

    Really what I’m asking is, can you write up a quick advice article, giving the do’s and don’ts for people like me? When to ‘stream’, when to drop, how to decide which players to start on a full slate, etc.?

    Thank you so much for the articles and the draft rankings- I got some ooh’s and ahh’s with my picks, courtesy of your list and a list of starting lines. Keep up the good work!

    • Viz

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      First off, thank you for the compliments, I really appreciate it. That’s actually a good idea, I can write a brief blurb for my post that goes up on Wednesday morning if that’s alright with you.

      • Lackeydrinksonme

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        @Viz:
        Yeah, man, that sounds terrific. Thanks again.

  6. Jeff P says:
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    Soooo…. where do you draft Crosby (if you do) in a standard league?

    • Viz

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      Reid and I talked about it on the podcast we recorded today that will go tomorrow, it’s an interesting talk since it happened right as we started recording. I really don’t have a good answer; I couldn’t bring myself to take the risk in the first two rounds right now. I don’t know how long he’d have to be sitting there for me to pull the trigger. I think once you get towards the 5th round that 60-65 games is enough for Crosby to pay off value there so I’d pull the trigger. The third and fourth round is where the difficulty lies.

  7. Quick Sycamore says:
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    Someone in my league is offering me Seguin for Crosby. I’m really torn on whether or not I should take it. I guess I just feel that crosby is going to have a big year and I don’t feel that seguin is really any less of an injury risk. Thoughts?

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      @Quick Sycamore:
      C Crosby
      C Malkin
      C Barkov
      W Kucherov
      W Simmonds
      W Voracek
      W Gallagher
      W Drouin
      W Hudler
      D Klingberg
      D Hedman
      D Hamilton
      D Reilly
      BN Johnson
      BN Pastrank
      BN Sam Reinhart
      BN Ehlers
      BN Saad
      G Allen
      G Lehner
      I have crosby and Allen on IR right now, picked up hutton and silfverberg as replacements. I feel like I can survive shorterm without crosby, but I don’t know. Also, I don’t know how Silfverberg wasn’t drafted, but I’m thinking that I would drop Pastrnak before him.

      • Viz

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        @Quick Sycamore: I’d have to make the trade now. While Seguin could get hurt, Crosby already is and we have no idea when he’ll be back. Seguin and Crosby were back to back in my rankings already; I’ll take the guy who isn’t already concussed and wouldn’t think twice about it honestly.

  8. Tweak says:
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    I’m running two teams this year and am wondering about the waiver wire guys sitting there.

    C – Barkov, Scheifele, Toffoli
    LW – Benn, Marchand, Burakovsky
    RW – Hornqvist, Neal, Gallagher (Toffoli)
    D – Giordano, Krug, Risto, Phaneuf

    C – Seguin, Eichel, Johnson
    LW – Marchand, Hoffman, Voracek, Drouin
    RW – Eberle, Backes (Voracek)
    D – Karlsson, Ekblad, Reilly, Ellis

    Guys like Ehlers, Provorov, Little, Stone, Strome, Reinhart, E. Kane are sitting on waivers. Worth a pickup for any of them? My G could use improvement (Allen, Lehner). Try making a deal to improve at G and pick up any of these guys?

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