Aleksander Barkov is in a dead heat with McJesus for the most time on ice per game as a forward in the NHL.  Barkov has been making those minutes count in October and he continued to do so on Monday.  Barkov finished the month with a bang scoring a goal and three assists with two shots against the Lightning.  The bad news for Barkov is that his team was still electrocuted by the Lightning losing 8-5.  The good news for us fantasy owners is that it doesn’t affect us.  Barkov has been outstanding and if these minutes last, a top 50 season is a near lock.  Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league on Monday night:

Alex Tuch – Goal and an assist.  The overall minutes aren’t great but he’s getting a ton of power play time.  I’m a big fan in dynasties and he’s currently a solid streamer.

Colin Miller – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Miller has been incredible so far, especially on the power play.  I’m fine with grabbing him for the short term but I still have reservations about long term value.

Brad Hunt – Two assists with three shots.  He has seven assists in the past six games so if you need an AAGNOF, Hunt is a solid option.

Oscar Dansk – 17 saves on 19 shots before leaving the game with an injury.  This is just getting ridiculous.  Maxime Legace came in and was a disaster so Vegas might start down their downslide right now.

Josh Bailey – Three assists.  Bailey has been outstanding with 14 points (3+11) with a +9 rating in 12 games.  The problem is that he has 0 PIM and only 15 SOG.  Can you say AAGNOF?

John Tavares – Two goals on seven shots with two PIM.  Is 12 points in 5 games good?  Asking for a friend and his name is John Tavares.

Anders Lee – Two assists with three shots and two penalty minutes.  Lee has performed admirably and I’m not surprised at all.

Nick Leddy – Two assists and a shot.  The power play time is massive so Leddy should be owned everywhere.

Dennis Seidenberg – Two assists with four PIM.  He’s no longer getting any power play time so Seidenberg should be left for the deepest of leagues.

Niklas Hjalmarsson – Two assists as the Coyotes finally won a game!  They gave up two goals in the last minute to blow the game but hey, a win in overtime is a win.  Hammer doesn’t have much fantasy value.

Alex Goligoski – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s not good enough to stomach the poor plus-minus right now.

Sean Couturier – Two goals on four shots and two PIM.  Man, I didn’t think Couturier had this in him.  He’s been incredible and honestly, I think he can keep this up (not point per game but being a hold all year).

Claude Giroux – Two assists with a shot.  The bounce back is real.

Ivan Provorov – Three assists with seven shots.  Provorov should be elite while Shayne Gostisbehere is out.  If he’s available, grab him immediately.

Patrice Bergeron – Goal and an assist with four shots.  It’s amazing how Boston keeps suffering from the same problem: amazing first line and nothing behind them.

David Pastrnak – Three assists with two shots.  The plus-minus is ugly but everything else is great.  I feel safe saying the plus-minus fixes itself.

Markus Nutivaara – Two assists with a shot.  Nothing really here but I just wanted to type Nutivaara and add him into the Razzball Hockey Database.

Boone Jenner – Goal on five shots.  He’s right on the fence but I think I’d grab him for now given the massive minutes.

Josh Anderson – Assist with two shots and five PIM.  A preseason favorite of mine, Anderson is starting to round into form after his season started late following a contract dispute.  I would definitely grab him in 14’ers and deeper or 12’ers that include hits.  In standard leagues, Anderson is an elite streamer for now that could become a hold sooner than later.

Brendan Gallagher – Goal and an assist for some streamer success.  Gally is right on the borderline; if the minutes go up it becomes a no-brainer.

Tomas Plekanec – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Turtleneck is borderline useless at this point in his career.

Charles Hudon – Two goals and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  There could be something here long term and the shot rate is already excellent.  I’m not using him yet but monitoring Hudon going forward.

Artturi Lehkonen – Two goals on five shots.  Firmly in the streamer category.

Shea Weber – Three assists with a shot.  The massive minutes give Weber an incredibly high floor.

Christopher DiDomenico – Goal and an assist.  I said there was nothing to see here yesterday so he gets two more points.  Nice call Viz!  But seriously, I don’t see anything here.

Mike Hoffman – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Hoffman is certainly among the most underrated players in the league.

Craig Anderson – 9 saves on 15 shots in 2 periods before getting pulled in the 8-3 loss to Montreal.  All of Montreal’s positive regression in shooting percentage came in this game.  Brutal for Anderson owners who almost assuredly lost goaltending categories for the week already.

Ondrej Palat – Goal and an assist as did his linemates Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde.  All three of these guys are getting great power play time on the second unit as well.  Right now, I would say Point and Palat are holds while Gourde is a streamer.

Steven Stamkos – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  Just stay healthy because this is absolutely ridiculous.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Yeah, he seems pretty good at hockey.

Vladislav Namestnikov – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He should be owned everywhere at this point given what that line is doing.

Victor Hedman – Two assists with two shots.  The best is yet to come for Hedman with the minutes he’s receiving and the way the forwards on Tampa are playing.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal and two assists with two shots as did his linemate Evgeny Dadonov.  They haven’t really been mentioned nationally but this first line is playing as well as any line in hockey outside of the Stamkos line.

James Reimer – 14 saves on 19 shots before being pulled.  Reimer is someone you should be selective with who he starts against.  Then again, that might be an overreaction: who would you feel comfortable starting against Tampa right now?  I might bench every goalie that goes against them.

Jaden Schwartz – Goal and an assist with three shots giving him an absurd 8+9 in 13 games.  The rejuvenation of Schwartz has gone a long way towards the Blues having the most points in the league.  Obviously the shooting percentage will regress but I love the way he’s playing right now.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Dude just goes about his business consistently scoring at an elite level.

Alexander Radulov – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  He was buzzing all game and was rewarded with the game winner in overtime.  Radulov has been what everyone hoped and expected in his first month for Dallas.

Ben Bishop – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Canucks.  Excellent game from Bishop who stole this game from the Canucks.  Look for Bishop to build off this one.

Tim Heed – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The 26 year old Swede finally came over to the US last year and put up a point per game in the AHL.  He’s currently playing on the first power play unit so I’d grab Heed if I need defensive help.

Tuesday Streamers:

Pavel Buchnevich (6.1%) –  Going back to the well here with The Butcher on a three game point streak.  With Vegas down to its fourth string goalie on a back to back, look for the Rangers to roll.  Honestly, all of the Rangers in the top 9 are in play.

Andreas Athanasiou (8.9%) – On this small slate, I’m going back to guys I constantly used in the past.  Now that Athanasiou is back, it’s a great spot to use him against the Coyotes who are on the second of a back to back and the last game of a road trip.

Kyle Connor (5.4%) – As you all know by now, I’m all in on Connor.  He’s still in the top six getting regular minutes so continue to use him.

That’s all for now guys.  With only three games on the slate, I’ll have my next set of notes on Thursday morning.  That said, there will be new content on Wednesday with a new podcast along with streamers for the day in the bottom of the post so be sure to check that out!  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Saints says:
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    Great stuff thanks a lot 🙂
    And there is Anderson those 5 PIM look good with an assist i hope he can keep it up and stay on the 1st line.
    I’m a dumb guy, wasnt double checking and left Reimer in the lineup last night. Now im probably burned for the week and need to win the skater stats. The way Tampa is playing is incredible. But Tampas 1st Line too. I’m happy to have Dadonov (for 3 more Years) in my team after your advice.
    What do you expect out of Heed in the long run ?
    I like to add a defender in my hit/blk Dynasty but he looks not like a real tough guy. I think im better with a nasty defender like Bortuzzo who brings PIM Blocks and Hits and the way STL is playing gets one or two points every once in a while.
    Your thoughts ?

    • Viz

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      @Saints: Yeah, he had some balls fighting Chara yesterday. That sucks a lot, hopefully you can at least get wins or find a shutout to give you a chance if your opponent has a bad start. Tampa looks like the best team in the league and it’s not close right now but Florida’s first line is great.

      I honestly don’t know about Heed. Yesterday was the second Sharks game I watched in full this year so I don’t want to make rash judgments. That said, I was impressed and think there’s at least a power play guy.

      You know your team better than me and what categories you need. Bortuzzo is going to hurt you everywhere else but be great in those three categories so if that’s what you need, get him.

  2. Bead says:
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    Hi Viz,

    Good stuff as always.
    I’m losing my patience with Trouba. I know he’s good but he has really struggled so far. Would you drop him or Reilly for Heed, Provorv, or Montour?
    My concern with Provorov and montour is that they’re only going to be short term options. In the long run Trouba and/or Reilly will likely be more valuable. Heed I had never heard of until yesterday so that makes me weary as well.

    I’m in a 12 team keeper and we get to keep 7 players. I recently traded ehlers and mantha for tank. What do you think of that deal? I know you love ehlers and mantha but to get the elite now player in the deal was nice. My other keepers are barkov, huberdeau, skinner, Panarin, Bobrovsky and darling.

    Lastly, do you expect darling to turn things around? I know a few years ago talbot started shaky in his first season with the Oilers. I dealt him after a couple of weeks and then he turned it on in a big way. I’m thinking this could be a similar situation. Darling is adapting to a new system. He appears to be the man though getting 8 starts of the teams first 10 games.

    Thanks,

    Brad

    • Viz

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      @Bead: I would worry more about the short term here. There seems to be a decent amount of options on the waiver wire to choose from and it’s not like you are keeping whoever you pick up anyways so I would grab Provorov and go from there.

      I assume Tank is Tarasenko? As long as you have the depth to do it, I’m perfectly okay with it. The only weaker keeper you have listed is Darling and that’s because I assume you want two goalies.

      Yeah, I still have faith that he can at least be a solid #2 fantasy goalie this year. The really good thing is that he’s not facing a ton of shots so even if he plays average in terms of sv%, his GAA should be pretty good. If you look at his game log, you’ll see that in almost all of his games, he’s one save away from it being a fine start. He has also played against some ridiculously good offenses (MIN, CBJ, WPG, CAL, DAL, TBL, TOR, ANA) so he should get some better games too. 8 out of 10 starts is also encouraging.

  3. Maccer says:
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    Viz!

    Sorry in advance for the long post but wanted you to see my whole team to help with some roster moves:

    Kadri – C
    Schliefe- C
    Gaudreau – LW
    Panarin – LW
    Seguin – RW
    Voracek- RW
    Karlsson – D
    Ghost bear – D
    Green – D
    Montour – D
    Holtby – G
    Hellboy- G
    Bench: Ehlers – LW, Dadondov – RW, Lehner

    Really like my team and thanks for your rankings. Do you see any tweaks with the following guys on the wire?

    Mantha, Provorov

    Thanks!

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      @Maccer: I also have Jeff Skinner and it’s a 10 team keeper league where you can only keep 6 guys

    • Viz

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      @Maccer: Damn, yeah your team will be great once Holtby turns it around. As much as I like Mantha, I think you have to leave him on the wire, I wouldn’t cut any of your guys for him. The blue line is close. I really like Provorov as long as Ghost is out but the good news is that it doesn’t sound long term (sucks you can’t put him on IR in the meantime though). I’d hold for today and see how Green does against the Coyotes. If he doesn’t get a point, I’d be tempted to just cut him and grab Provorov for the Flyers back to back on Wednesday and Thursday, just because I don’t think Green keeps up his hot start.

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        @Viz: thanks Viz! Yeah was tempted to cut Green for Provorov too and will keep an eye on it.

        • Viz

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          @Maccer: No problem! Gostisbehere has been ruled out for the next two games so hopefully you’ll be able to put him on IR and then you can just grab Provorov and decide later.

  4. JJ says:
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    Hey viz,
    So still looking to shore up my D. Currently have OEL, ghostbear, provorov and c.parayko. Would you drop any of those for
    Trouba
    Spurgeon
    M.Dumba
    D.phaneuf
    S.theodore
    S.vatanen
    I could stash c.fowler or r.ellis. Currently have Niederreiter in my IR slot but don’t think that he would get much playing time on my squad anyways so could
    Drop him and grab one of those 2 or R.Luongo/a.raanta for some goalie help

    • Viz

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      @JJ: Hey JJ, I think I’m holding tight, at least until Ghostbear comes back and then you can decide about Provorov. I like Trouba the most out of that list and including Parayko for rest of season but Trouba is a mess right now so I’d hold Parayko for now and if Trouba has a good game or Parayko has a few duds in a row, then I’d make the switch.

  5. rangerstown says:
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    having real headache about brian elliot. we have halak, reimer, greiss in free agency. should i pick up any you think? (my other two goalies are hellboy and quick)

    • Viz

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      @rangerstown: I’d probably grab Halak while he seems to have the #1 job without it being a normal timeshare. Elliott has been downright awful and although the wins are strong right now, it’s not sustainable when you play that bad. I’d go Halak for now.

  6. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    vrana or tuch in hits/blocks 16 teamer? both dropped lately. vrana comes off waivers tomorrow, tuch thursday

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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: just noticed something, when krejci comes back it could affect this: (keep 14 per year, need 6 BOS players at all times). defensemen points are a separate category (also special teams points) probably only reason i still have severson, might be better off with somebody else.
      C (3) bergeron /turris/hanzal/reinhart (RW)/bjugstad (RW)
      LW (3) hall/marchand/sobotka/pasternak (RW)
      RW (3) andrigetto/simmonds (LW)/kempe/bratt (LW)
      D (5) hamilton/chara/krug/klingberg/severson/theodore (got lucky somebody just dropped him i waivered him)/morrissey (streamer, 7 moves a week)
      IR sekera/spooner/krejci
      G (3 max) wedgewood (had subban and dansk)/dubnyk/rask

      1. so what roster spot is a drop when krejci comes back (i want to keep a streamer spot)?
      reinhart or bjugstad maybe?

      2. severson fairly weak in hits/blocks for a D man. drop him for holding morrissey/k.miller. player rater has morrissey higher even right now overall.

      2. who’s the drop for the best of vrana/tuch

      team is weakest in shots/blocks/assists in that order. faceoffs too but that’s solved by seeing krejci/hanzal/turris all missing time (bergeron too). shots is the one area severson has morrissey beat easily. man krug is such a sieve this year, looking at his overall stats.

      • Viz

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        @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves:

        1) I would lean towards Reinhart although it might get better now that the PP1 that killed it last year is reunited. Definitely one of those two if it was to be a forward.

        2) I would hold Morrissey over him unless you’re desperate for those shots.

        3) I guess you would drop the other one of Reinhart of Bjugstad, I think for Vrana. I feel better about his role lasting than Tuch’s. Wow, I did not realize Krug has been this bad, I would have included him in today’s podcast if that was the case.

  7. Jon says:
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    Add one? C Miller, B Hunt, J Bailey, T Heed, B Montour, M Del Zotto, P Danault, I Provorov, D Larkin, C Cizikas, M Domi, J Silfverberg, N Hischler

    G A +/- PPP FOW SOG HIT DEF

    My team is weakest in FOW, HIT, and +/-. Thanks!

    • Viz

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      @Jon: Hmm, I think Domi is the best player in a vacuum but he’s not going to help you in these categories. Assuming you aren’t able to just turn that spot into a stream spot, give me Larkin. The minutes are up so faceoffs are going very well and the hits are okay enough.

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