Brayden Point made his season debut on Thursday for a big showdown with the Maple Leafs.  Unsurprisingly, he started right where he left off, scoring two goals and adding an assist with five shots in the 7-3 win.  The Bucs beat the Argonauts!  Anyways, we know how good Point is and that he’s an elite options in all formats.  Props to Fungazi 2.0 for hitting with Point in the Three Point Challenge!  A couple other takeaways from this game.  One, Point went on the first line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, who had four points each.  If that line sticks together, watch out.  Two, the new fifth person on the top power play unit was Anthony Cirelli, who ended up with three assists, two on the power play.  I’m a big fan of Cirelli’s game but he didn’t get the opportunity.  Now, he is centering the second line and on the top power play unit.  He’s a must own in all formats.  Three, Tampa Bay really is the better version of Toronto.  The defensemen on Toronto just can’t keep up.  I mean, Cody Ceci?  Even Rielly and Barrie aren’t good defensively.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Jack Eichel – Two goals and two assists with eight shots.  Eichel made a bad turnover in overtime Monday to cost the Sabres the game, and he made up for it and then some on Wednesday.  He was as dominant as that stat line indicates.  Hopefully there’s more to come.

Marcus Johansson – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  It would be nice if Krueger would put a competent RW on Johansson’s line with Skinner, but he’s still producing early.  Very good streamer with some upside.

Rasmus Dahlin – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  As a Sabres fan, it’s great that they’re winning but Dahlin absolutely needs to get more minutes than he is right now.  Regardless, he looks like a #2 fantasy defenseman this season with upside for more.

Joel Armia – Three goals and an assist with six shots over two games.  Revenge game on Wednesday!  He’s a decent streamer while he’s a hot schmotato but I’m not buying in at the moment.

Carter Hart – 25 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Devils.  Real upside here although I think it’s a year or two down the line when the Flyers defense is better than it is now.

Travis Konecny – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Amazing start for Konecny with five points in two games.  He’s an elite streamer for the time being.

Ivan Provorov – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Provorov is a solid bounce back candidate if he can get the shots back up to his 2017-18 level.

J.T. Miller – Goal and three assists with two shots.  Miller is up on the first line right now which should give him a great chance to pile up assists.  I lean towards bottom end hold, but it’s fringe due to the lack of shots.

Brandon Sutter – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  I watched all of this game since it was a stand alone game on Wednesday, and I couldn’t believe Sutter looked like a real NHL’er again.  That said, I have no interest in fantasy.

Tanner Pearson – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Pearson is playing the best hockey he has in years.  I’m still only considering him a bottom end streamer, but it could get better.

Quinn Hughes – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Love me some Hughes.  He’s going to be so damn good sooner than later.  Hughes was one of my most aggressive ranks so I own him everywhere and have no regrets.

David Pastrnak – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Pasta is truly among the best wingers in the game.

Nathan MacKinnon – Goal and an assist, as did Gabriel Landeskog.  Both have had at least one point in every game so far.  Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Danny DeKeyser – Two assists with a shot.  He has four assists in four games, but I have no interest in DeKeyser.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Two assists.  Even with the crazy minutes McJesus and Draisaitl are getting, RNH played 22 minutes in this game.  He’s on the fringe, but I guess I barely lean towards elite streamer?

Sidney Crosby – Goal and an assist with two shots playing 24 minutes.  The workload is insane right now and Crosby will continue to put up big totals.

Matt Murray – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 2-1 win over the Ducks.  Three good starts and one dud so far for Murray which is about all you can ask for given the defensive woes for the Pens.

Auston Matthews – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Only a matter of staying healthy.

Ryan O’Reilly – Goal and three assists with two shots.  Another guy picking up right where he left off last season.  Props to Aurelius for hitting the three point challenge!

David Perron – Two goals on four shots.  Easy hold at this point.

Tyler Bozak – Two assists.  Easy pass.

John Carlson – Three assists with a shot and two PIM.  Carlson is piling up the assists early which comes as no surprise.

Alex Ovechkin – Two goals.  Only two shots!?  What a bum.

Filip Forsberg – Goal and an assist.  Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund also had two points.  These three have formed a formidable trio as the go-to offensive line for the Preds.  I think we’re going to see big things health permitting.

Ryan Johansen – Two goals.  He’s had a point in every game which is obviously encouraging.  Only four shots total, not as much.  He’s fine for what he is, but I’m not a huge fan of RyJo’s player type in fantasy.

Viktor Arvidsson – Two assists with a shot.  Arvidsson doesn’t get credit for how good he is.  He’s a bonafide first line winger who is elite at even strength.

Calle Jarnkrok – Two assists.  Nice player in real life, not so much in fantasy.

Patrik Laine – Two goals and two assists with four shots.  He even added eight hits!  Laine has started off the season on a tear, including seven points in the last two games since moving onto the first line with Mark Scheifele (two assists) and Blake Wheeler (goal and an assist).  Laine was incredibly undervalued this draft season given the tremendous upside that he is.  I even drafted him outside of the top 60 in a league.  I would not entertain selling him high.

Patrick Marleau – Two goals on six shots in his first game back with the Sharks.  I’m not expecting much from Marleau, but he is playing on PP2 and in the top six right away.  In super deep leagues, he should be owned.  In standard leagues, he’s a decent streamer.

Brent Burns – Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.  Brent Burns doing Brent Burns things!

Dylan Gambrell – Two assists with a shot.  He’s on PP2, but until he starts shooting the puck (2 SOG in 4 games), he’s simply unusable in fantasy.

Andrew Shaw – Two goals on five shots with two PIM.  He’s on the second line right now making Shaw a very good streamer for the PIM and decent points.

Dylan Strome – Goal and an assist with two shots.  I don’t think he’s an automatic hold without Kane on his line, but Kane could easily jump back there at any point.  I’m holding for now.

Carl Soderberg – Two assists with two shots.  It’s nice to see him getting minutes, but Soderberg is a bottom end streamer at best.

Conor Garland – Two goals.  He scored at a pretty good rate last season but Garland isn’t receiving decent minutes.  He played only 11:36 in this one and that’s nowhere near enough for sustained success.  If he gets the time, there could be something here because Garland does score goals at a very good rate per 60 minutes.

Darcy Kuemper – 37 saves on 38 shots in the 4-1 win over Vegas.  Kuemper has started the season with three excellent starts.  Tocchet’s system really seems to be helping him, so it looks like I could have underrated Coyotes goalies quite a bit, especially Kuemper, even though I ended up with him on my biggest money team as my #2 goalie.

Since I didn’t have time for a preseason post with all of my predictions, here’s a quick list:

Division Winners: Tampa Bay, Carolina, Nashville, Vegas

Other Playoff Teams in East: Boston, Toronto, Florida, Washington, Pittsburgh, Philly

Other Playoff Teams in West: St. Louis, Colorado, Dallas, Flames, Sharks, Ducks

Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay over Vegas

McDavid for Hart, Makar for Calder, Gibson for Vezina, Ovechkin for Richard, Josi for Norris

Fantasy MVP (given the value from where they are drafted) – Svechnikov (wrote a sleeper post)

Fantasy Bust – Hellebuyck (wrote a bust post. He’s playing great right now, although I am worried with the shot volume he’s facing)

Fantasy Sleeper – Olofsson, who I featured prominently in the preseason posts

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, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Enjoy your weekend, take care!

  1. DumpsterFire says:
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    Good stuff as always Viz. I got beat to the Olofsson waiver claim, but at least I got Mantha. There are still a lot of good streamers/holds on the wire in my league (Yahoo 12 team H2H; G,A,+/-,PIM,PPP,SOG,BLK with W,GAA,SV%,SO), but I don’t want to make a hasty move. Horvat and Blackwood have been duds for me so far. I have Grubauer and Markstrom, but most other teams carry 3 goalies. The wire has Samsonov, Gerogiev, Howard+Bernier, Quick+Campbell, and maybe Reimer as guys worth noting. Any improvement there with the Devils looking so bad, or do they turn it around with Blackwood evening out to a solid 3G?

    The other option is to lose the 3G and pick up Perron (could also may drop Tatar for him?)

    Options for replacing Horvat look like Kopitar, Hayes, E. Staal, J. Staal, M. Johansson, Drouin. Way to early assessment is that I could use more shots and a better +/-.

    Anyone jump out at you?

    • Viz

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      I’d give Horvat a little more time to start with. He’s going back on PP1 at least which should help.

      As for Blackwood, I thought he played a fairly good game yesterday, he was close to a 3-2 win and Coleman took a dumb penalty with 1:15 left, PP goal, tie game, now you don’t get a win. It’s not like Schneider has been good either. The problem is that I still like him more than those guys on the wire with the possible exception of Howard? I want nothing to do with Quick, Samsonov and Georgiev won’t get volume, and I still think it’s Mrazek’s show ultimately.

      I would rather go down to 2 goalies than drop Blackwood for another goalie, but I would drop Tatar for Perron. If it doesn’t get any better in the next week or two for the Devils, then I could see making a move.

      • DumpsterFire says:
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        Thanks for the input, I’ll probably hold for now. I forgot to mention Leblanc as an option to drop too. Would you still drop Tatar over Lebanc for Perron? The shot rate is up, so I feel like he might come around if SJ can figure it out and put some momentum together.

        • Viz

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          No problem! Yeah, I’d still hold Labanc, I’m being a bit more patient with the Sharks guys. They’re a brutal matchup with Vegas, Gibson stole the next game, then at Nashville is no easy task. Kane coming back and signing Marleau helps the depth quite a bit so I think we see all their guys, Labanc included, start to improve

          • DumpsterFire says:
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            Agreed, thanks

  2. Peter says:
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    Good morning Viz!

    I drafted both Jaden Schwartz and Jason Zucker at the end of my draft. Looking at David Perron to pick up in place of one of these two. If Perron stayed healthy, he potentially could be a 65-70 point player!

    Do we drop Zucker or Schwartz for Perron?? Your thoughts please!

    Also, any chance Holtby’s lease is short as he struggles yet again??

    Thank you,

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Morning Peter! Yes, I would probably drop Schwartz for Perron. My guess is no with Holtby, they give him a longer leash, but I’m kind of guessing there. Their defense is an issue once you get past Carlson and Orlov, so part of this is systematic. If I had to guess on what happens, Holtby ends up getting 57-60 starts this year, next year it’s closer to a split, and then in 2021-22, Seattle ends up with him as their version of MAF to Vegas.

  3. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Woooooo!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Props again!

    • Matt says:
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      Congrats man. Nice pick

  4. Marco Kirillov says:
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    Hey Viz, just reminding my team is like this:
    13 team League ESPN –
    Scoring:
    G (4 points)/A (2) /PIM (0.5)/PPG (1.5)/ PPA (1)/SHG (3)/SHA(2)/FOW (0.1)/FOL (-0.1)/HAT (5)/SOG (0.4)/HIT (0.2)/BLK (0.4)
    GS (0.5)/W (4)/L(-3)/GA (-3)/SV (0.4)/SO (5)/OTL (-1.5)
    H2H Non Keeper – 23 skaters (max 18 per game) – 2 Goalies (1 per game) – 5 IR spots
    C – Barkov, Couture, Kadri, Dzingel, Texier, Steel
    LW – Kane, Schwartz, Merleau
    RW – Kane, Meier, Laine, Reinhart, Brown, Olofsson, A.Nylander
    D – Hamilton, Dahlin, Chabot, Sergachev, Hughes, Klefbom, Cholowski
    G – Andersen, Rittich

    Do I dump anyone to take Marcus Johansson?
    Can actually be anyone in any position, the bench has no limits and I have many guys who have double eligibility…

    • Viz

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      I think I prefer him over Schwartz, Dzingel, and Steel. As for who I’d drop for him, that’s a bit tougher. Can you not put Steel on IR for now? That would be the easiest thing. I think I would lean his way regardless though.

      • Marco Kirillov says:
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        Also got offered Eric Staal and OEL for Couture and Dzingel. Anything to ponder?

        • Viz

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          Sorry for delay in answer… I think I’d pass, I like Couture more than the rest by a decent margin

  5. YoMommasHouse says:
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    Hey Viz!

    Think I should pick up Kuemper or Greiss? Thanks!

    • YoMommasHouse says:
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      Or should I pick up Foligno in a hits league instead

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hey! Hard to say without knowing the rest of your team and format, but more than likely I would say grab Kuemper, he has the most value rest of season.

  6. Person says:
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    Hey Viz!

    I have F. Anderson, Lundqvist, and Reimer right now. With my last pickup this week, do I pick up Greiss, Kuemper, or a skater like Foligno or Roope Hintz in a hits league? Who do you like better between Folingo and Hintz? Thanks!

    • Viz

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      I’m assuming this is a head to head league? It depends a bit on what your current score is and what categories are this close later in the week. I would much prefer Foligno for the simple fact that he plays tonight and tomorrow so you get two games out of him, while you’d only get one with Hintz. Volume is everything in fantasy hockey. That said, if you need the goalie, we know Greiss will start one of the next two nights and we don’t know for sure about Kuemper. Kuemper does have more season long value than Greiss though.

  7. Euroalien says:
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    Thanks Viz! Great write up as always…

    In a 12 team keeper league, is it worth spending some FAAB to get Kovalchuk? I need RW help – if yes, then who would you drop out of Henrique, DeBrusk, Silfverberg, Crawford. (I have three other G – Price, Rask and Varlamov plus Sorkin)

    Same league, what would be fair trade value to try and get Svechnikov?

    Thanks

    • Viz

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      Sorry for delay in answer….

      Thanks! It would be a small bid if you did it, and probably dropping Henrique.

      I would give up a lot for him in a keeper league. It would be easier for me to tell you what I’d be willing to give up if I knew what you had.

      • Euroalien says:
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        No worries Viz! Hope you had a good weekend. This is the team I recently took over in a 12 Team Dynasty League on Fantrax. We have a 40 move limit FA pickups and a $100 FAAB. Which makes it tough to stream guys. Any thoughts on the team would be much appreciated.

        Sean Couturier C
        Max Domi C,LW
        Mark Scheifele C
        Johnny Gaudreau LW
        Alex Ovechkin LW
        Artemi Panarin LW
        Jake DeBrusk LW,RW
        Ilya Kovalchuk LW,RW
        Aaron Ekblad D
        Noah Hanifin D
        Torey Krug D
        Brayden McNabb D
        Mikhail Sergachev D
        Adam Henrique C
        Nico Hischier C
        Anthony Beauvillier C,LW
        Micheal Ferland LW,RW
        Hampus Lindholm D
        Corey Perry RW
        Nate Schmidt D

        Carey Price G
        Tuukka Rask G
        Corey Crawford G
        Semyon Varlamov G
        Minors

        Casey Mittelstadt C
        Ryan Poehling C
        Victor Olofsson LW,RW
        Emil Bemstrom C,RW
        Adam Boqvist D
        Dante Fabbro D
        Conor Timmins D
        Zach Aston-Reese LW,RW
        Noah Dobson D
        Ilya Sorokin G

  8. Matt says:
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    What do you think Viz? It feels wrong not having Winnipeg make the playoffs.

    Eastern Conference

    Atlantic: Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto, Florida
    Out: Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa

    Metroplitan: Carolina, Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
    Out: New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Columbus, New Jersey

    Western Conference

    Central: Nashville, St. Louis, Colorado, Dallas
    Out: Winnipeg, Chicago, Minnesota

    Pacific: Vegas, Calgary, San Jose, Anaheim
    Out: Edmonton, Vancouver, Arizona, Los Angeles

    Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay over Carolina
    Western Conference Finals: Colorado over San Jose

    Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay Over Colorado Avalanche

    Hart: McDavid
    Calder: Makar
    Richard: Matthews

    Fantasy MVP: Timo Meier/Andrei Svechnikov
    Fantasy Bust: Evgeni Malkin
    Fantasy Goalie: Philipp Grubauer
    Fantasy Sleeper: Mikhail Sergachev

    • Viz

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      We have the same playoff teams and most of the playoffs so I can support this. I would like colorado to make a run since they’ve been my second favorite team my whole time. Everything else looks realistic. Can support all of those picks down the line. Feel the same way about the Jets, but until that defense gets fixed I can’t buy in.

  9. WalleyWorld says:
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    I love the content, keep it coming! I’m in a dynasty league and my goaltending is a little shaky. Ended up dropping Jake Allen this year after the Bennington breakout. Currently have a foursome of Martin Jones, Mikko Koskinen, Linus Ullmark, and Elvis Merzlikins. I own Igor Shesterkin but he’s just a prospect. Can you recommend a younger goalie who you think will turn into a stud that I should try and acquire? Have my eye on Thatcher Demko but not sure why type of caliber player to even offer. Any thoughts are appreciated. Cheers

    • Viz

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      Thanks a lot, I appreciate it! I do like Shesterkin quite a bit long term. Demko would be a nice guy to target, mostly because he hasn’t received a start yet and his owner could be frustrated. As far as prospects go, Sorokin would be my favorite guy. Samsonov is right there, but I bet it would take a lot to get him. I wouldn’t give up a ton in a trade, mostly because goalies are extremely hard to predict, but I could float some ideas if I knew your roster.

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