If you follow my writing at all, you know how much I love¬†Brent Burns.¬† I mean, how can you not love this face?
He’s been among the most disappointing players in fantasy hockey to this point, mostly because he’s found a way to have a horrible shooting percentage.¬† Well, since my last set of daily notes, Burns is finally back on track!¬† In his past three games, Burns has three goals and three assists with a whopping 22 shots on goal.¬† ¬†There’s still plenty of time for Burns to deliver an elite fantasy season with a monster second half.¬† I certainly won’t put it past the reigning Norris Trophy winner.¬† I’m going to change things up a bit with this post.¬† Since I’m a bit behind, mainly because of the site going down last Thursday night, I’m going to list every player, by NHL team, that I think is a hold or streamer in standard leagues, guys who become in play with hits, blocks and faceoffs added, and then add some information where necessary.¬† Streamers will be in the order I prefer to use them.¬† Let’s get to it!
Holds: Rakell, Getzlaf, Perry, Silfverberg, Henrique, Fowler, Montour, Gibson.¬†¬†Ryan Getzlaf¬†returned on Monday so get him activated immediately.¬†¬†Adam Henrique¬†remains a hold for now.¬† That could change when¬†Ryan Kesler¬†returns, which is soon.
Streamers: None really, outside of Miller when he starts.¬† This team is extremely top heavy.¬† I imagine Henrique eventually drops to this tier eventually.
Holds: OEL, Raanta.¬† I assume this is a bit controversial, but I can’t stomach the plus-minus from any of their forwards.¬† With¬†Clayton Keller¬†in the midst of a cold streak, I’m fine with holding him but you can also let him go in non-dynasty formats.
Streams: Keller. Domi, Stepan, Duclair, Dvorak, Strome, Goligoski.¬† I think there’s a good chance the top three guys are all holds at some point again.¬† I’m still bullish on¬†Dylan Strome‘s long term value.
Holds: Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak, Krug, McAvoy, Rask.¬† The Bruins are extremely top heavy.¬† I’ve been very impressed with¬†Charlie McAvoy¬†lately.¬† McAvoy is one of my favorite long-term fantasy players.¬† Assuming the shot rate increases with experience, he has a great chance of developing into a #1 fantasy defenseman.
Streams: Krejci, Bjork, DeBrusk, Backes, Chara.¬†¬†David Krejci¬†would be a hold if he can get his shot rate up back towards two per game.¬†¬†David Backes¬†and¬†Zdeno Chara¬†become holds if you add the extra categories.
Holds: Eichel, Kane, Ristolainen, Lehner.¬†¬†Rasmus Ristolainen‘s minutes are through the roof right now and with that has come an excellent shot rate.¬† I think it’s going to get good sooner than later.
Streams: RoR, Reinhart, Pominville, Rodrigues.¬†¬†Evan Rodrigues is a guy that should be available in leagues that are 16 or deeper that I would grab.¬† He’s looked great since his return with his speed being a major factor.¬† It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him move up the lineup soon.
Holds: Monahan, Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Giordano, Hamilton, Smith
Streams: Ferland, Backlund, Bennett, Jankowski, Brodie.¬† If you have hits, move¬†Michael Ferland¬†into the hold category.¬† Same goes with¬†T.J. Brodie¬†and blocks.¬† I’ve been watching the Flames a lot lately.¬† I’m trying to avoid being suckered in again but¬†Sam Bennett¬†looks great lately.¬† Hopefully he’s finally turned a corner.
Holds: Skinner, Teravainen, Aho, Darling
Streams: Lindholm, Staal, Williams, Rask, Ryan, Faulk.¬† It pains me to put¬†Justin Faulk¬†here but it’s hard to hold a guy with only 1+6 in 28 games, no matter how good the PIM and SOG are.¬† It should turn around eventually but I’m out of patience.
Holds: Toews, Kane, Saad, DeBrincat, Anisimov, Keith, Crawford.¬† Didn’t think it would come this year but¬†Alex DeBrincat¬†has certainly played his way into hold status.¬† He’s on a 30+25 pace.
Streams: Schmaltz.¬† Yeah, that’s the list.
Holds: MacKinnon, Rantanen, Landeskog, Barrie, Johnson
Streams: Kerfoot, Compher, Jost, Andrighetto, Varlamov.¬† I’m very encouraged about¬†Alex Kerfoot‘s future.¬† The shot rate is the only thing keeping him from being a hold right now.¬† My guy¬†Sven Andrighetto¬†is temporarily down on the fourth line which is why he’s at the bottom of this list.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Holds: Panarin, Anderson, Wennberg, Werenski, Jones, Bobrovsky.¬† Yes, the time is here,¬†Josh Anderson¬†is a no-brainer hold.¬† Well over 3 shots per game, 30 goal pace will do that.
Streams: Atkinson, Foligno, Dubois, Bjorkstrand, Jenner, Milano.¬† Move Foligno to a hold with hits included while Jenner gets close.¬† I’ve run out of patience with¬†Cam Atkinson.¬† The minutes are consistently going downward at the moment making it increasingly unlikely he breaks out of his cold streak.
Holds: Seguin, Benn, Radulov, Klingberg, Bishop
Streams: Shore, Faksa, Spezza, Janmark, Lindell.¬† I’m really warming up to¬†Radek Faksa¬†lately.¬† He’s finally getting 15+ minutes on a regular basis and playing with better linemates.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Holds: Mantha, Larkin, Green.¬† The Red Wings are pretty, pretty thin right now.
Streams: Zetterberg, Nyquist, Tatar, Athanasiou.¬†¬†Henrik Zetterberg¬†isn’t doing enough at the moment to hold him.¬† Same goes with the next two guys while Athanasiou has always been a a streamer.¬† You can add¬†Jimmy Howard¬†here as well but it’s hard to pick any matchups that he’s worth using in.
Holds: McJesus, Lucic, Maroon, Draisaitl, RNH, Talbot (when off IR).¬† Despite leaving McDavid’s line,¬†Patrick Maroon¬†is still a hold for the penalty minutes.
Streams: Puljujarvi, Cammalleri, Klefbom.¬† Like Faulk, I’ve run out of patience with¬†Oscar Klefbom.¬† I’ve been extremely impressed with¬†Jesse Puljujarvi¬†lately.¬† If your league includes the extra categories,¬†Kris Russell¬†is must own.
Holds: Huberdeau, Barkov, Trocheck, Yandle, Ekblad, Reimer.¬† It’s desperate for starts but I think you have to hold¬†James Reimer¬†while¬†Roberto Luongo¬†is out.¬† Otherwise, the five guys aren’t debatable and none of the streams are close to holds.
Streams: Bjugstad, Vrbata.¬† While I wouldn’t use him in a 12’er yet, I’ve been very encouraged by¬†Jared McCann.¬† I think there’s a fair chunk of dynasty value here for the former first round pick.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Holds: Kopitar, Toffoli, Brown, Doughty, Muzzin, Quick
Streams: Kempe, Pearson, Gaborik.¬† The Kings are very cut and dry.
Holds: Staal, Granlund, Niederreiter, Zucker, Suter, Dumba, Dubnyk.¬† I don’t know if it lasts past¬†Jared Spurgeon¬†returning but¬†Mathew Dumba¬†should be owned everywhere at the moment.¬† I still have faith in¬†Nino Niederreiter¬†getting it going, but regardless, the goals and PIM are enough to hold.
Streams: Coyle.¬†¬†Charlie Coyle¬†is the only one, and I’ve talked about recently in notes and the podcast, I think he becomes a hold sooner than later.
Holds: Patches, Drouin, Gallagher, Weber, Price.¬† I’m thrilled that¬†Brendan Gallagher¬†is back on track after last year being wasted by struggles and injuries.
Streams: Galchenyuk, Shaw, Danault.¬† The Canadiens getting healthier actually pushes¬†Andrew Shaw¬†down the streamer list quite a bit.¬† Obviously he still has value if you need PIM.
Holds: Forsberg, Arvidsson, Johansen, Turris, Smith, Fiala, Josi, Subban, Ekholm, Rinne.¬† The two guys up for debate are¬†Kevin Fiala¬†and¬†Craig Smith.¬† At the least, they’re among the best streamers in the league, but I’d hold them while they are on fire.
Streamers: Jarnkrok, Bonino.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Holds: Hall, Hischier, Vatanen, Butcher, Schneider.¬† I’m assuming that¬†Sami Vatanen¬†gets going in New Jersey so I would grab him now.
Streams: Bratt, Johansson, Zacha, Zajac, Gibbons, Wood.¬†¬†Travis Zajac is back which could help the third line getting going but he’s quite yawnstipating himself.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Holds: Tavares, Lee, Bailey, Barzal, Eberle, Leddy, Halak.¬†¬†Jaroslav Halak¬†is still wildly available but I don’t understand why.¬† He’s must own in all formats right now.
Streams: Ho-Sang, Ladd, Nelson, Beauvillier.¬† I really wish¬†Josh Ho-Sang¬†would just shoot the puck more.¬† That’s all it will take for him to become an elite streamer or better.
NEW YORK RANGERS
Holds: Kreider, Buchnevich, Zibanejad, Zuccarello, Shattenkirk, McDonagh, Lundqvist.¬†¬†Ryan McDonagh¬†is up for debate but the assists and plus-minus are enough for me to still hold.
Streams: Nash, Hayes, Miller, Grabner, Desharnais, Skjei.¬† I strongly debated putting¬†Rick Nash¬†as a hold because of the shots but ultimately decided there wasn’t quite enough.
Holds: Hoffman, Stone, Brassard, Karlsson.¬† Nobody else is even close at the moment.
Streams: Duchene, Smith, Ryan, Pageau, Chabot, Phaneuf, Anderson.¬† I don’t even want to own¬†Craig Anderson¬†right now, that’s how bad it is in Ottawa.¬† Obviously¬†Matt Duchene¬†can break out at any time but he’s a mess at the moment.
Holds: Giroux, Voracek, Couturier, Simmonds, Gostisbehere, Provorov, Elliott.¬† He hasn’t been great this year but¬†Brian Elliott¬†is playing well enough right now to be owned everywhere.¬†¬†Wayne Simmonds¬†is up on the first line so look for him to get going in the short term.
Streams: None?¬† I mean, Konecny, Filppula, Patrick are bottom end at best.
Holds: Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Hornqvist, Guentzel, Letang, Maataa, Murray, Jarry (for now).¬† The forwards are crystal clear with only one guy on the fringe (more on him later).¬† I think there is barely enough here for¬†Olli Maataa¬†to be a hold while Schultz is out although I wouldn’t argue with anyone who thinks he’s not quite good enough.
Streams: Sheary, Rust.¬†¬†Conor Sheary¬†is close to a hold while he’s on the top line but he simply hasn’t been good enough recently.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Holds: Couture, Pavelski, Burns, Jones.¬† I can super close to saying you could cut¬†Joe Pavelski¬†but despite his diappointment, it’s not to that level.
Streams: Hertl, Thornton, Vlasic, Labanc.¬†¬†Tomas Hertl¬†is inching his way towards a hold.
ST. LOUIS BLUES
Holds: Schenn, Tarasenko, Stastny, Steen, Pietrangelo, Parayko, Allen.¬† The injury to¬†Jaden Schwartz¬†does hurt a fair amount but I’m still on¬†Paul Stastny¬†with Tarasenko and¬†Alex Steen¬†with Schenn.¬† Seems like almost every forward on the Blues has a last name beginning with S!
Streams: Sobotka, Berglund, Edmundson.¬†¬†Joel Edmundson¬†is a guy I’ve like but doesn’t have opportunity.¬† He’s an okay option, especially for cheap in DFS, if Pietrangelo misses any more time.¬† Same goes with¬†Vince Dunn but t a lesser extent.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Holds: Stamkos, Kucherov, Namestnikov, Point, Hedman, Sergachev, Vasilevskiy.¬† Pretty cut and dry in all honesty.
Streams: Johnson, Palat, Killorn, Gourde.¬†¬†Tyler Johnson¬†is very close to a hold right now.¬† He’s hotter than a pistol with 7 points in the past 4 games.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Holds: Kadri, Matthews, Nylander, Marner, JVR, Rielly, Andersen.¬† I still have faith in the young wingers despite their relatively poor starts.¬† Nice to see¬†Morgan Rielly¬†reach a higher offensive level.
Streams: Marleau, Hyman, Brown, Bozak, Komarov, Zaitsev, Gardiner.¬† None of these guys are even close to being a hold.
Holds: Boeser, Markstrom.¬† The injury to¬†Bo Horvat really hurts this lineup.
Streams: Sedins, Eriksson, Vanek, Virtanen, Gagner, Edler, Del Zotto, Nilsson.¬† There are tons of options here but none of them are truly elite streamers.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Holds: Marchessault, Karlsson, Smith, Neal, Perron, Haula, Fleury.¬† It sounds like¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†could return tonight so make sure he’s owned everywhere.¬†¬†David Perron¬†and¬†Erik Haula¬†may come as surprises but Perron has 22 points in 23 games while Haula has 11+8 in 25 games, including 4 goals in the past 5 games.
Streams: Tuch, Miller, Schmidt, Theodore.¬† I don’t think any of the Vegas D are good enough to hold but these three all have a decent amount of value.
Holds: Ovechkin, Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Oshie, Carlson, Holtby.¬† Clear cut list here, no debates.
Streams: Wilson, Vrana, Burakovsky, Niskanen, Orlov.¬† I’m close to saying¬†Matt Niskanen¬†is a hold.¬† He clearly is a hold in hits and blocks leagues.¬† The minutes and shots are up along with 3 points in the last 4 games.
Holds: Scheifele, Wheeler, Connor, Ehlers, Laine, Trouba, Hellebuyck.¬†¬†Dustin Byfuglien¬†would be here but he’s now out week to week.¬† This elevates Trouba to a hold.
Streams: Little, Perreault, Armia, Myers, Morrissey.¬† In a deeper league that includes the extra categories, I really like¬†Josh Morrissey¬†while Big Buff is out.
That’s all for now guys.¬† I’ll be back on Wednesday with my normal set of daily notes recapping Tuesday’s games.¬† For those who need streaming help, be sure to check out Lackeydrinksonme’s post here.¬† As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below, even if you disagree with some of my choices!¬† Thanks for reading, take care!