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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

  1. LG Hockey says:


    Someone dropped Point. Would u grab him over either Teuvo or Connor?


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @LG Hockey: Hey LG! Man, that’s tough. All of them are the same player type (no PIM, middling SOG, very good points). I would lean towards saying grab him for Teuvo but it’s extremely marginal.

      • LG Hockey says:

        @Viz: thanks! Plus minus should be better with Point too. Gonna grab him as Teuvo has cooled

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @LG Hockey: No problem!

  2. Jacob says:

    Good morning Viz, that’s really neat analysis! wanted to ask if you prefer brian elliot (flyers) to jaroslav halak (islanders). thinking halak because team is better but elliot kinda getting into better shape, thoughts?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Jacob: Thanks man! I’d go with Halak, I have more faith in the Islanders than Philly going forward. His job security is just as good as well since Neuvirth has just as good of a chance as Greiss does of stealing the #1 job.

  3. shitwolf says:

    hey duder nice list! viz you have such a big list… so many holds I am so excited!!! before I ask questions I’m going to take a few minutes to pull my goalie… actually that brings me to my first question….

    been holding darling but I am losing patience with him… he hasn’t been getting wins ratios arnt great and he doesn’t see a ton of shots… do I

    a) Elliot was dropped is he a better replacement?
    b) stream or hold someone like Miller who is avail? also Raanta and reimer is there but I have no faith in reimer
    c) screw a second goalie use just bishop and stream a goalie if needed

    what do you think sir?

    oh last question do you like dumba or fowler? I’m leaning dumba for the hits thanks mannn

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @shitwolf: Haha thanks man! Glad to hear from you. I am starting to lose it with Darling too. I would grab Elliott while he was hot but probably look to make it a streaming spot. Also, I like Dumba, at least for now while Spurgeon is out. He could fall back down later so we’ll have to keep an eye on it

  4. Mr. Rickey says:

    How do you rank these ROS:


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Mr. Rickey: What are your categories again? In standard, McAvoy is in a tier above the rest by himself for me. Then I’d probably go Trouba, Vatanen, Provorov although these three are extremely close. It would change with additional categories though

      • Mr. Rickey says:

        @Viz: Standard categories – G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG – thanks man. This analysis today was really helpful – I’ve been on the fence on a lot of the guys you mentioned so it was great to see your thoughts on so many.

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Mr. Rickey: No problem! Yeah, I’d lean that order for the last three but don’t feel great about it. I think Trouba gets enough of a boost with Big Buff out to get him the nod ROS, mostly because he’ll do so well now, and then I’ll take Vatanen’s upside over Provorov’s since Ghost blocks him a bit.

          Maybe I should do something like this once a month in the future? It seems like people like it so if it’s that useful, I’m more than willing to do this and prolong daily notes for an extra day.

          • Mr. Rickey says:

            @Viz: Definitely – as much as I love hockey, it’s hard to keep up on all of the changes in lines, PP time and trends.

          • goodfold2 says:

            @Viz: it’s most useful for 12 team leagues, which are probably your standard reader’s wheelhouse.

            • Viz

              Viz says:

              @goodfold2: Agreed. I’ll still answer for all you crazy guys in 16 or 20 team leagues that have minors and you need xx amount of guys from a certain organization 🙂

              • goodfold2 says:

                @Viz: yeah these depth levels are quite useful though for those who just look into FA in standard 12’s and under and don’t know how to evaluate those guys (which is a real thing, the adjustments on the differences, guys i see others mention in FA are hard to compare when us in 16-20’s haven’t EVER seen those players available mid-season)..

                king serg finally got the minutes tonight. dotchin/hedman/stralman did too so i don’t know who he took them from. unless TB had been using 7 D men often.

                • Viz

                  Viz says:

                  @goodfold2: Definitely true on all of that… I probably should have wrote about that. If the minutes are there, he can actually sustain this production. They have been playing 7D a fair amount, most of the time I’ve watched them actually.

  5. Sinkhole Demayo says:

    WTF did anybody else even hear about murray being back this quick!? man hockey injuries are sometimes hidden better than even baseball’s. just differently of course. baseball guys play with shit they never should’ve tried (too many per year to even count really), hockey guys MIGHT be hurt for many weeks turns out to be a couple, and you’d never know one way or the other. thought i had jarry to lean on for longer than this. damn.

    in a 12 teamer with faceoffs/PPP/points as separate category from goals/assists how much out of 100 FAAB would you spend on krejci, somebody just dropped him for anisimov (had no clue that dude had that many goals). i’m missing horvat/r.joey (with brassard doing little for a while now). could use a faceoff guy who also gets points and PPP. i missed pavelski (went for 77/100), somebody else dropped him recently.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Sinkhole Demayo: Yeah, they said it 2-5 weeks but almost everyone thought towards the later end. Pretty crazy and unfortunate for Jarry owners.

      Maybe something in the $15-20 range? He’s not a world beater but would do you a lot of good if you need those categories

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:

        @Viz: in case it’s not obv this is a 12’er but deeper starters and bench than standard, probably a 14 or so equivalent. couldn’t remember that it included only 2-3 weeks as possible.

  6. fleeced says:

    Hey Viz,

    Can you rank Vatanen, Dumba, Klefbom, Hanifin, and Edler?

    This is for a league that counts (G), (A), (+/-), (PIM), (PPP), and (SOG).

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @fleeced: Hey fleeced! If it’s for the short term, I’ll go Dumba, Vatanen, Klefbom, Hanifin, Edler. Dumba has looked very good with Spurgeon out but I don’t know if it’ll last when he returns, it’ll have to be monitored. Vatanen is an upside play. I do think Klefbom turns it around eventually, and if you have a need for SOG, I’d be more willing to grab him now instead of waiting for him to string together a couple games before grabbing him.

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