Hey guys! Sven again, back with a weekly segment identifying players to buy, sell, and hold! I will simply be looking at what these particular players have done performance-wise so far this season, and what I anticipate. Let me know if you guys like this type of content!

STATS ARE AS OF THE MORNING OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

BUY:

Kasperi Kapanen – 7GP 4-4-8. As most of my friend group are Leafs fans, this guy has been no secret and was actually immediately picked up in my pool. With a promotion to the first line and being told to “play like Hyman”, he looks to be gelling well with his new line mates. If you are based anywhere in Canada this guy is likely off the board already, but his #1RW spot on a scary offence is definitely worth grabbing if you can.

Conor Sheary – 6GP 3-1-4. Sheary has recently caught my attention with 3PPP and a promotion onto Eichel’s line, taking the spot of Jeff Skinner. We have seen what Sheary has been capable of playing on a line with Crosby (53 in 61GP 2016-17), so maybe Eichel will have the same effect on the 26-year-old?

Elias Lindholm – 6GP 4-2-6. Another guy to crack a top line on a top-heavy team, Lindholm looks great skating with Gaudreau and Monahan. I scooped him up in the later rounds of the RCL league, but he should still be available in most leagues.

Chris Tierney – 6GP 2-6-8. When Tierney was acquired by the Sens in the Karlsson deal, the door opened for him to jump into a #2C role with some young wingers and he has looked great in this spot so far. I’m not sure how sustainable Ottawa’s offensive production will be (I will talk about this a little more with the next guy), but ride these guys while they’re hot!

Maxime Lajoie – 6GP 4-3-7. This kid has provided little to no evidence of offensive dominance at any point in his career previously, but boy has he been a nice surprise for the Sens so far this season. I anticipate a drop-off in the near future, so this is definitely a guy that can be picked up and likely sold high for a more consistent defenceman.

Kevin Labanc – 6GP 1-4-5. Though all four of his assists came in one big game against the Flyers, Labanc is currently listed as the Sharks’ top-line RW. How long he’ll be there is up in the air, but if he is playing with Pavelski and Kane it sounds like he’ll be able to chip in nicely!

SELL:

Pavel Buchnevich – 6GP 2-1-3. I anticipated a big season for Buchnevich, but he has taken a huge ice-time hit as the Rangers look to jumble up their lines. 11 minutes per game from a non-rookie just isn’t going to cut it.

Derek Stepan – 5GP 0-0-0. I made the mistake of drafting Stepan last year thinking a #1C was a no-brainer, but the guy is off to yet another slow start. If he is owned, I would drop him but put him on my watch list in case he catches fire, but he didn’t do that until the second half last year.

JT Miller – 4GP 1-3-4. Miller will look like an attractive trading piece, as he is on Tampa Bay and has four in four. That being said, he has just been slapped down to the fourth line by Jon Cooper, and Tampa’s scoring is far too spread out for him to produce much down there. I’m sure Tampa’s lines will be shaken up again at some point, but sell him high while you can!

HOLD:

Shea Theodore – 7GP 0-0-0. I know I’m the high guy on Theodore, but hear me out. He takes at least three SOG/game, and plays 20+ minutes every night. The points HAVE to come eventually! C’mon man!

Aaron Ekblad – 4GP 0-0-0. Exact same situation as Theodore. This guy munches minutes and will soon be putting the puck in the back of the net! Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Ivan Provorov are currently in the same boat, but I think you would have to be stupid to drop those two.

Nikolaj Ehlers – 6GP 0-1-1. Though this is a slow start for the young Danish winger, if anyone is going to provide consistent secondary scoring for the Jets it’s this guy. I’ve seen him being shopped around in a couple leagues, but I think he will get the monkey off his back soon.

Casey Mittelstadt – 6GP 0-1-1. Patience. Mittelstadt may be in the #3C slot as of now, but he’s got good linemates in Okposo and Sobotka. Buffalo is doing the right thing here by sheltering his ice-time out of the gate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks out very soon.

  1. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    I have Lajoie. Was thinking of trading him for Nurse or Theodore. Is it a good deal?

    • Sven

      Sven says:
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      @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva: I’d trade while you can on Lajoie, and you’d likely come out laughing if you can land one of those two guys.

      Either of those two are an upgrade, with Nurse currently logging more minutes and looking like he is more likely to chip in on offence compared to Theo.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Sven: i’m laughing out loud that anybody would trade for him giving up either of those in any competitive league.

        • Sven

          Sven says:
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          @The Harrow: I have a couple peers that LOVE current stats, you never know

  2. Jumpinit says:
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    Love this column – keep doing it!

    Would you drop Skinner for Sheary or Labanc?

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      Sven says:
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      @Jumpinit: I’m low on Skinner after drafting him early last year, but I’m not sure how permanent the demotion to #2LW is. Would hold for now, but Labanc would be my guy.

  3. shitwolf says:
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    Hey sven have enjoyed reading your material. Had a couple of player questions as to what are your thoughts on Parise as a buy? I used him at the end of last year because he was playing well and has been great early… is this a hold till injury type of thing? I was also wondering what your thoughts were on Hoffman… 4th line? 12 minutes last night? doesnt look good to me

    • Sven

      Sven says:
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      @shitwolf: Good to see you again Shizzwolf! Parise looks to be off to a solid start but I’m not sure what MIN’s plans are for lines just yet, hold till injury sounds right.

      With Hoffman, you’ve gotta hope for the guy that this is just a temporary thing, but I’ll keep my eye out. Not sure if they’d trade for him just to take him off their top six, but only time will tell!

  4. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Hey Sven, I Have Dubnyk, Skinner, Eichel and Larkin.
    Guy wants to give me Benn, Pavelski, Keller and Raanta.
    Do I take it?

      • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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        @Sven:
        Maybe Murray?
        Theres another guy giving me Ehlers, Allen, Reinhart, Edler and Turris.
        I should give Yandle, Zucker, Bishop, N.Patrick and T.Johnson?

        • Sven

          Sven says:
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          @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva:
          1. I love Eichel and Larkin, but Murray definitely makes it even now. Up to you depending on who you like!

          2. I wouldn’t take deal #2, especially with Patrick back in the lineup. Also I’d hold onto Johnson he looks great

          • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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            @Sven:
            Hmmm, Ill hold on both…
            Theres another guy with Mittlestadt, Svechnikov, Dahlin, Connor and Donato for Larkin, Rattie, Truba, Skinner and Patrick/Johnson/Backlund…
            Anything to consider?
            Sorry to bother you, but im really clueless sometimes.

            • Sven

              Sven says:
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              @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva: No problem bud! You seem to be getting a lot of blockbuster deals here, Connor is a stud so if you can work out a deal for him that’d be sweet. Donato/Mittelstadt have sheltered minutes as of right now and Svech is good but I’m not sure how sustainable CAR’s success is

  5. Nathan says:
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    Drop Sergachev for Provorov?

    • Sven

      Sven says:
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      @Nathan: Wow, how is Provorov not owned? See if there’s anyone else you can drop, I like Serg

      • Nathan says:
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        @Sven: o have Gostishbhere
        OEM
        Serg
        Hampus Lindholm
        Then because I didn’t draft blocks and hits I’ve added Bogosian and Jack Johnson. My guess is one of the last 2

        • Sven

          Sven says:
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          @Nathan: Johnson

      • Nathan says:
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        @Sven: I also just traded Jordan staal for Ehlers.
        Would you give up Dadanov for Rakell?

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          Sven says:
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          @Nathan: Wow I wish I could trade with whoever gave that up!

          The value is off (Rakell typically goes 5th round, Dadonov 9th) but if he takes it you’re by far the winner of that trade

  6. S says:
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    Drop S Reinhart for Tierney?

    • Sven

      Sven says:
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      @S: I like Reinhart way better

  7. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Ah, Sven, I have a problem. Patrick came out of the IR.
    Now I have 6 C (Larkin, Eichel, Backlund, T.Johnson, Karlsson and Patrick)
    Who do I drop?

        • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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          @Sven:
          Ok, guy has Kadri, Kovalchuck and Ekblad.
          I was thinking of sending Larkin (or Karlsson), Skinner and Troba.
          What do you think?

          Trying these trades because Im in a 16 team league, hahaha. Really hard place.

          • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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            @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva:
            I recieved this offer also (from another guy), he gives me: Rantanen, Boedker, A. Martinez and Nichushkin
            I give: Zucker, Yandle and Donskoi
            16 team league
            Catergories are G, A, PIM, PPG, PPA, SHG, SHA, FOW, FOL, HAT, SOG, HIT, BLK.
            BLK and SOG gives the same points.

  8. Veritas says:
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    Yahoo Sports / 12 Person / Redraft One Year League / Head-to-Head / Snake Draft / No Games Played Maximum
    Categories: G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG, GWG / W, SV%, SV, GAA
    Positions: LW LW, C C, RW RW, D D D D, Util, G G, Bench x4 (17 Player Roster)
    3 player adds per week. No season add limit

    My Team: Week 2, Current Rank 7/12
    LW: Forsberg, Schwartz, Kreider
    RW: Boeser, Kovalchuk (LW), Stone
    C: Benn (LW), Stamkos, Eichel, Toews
    D: Gostisbehere, Barrie, Shattenkirk, Chabot
    G: Raanta, Reimer, Campbell
    IR: Weber (D)
    IR+: Crawford (G)
    IR+: Empty

    Potential Trading Partner: Week 2, Current Rank 11/12
    LW: Rakell (C, RW), Landeskog, Tatar (RW), Vrana (RW)
    RW: Kucherov, Voracek, Eberle (C)
    C: Bergeron, Getzlaf, Duchene, J. Staal
    D: Ristolainen, Yandle, Suter, Muzzin
    G: Rinne, Bobrovsky, Ward
    IR: Empty
    IR+: Nylander (C, RW)
    IR+: Empty

    TLDR:
    League counts: G,A,P,+/-,PIM,PPP,GWG,SOG

    Team A (me) sends Toews and Barrie
    Team B sends Getzlaf and Ristolainen
    or
    Team A (me) sends Toews
    Team B sends Rakell

    Who wins?

    • Sven

      Sven says:
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      @Nathan: Wow, how is Provorov not owned? See if there’s anyone else you can drop, I like Serg @Veritas: 1. Your side is better

      2. I like that you’re trying to sell high on Toews, but Rakell seems like a stretch to me

      • Veritas says:
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        @Sven: Thank you for your help. I managed to make the second trade with someone that had no faith in the ducks

        • Sven

          Sven says:
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          @Veritas: Awesome! Trades like that can win you fantasy

  9. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Hey man, a guy in my league is kinda mad with Bobrovsky and wnats to trade him (although he is pretty much fixed on rankings like ESPN where we play), anyway, I have Dubnyk and he wants him. But I can’t figure out some trade that doenst look too lopsided and that I have an edge, Anyway, here are my guys:
    C- Larkin, Karlsson, T.Johnson, Eichel, Backlund
    LW – Skinner, Perron, Sheary, Boedker, L.Eriksson
    RW – Fischer, Rantanen, Noesen, E.Rodrigues, Nichushkin, Rattie
    D- Hedman, Ghost, C.MIller, Trouba, N. Schmidt, Werenski, Lajoie, Martinez
    G- Dubnyk, Bishop

    His guys:
    C- Kadri, Henrique, Krejci, Kesler, Laughton
    LW – Kovalchuck, Beauvillier, A.Bjork, C.WIlson, B.Tkachuck, Ladd
    RW – Radulov, Dadonov, Nino, Goldobin, Kapanen, Kase
    D- Burns, Josi, Ekblad, Manson, Lindholm, Pettersson, Ristolainen, Hainsey
    G- Bob, Schneider

    Anything I can exploit? Any holes I have to fix? Any good bait? Anything that will fly under the radar? Just anything… I’m really clueless
    As always, thanks bro.

      • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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        @Sven:
        Will try it.
        In the while, another guy, he has Pacioretty, Mittelstadt, Svechnikov and Dahlin.
        I guess these are good players and wanted to make a proposal.
        Was thinking of giving Perron for Pac, maybe Werenski for Dahlin, Backlund for Mittelstadt and some kind of trash for Svech (as you can see, I have lot of crap as RW).
        What do you think.

        • Sven

          Sven says:
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          @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva: patches > Perron
          Werenski > Dahlin
          Mittelstadt > Backlund

          You’re gonna need to give up more if you want those guys. Start with adding Dadonov then keep your eye out for streamers

          • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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            @Sven:
            The Dadonov guy wants a LW in the place of Karlsson, anything I can do?

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