Hey guys! Sven here back with another Buy/Sell/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!
ALL STATS ARE AS OF NOVEMBER 8
Nolan Patrick – 12GP 4-4-8. The 2017 second-overall pick has six points in his last five games, and is starting to receive a good chunk of ice time. Bottom-end hold in deep leagues.
Shea Theodore – 15GP 1-5-6. Finally, Shea has struck! Points in five of his last six despite a slight dial-back in TOI. Milk these cow before Schmidt comes back into the lineup.
Alex Kerfoot – 15GP 2-8-10. The kid has scored in bunches in his Sophomore season. Four STP through 15 games isn’t too bad given he’s on a top-heavy team, so keep your eye out in deeper leagues.
Gustav Nyquist – 15GP 2-11-13. Five-game point streak and top-line minutes, the Gus of a few years ago is back and better than ever! With a monstrous seven SOG in their last game, this guy is an elite streaming option.
Valeri Nichuskin – 10GP 0-2-2. With Radulov out for the next ten games, Dallas elects to spread out their scoring which gives Nichuskin the opportunity at #1RW with Seguin. Good streaming option until Radulov is back in the lineup! Take a look at Devin Shore as well.
Keith Kinkaid – 12GP 2.58GAA 918SV%. The first of two goalies on my list whose fantasy stock has diminished due to a rotating schedule. With a healthy Schneider and recent streaky play, Kinkaid went from a solid #3G option to a streamer at best. I don’t see the Devils being spectacular down the stretch, so if you have him, you can probably drop him.
Semyon Varlamov – 10GP 934SV% 2.21GAA. Good numbers so far, but the guy is winless in his last four starts and I have a feeling Philipp Grubauer will start getting more starts (though not quite 50/50).
Henri Jokiharju – 15GP 0-8-8. This explanation will be the same for Pionk. These are two guys getting a ton of opportunity early on with mediocre teams. They will continue to chip in points, but you can’t expect anything spectacular out of a rookie Dman. The TOI is still attractive for both, but they likely won’t be owned unless it’s a deep league.
Neal Pionk – 13GP 2-6-8. Ditto.
Joe Pavelski – 15GP 6-0-0. Pavelski got off to a slow start last year as well, but had a tremendous second-half. This is a good San Jose team that is experiencing phenomenal secondary scoring right now. It is only a matter of time before Pavelski starts consistently chipping in.
Kevin Fiala – 15GP 1-5-6. I wasn’t high on Fiala coming into this season solely because Nashville does a good job spreading out their ice time. Fiala is off to a bit of a slow start, but top-six on a great team can never look bad. If you have him, keep holding for now.