The Maple Leafs went into the season wanting to limit the workload of their goaltending duo, but things have gone off the rails in the first month.  The good news is that if you own Jack Campbell in fantasy, you’re reaping all of the benefits.  Campbell had a shutout against Nashville on Wednesday, saving 24 shots.  Is a 1.68/.943 good?  I had Campbell ranked as a top 10 goalie going into the season, but now, he’s looking like a top 5 guy.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Victor Hedman – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Hedman is absolutely crushing across the board so far.  I see no reason to bet against it continuing.  If anything, he’s had poor shooting luck.

Brayden Point – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Despite missing Kucherov on his wing, Point has been solid.  The upside isn’t top 20 without Kucherov, but he should still be top 50.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 4-1 win over the Islanders.  Vasilevskiy hasn’t given up more than two goals in seven straight starts, and he’s had 10 straight with 3 goals or less against.  He’s as good as there is.

Dylan Larkin – Two goals and an assist over two games but left the second game due to injury.  Here’s to hoping that it’s nothing serious.

Lucas Raymond – Goal and two assists with six shots over two games.  Raymond is a firm hold at this point, no questions asked.

Gustav Nyquist – Two assists with two shots.  Nyquist has really fallen off after missing all of last season.  He’s only a bottom end streamer.

Yegor Chinakhov – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Chinakhov is also only a bottom end streamer as the minutes are still inconsistent despite Columbus missing Laine.

Dustin Tokarski – 45 saves on 46 shots in the 2-1 win over the Penguins.  Early candidate for start of the year as Tokarski stole the game.  If you’re desperate for starts, Tokarski is starting all the games for Buffalo at the moment.

Christian Dvorak – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Dvorak’s start in Montreal has been a complete disaster.  I have no interest in using him at the moment.

Carter Hart – 33 saves on 34 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Flames.  I don’t want to say that Hart is back, but it sure looks like Carter Hart is back.

Auston Matthews – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Matthews is on pace for 41+41 and he’s been a bit unlucky.  It’s going to get better, no doubt.

David Kampf – Goal and an assist with three shots.  And there’s your annual Kampf update!

Sergei Bobrovsky – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 6-1 win over the Islanders.  Bob has been incredible so far further proving that goalies are voodoo.

Patric Hornqvist – Goal and an assist.  Hornqvist’s role has been marginalized as Florida has improved the rest of their roster.  He’s only a bottom end streamer now.

Brandon Montour – Two assists with four shots.  Montour is stumbling into a decent amount of points and is a slight plus across the board.  He’s probably worth holding in 12’ers even though I’m not totally buying it.

Barrett Hayton – Two goals.  The former fifth overall pick has struggled massively to this point in his career.  It’s going to take more than one game for my opinion of Hayton to change.

Ryan O’Reilly – Two assists.  RoR hasn’t done much since returning, but I’m not concerned going forward.

Leon Draisaitl – Two goals on four shots with four PIM.  Both goals were assisted by Connor McDavid.  Just absolutely ridiculous what these two are doing.

Josh Morrissey – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Morrissey has been decent enough across the board that I think he’s worth holding.  He’s even +13 so if your league includes plus-minus, it’s a no brainer.

Jason Robertson – Two goals and an assist with four shots. Robertson has been great since coming back from injury.  Easy hold once again.

John Carlson – Two assists with three shots.  He hasn’t been great so far, but that’s on Carlson’s own scale.  He’s still on pace for 60+ points even when he’s somewhat struggling.

Martin Fehervary – Two assists with a shot.  The minutes are there as Fehervary is playing with Carlson, but I see very little fantasy value.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Trevor Zegras – Two goals on three shots and ten PIM.  Zegras is really coming into his own right now.  I’m more willing to hold than I was two weeks ago, but at the least, he’s into elite streamer status.

Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Trocheck is pushing towards a point per game with great PIM.  The shot rate is down, but Trocheck is still an easy hold.  Sebastian AhoTeuvo Teravainen, and Martin Necas all had two points in this game as the top players on Carolina did work against Vegas.

Three Point Challenge:  We will do Thursday’s games. I’ll go with Kyle Connor against the Oilers.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping the action from the next two nights.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Scoboticus says:
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    Hi Viz! I need a Goalie to stream tomorrow. I have these choices, based on Daily Faceoff likely starters:
    James Reimer @ St Louis
    Dustin Tokarski vs Calgary
    Anti Raanta @ Anaheim
    Scott Wedgewood vs Columbus
    Jake Oettinger @ Minnesota

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hmm, this is pretty bottom end stuff. I don’t want anything to do with Wedgewood so he’s out. I assume that Andersen will play, not Raanta, although I’m not positive on that. If Raanta does start, I’d lean him even though Anaheim is on fire. Otherwise, it’s one of the first two. I can’t believe I’m considering Tokarski, but he was unbelievable on Tuesday and that should be a lower scoring game. I don’t mind Reimer either though.

  2. Toolshed says:
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    Hi Vz, I recall you are a Blues fan. I see called up perunovich. They had to create some cap space to do that. Do you think he sticks or gets sent back done?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      JKJ is the Blues fan. I’m a Sabres fan. My assumption is that he will get sent back down, but he would have a better idea than me on this one. I’ll get to answer when he gets a chance.

    • JKJ says:
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      Yep, I’m the Blues guy! I’m not sure what to expect with him, to be honest. They moved things around to get him up, so maybe they stick with him anyway. He’s wrecking AHL so it’s pretty clear he doesn’t exactly need much grooming down there.

      • Toolshed says:
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        Thanks for the information and follow up. Thanks Viz for letting JKJ take this one. I am always looking for cheap Def, but have to be careful using moves since they are limited.

  3. dubjay says:
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    I have an empty slot with Nate MacKinnon finally being put on the IR. Question is whether to grab a FWD or Dman to fill in for Petry until he gets his game going. I have Trocheck and Couturier filling in at center so not desperate there. The only potentially open wing spots would be Boeser or Ehlers. DUBOIS, KYROU and BUCHNEVICH are available. I like Dubois there with his 5 category contributions. On D, it is pretty ugly. KYLINGTON, E.BOUCHARD, PERUNOVICH, R.ANDERSSON, BYRAM are a few of the names available.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I think I’d grab Dubois for now and then make a decision on Petry in the next week or so.

    • JKJ says:
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      I’d grab a forward like Kyrou and then just straight drop Petry for Kylington if you need purely points or Bouchard if you need some peripherals help. I’m so over Petry and I was all in on draft day. I drafted him on every non-Best Ball team.

      • Dubjay says:
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        I think that my Grubauer experiment may be a fail as well. He’s looked horrible the 3 games that I’ve had him for. Could drop for Blackwood, C.Peterson or Reimer

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          I don’t like those other guys enough to pull the plug yet, but it’s getting close

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    oh yeah, rantanen gonna get that sweet sweet (for faceoffs leagues) bonus shortly and C. like a cheat code for an already top 15+ player to randomly get position change + stats bump for those leagues like this.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Oh yeah, for sure. Could be top 5 the next month

  5. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Going Lindholm for 3 pnt!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good!

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Viz,

    How’s it going? I’ve been using the Hold/Stream list you published last month for my crew and JCJ’s Friday/Sunday streamer posts. Thanks for the great resources.

    Was wondering if you wouldn’t mind updating us on a few guys who just happen to be on my team:

    Sergachev – still getting MIN but not producing. I’ve got Makar, Theodore, Toews, Dumas, Sergachev and Gostisbehere. Probably only need to carry 5 D-Men. Still Sergachev over Gost?

    Conor Garland – got a goal last night but a slow start in general.

    Toffoli – also slow out of the gates…

    Are these guys still holds? For reference, It’s a 12 team league, We go about 216 players deep. Thanks for your help!

    • JKJ says:
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      None of those guys are strict holds for me. I don’t like Garland at all, Sergy is very meh (could d do worse, could probably do better), and Toffoli (and the Habs in general) just aren’t the same this year. Think they really benefited from playing only Canadian teams last year, for whatever reason.

      I imagine you could upgrade all three of those roster slots, even if it means turning one (or two) into stream spots.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        Thank you for weighing in, JKJ!

        Much appreciated sir.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’m being a little stubborn with Toffoli and still holding him where I have him. Garland and sergachev you can probably cut to stream if there are good options available

      • JakeTPE says:
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        Awesome. Thanks for responding, Viz.

        Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  7. Scoboticus says:
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    Ugh, Grub is killing me. Is there still hope?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Definitely a rough start. I still have a bit of hope but this has been about worst case scenario

  8. Scoboticus says:
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    WHo starts?
    Bobs vs NJ
    Shesterkin @ Toronto

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I think I’d go Bob just because he’s more likely to win, but I have a hard time sitting Igor

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      bob.

  9. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    without the guys listed meaning i’m not sure who we can’t go i’ll list them in order, remove using the list obviously. the highest guy listed that’s legal, that’s who i’m going: (i’m quite sure the EDM 2 and panarin not legal)

    matthews vs NYR
    marner vs NYR
    stamkos @ PHI (him i know is legal)
    aho @ ANA (him too, i’ve seen others pick him pretty sure)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Pretty sure they were both top 5 last year, the leafs duo, so stammer it is

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        scheifele another one i almost put in here, wouldn’t have counted (i checked just now, he was 9th out of 10). both TOR guys weren’t elig. stamkos got closest (and scored in shootout)

  10. ashtray says:
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    I need to drop one of these:

    Caufield
    Konecny
    Necas
    Raymond
    Bertuzzi

    12 Team league with G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG

    • JKJ says:
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      Caufield. I think he needs a lot more prep before being put in NHL situations. He’s been playing very, very poorly.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Agree with JKJ, drop Caufield

      • Ashtray says:
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        Aw man. I was hoping I struck future gold.

  11. Gfhyde says:
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    Hey Viz. Back with another swiper league question.

    This week I can steal Crosby for Josh Norris, or JT Miller (C/W) for Andreas Johnsson or O’Connor. Stealing has to be position for position.

    I feel like the upgrade from either of the Wingers to JT Miller is way bigger than the upgrade from Norris to Crosby, and my Wingers in general are weaker….but Crosby is Crosby.

    Just G, A, PPP and SOG count here. Whaddya say?

    Appreciated.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sorry for delay… I think you have to get Crosby, he’s just too good. I can get grabbing Miller, but the jump from a top 20 player to somewhere outside the top 50 overall is quite big

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