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 Aho, Teuvo 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!