Since returning from injury, David Krejci has been on a tear.  That continued on Saturday with two goals on five shots in the win against the Wild.  That brings him up to 4+11 in 17 games this season.  We know the deal with Krejci by now.  He is always on the fringe of holding and streaming because of his shot rate.  Right now, the shot rate is still poor with 28 SOG in 17 games.  However, he’s +15 and 15 points in 17 games is too good to ignore.  Obviously it can change, but for now, I’m holding Krejci since he has four games in six nights, including a back to back on tuesday and Wednesday this week.  It’s hard to ask for better opponents to play than Ottawa, the Rangers, and Montreal twice.  It’s not going to be exciting, but Krejci’s on the first power play and that puts him over the edge.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:

Friday’s Games:

Tristan Jarry – 36 saves on 37 shots in the 4-1 win over the Devils.  Jarry has been very good in his limited playing time this season so I’d stream him in almost all matchups.  I’d also use almost every goalie against the Devils right now.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Two assists with a shot.  What the hell does he have to do to get PP time?  Pageau has been nothing short of spectacular for the Sens and is the main reason why they are overachieving.  He should be owned in all formats.

Anthony Duclair – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Duclair is right on the edge of being a hold right now, and I’d lean towards doing it.  Didn’t think I’d say those words again.

Thomas Chabot – Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.  Hasn’t been the greatest season from Chabot, but he’s been solid.  If anything, I’d be looking to buy him because guys don’t shoot 3.3% for a season on a regular basis.

Anders Nilsson – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over the Rangers.  Another Senator who has been terrific, Nilsson is an easy hold in all formats.

Saturday’s Games:

Tyson Barrie – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Revenge game!  Things seem to be going quite a bit better under Keefe than Babcock.  If somebody dropped Barrie, grab him.

Auston Matthews – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Just a matter of staying healthy at this point.

Nazem Kadri – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  Another revenge game!  Kadri played over 23 minutes in this game as Bednar really rode his top guys.  Kadri has been as good as we could have hoped and there’s no reason to expect a regression.

Jacob Markstrom – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Capitals.  I was expecting more of a time share in Vancouver but that hasn’t been the case.  Markstrom hasn’t been exactly lighting the world on fire, but he’s been decent enough and should be held.  He looks to be a bottom end #2.

Braden Holtby – Same stat line as Markstrom except he was a tough luck loser.  His numbers are below average but the wins are piling in.  That makes him a top end #2 which is… exactly where I ranked him.

Teuvo Teravainen – Three assists with two shots.  That puts Teravainen over a point per game and almost as importantly, he’s over 2.5 shots per game after hovering right around two last season.  That big jump forward does wonders for Teravainen’s overall value.

Dougie Hamilton – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Mr. Hamilton has been a monster from opening night.  He’s crushing all six categories and looks to be the Norris candidate that I’ve been predicting for three seasons straight now.

Andrei Svechnikov – Goal and an assist with four shots.  I was hoping for a higher shot rate, but otherwise this is what I was hoping for when I ranked Svechnikov far ahead of ADP.  I had him as a top 40 player and he was going rounds later than that.  I think this is only the beginning of his success.

Brendan Lemieux – Two goals on six shots playing over 17 minutes.  Interesting to see Lemieux get this much ice time.  He’s a very good streamer for the penalty minutes.

Jacob Trouba – Goal and an assist with two shots and six PIM.  After a hot start, Trouba has cooled off in terms of points.  However, he’s pushing three shots per game and the PIM remain solid so I’m not worried about it.  Worst case, he comes in around 40 points and is still a top end #3 because of the secondary stats.  Best case, he’s a bottom end #1.

Artemi Panarin – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  I feel like Panarin is being overshadowed by all of the other superstars having insane starts to the season but he has been outstanding.

Ryan Strome – Two assists.  Ride it out while you can because regression is imminent.

Brady Skjei – Two assists with a shot.  That’s some value in deep leagues but nothing in 12’ers.

Brett Howden – Two assists.  He’s still only 21 so there could be a player here.  I’d expect Howden to end up the 3C for the Rangers long term.  Maybe I’m selling him short, but for now he’s only a deep dynasty play.

Max Domi – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Domi is taking a step back from last season but that was to be expected.  He’s still been doing decent enough offensively, but the lack of PIM is really putting a damper on his value.  I’m still holding, but it’s not great.

Artturi Lehkonen – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Bottom end streamer.

Ben Chiarot – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  It’s shocking how much a good team like Montreal depends on Chiarot.  Great deep league guy for passable points and good hits/blocks, but that’s it.

Nick Suzuki – Two assists with three shots.  The prized return for Pacioretty, Suzuki is starting to heat up with six points in his last six games.  The 20 year old is a decent streamer for now, but there’s plenty of upside long term.

Louis Domingue – 19 saves on 20 shots in the 5-1 win over the Red Wings.  He’s not Schneider so that’s a plus but he’s an easy pass.

Taylor Hall – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  At this point, I expect a trade, but I do think he improves off this slow start.

Blake Coleman – Two goals.  He’s a mediocre streamer.  That’s all.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and an assist.  Kuch returned to the lineup which is great but Steven Stamkos is out now.  The biggest beneficiary is Anthony Cirelli (1+1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM).  Great streamer now.

Brayden Point – Two goals on four shots.  I love me some Point.  He’s slightly below a point per game but he will pass it soon enough.

Oliver Bjorkstrand – Two assists with four shots.  Play him more minutes Torts!

Blake Wheeler – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  He’s been far below his norm, but I still like Wheeler plenty going forward.  If anything, he’s a buy low.

Andrew Copp – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I don’t care about Copp.  Don’t trust him, he’s a Copp.  The end.

Anton Khudobin – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Blackhawks.  Elite streamer no matter the matchup.

Robin Lehner – 40 saves on 41 saves as the tough luck loser.  He’s been great all season and should be owned in all formats.

Austin Watson – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  And there’s your bi-annual Watson update!

Leon Draisaitl – Three assists with two shots.  Connor McDavid scored two goals and Zach Kassian had two assists.  This line isn’t fair and let’s say that Kassian deserves about 1% of the credit.

Martin Jones – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 2-1 win over the Islanders.  Do I have faith in Jones?  Absolutely not.  He’s slightly better than a desperation play for me.

Sunday’s Games

Jack Eichel – Goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Eichel has been killing it all season and I don’t expect it to change.  He looks every bit of a top 20 player.

Zemgus Girgensons – Two goals on three shots.  That’s former All-Star Zemgus Girgensons!  And there’s your annual Zemgus update!

Rasmus Dahlin – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  He’s had a rough start to this season but it’s only a matter of time before he starts getting on a tear.  I doubt anyone in a dynasty league is selling him but I’m all for trying to acquire Dahlin.

James Reimer – 19 save shutout in the 2-0 win over the Red Wings.  Reimer stinks and I wouldn’t use him outside of the best of matchups.

Sebastian Aho – Goal and an assist with five shots.  He’s been picking it up and it’s no surprise.  Teravainen also had two points and the top line in Carolina is rolling finally.

Alex Goligoski – Three assists with a shot.  I’ve been saying Gogo was going to slow down and he didn’t have a point in the last six games.  He’s a medicore AAGNOF.

That’s all for now guys.  I may be back tomorrow, but if not I’ll be back on Wednesday.  Feel free to ask any questions, give any comments, or leave any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Chris says:

    Hey Viz, would you drop Ellis to grab Barrie?
    My other D-Men are Hedman and Hughes.

    Thank you

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Still slightly prefer Ellis but it’s close

  2. toolshed says:

    I know detroit has problems but what’s wrong with Larkin? 5 straight w/o a point. He had a 3 game stretch at the start of the month with zero as well. That’s 4 points this month (12 games). Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Can’t overreact to one bad stretch from Larkin or any other player. Not everyone is a top 10-15 player and avoids having downswings.

  3. toolshed says:

    Are you using hertl this week if you have to set a weekly lineup on monday? Sharks have 4 games this week. Thanks

  4. DumpsterFire says:

    Is it time to cut the cord on Blackwood yet? Other goalies are Grubauer and Markstrom. If I had a more solid pair, I’d drop Blackwood right now. I’m debating if it’s worth it anyway to pick up another skater to help out with goals and/or blocks especially with Mantha on DTD this week. Some intriguing skaters are Palmieri, Barrie, Duclair, Shea Theodore, DeBrusk. Anything worth chancing a 2 goalie set up for? (12 team H2H redraft)

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      He’s a desperation play, so if you want to grab an extra skater, I cna support that. I probably prefer Palmieri out of that group

  5. The Harrow says:

    never seen that level of typos round here with brett lemieux, had me thinking i missed some player entirely. hehe.

  6. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

    for 3 pt tuesday i’m going bergeron.

    • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

      MF’er 2nd time i didn’t check on whether he’d be playing or not. almost went krejci and would’ve had i known bergeron not in AND he actually HAD a 4 pt game on the 23rd, which is a….. WED not tues or thurs.

  7. Gerald says:

    Viz say it aint so I’m hearing these taylor hall trade rumors you think he gets traded?

    IN a Goals Assists Plus/Minus Power play points shots on goal Hits league

    Would you drop elder or matt dumba for ryan suter?

    Also would you drop horvat and/or courtierer for jakub vrana, ondrej palalt or max domi?

    • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

      i think he did mention he thinks that’ll happen on hall. i’d doubt he says drop dumba for suter, and if hits/blocks leagues you can’t drop edler like at all. he might say horvat for domi is doable. i doubt couturier dropped for any of those.

    • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

      search hall, he says it above.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      It sounds like it’s definitely a possibility if they can’t get a deal done. At this point, I’d expect him to get moved.

      No, I’d hold all of those guys.

  8. dontbichetteme says:

    Hey Viz,
    Some manager in my league just dropped OEL. I want to pick him up but dont know who the drop is? Skinner and Larkin have been living on my bench lately so they are the most obvious drops but both are quality players and could get hot again anytime. I have Dumba and DeAngelo as my 3 and 4 dmen. Dumba is still getting the shots/hits but isnt scoring. DeAngelo has been great so far but will it last? Seems like Fox has been getting more minutes lately as well.
    What do you think?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      I’d probably hold, OEL isn’t exactly lighting up the world either. I have more faith in Dumba turning it around offensively and DeAngelo should be fine

  9. V says:


    In a one-year, points only league with just six teams: Goals (G) 6
    Assists (A) 4
    Plus/Minus (+/-) 2
    Powerplay Points (PPP) 2
    Shots on Goal (SOG) 0.9
    Blocks (BLK) 1

    I need to drop Meier, Larkin or M.Tkachuck to make room for rantanen. Who should i drop?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      I’d say Meier right now, he has been struggling this season and the other two are a step above for me.

  10. Jumponit says:

    Thanks Viz – love the posts as always. Looking to covert one of my centres (Couturier, Barzal, Monahan) into a winger, here are my potential options:
    – Meier, Svechnikov, Rust, Guentzel

    Which one is the fairest in your opinion? Feels like a waste sending any of these guys to the waiver wire

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Umm, hard to say what the fairest is because I’m much higher on Svechnikov and Guentzel than consensus. Maybe Barzal for Guentzel is the fairest? I would look to do Monahan for Guentzel if you could. Meier is struggling so much that I wouldn’t do it for any of the centers, Rust I don’t expect to keep this up so I’d be looking at either of the other two wingers, and honestly I’d do it for any of the centers

  11. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:

    14 team dynasty with PPP/SHP/hits/blocks added. max 10 player prospect list (if a player starts a season at 25+ season games played he needs to be called up or dropped. any prospect obtained during season can only be sent down in the next season, anybody can be called up at any time and if obtained NOT during the season you called him up CAN be sent back down if real life team had sent him down or he was never up. draft is a 5 round slow message board draft). gotta drop somebody for zibanejad, back (with 2 SH points today as i was lax in bringing him back up)
    C (2): ROR, pageau, kadri, horvat
    LW (2): fabbri (RW), jenner (C, hits), skinner (LW, my god this guy sucks for secondary stats, he’s only out there to shoot and that’s it), gusev (RW), schmaltz (all F)
    RW (2): duclair (LW, shoots a lot, few hits, moved to 2nd line), fiala (LW), brassard (all F spots, moved down in lines after hot streak, does get secondary stats), fiala (LW), oshie, athanasiou (all F)
    W (2)
    F (1)
    D (5): simek (added since mcdonagh gets no hits and hadn’t points in a while when dropped, now dropping simek (even if he is top line, no shots, hits/blocks dropping off too), karlsson, ellis, petry, edler, pulock, spurgeon
    IR/IR+ (5 of each): senko, marner, little, zibanejad
    NA (2): krebs (slotted here to maximize prospects hoarded)
    G (2): lehner, king, rinne, halak (as much as goalies are hoarded in this league for some stupid ass reason he wasn’t kept and was around in late rounds after my prospect list was mostly full this preseason, had dropped desmith for him when jarry got the backup job at PIT)
    NA (2): gustavsson (the future off OTT)

    prospect list: guhle, kostin, wahlstrom, montembault, dahlen, clague, j.robertson, boldy, dipietro, denisenko

    1. who’s my forward drop for zibanejad (probably brassard or duclair)
    2. drop simek for which of: mcdonagh (again), edmundson, mayfield, chariot (he’s who i’m leaning, hits all stats even with shots), marino (if only this guy got more shots and/or hits)

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:

      fiala listed twice, mistake, he IS now finally producing on MIN though and on non shit line. donato i had dropped here earlier when he was routinely scratched and is still on bad line and not great scoring team. plus he’s not one for secondary stats.

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