Toronto being up 5-1 on Ottawa with a minute to go in the second period wasn’t exactly surprising. The final result? Well, I hope you didn’t turn the game off. The Senators, arguably the worst team in the league, stormed back to win 6-5 in OT. Evgenii Dadonov tied the game with 2 minutes left before scoring the overtime winner. That gives Dadonov five goals in his last five games after a sluggish start in Ottawa. Is it going to be as good as it was in Florida? Certainly not. However, Dadonov is starting to build value again to the point where he’s a solid streamer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the minutes go up even higher to the point where he’s an elite streamer. Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday:
Darcy Kuemper – 24 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Blues. Kuemper is starting to get rolling, and it’s nice that the Coyotes are almost done with the Blues now. There’s no concern about Raanta eating into his starts either making Kuemper a bottom end #1.
Jordan Binnington – 18 saves on 19 shots as the tough luck loser. Binnington’s season has gone right in line with expectations. Nothing really to see here.
Josh Bailey – Two assists with three shots. Bailey has been quite disappointing this season. It’ll take a few quality games in a row for him to be worth streaming again.
Semyon Varlamov – 20 saves on 21 shots in the 3-1 win over the Sabres. Varlamov was busy in the first two periods and then… he didn’t face one shot in the third period. Pathetic effort off a long layoff from the Sabres. Varly has been as good as any goalie in the early going.
Connor Brown – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM. There’s some value in deeper leagues, but that’s about it.
Nick Paul – Goal and an assist with two shots. I like Paul as a depth player in real life, but he’s too up and down to be worth streaming.
Thomas Chabot – Two assists with a shot. Hopefully the points start rolling in for Chabot because the PIM and shot rate has been great. The plus-minus is going to be a negative, but it hasn’t been devastating.
Auston Matthews – Two goals and an assist with five shots. Teams like Ottawa have no chance against a player like Matthews. He’s the favorite to lead the league in goals now.
Joe Thornton – Goal and an assist in his return from injury. He’s a middling streamer, but it’s hard to expect more when Thornton barely shoots the puck.
Boone Jenner – Goal and an assist with two shots. Jenner is a bottom end streamer in standard leagues, but he gets a boost from hits, blocks, and faceoffs, making him a nice value in deep leagues.
Brock McGinn – Two goals and two assists with three shots. He’s been on the first line making McGinn a solid streamer. He has seven goals in the past eight games, but his lack of PP time and general ice time means he’ll cool off eventually.
Teuvo Teravainen – Goal and three assists with three shots. Nice to see Teravainen back on the top line with Sebastian Aho (1+1, 5 SOG) like he belongs.
Jordan Staal – Two goals on four shots with two PIM. He’s an elite streamer now on the verge of being a hold. Can’t say I expected that one coming.
Jake Bean – Two assists with a shot. Long term, I really like Bean. If Dougie ends up leaving, Bean could break out as soon as next season. Right now, he’s on the third pair and not even playing every night.
Anton Stralman – Goal and an assist with two shots. Stralman’s days of fantasy relevance are long in the rear view.
Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal and an assist with two shots, as did Aleksander Barkov. The minutes are lower than usual, especially for Huberdeau, but Florida has been outstanding so far with both of these guys leading the way.
Carter Verhaeghe – Two assists with a shot and five PIM. Verhaeghe’s breakout is completely out of nowhere. I’d actually lean towards holding him, but it’s right on the fringe.
Dominik Kubalik – Two goals on four shots. The shots are up which mean it’s only a matter of time until the goals start coming in for Kubalik. Case in point, Monday night.
Mark Scheifele – Goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM. Seven game point streak for Scheifele who is a big reason why the Jets are much improved from last season.
Blake Wheeler – Goal and an assist. The days of Wheeler being elite in every category are in the past, but he can still be a top 50 player if things break right.
Kyle Connor – Goal and an assist with three shots. I don’t like that the shot rate has dropped quite a bit from last season, but there’s still time for that to turn around. Connor is still a point per game so no reason to be concerned.
Neal Pionk – Two assists with two PIM. He was back on the top unit which obviously helps his value quite a bit, but either way, Pionk has played his way into being a hold in all formats. He’s taken huge strides from where he was in New York.
Tyson Barrie – Two assists with four shots and two PIM playing over 30 minutes! In his past nine games, Barrie has twelve points. Things are looking up!
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Two goals on seven shots. RNH has the best shot rate of his career by a wide margin. With how many minutes Tippett is playing the top guys, he should set a career high in points per game.
Alex Chiasson – Two goals on four shots. He has a spot on the top PP unit which, quite frankly, I don’t understand. He’s a deep league streamer, but that’s it.
Connor McDavid – Two assists with seven shots playing over 26 minutes. What McDavid is doing this season is off the charts. I don’t see how anyone will come close to him in points.
Evan Bouchard – Two assists with eight shots. Really like how Bouchard is playing. Anything with 14+ teams, he’s an auto hold. In 12’ers, I don’t mind gambling on the upside.
Elias Lindholm – Goal and an assist with two PIM and two shots. Lindholm is above a point per game solidifying himself as a top 100 player.
Rasmus Andersson – Two assists with a shot. Andersson lost his spot on the top power play unit. He could get it back, but for now, he’s right on the fringe. I would lean towards holding him for upside, but the shot rate hurts.
Tyler Myers – Two assists with two shots and two PIM. He takes a ton of penalties and is good at hits and blocks. Given that he has a pulse offensively, there’s a lot of value in certain formats.
Brock Boeser – Goal and an assist with two shots. While the Canucks have been disappointing on the whole, Boeser certainly has not been. He’s been their best player and it’s not particularly close.
Logan Couture – Goal and an assist with five shots. Couture has been very good this season, but the Sharks could have a tough go for it over their next ten games, all of which are against the Blues, Avalanche, or Golden Knights. Couture is good enough that he should be fine, but keep expectations in check.
That’s all for now guys. With the smaller slate tonight, I’ll be back on Thursday recapping the twelve games between Tuesday and Wednesday. We will also be doing the Three Point Challenge for Thursday. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!