There’s been plenty of young players that have been hyped as breakout candidates, and one that has been generally overlooked is Joel Farabee.  The former first round pick is getting a big opportunity on Philadelphia this season and he took full advantage of it on Wednesday.  Farabee had a goal and three assists with four shots in the 6-3 win over the Penguins.  It was a bit of everything from Farabee with two assists on the power play, then a goal and an assist at even strength.  Getting to play with Kevin Hayes (1+1, 2 SOG) and Claude Giroux (assist, 3 SOG) will do wonders for the 20 year old, and it’s clear that Alain Vigneault trusts him.  I’m not expecting him to light the world on fire, but he’s definitely moved into elite streamer status for the time being.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on opening night:

Mark Jankowski – Goal and an assist.  Brandon Tanev also had a goal and an assist as the third line did well for Pittsburgh.  However, I don’t see either of these guys carrying fantasy value.

Erik Gustafsson – Two assists with a shot.   Both of his assists came on the power play which is great.  I wouldn’t be shocked if he moved to PP1 eventually, but for now, I’m considering him a bottom end hold if you need the power play points.

Tristan Jarry – 19 saves on 25 shots.  It was ugly all-around for Pittsburgh, Jarry included.  I’m not panicking, but he does have a very small track record of success so there is some downside here, especially behind that defense.

Jonathan Drouin – Three assists with a shot.  The second line looked excellent as Josh Anderson scored two goals on seven shots while Nick Suzuki had a goal on six shots.  Drouin never lived up to expectations, but he’s still only 25 and gets to play with some quality players now, especially Suzuki.  He’s right on the fringe.  Suzuki is an auto hold with tremendous upside, while Anderson was a player I marked as high upside before the season.  Anderson looked incredible in 2018-19 but last season was a disaster.  I wouldn’t mind grabbing him and seeing what happens since he can bring value in goals, PIMs and shots.

Jeff Petry – Two assists with two shots.  He’s a bit boring, but Petry will churn out a solid stat line for all leagues.

Alexander Romanov – Assist with three shots, a hit, and four blocks playing 21:48 in his NHL debut.  I was very impressed with Romanov going against top opposition.  If you’re in a deep league with the extra categories, I think he’s a solid add.  Welcome to the Razzball database!

John Tavares – Goal and two assists with five shots.  Strong debut from Tavares whose skating still doesn’t look great, but it’s not going to be a big detriment.  William Nylander scored two goals and added an assist as the second line did some damage.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 5-1 win over the Blackhawks.  He was a fluky goal with 3 minutes left from getting a shutout.  He made some big saves but overall, it was easy for the #1 goalie.

Steven Stamkos – Goal and two assists with five shots.  Stamkos looked as good as usual and is poised for a great season.  Just stay healthy!

Victor Hedman – Two assists with three shots.  Hedman was all over the ice dominating against a team that he should.

Alex Killorn – Two assists with three shots.  Both of his points came at even strength, yet Killorn played over six minutes on the power play.  Killorn is a solid streamer who is a decent option if you need hits and PIM with some points.

Anthony Cirelli – Goal and an assist with four shots.  It’s only a matter of time until Cirelli’s offense blossoms.

Brayden Point – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Point didn’t miss a step without Kucherov which is good to see. Don’t worry about the low ice time considering the game was in hand by the end of the first period.

Tanner Pearson – Two assists with three shots.  He looked solid on the second line, but Pearson is only a middling streamer without the top PP time because Vancouver really rides the top unit.

Bo Horvat – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Dr. Bo was cutting up the competition right away.  Well, Edmonton decided that they didn’t need to cover him, but a goal is a goal!

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Nils Hoglander – Goal on three shots playing over 16 minutes.  He looked great in his NHL debut.  He’s worth streaming in all leagues right now as he’s getting time on the first power play with J.T. Miller out for the next two weeks.

Quinn Hughes – Two assists with three shots.  Hughes looked fantastic.  I wish the minutes were a bit higher, but he’ll be plenty good regardless.

Brock Boeser – Two goals on four shots.  I’m expecting a big bounce back from Boeser as his shooting percentage last season was too low for a player of his caliber.

Jordan Binnington – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 4-1 win over the Avalanche.  Outstanding performance from the Blues top to bottom.  Nice to see Binnington have a great start against the top team in the league because there are plenty of bad teams on the horizon.

Oskar Sundqvist – Two goals on four shots.  He played on the second line because Mike Hoffman was out with a visa issue.  Hoffman is expected to play on Friday so I’m not planning on using Sundqvist anywhere.

Robert Thomas – Two assists.  My man!  I would have liked to see some shots and more than 12:41 of ice time, but Thomas’s pass to set up the second goal was incredible.  Great start for everyone who has Thomas stock

Thursday Streamers:

Hoglander – I’m all for playing him again against the Oilers, especially with Smith expected to be between the pipes.

Tage Thompson – He’s going to be on the first line with Eichel and Hall.  I’m a bit worried about Washington overall so I really want to pay attention to this game and see how both teams look right out of the gate.

Jack Studnicka – He’s taking Pastrnak’s spot on the first line and gets to play the Devils.  How can it get any better than that from a streaming perspective?

Nino Niederreiter – Nino is back on the top line with Aho and Teravainen.  I’m not sure how long it lasts, but getting to play with those guys against Detroit is all that we need.  He’s my top streamer of the night.

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

  1. The Lost Vikings says:
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    Is the wild Hoglander this year’s Olofsson??!!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I don’t think he’ll score at a 30 goal pace like Olofsson did, but damn did he look good today. I expect him to be an elite streamer to have streaks of being a hold, but he will take a slight hit when Miller comes back and loses his spot on the top PP unit. That’s the main difference, Olofsson had that top PP unit spot locked down. Long term though, Hoglander looks damn good.

  2. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    1. add which of hoglander/farabee over duclair (hits/blocks/PPP/shots added). 12 teamer

    2. 16 team dynasty roto with this, was able to waiver dube (all forward spots), he was dropped by somebody. used to be on somebody’s prospect list (maybe me at some point). gotta call up zibanejad
    hits/blocks/PPP/SHP/faceoffs/shots added. need at least 6 TB players at all times.
    C (4): dube (LW/RW), getzlaf, steel, rob thomas (RW), hintz (LW)
    LW (4): fabbri (RW, should get C soon), palat, gourde (RW/C), drouin (C)
    RW (4): d.brown, meier (LW), stamkos (C/LW), c.white (C), goodrow (added in draft, hits, some other stuff but plays on weak line, C/RW)
    D (6): slavin, serg, hedman, chabot, edler, fox, shattenkirk
    G (1): vas, m.jones (till others are healthy or playing)
    IR: t.johnson, zibanejad, zuccarello, kucherov, bishop, c.petersen, khudobin (i can have both DAL guys + vas when bishop is healthy)
    prospect list (max 7): comtois, gusev, perunovich, sorokin, denisenko, jarvis, tippett
    gotta drop getzlaf or goodrow i guess (or gourde)

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      in 1 it’s only hoglander or duclair, as suspected people react to 4 pt games.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Umm, I think I slightly prefer Farabee for full season, but slightly prefer Hoglander right now and then long term past this season, so it depends what you’re looking for.

      That team looks pretty damn good when healthy, that blue line is one of the deepest I’ve ever seen in a format like this.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        in 2 drop who for zibanejad healthy now.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Sorry, missed that. If you don’t desperately need the hits and the Tampa player, it probably has to be Goodrow. Otherwise, who can we even consider? Dube and Steel? Options are very limited here. I guess I’d say Steel

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            in the short term it’s probably easily steel, but his long term upside is higher than any of these listed i’d think (he was at least an 8.5 fantasy upside top 15 prospect when last elig). i’d probably not even think of adding steel right now in a 16 teamer if say redraft.

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              Yeah I’d agree with that down the line.

            • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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              it was an 8 at dobber. i got mixed up on NHL certainty (9) vs upside (8). but then we got farabee who was a likely floor guy too. 8/8.5. of course

              • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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                i want to make sure here thought both farabee/steel are/were very highly ranked overall, we’re not talking like a dude ranked 70th for forwards here with a floor, like asplund (that name always gets me) or t.benson

                • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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                  on my blueline, serg/fox/chabot were all likely backend 1st round draft picks (non snake dynasty, and i never have a good pick). sorokin i traded somebody for as i tend to never pay up for a goalie in a draft, esp here as we can only own goalies from 1 team and up to 1 from a 2nd team at a time.

                  – for anybody that thinks in deep leagues it’s hard to find long term goalies, this might be usually true, but look at cal petersen, who blew up last year after pretty sure never being a top 10 (maybe not even top 20) prospect goalie before that. or binnington. the process of goalie prospects is super weird. then go look at guys who were ranked very highly, now never have even become backups and are dropped by real life teams: gillies, fucale (those were both top 5-8 types at least) some other name lately i forgot just now.

                  – obtain oettinger, for some reason his interest has waned lately but he’s still one of the highest long term upside guys.

  3. Boris Dvoskin says:
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    Hey Viz, love all your content. I wanted to ask you how to know when to drop guys for someone in the beginning of the season . For example I have Getzlaf, klingberg, burakovsky, Kadri, marchessault, trocheck as guys I feel I can drop but not sure in which order I should drop them or for who ?

    Just to clarify trying to figure our which of those guys are the most droppoable and how to spot legit breakout vs just Lucky game. My league has all the scoring cats as well as TOI hits blks PIM.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Thanks a lot Boris! I really appreciate that.

      For the most part, I usually give my guys a couple weeks into the season to see how many minutes they’re getting, what their power play role is, etc. The only time I’m making a move early is to stream or because somebody is really worth grabbing.

      I think the middle four guys that you said are almost certainly going to be holds all season. Maybe Burakovsky won’t, but I’m buying him as a breakout, and I think the other three are locks.

      I would say Getzlaf and Trocheck would be the guys I drop if you need to make a move. Trocheck’s TOI is a possible concern for me , especially since he’s not starting with Svechnikov as anticipated. I really have no idea what to except from Getzlaf, but I expect him to be a fringe hold, so I think he would be the first guy to drop if push comes to shove, with Trocheck next.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        ahh shit, yeah trocheck moved to center 3 lately. yuck on yuck. j.staal goes way up in deep leagues where he already had value from secondary stuff (assuming faceoffs in play). only hurts me in one 12 teamer at least (but i already feel lucky after the e.kane scare from a few days ago)

  4. Nightpandas says:
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    Super slim picking for goalies who would you rather have: Comrie or McEllhinney

    W L GAA SV% SHO

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Oh boy, that’s digging deep haha. I guess McElhinney? I feel comfortable about him getting wins in very favorable matchups when I can’t imagine ever feeling good about starting Comrie.

  5. Peter Parker says:
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    Viz! What do you think about Casey DeSmith getting quite a bit of starts for Pittsburgh??

    THANK YOU!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I think it would take Jarry struggling for that to happen, but I can definitely see DeSmith getting ~20 games if that happens. I don’t see him even getting into a split, even when Murray was awful he got the benefit of the doubt there, but I suppose it shouldn’t be ruled out given the SSS with Jarry.

  6. bauerspeed17 says:
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    thank you for the write-up

    would it be possible to do next day streamers as well? My league does not do same day transactions,

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Of course, no problem!

      I should be able to at least include 1-2 guys. I may try to put a guy on my Monday morning post for every day of the week looking ahead, but I will keep you and the other people who need streamers a day in advance in mind. Just a reminder that normally, I’m only posting three days a week when Mondays and Wednesdays become dead days, so I’ll definitely have the next two days in those posts.

  7. cubeee says:
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    What’s your opinion on Thornton? He’s on the first line, getting PP minutes….

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Not really a fan for fantasy purposes. One, the shot rate is absolutely dreadful, enough that it can do a lot of damage to your team. Two, he didn’t get the full game there, Hyman was playing there for most of the third period because Thornton can’t play the full workload Matthews and Marner are. Three, I don’t expect the Leafs to keep the balanced power plays, eventually they’ll go back to Matthews-Marner-Tavares-Nylander-Rielly. If you’re in a super deep league, there’s value, but I have no interest in a 12 teamer at the moment.

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        even then, most of his value was assists/faceoffs, and the faceoffs seem to have left the building as a winger, unless they put him on those, which they didn’t last night.

  8. Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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    oh that beats all of this lack of news on anybody else. comtois not even mentioned he was called up from taxi squad. got NA’d 1-2 days ago, not indication he was either on taxi or AHL, but certainly not that he was playing tonight, i’d have had him in for sure. depth charts DID show him but those also did that on other players that ended up not playing yesterday or today too. rotoworld needs to hire at least half the people they do for football. but even fantrax blurbs didn’t mention anything on comtois.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah, it’s been tough to keep up with what every team is doing, and I don’t think that’s going to change as guys will move on and off the taxi squad in order to get them some games. I can’t imagine teams are going to want guys sitting out for a month before the AHL, or longer if they’re just on the taxi squad e.g. a third goalie

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        yeah but hopefully when a guy scores 2 goals in like a few minutes they’ll be some effort put into if he’s likely to play on a given night or not. only updated i could even find all day on ANA was that s.milano wasn’t playing today (so at least that’s good for his owners). OTT’s depth chart sure looks weird on both leftwinglock/dailyfaceoff, it has c.white and galchenyuk not starting. that i guess could be a function of them playing odd lines when they still haven’t yet a pregame practice on same day yet.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Oh, you didn’t even know that he was playing before the game? If you follow daily faceoff or Eric Stephens, they’ll be good letting you know who is playing for the Ducks on a daily basis.

          It’ll be interesting to see how Ottawa actually lines up tonight.

          • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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            turns out depth charts were completely right on OTT, at least that’s good.

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