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!

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The Lost Vikings
The Lost Vikings
1 year ago

Is the wild Hoglander this year’s Olofsson??!!

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

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
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

in 1 it’s only hoglander or duclair, as suspected people react to 4 pt games.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago
Reply to  Viz

in 2 drop who for zibanejad healthy now.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago
Reply to  Viz

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.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

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
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

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
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

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.

Boris Dvoskin
Boris Dvoskin
1 year ago

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.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago
Reply to  Viz

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)

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
1 year ago

Super slim picking for goalies who would you rather have: Comrie or McEllhinney

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Peter Parker
Peter Parker
1 year ago

Viz! What do you think about Casey DeSmith getting quite a bit of starts for Pittsburgh??

THANK YOU!

bauerspeed17
bauerspeed17
1 year ago

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,

cubeee
cubeee
1 year ago

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

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
1 year ago
Reply to  Viz

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.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
1 year ago

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.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
1 year ago
Reply to  Viz

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.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
1 year ago
Reply to  Viz

turns out depth charts were completely right on OTT, at least that’s good.