The first draft pick in the franchise history of the Golden Knights, Cody Glass is starting to come into his own.  On Friday, Glass scored a goal on four shots before falling it up with an assist and two shots on Sunday.  With Pietrangelo out for the time being, Glass has been on the point of the first power play unit and looked extremely comfortable.  He has a point in four of his five games and while I’m not looking to hold him, Glass is up to being a solid streamer.  Long term, there’s tremendous upside but with how loaded Vegas is right now, Glass’ ceiling is a bit capped.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:

Friday’s Games:

Tuukka Rask – 23 saves on 24 shots in the 2-1 win over the Flyers.  Rask has won 5 of 7 starts with a 2.36 GAA.  The problem is the save percentage is under .900, but that should fix itself.  Once it days, the GAA is going to be extremely low.

Barclay Goodrow – Two goals on three shots.  Goodrow is a bottom end streamer due to his lack of PP time.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 3-1 win against Detroit.  This is exactly what we expect from Vasilevskiy against Detroit.  The numbers through 9 games are outrageous.

Aleksander Barkov – Goal and an assist with six shots.  I’m really loving this version of Barkov that is taking a ton of shots.  He could push towards the top 25 overall at this rate.

Carter Verhaeghe – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Coach Q really likes Verhaeghe as evidenced by the workload he’s getting.  Verhaeghe is an elite streamer at this point that could possibly turn into a streamer.  Can’t say I saw this coming.

Chris Driedger – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 2-1 win over the Predators.  Driedger has been excellent since he arrived in Florida last season.  I feel comfortable streaming him against any team but Tampa right now.

Brent Burns – Goal and an assist with four shots.  The plus-minus is kind of rough and I don’t see that changing, but Burns has been solid otherwise.

Evander Kane – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Good to see Evander take a bunch of shots as he’s started slowing in that department.  I have no concern about Kane going forward.

Derek Grant – Two assists with five shots.  Pass.

Troy Terry – Goal and an assist with three shots.  His role is starting to increase, but these are Terry’s only two points this season.  For now, leave him on the wire.

Max Comtois – Two goals on four shots.  Comtois has played his way into being a middling streamer.  Eakins is starting to play him more and more and given where their team is, Comtois should be getting top line minutes.

Dustin Brown – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  Brown is a solid streamer depending on what you need.  As long as he stays on the top PP unit, Brown should be decent enough.

Max Pacioretty – Three assists with seven shots.  Dream start for Patches as he’s dominating on a nightly basis.

William Karlsson – Goal and two assists with four shots.  He’s not lighting the world on fire, but Karlsson has been decent.  He’s right on the fringe but I lean towards holding him.

Nicolas Hague – Goal and two assists.  There might be something here eventually, but he’s not even going to play every night so we can ignore Hague in season long leagues.

Mark Stone – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Stone has been playing at an MVP level so far this season.

Jonathan Marchessault – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The shot rate has dropped quite a bit which sucks because that’s where most of his value comes from.  I’m still holding, but it’s a bit more tenuous than I expected.

Saturday’s Games:

Jake Allen – 34 saves on 35 shots in the 2-1 win over the Senators.  Allen has been the best goalie in the league over the last two seasons in terms of save percentages.  He’s an auto stream no matter who the Canadiens are playing and you could even hold Allen in some formats.

Darcy Kuemper – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 3-1 win over the Blues.  The numbers aren’t great so far, but Kuemper has played a ton of games against Vegas and St. Louis already.  I think he’s a nice buy low target.

Jakob Chychrun – Two goals on three shots.  Chychrun has played his way into being an easy hold.  The shot rate is great for a defenseman and now it’s his PP unit.

Conor Garland – Two assists with two shots.  Garland is arguably the biggest surprise of the season.  He was trending in the right direction, but this is a massive blow up.  Easy hold in all formats.

Clayton Keller – Goal and an assist.  He’s been disappointing to this point.  I’d still stream Keller, but I don’t think he’s particularly close to being a hold.

Jake Guentzel – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Slow start for Guentzel, but I expect a full turnaround from all of the top guys in Pittsburgh.

Jordan Eberle – Two goals on seven shots.  Elite streamer, but I’m not quite to holding level yet.

Michael Dal Colle – Two assists.  The former top 5 pick never panned out and is barely playing this season.  Nothing to see here.

Frederik Andersen – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 5-1 win over the Canucks.  Andersen is looking more and more like a #2 goalie.  The wins are going to be top end, but his GAA and sv% could get pretty ugly.

Mitch Marner – Three assists with three shots.  Marner now has back-to-back three point games as he’s on an absolute tear with Auston Matthews (2G, 4 SOG) and Zach Hyman (1+1, 2 PIM).  Hyman is arguably the best streamer going right now.  The leagues I’m using him, I’ve been holding up while he’s on this run getting massive minutes.

Wayne Simmonds – Two goals on five shots.  If you’re in a hits and PIM league, Simmonds is an okay streamer.  I’m not buying the scoring start at all though despite the PP time.

Mikko Lehtonen – Two assists.  My favorite deep league sleeper this year, Lehtonen is finally starting to get more playing time.  He hasn’t been shooting the puck, but he took a ton of shots in the KHL so I expect that to change sooner than later.

Connor McDavid – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM… in 28:16!  He played over 28 minutes in a regulation game!  Absolutely insane.  The funny thing is that two points doesn’t even improve his points per game as McJesus is currently averaging two points per game.

Mikael Backlund – Goal and two assists with seven shots playing over 21 minutes.  His workload has been decreased this season, but it went up on Saturday going against the top Edmonton guys.  Backlund is a middling streamer, but that’s it.

Mark Giordano – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  The ceiling is a bit low at this point, but the floor is still high enough that Giordano needs to be held.

Milan Lucic – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Pass.

Johnny Gaudreau – Goal and an assist.  Great bounce back start to the season for Gaudreau and Sean Monahan (two assists).

Andrew Mangiapane – Two assists.  He has four points in the last four games, but Mangiapane hasn’t been good so far this season.  That could change quickly, but I’m not interested in streaming him at the moment.

Devan Dubnyk – 32 saves on 33 shots as the tough luck loser in the 2-1 SO loss to the Ducks.  Dubnyk is a pure desperation play.

Ryan Miller – 26 saves on 27 shots earning the win.  It was only Miller’s second start of the season as Gibson has been a true workhorse.  I would only stream him against the bad teams in their division.

Sunday’s Games:

Sean Couturier – Two goals and an assist in his return of injury.  Vigneault eased him back into action playing him only 16 minutes, but hopefully everyone had him back in their lineups.

Scott Laughton – Hat trick.  I’m still not buying into this start from Laughton, but he’s a decent streamer nonetheless.

Joel Farabee – Three assists with three shots.  This is his third game of the season with 3+ points already.  It’s coming in bunches which makes him great in DFS GPP’s.  In season long leagues, I think he’s an elite streamer right on the fringe.

James van Riemsdyk – Goal and an assist with two shots.  This is the best JVR in played in years.  Stunning to see, to be quite honest.  Easy hold everywhere.

Michael Raffl – Two assists, +4.  Raffl’s time of fantasy relevance is in the past.

Alex Ovechkin – Two goals and two assists with four shots.  Tom Wilson had a goal and three assists with four shots while Nicklas Backstrom totaled a goal and two assists with three shots.  This was one of the best games Ovechkin ever played.  Unfortunately for him, the rest of the Capitals had a really rough game, especially Vanecek.  Great start for the top line.

Malcolm Subban – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Stars.  Subban made one of the best saves we’ll see all year, but I still wouldn’t use him in fantasy.

Alex DeBrincat – Two goals on seven shots.  Monster run from DeBrincat who has nine points in the last five games.  The shot rate is excellent and the minutes are at a first line level so the rebound from DeBrincat is real.

Patrick Kane – Two assists with five shots.  Kane can’t be stopped at the moment.

Thomas Greiss – 36 saves on 37 shots in the 4-1 win over the Panthers.  This is the first win in well over a year by a Red Wing that isn’t Bernier (Howard didn’t win a game last season).  You’ll get some big games from Greiss because he’s a great goalie, but the team in front of him is so bad that there will be plenty of stinkers.

Troy Stecher – Two assists with three shots.  Easy pass.

Givani Smith – Goal and an assist with four shots and seven PIM.  Smith has not done enough in his career to warrant fantasy consideration.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Jordan Staal – Goal and two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Staal has been much better offensively in the early going than expected.  He’s back to a solid streamer level.

Dougie Hamilton – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  It hasn’t been great so far, but it’s only a matter of time until Dougie gets rolling.

Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Trocheck has been strong on the second line for Carolina and is an easy hold in all formats.

Ryan Dzingel – Two assists.  It’ll take an injury for Dzingel’s role to be big enough to be fantasy relevant again.

Brett Pesce – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He has a point in four straight games, but Pesce is firmly in the “better in real life than fantasy” category.  It’s hard to find a league where Pesce is worth owning.

Patrik Laine – Two goals.  Great start in Columbus for Laine.  The other part of the trade, Jack Roslovic, who had two assists playing with Laine, also has been very good.  Roslovic is back to elite streamer status.

Nick Foligno – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Still a solid streamer in standard leagues while a bottom end hold in hits leagues.

Seth Jones – Two assists with two shots.  Absolutely awful start from Jones who I was completely out on to open the season.  It should be better in the short term with Zach Werenski out for the time being, but I’m not expecting a huge bounce back going forward.

David Savard – Two assists.  He’s playing less this year than in the past and he was never an offensive defenseman in the first play.  Easy pass.

Chandler Stephenson – Two goals.  Stephenson is locked into being with Patches and Stone, but the points aren’t coming as regularly as you would think.  I think he’s only a bottom end streamer.

Alex Tuch – Two assists with two shots.  Tuch is playing very well with Glass at the moment.  Their minutes aren’t great though which keeps Tuch in the elite streamer category instead of bottom end hold.

Three Point Challenge: We will do the Three Point Challenge for Tuesday’s games.  It can’t be anyone in the Top 10 in points.  From now, we will use last season’s top 10, so that means no Draisaitl, McDavid, Panarin, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Marchand, Kucherov, P. Kane, Matthews, Huberdeau, or Eichel. I’m the only one on the board at the moment.  I’ll go with RNH against the Senators.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Wednesday 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!

  1. Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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    simmonds out like 6ish weeks it’s sounding like (i added him right after i noticed his line after that 2 goal game, earlier it was a shit line).

    it’s this stuff here is why we keep on coming back (kidding, clearly you meant hold for that “streamer” and i’m only in leagues easily deep enough to hold verheghe (even a deep 12’er))

    “is an elite streamer at this point that could possibly turn into a streamer”

    • Viz

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      Yeah, tough break for him since he was scoring, although I still wasn’t buying in at all. The division helps, but he’s just not good at this point in his career.

      Whoopsie haha

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        yeah in that same league i had owned him for years and had dropped a while ago (might have been last year, probably earlier). had no interest till i saw what line he was on. and we’re only talking 16 teamer with start 4 at each forward and i got injuries all over.

        • Viz

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          Right, makes sense

  2. JP says:
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    Hi Viz!

    In a 6 teams league points only (G, A, PPP, +\-, SOG, BLK).

    Should i drop Rust and/or Bjorkstrand and add Giroux and/or Hoffman?

    • Viz

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      Hmm, this is tough, I’d have all these guys in the same tier. I think Rust is the best of the bunch and would hold him without thinking too much about it. I’m a little discouraged by Bjorkstrand’s drop in shot rate. That said, Giroux’s has fallen either further and he’s basically a pure assist guy right now. Meanwhile, the shots are really starting to come back up for Hoffman and he’s getting more playing time. If you want to gamble on upside, I think Hoffman is the highest. If you need the assists, depending on your points format, go Giroux. If you want the best of both worlds, keep Bjorkstrand.

  3. nightpandas says:
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    Looking to maybe move my first rounder next year to stay in the hunt….currently in 4th

    My team is Trocheck Hintz Rust Huberdeau Arvidsson Niederreiter Brown Gurianov Hornquist Kaprisov Rantanen Mackinnon with a D of Nurse Andersson Slavin

    15 team keep 5

    the bottom of my roster is: Niederreiter R Andersson and D Brown

    Looking at 2 sellers (after factoring out their keepers) Kyrou Granlund and J Staal interest me on one team and Seth Jones Perron Landeskog Monahan on another.

    Cats are G A Pts PIM +/- SOG SHP PPP. Any interest here in a swap?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’m not really sure what the question is here. Are you asking me to make up trade offers for you for your first round pick?

      • Nightpandas says:
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        Wondering if any of those guys or combo of are worth giving up a 1st round pick (76-90th overall) to help me this year

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Landeskog is probably the only guy I would do it for. Perron is somewhat close though, and the others aren’t even in the ballpark IMO. I don’t think any of the other five move the needle nearly enough.

      • The Harrow says:
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        oh baby, it’s like reading that scott what’s his face over at baseball (and others). i’m kidding, that guy is far worse than this. here though he is listing some players, but not enough context for exactly what a 1st rounder is worth in that league.

        so his context here is a fairly complete thing though, if keeping 5 in a 15 teamer are any of that list worth having for a next year 1st rounder. some further context like what say this year went in the 1st round (last 1/3 of it assuming he stays around 4th place this year). issue esp could be whether any of those he could trade for are good enough to keep as one of his 5 (i’d say the kog or maybe monahan is an upgrade, but not sure how good a 1st rounder is generally).

        – or the far more commonly seen “hey grey should i drop or pickup player x” without saying at all who he’d be dropping for or who he’s adding over. those occur literally numerous times a day during baseball season. he’s not close to that.

        • Nightpandas says:
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          Sorry for the poor question…sounded better I’m my head…don’t want to be hockey Scott K

          • Viz

            Viz says:
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            Haha all good, I misinterpreted what you were saying at first but it should be obvious what you are saying so my mistake.

          • The Harrow says:
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            no no, i was just thinking of him the way viz responded. yours had context and made sense, AND of course there’s the whole you actually understood what viz said back to you, something scott K never does. it’s like some old comedy routine with him, along these lines:
            scott: “hey grey should i drop player x for y,z, r”?
            grey: “yes, z”
            scott: “so you’re saying i SHOULD drop player x for z?”
            grey: “yeah”
            scott: “are you sure, i meant z (now spells out entire name of player z when it was quite clear already before)”
            grey: “yeah i got that the first time”
            scott: “player x just had 2 hits yesterday, does this still apply?”
            grey: “i was aware of all of that yesterday”
            scott: ” okay so i should drop player x for z, but NOT y or r?”
            grey: “yes”
            scott: “and by “yes” you meant that i should drop player x for z”
            grey: “yes”
            scott: “ok, thanks grey”

            i didn’t exaggerate the above, at all. some of them are even longer and more convoluted denseness. you (nor anybody else i’ve ever seen) pulls that stuff off or even gets close. i was kidding.

  4. Euroalien says:
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    Hey Viz, Love your posts. I need some help – In a 12 team keeper (24 man, with minor league roster) I’m looking to move Varlamov for a good young player. Here’s my current roster: (M = Minors eligible)

    C Anthony Beauvillier
    C Connor McMichael Min Eligible
    C Mark Scheifele
    C Nico Hischier
    C Philipp Kurashev Min Eligible
    C Sean Couturier
    C Tyler Motte
    LW Alex Ovechkin
    LW Artemi Panarin
    LW Bryan Rust
    LW Jesper Bratt
    LW Kevin Fiala
    LW Max Domi
    LW Pius Suter Min Eligible
    LW Ryan Poehling Min Eligible
    LW Sonny Milano
    Pos Player
    RW Dominik Kubalik Min Eligible
    RW Jake DeBrusk
    RW Johnny Gaudreau
    RW Morgan Geekie Min Eligible
    RW Victor Olofsson Min Eligible
    D Aaron Ekblad
    D Adam Boqvist Min Eligible
    D Alec Martinez
    D K’Andre Miller Min Eligible
    D Kyle Capobianco Min Eligible
    D Mikhail Sergachev
    D Nils Lundkvist Min Eligible
    D Noah Dobson Min Eligible
    D Torey Krug
    G Cal Petersen Min Eligible
    G Carey Price
    G Devan Dubnyk
    G Ilya Sorokin Min Eligible
    G Semyon Varlamov
    G Tuukka Rask

    Any thoughts on what kind of player value I should be looking at for Varlamov? Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Viz

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      Trades like these are very hard to judge when you don’t know where the other teams in your league are, who desperately needs a goalie and what they have to trade, etc. I would want a top 50 player back in return for Varlamov as he’s easily been a #1 goalie this season and I expect to continue to be around the bottom of the top 10. In other words, I wouldn’t be selling high because I believe in the player, so make sure you’re getting a really good player in return.

      • Euroalien says:
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        Thanks Viz! Maybe I’m stupid to trade him, but I thought with Price and Rask as well, it would be a good opportunity to improve my team as I’m struggling in the bottom three this season.

        • Viz

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          I definitely wouldn’t say stupid, no, just make sure you get a proper return. I prefer him by a lot to Price but maybe someone else would prefer Price based on name value, so that’s something to consider as well. Price becoming your second goalie is somewhat scary to me.

  5. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    would’ve gone ovechkin vs PHI if that game didn’t get moved off tonight. or backstrom. or one of the WIN guys @ CGY.

    3 pt thurs, stamkos @ NAS

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      oops, tues

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      They were buzzing on Sunday, that’s for sure. Sounds good on Stamkos.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        tied it.

  6. Veritas says:
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    Max Pacioretty vs Anh for 3pts

    • Viz

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      Sounds good, nice spot for them.

  7. jasen James says:
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    Hey Viz,
    I am trying to decide which one to play in my LW slot out of Bjorkstrand, Meier, Rust and Olofsson? I have Hall in the other slot when he finally plays again. I drafter Bjorkstrand and Olofsson for their upside. They have both played well so far but neither one has exactly run away with it. I like Meier as he has hits upside and my team is seriously lacking in hits. Rust has started slow but is playing on the flank with Crosby, Guentzel right now so he has to heat up soon. How would you rank those 4 at this point in the season?
    I can keep 2 on the bench so I guess the question is who is the odd man out?

    • Viz

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      Well, in a vacuum, I would rank them Olofsson, Rust, Bjorkstrand, Meier, and I can go either way on the first two. That said, if you really need the hits, you can play Meier, I don’t think the gap is that big.

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