To say the season for Philadelphia as been a mess is an understatement.  First they fire Hextall as GM, then the mess last week of Hakstol being fired as coach, only to still be the coach for a couple days as new GM Chuck Fletcher said no decision has been made, only for Hakstol to be fired anyways.  They were in last place in the Eastern Conference on Monday when Fletcher decided to recall Carter Hart.  The 20 year old is arguably the best goaltending prospect in the league, and he received his first NHL start on Tuesday.  Hart saved 20 of 22 shots against the Red Wings getting his first career win by a score of 3-2.  Look, I’m not saying Hart is a future superstar.  Goaltending is extremely unpredictable and it seems like Philadelphia has been cursed in net for a while.  However, he has as good of a chance as any young goaltender to be a starter for years to come.  For that alone, he’s worth grabbing in all formats, especially dynasties.  Who knows how long that Fletcher keeps Hart on the big squad, but it seems like he should be up going forward.  Either he plays so well they have to roll Hart, or they fall out of it completely and want to get him more playing time.  There’s no guarantee it’s good now either, but I doubt another goalie with more upside will show up on the waiver wire later on in the season.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Ryan Getzlaf – Goal and an assist with four shots.  It’s not flashy but come the end of the season, we know Getzlaf is going to be hovering around a point per game with solid PIM.

Adam Henrique – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Henrique has settled into being a bottom end streamer in Anaheim.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 26 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Golden Knights.  The next four games for CBus: Philly, Devils twice, and Rangers.  Bob will sit one of the games on a back to back, but the schedule is set up nicely for him to get back into form.

Malcolm Subban – 30 saves on 31 shots getting the tough luck loss.  Subban has been awful this season.  In fact, this was his first good start of the season.  He’s an easy pass until he puts together a few more quality games.

Jaroslav Halak – 22 save shutout in the 4-0 win over Montreal.  Halak has been struggling for two weeks before this game.  Rask has been much better so expect Rask to get about 2/3rds of the starts going forward.

David Pastrnak – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  It’s a shame for Pastrnak that he became RFA a year early, because he’d be getting 10+ million a season now.

Colby Cave – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Congrats on the first career goal and entering the Razzball Database, but nothing to see here for now.

Roman Josi – Two goals and an assist with eight shots and two PIM over two games.  Do as the Roman does!  He had a tough start, and the plus-minus is surprisingly average, but Josi has still been solid on the whole.

Ryan Johansen – Four assists with a shot over two games.  He’s inching closer to pure assist value but it’s still decent overall value.

Mark Stone – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  So damn good and doesn’t get the credit for it.

Ryan Dzingel – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  Dzingel is decent enough across the board that he’s right on the fringe.  I still lean towards super elite streamer, but I would not blame anyone for holding him.

Thomas Greiss – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over the Avalanche.  Easy hold given his overall numbers.

Jordan Eberle – Goal and two assists with five shots over two games.  This snapped a ten game goal-less drought for Eberle, who is only a bottom end streamer at this point.

Anders Lee – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM over two games.  Really good season for ‘Ders after the concern his 74 goals over the past two seasons were a fluke.  His assists will certainly be a career high, the shot rate is strong, the PIM are great, etc.

Ryan Pulock – Four assists with three shots and two PIM over two games.  Pulock is starting to play like I thought he would to open the season.  I lean towards leaving him on the wire, but if you want to take a shot if your blueline is bad, I don’t mind it.

Evgenii Dadonov – Two goals and an assist with eight shots.  Didn’t seem like Dadonov was doing much in this game (I was there) and then the team exploded in the third period.  Nice to see such a big game from him being off the first line.  It’s been an excellent season for Dadonov with three shots per game and 16+17 in 32 games.

Aleksander Barkov – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Barkov left the game for a few minutes after being tripped, so he caught a break and only played 21 minutes.  Cyborg.

Jeff Skinner – Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.  This has been simply a remarkable season by Skinner in every way imaginable.

Sam Reinhart – Two assists with a shot.  My years of affection for Reinhart’s game has finally paid off.  More on Reinhart in Monday’s notes here.

Nazem Kadri – Three assists with a shot.  Kadri has been doing just enough to remain a hold.

Connor Brown – Three assists with a shot.  He was playing on the fourth line come the end of the game, where he got two assists in garbage time, so Brown is an easy pass right now.

Tyler Ennis – Two goals on four shots.  Those garbage time assists by Brown were both on Ennis goals.  Another easy pass.

John Tavares – Goal and an assist, as did Auston Matthews.  Bad teams have zero chance to stop these two, and good teams almost have no chance.

Alexandar Georgiev – 14 saves on 15 shots in the 3-1 win over Anaheim.  15 shots!?  Come on Ducks.  Georgiev should only be streamed in the best of spots.

Vladislav Namestnikov – Goal and two assists with three shots and four PIM.  He’s worth monitoring because we’ve seen him produce in the past, but I’d leave Names on the wire for now.

James van Riemsdyk – Goal and an assist with three shots and four PIM.  Charlie Conway has been disappointing, especially in terms of shot rate.  JVR has been a three shot per game player since the third season of his career, yet he’s just below two per game now.  I’m still holding for the upside, but it’s become tenuous.

Shayne Gostisbehere – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Man, talk about disappointments.  -17 and only 4+11 in 32 games.  In a shallow league, I could maybe see cutting Ghost Bear, but the upside is so high that it’s hard to pass on him.  I wouldn’t blame you for running out of patience though.

Logan Couture – Two goals, both assisted by Tomas Hertl.  They’ve quietly been one of the top lines in the league along with Meier.

Radim Simek – Two assists with a shot.  He’s had a hot start in the NHL, but he’s 26 years old making his debut and has 3 SOG in 8 games.  Pass.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Lukas Radil – Goal and an assist.  Another guy making his debut at 28, Radil has 5 points in 10 games, but only 13 SOG.  He’s worth monitoring with 5 points in his last 5 games, but there’s nothing here yet.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Martin Jones – 26 save shutout in the 4-0 win over the Wild.  Naturally Jones gets a shutout two days after making one save on four shots against Chicago.  Faith, I don’t have much in Jones.  That said, all he has to do is be passable to pile up wins.

Cam Ward – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 2-1 win over the Predators.  Shows how crazy hockey is for one game that Ward can shut down Smashville.  I still want nothing to do with him.

Jake Allen – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 4-1 win over the Oilers.  Allen has been better lately but he still qualifies as desperation.

Brayden Schenn – Three assists with three shots.  Tough start to the season for Schenn with injuries and the Blues struggling on the whole, but I still think he’s an easy hold.

Jaden Schwartz – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Schwartz is really starting to pick it up with five points in four games since returning from injury, and ten over his last eight going back to pre-injury.  He needs to be owned everywhere again.

Ben Bishop – 21 saves on 21 shots in 53 minutes.  He left the game late in the second to go into concussion protocol before coming back in the third to close it out.  Bishop has been great this season with a 2.35/.922 line.  Look for that to continue going forward as the Stars are playing well defensively, partially at the cost of their offense.

Robin Lehner – 36 saves on 37 shots in the 3-1 win over the Coyotes.  Nice for Lehner to get back on track in a prime spot.  His overall numbers are solid making him a decent streamer most games he starts.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Kucherov is at 15+35 in 35 games which is just absurd.  Sure, the shot rate is down, but nobody can be complaining about him playing at a 117 point pace.

Cedric Paquette – Goal and an assist with seven PIM.  Pacquette has scored a surprising amount of goals given his role, but he’s an easy pass in all formats.

Adam Erne – Goal and an assist.  Erne is another guy who isn’t getting enough minutes to be fantasy relevant, but there could be something here long term if his role ever does increase.

Austin Wagner – Two goals.  Nothing to see here.  Another guy I’ve talked about for the first time, seems like a ton of those today.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Jonathan Quick – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 4-1 win over the Jets.  He’s close to a desperation play given the team in front of him (and Quick not being that good himself).

That’s all for now guys.  With only two games tonight, simply stream the top guys available, matchups aren’t really important.  As always, feel free to ask any questions and give any feedback below.  I’ll be back on Friday morning.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Cersy says:

    Hi Viz,
    Great stuff as always!
    I have a couple of trades I could potentially do in my h2h 12 Team keeper.
    The first one is I was offered brad Marchand for skinner. I had kept skinner going into last season and he was a disappointment so there’s a trust issue that I have with him. I can’t help but think he’s a sell high given his high shooting percentage. He’s a UFA after this season too so I’m sure that’s factoring into his play. Is this a trade offer I can’t turn down or should I continue to hold? How many good years do you think Marchand has left seeing as he turns 31 in May?
    The second offer is grubauer for barzal. I have bobrovsky, Hutton and Lehner so I feel like grubauer is a good addition due to his age and starter upside given Varly is in the last year of his contract. I just don’t want to see a Saros/Rinne situation happen here. Grubauer hasn’t really played well so I fear that could happen.
    My team is in last place but I think it’s bad luck more than anything and as a result I haven’t decided to sell off.
    Categories are: goals, assists, +\-, PIMs, PPP, shots, GWGs, wins, saves, GAA, save % and shutouts.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Cersy: Thanks! I would probably make this trade for MArchand, although it is somewhat close given the age factor. The second one is an easy no for me, Barzal is too young to trade for a goalie with a murky situation going forward. As much as I like Grubauer, he’s nowhere near enough.

      • Cersy says:

        @Viz: thanks Viz. I ended pretty deciding to sell so I dealt Skinner and Yandle for Marchand and a 5th round pick. Then flipped Marchand for Grubauer and a 4th round pick. My keepers are now Barzal, Boeser, Pastrnak, Panarin, Chabot or Svechnikov, bobrovsky and grubauer. I think it’s a pretty solid young core. Hoping for things to break the right way for Grubauer but I don’t think Colorado resigns Varly and that Grubauer becomes the starter. Time will tell!

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Cersy: I like that first trade, but I’m not a fan of the second one. Doesn’t seem like enough for Marchand. I get the youth movement, but I think you could have gotten more for a top 10-15 guy.

  2. SD says:

    Hey Viz, great write up as always. I’ve got a big ol’ post for you here – apologies in advance.

    Here’s my current roster:
    M Tkachuk
    E Kane
    C Miller


    We do G/A/Pts/Shots/GWG/STP/Hits/Blocks/+- & Saves/Wins/GAA/SO/Save %

    It’s a keeper league and my team is completely stacked, my issue is I have Klingberg and Bergeron both coming back off the IR this weekend – assuming I dont run into another injury before then, what do you think my moves should be? Any players I should seek out?

    I’m able to get Dadonov for Parise possibly, I see above you’re liking him lately, and Parise is due to regress to his norm, however this still doesn’t free up a roster spot for me.

    I’m thinking I should package a top 30 player and Varlamov/Dubnyk and try and grab another top 10 goalie to go along with Vas – thoughts on this?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @SD: First off, thanks and no problem at all for the big post. As far as who I’d drop to get those guys back in, I think Seabrook has to go, I know he’s a specialist for you but all of your other guys are way too good to cut. Since you’re getting a defenseman back, I guess C. Miller will be the other one.

      I do like Dadonov more so I’d probably make that trade, assuming you aren’t losing too many hits making all of these moves.

      I’m inclined to still believe in Dubnyk, I think he’ll be a top 10 goalie the rest of the way. That said, if you can get one of the guys who is a surefire top 10 goalie, then I would try to make that move with a skater plus Varly.

  3. DumpsterFire says:

    Good stuff Vis. Back for more advise on my goalie debacle. Looking to maybe make a trade.
    F: Eichel, McDavid, Skinner, Jamie Benn, Couture, Simmonds, Nyquist, Riley Smith, Palmieri, Pasternak
    D: Provorov, Chabot, Krug, Colin Miller
    G: Luongo and Howard with Elliot on IR

    12 team H:H with G,A,+-,PIM,PPP,shots,blocks, W,GAA,sv%,SO

    Hart got snatched up before I could get there. Best options on the wire look like Markstrom and some good backups I could pick up on back to backs. With Howard down, I’m really screwed. I’m shopping Benn right now, best return I’ve seen is Hutton. Could maybe get Quick, but I won’t do that for Benn. Trades are pretty rare in my league. Is it worth doing Benn for Hutton or do I drop Simmonds and play the wire? Simmer looked better last night on that 1st pp unit, but he’s been my worst performing forward so far. Probably between him, Smith, or Nyquist if I drop one. Any buy other low candidates you like in net?

    • DumpsterFire says:

      @DumpsterFire: Obviously meant VIZ. That’s what happens when I try to think too much before I’ve but had coffee.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @DumpsterFire: Haha no worries, thanks. I don’t think that’s enough for Benn, I like Hutton but he’s not going to get a huge workload. I guess I would play the wire game for now dropping Simmonds and continue to make some trade offers. I’m still liking Dubnyk to bounce back, Rask as well. Bob might be aiming too high, but I still think he turns it around too.

      • DumpsterFire says:

        @Viz: Thanks Viz. Bishop may be available too now, and I like his value better than Hutton. Any red flags there? It looks like they just put him through the motions for the cuncussion protocol Andy had him back out there last night.

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @DumpsterFire: He should be fine going forward

  4. dubjay says:

    Hey Viz,
    So Hart was picked up off of waivers before I could grab him. Here is a reminder of my other post

    Would you drop Crawford or Raanta to pick up Hart? Looks like they might give him the chance to see if he will sink or swim. A.Hill is the only other possibility. I have Dubnyk and Hutton as well.

    You suggested dropping both Crawford and Raanta and grabbing Hart and C.Miller. I can still grab Miller but am more concerned about my netminding. The best available are Grubauer, Domingue, Kuemper/Hill, Dell, Petersen. Pretty slim pickings.

    • dubjay says:

      Which of the 2 goalies would you drop first? Crawford with his history of concussions or Raanta with the potential of being out for the year. I dont really mind keeping one.

      • dubjay says:

        What do you think?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @dubjay: I wouldn’t grab Miller now that he’s hurt. I guess I would go Grubauer out of those guys if you need one. And I would drop Raanta first, I would be surprised if he returns this year.

  5. LG Hockey says:


    Great write up. Received a big trade offer:

    His Vasilevskiy and Tarasenko for my Hellebuyck and Pastrnak. Categories are G,A,P,+/-, PIM, PPP, SOG and W, GAA, Sv% and SO.

    It’s also a 6 player keeper league. Your original rankings had Tarasenko slightly above Pastrnak but something looks off for Tarasenko. I like Vas more than Helly but maybe not at the expense of Pasta. Would you do this trade or pass?


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @LG Hockey: Man, this one is tough. Pastrnak has definitely passed by Tarasenko by now, but Vasilevskiy has also separated himself from Hellebuyck a bit. I’m always more of a guy who prefers the better forward over the goalie beacuse of how high goalie variance is, so I think I’d pass, but I wouldn’t blame you at all for taking the deal.

  6. Nightpandas says:

    Thoughts on Halak? He’s playing awesome…give my Schmaltz, Sparks, 1st and 3rd for Halak, Guentzel, 4th and 5th

    15 team keep 5 : likely keepers : Big Mack, Wheeler, Pettersson, Ghost/Barzal, Gibson/Rinne

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Nightpandas: He did just have three rough games in a row before these last two. I think that’s a lot to give up (namely what amounts to 6th and 8th round picks next year) but if you have faith in him going forward, I don’t mind it. Personally, I just don’t see the point of getting him when you already have Gibson and Rinne.

  7. Nightpandas says:

    Yup, here ya, good shot to win this year but this is probably a bit much …currently in 2nd

  8. Jon says:

    Which 3 goalies should I hold onto going forward? Rask, Bobrovsky, Luongo, or Koskinen? Categories are W, GAA, and SV%.

  9. Jon says:

    Who would you drop to activate Bergeron? E Staal, Boeser, Nylander, Gallagher, Hoffman, Gostisbehere, Hamilton, Sergachev, or Trouba. Categories are G, A, +/-, PPP, FOW, SOG, HIT, DEF.

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