There was very little hype about Jack Hughes going into the season despite being the first overall pick only one year ago.  We’re only three games into the season, but he’s off to a tremendous start.  Hughes had two goals and an assist in the 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.  That gives Hughes six points in three games in the early going.  I wrote after his first game that he should be owned everywhere.  He’s had the biggest chance in ownership since the beginning of the season, but he’s still available in over 1/3 of leagues.  If you’ve been asleep at the wheel and you’re lucky enough that he’s still available, go do so immediately, and then read the rest of the notes below!  Let’s take a look at what happened over the last two nights:

Brian Elliott – 40 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Sabres.  Elliott won’t play much, but he should be a solid streamer in most matchups behind the Flyers defense.

Kevin Hayes – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Hayes is a solid bottom hold and is even better than that in the short term with Couturier out for the next two weeks or more.

Nathan MacKinnon – Two assists with two shots.  It’s pretty much what we’re expecting when MacKinnon plays against a team like the Kings.

Anze Kopitar – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  The Kings won’t be exciting, but Kopitar is still a hell of a player.  The assists are already piling up.

Miles Wood – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Wood has scored a goal in all three games, the shots have been great, and the minutes are going up.  He’s also on the top power play so Wood is an elite streamer at the moment.

MacKenzie Blackwood – 47 saves on 50 shots in the 4-3 win over the Rangers.  Nobody’s outlook changed more in the preseason than Blackwood’s when Crawford retired.  I’ve been pumping his tires since that was announced, and while it won’t stay this good, he should be a solid #2.

Adam Fox – Two assists with six shots playing over 25 minutes.  Best case scenario has happened for Fox right now as Tony DeAngelo has been inexplicably scratched.  When he gets back in the lineup, presumably next game, will DeAngelo retake his spot on PP1?  Hard to say, but I feel like Fox will keep it until the PP struggles making him a bottom end 2D.

Artemi Panarin – Two assists with four shots playing over 24 minutes!  Six power plays and the Rangers being down boosted the minutes, but no matter what, Panarin should be a top 10 player.

Blake Wheeler – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Solid start for Wheeler who tied up the game with 1:17 left to help the Jets get two points.  With Patrik Laine out, Wheeler’s minutes should be huge.

Mark Scheifele – Two assists with three shots.  Really encouraged by Scheifele having 14 shots already in three games.

Josh Morrissey – Two assists with two shots playing over 27 minutes.  Morrissey is getting PP1 time again right as I suspected could happen in preseason.  I wouldn’t panic if I owned Neal Pionk as he’s getting massive minutes as well, but Morrissey should be owned in all leagues right now.

Drake Batherson – Assist with seven shots.  He’s getting first line minutes and the shot rate is excellent so Batherson is right on the fringe of holding.  Josh Norris is an elite streamer as well.

Tom Wilson – Two goals on three shots with ten hits.  We know what we’re getting from Wilson at this point.  More information out tomorrow, but with all of the Russians on Washington going on the COVID list for hanging out together in a hotel room, Wilson could play a ton against the Sabres over the weekend.

Sidney Crosby – Goal and two assists with three shots.  Nice start from Crosby and there’s no reason to expect anything else.

Kris Letang – Two assists with four shots playing over 28 minutes.  Nice to see Letang finally get some points.  It’s only a matter of time for him to get on a run with those minutes.

Teddy Blueger – Goal and an assist.  And there’s your annual Blueger update!

Jake Guentzel – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM.  Business as usual for Guentzel in the early going.

Dominik Kubalik – Two goals and an assist with eight shots.  Excellent game from Kubalik from beginning to end so he gets rewarded by playing 14 minutes!  Fourteen!  On his atrocious team!  Absolutely ridiculous on Colliton’s part.  Kubalik still isn’t on the first power play unit either, so while I really like Kubalik as a player, I don’t like how Colliton is using him.  I mean, Andrew Shaw and David Kampf are playing more minutes than Kubalik, it’s hilarious.

Lucas Wallmark – Two assists with a shot.  Yeah… no.

Keith Yandle – Two assists with a shot.  The Stars getting COVID changed the entire complexity of Yandle’s season. Right now, Yandle and Aaron Ekblad are both playing on the first power play unit which means in the span of a week, Yandle went from looking like a massive bust to having his usual chance to success.  Now, I’m not buying in all the way as he could easily go to the bench with the team not happy with how he plays defense, but for now, it’s okay.

Patric Hornqvist – Two goals.  The minutes aren’t great, but he’s on the first PP unit making Hornqvist a decent streamer.

Aleksander Barkov – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  He’s playing with Carter Verhaeghe (two goals on four shots) and Anthony Duclair (two assists with four shots) and is making both of them relevant in the process.  I’d call Duclair an elite streamer right now while Verhaeghe is middling, but I’d like to see more games before I say for sure where they’re at.

Tyler Bertuzzi – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Blashill shuffled the lines but by the end of the game, Bertuzzi was back on the top line per usual.  He’s right on the fringe as long as he’s with Dylan Larkin (two assists with four shots).

Mikko Koskinen – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs.  I certainly didn’t see a defensive battle coming between these two teams.  This was a vintage Dave Tippett game, not a common Oilers game.  I do not expect this to be the norm and Koskinen should be a #3 who is closer to desperation besides for wins.

Martin Jones – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Blues.  I still want nothing to do with a Sharks goalie.

Jordan Binnington – 37 saves on 38 shots as the tough luck loser.  Glad to see Binnington bounce back with a great game even though he didn’t get the win he deserved.

Joel Eriksson Ek – Goal and an assist with five shots.  I loved Eriksson Ek as a prospect, but the offense never really developed.  Shockingly, he’s stil only 23 years old and his defensive game is borderline elite so the minutes could be there.  He’s not getting power play time yet, but if that changes, there could be some value here.

Nic Deslauriers – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Deslauriers has two goals already which is quite the stunner.  Even more stunning is that he has more goals than penalty minutes.  Nothing to see here.

Carter Rowney – Two assists with two shots.  Quite the journey for Rowney who made the NHL after spending time in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers.  I must say, that’s a fun place to watch a game, especially on $1 beer night, I’ve been gone to at least 10 games in my life.  Anyways, all of that is as relevant to the readers as Rowney is in fantasy.

Tyler Toffoli – Hat trick on five shots.  Hat trick revenge game!  I’m a bit annoyed that Toffoli only played 14 minutes in this game.  I like the player, but that will need to increase to get future results.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  Same story as Toffoli, except he needs the minutes much more than Toffoli does to be fantasy relevant.  He’s only a bottom end streamer.

J.T. Miller – Three assists with two shots.  Nice to see Miller back in the lineup as he already has four assists in two games.  The top power play went off on Wednesday scoring three goals.  Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat each had two goals and an assist while Quinn Hughes dished two assists.  They’ll get right back at it in the same matchup tomorrow night.

Alex Tuch – Goal and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  The exciting thing here is that Tuch played 19 minutes.  The only thing that’s been holding Tuch back over the past couple seasons is ice time.  I’m not assuming this is going to be the norm, but it’s the difference between Tuch becoming a hold or staying a top streamer.

Alex Pietrangelo – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Very good start for Pietrangelo in Vegas who has a chance to be a bottom end #1D.

Mark Stone – Goal and an assist with four shots.  The captain has been dominant early going.  There’s a real case for him being a top 10 player in real life.  He won’t be that in fantasy, but Stone is elite.

Shea Theodore – Two goals on four shots.  Not all of my big predictions have looked good to this point, but ranking Theodore extremely aggressively despite Pietrangelo’s arrival may be the best so far.  He looks like a Norris candidate and a surefire #1 fantasy defenseman.

Thursday Streamers:

Jake DeBrusk – On the top line right now for Boston.  In a small slate, that’s enough.

Andrew Copp – Playing on the top line with Scheifele and Wheeler against the Senators.

Drake Batherson – There’s a real case for him to be owned everywhere right now so getting to use him against a bad Jets team (defensively at least) is a win.

Friday Streamers (again, just names for now and details tomorrow, for those of you who need to make moves in advance)

Pius SuterChandler StephensonZach Hyman (Joe Thornton will almost certainly be out for a while and this is assuming Hyman goes back to L1)

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back with a short post tomorrow recapping tonight’s games and having streamers for the weekend.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  I really appreciate all of the questions in the early going from everybody as the comment section is quite busy, makes it feel worthwhile writing.  Thanks for reading, take care!

UPDATE: With only five games and not much changing overall, I’m not going to have a post on Friday.  I’ll be back on Monday recapping the weekend’s action.  Keep the questions coming!

  1. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    yeah WTF did ANA even get from VGK to throw theodore at them anyway, i forgot, pretty sure it looked stupid when it happened, a lot more now.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      it was since ANA had like 5 guys with no movement clauses, all of them either not good (bieksa) or still barely good and about to not be good shortly (kesler, perry for sure) and they wanted manson and 3 other D men more than keeping theodore. they i remember at the time did already have a fairly stacked prospect D depth chart too. but handing out the no movement clauses is really what’s going on there. bieksa had no reason to get one for sure

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        So many blunders all over the place in that expansion draft, but that one is hurting quite a bit and will for a decade

  2. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    I find these summaries extremely useful and read every day, although I usually don’t have any questions to ask.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Thank you! Appreciate you saying that, always good to hear from someone who is just reading, which is perfectly fine with me

  3. Geno Noir says:
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    First of all, thanks for the daily write-ups and preseason rankings/write-ups. You’ve been my go-to resource for a few seasons now both for fantasy and just keeping up with what’s going on in the rest of the league beyond watching my favorite team. You’re the man.

    Questions – I assume Kahun is droppable at this point, yeah? Being a hardcore Pens guy I’ve always wanted him to succeed, and the logic was there for his breakout (which may still happen), but so far I’m not seeing much.

    Also, thoughts on Shattenkirk and Brock Nelson? Nelson is the one I’m more hesitant on dropping.

    The move I’m likely making is dropping Kahun, Shattenkirk, and Nelson to bring Bobrovsky off of IR and add Morrissey and Trocheck.

    • Viz

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      Thanks Geno, appreciate that!

      Yes, you can get rid of Kahun. I’m still keeping an eye on him, but it just hasn’t clicked yet. While he’s still getting most of his shifts with Draisaitl, the overall minutes aren’t there and yeah, there are better options out there.

      Shattenkirk I’m okay with going either way. If you don’t have the patience, I’m good with moving on. My pause is that they’ve played Vegas and Minnesota so far, Vegas being far superior and Minnesota more of a defensive team. Now, the bigger issue is Colorado is on deck for 2 games and the Blues not far after that, so I’m good with moving on.

      Nelson was too good last year to cut after three games in my opinion. In general, I’m giving through the end of January which is six games to right the ship, but Trocheck is appealing.

      My suggestion would be to add Morrissey, take Bob off IR, and then drop Kahun and Shattenkirk. Hold off on the Nelson v Trocheck move because Trocheck’s next two games are postponed anyways and I can’t see anyone in the rush to grab a guy who isn’t playing at the moment. That gives a couple more games to see how Nelson does before Carolina is playing again, and if he struggles, then make the swap.

      • Geno Noir says:
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        Great call – thanks Viz!

        Possible candidates for Trocheck drop other than Brock could be Zucker or Perron but I like both of them more than Brock (Pens guy and in a hits league so Zucker has added value)

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          No problem! Yeah, I’d give each of those guys a little more time as well

          • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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            trocheck, man even before staal went out and he was 3rd line center, dude just fills categories, all of them. for years. i was pissed they moved him down to 3rd line center to start year, but he still had 5 shots/11 faceoffs even in 1st game of the year at center 3.

  4. Peter Parker says:
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    Good morning VIZ!!

    Dylan Strome or Roope Hintz???

    FYI: Dominik Kubalik was on PP1 at today’s practice!

    THANK YOU for all that you do!

    • Viz

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      Right now, I would go with Hintz. I don’t feel strongly about it, but would lean that way. Glad to hear that about Kubalik, that’s a big boon for his potential value. He really needs to be playing 18+ minutes a night with their current roster. No problem!

  5. Chris Herman says:
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    Klingburg or Morrisey?

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      Still Klingberg even though I really like Morrissey’s current situation. Thankfully the Stars should finally start playing tomorrow so we’ll get to see him, but Klingberg has been getting the PP1 work and should get top minutes per usual

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    Sup Viz master
    Goals asssits plus minus PPP shots on goal hits – 12 team league
    i have theodore barrie hronek and devon toews subban would u drop either for morissey?

    is ben bishop worth stashing i noticed you didnt have him in your ranking

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      yeah if stash space.

    • Viz

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      Hey Gerald, hope you’re doing well!

      I would drop Hronek for Morrissey, and yeah if you have IR spots then I would grab Bishop to stash.

  7. Hepcats13 says:
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    Yahoo Roto:

    Drop P.K. Subban for Justin Faulk on D?

    or hold?

    Thanks!

    • Viz

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      I’m still holding Subban, Faulk’s one big game is an outlier and I’m not expecting much from him, especially without power play time.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        subban just got dropped in a 16 team dynasty (start 6 D men, same as real life rosters) albeit my 15th waiver (nabbed dube right after draft with that, it was 1st post draft, it was surprising he wasn’t kept) didn’t get it done. crazy to be dropped. faulk ain’t suddenly gonna go back to 4 years or more ago and suddenly get pietro’s stats just since he got pietro’s minutes (mostly), at least not likely at all. considering that faulk is paired with the mostly offensive minded only dunn i’m quite surprised his blocks haven’t gone up though (0 blocks, hits solid at 3 per, shots might end up pretty good), he’s been a 1 or better per game blocks guy his whole career (even last year at 20 minutes per)

  8. fleeced says:
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    Drop Brock Nelson, Mantha, or Dadanov or Benn for Fiala, Hayes or Voracheck? Or hold

    Standard redraft, not hits or blocks

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      and drop Sergachev for Fox or D. Toews?

    • Viz

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      Oh wow, Fiala is available? That’s insane, yeah drop Dadonov for him. I would hold Nelson and Mantha for now.

      I would grab Fox, it’s close but I’m a big believer.

  9. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    i already did this in the last 2 days at latest, but n.ritchie got tossed off ANA pretty early and is now in pretty good situation 2nd line for now at BOS and PP1. he was always a useful hits guy. it’s probably too late by the time many read this for 16+’s but he’s gotta be a good streamer in deeper rosters hits league 12’ers at worst. even in 20’s where i can shuttle prospects up/down i just streamed n.ritchie but now just shit canned a.johnsson (so far looks entirely like TOR linemates created all of his previous value), no shots (1 in 4 games), 1 hit/.5 blocks per game, minutes ok except for 3rd game to str up hold ritchie. sounds easy to say now after 2 pt game but i’d have done this anyway. there’s some chance when pasternak is back studnicka is the one moved off the 2nd line too.

    • Viz

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      Agreed, I wouldn’t be surprised if Studnicka is the one bumped down.

  10. Peter Parker says:
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    Good morning VIZ!!

    I want to get rid of PK Subban… I do not have a great feeling. AND, Drew Doughty just became available! Is this a no-brainer??

    THANK YIOU!

    • Viz

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      I’m not really a Doughty fan, but I’d still do this, yeah. The Kings look… not terrible which is a big plus from last year

  11. Jp says:
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    Hi!
    Great updates as usual : )
    In a 6 teams points only (G,A,+/-, PPP, SOG, BLK).
    Fox, Giordano or Sergachev ROS?

    • Viz

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      Thanks! Small lean towards Fox, but these guys are all in the same tier and comes down a bit to personal preference

  12. What's a Drexl? says:
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    larsson or borowecki for hits/blocks (certainly larsson wins the shots). hits/blocks/points (separate from goals assists), shots 12 teamer start 6 D men.

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      the minutes would indicate larsson. so far borowecki’s hits/blocks (and obv shots already) lower than previously on OTT.

      • Viz

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        Yeah I go Larsson, barring an injury I don’t see a path to Borowecki getting 15 minutes per game

        • What's a Drexl? says:
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          gudas also an option here. hard to tell with his minutes so far, they’ve varied. also he USED to be the hits + blocks king of the league, but that was about 3+ years ago (not that was bad since then, but not the bar none best guy, like he had been). was able to nab dobson just lately here (cats are points sold separately from goals/assists/hits/blocks/shots/PPP/PIMs)

          i now have: larsson, d.hamilton, barrie (also not good start as his upside is only in points and PPP really, and 2 in 6 assists no PPP so far), gustafsson (good first game, not much outside of that), nurse, chychrun, dobson (minutes up, PPP already, just had a 7 block game, probably him not a drop when grz is back) and gryleck on IR+. clearly i got all the useful EDM guys.

          • Viz

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            I prefer Larsson to Gudas, I know what I’m getting and I don’t see a path to the top 4 for Gudas

  13. Hapcats13 says:
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    Someone dropped Dahlin. Pick up and drop Subban? 5th defender in a Yahoo Roto.

    Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah I think I prefer the Dahlin upside despite the rough start

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