The season is upon us! Tonight, the Lightning start another title defense while we also get the debut of the Kraken.  I’m going to write up some quick notes from around the league to get everybody up to date on what’s happening around the league.  Let’s get to it!

Auston Matthews has been ruled out for the first three games of the season, while Ilya Mikheyev is out for at least eight weeks.  Tough blow for the Maple Leafs right out of the gate.  This is a short term boost for John Tavares to get Marner on his wing, while Alex Kerfoot moves to the second line and becomes a great streaming option on opening night.  I’m very interested to see what Nick Ritchie and Michael Bunting can do with their chances in the top six as well.

Seattle has been hit with COVID before they even play a game.  All of Calle Jarnkrok, Marcus JohanssonJoonas DonskoiJared McCann, and Jamie Oleksiak are all doubtful to play tonight.  Yikes.  They’ll need to call up multiple AHL forwards just to be able to field a roster.  Talk about an uphill battle in your first game against a top end team.  Don’t expect many shots from him, but Alex Wennberg has to be the favorite to center the top line.

Evander Kane is considered a non-roster player pending league investigation.  This isn’t a surprise, but confirms that he’ll be out to start the season.  Obviously if you drafted him, you aren’t cutting him and simply have to hope for the best.  I’m not expecting Kane to be on the ice any time soon.

Sidney Crosby won’t be playing tonight, but he is traveling with the team.  He should be back sooner rather than later which obviously is a great sign for him and the rest of their team.

Lucas Raymond has made the Red Wings out of camp.  All indications are that he’s going to start on the first line.  He doesn’t play until Thursday against Tampa so I’m not in a rush to stream him, but I’m going to pay close attention to his usage in that game to see what we have going forward.

Mika Zibanejad and Aleksander Barkov both received eight year deals to lock them into their teams long term.  Obviously this was massive for both teams and in the Rangers case, this takes them out of the Jack Eichel sweepstakes barring something unforeseen.

We’ve reached opening night with Brady Tkachuk still unsigned.  Things can change in a hurry, but it’s ugly that this has dragged for so long.  If you own Tkachuk, there’s nothing you can do except wait it out.  Tim Stutzle should be on the first line in the meantime and gets a boost. Really excited to see what he can do in year two.

Carey Price is going to be out for a while after he entered the league’s player assistance program.  Hopefully things are well for Price sooner rather than later.  Jake Allen should be a workhorse for the time being and should be owned everywhere.

On Wednesday, we’re looking at another short slate with five games.  As far as streaming options go, the Maple Leafs guys mentioned above are solid candidates.  I’ll need to see the Blackhawks play reasonably well defensively before I stop targeting streamers against them.  You can take your picks of Colorado players to use. It looks like Valeri Nichushkin will get first crack on the second line taking Saad’s place, so he’s a reasonable place to start.

The game with the highest over-under on Wednesday is Canucks at Oilers.  Jesse Puljujarvi is always a strong streamer playing with McDavid.  Hopefully he gets some power play time with the top guys, but that’s unclear at this time.  Nils Hoglander looks like the best option on the Canucks.

I will never understand why the Jets treat Nikolaj Ehlers like he’s not their best forward.  Again, it looks like he’s starting on the second power play unit.  Pierre-Luc Dubois appears to be on the point of the first unit.  He’s available in about one-third of leagues and should be owned everywhere if this comes to fruition.

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

  1. Surfer Dude says:
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    Hi Viz, back into Fanasy after taking off the short season, first and basically only place I came to was Razzball and you.
    In a h2h 12 team league, only allowed 3 reserves (plus another for goalies), and have to start 3-C, 3-W, 4-D. Right now I have 2 -W and 1D there (A.Lee, C.Garland).
    Should I drop one of them fo a C?
    Not many choices but here’s who I’m eyeing (W.Karrlson, S.Bennett, C. Verhaeghe, J.Hughes)
    Drop 1 for any?
    Thanks and looking forward to reading your posts through the season.

    • Surfer Dude says:
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      btw, it’s weekly pts league -thanks again

    • JKJ says:
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      I’m not Viz, but I’m here to help him this year!

      You gotta get Verhaeghe given his top-line exposure to Barkov/Reinhart. Drop Garland.

      • Surfer Dude says:
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        Sounds good, I’ll start thanking you both, until the next time – thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I actually like Garland a lot, but agree with JKJ that you don’t need two on the bench, so grab a center. I’d prefer to gamble on Bennett myself but it’s close.

  2. Peter Parker says:
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    Good morning Viz! Well, had my draft last night with the 1st overall pick…

    G, A, +/-, PPG, PPP, S, SHG, GWG
    W, GGA, S%, SO

    How did I do??

    C. McDavid
    S. Stamkos
    A. DeBrincat
    K. Conner
    N. Ehlers
    S. Reinhart
    S. Bennett
    R. Strome
    Z. Hyman
    S. Monahan
    K. Palmeri
    T. Johnson
    J. Kotkaniemi

    S. Theodore
    S. Jones
    T. DeAngelo
    N. Dobson
    R. Anderss0n

    J. Markstrom
    C. Petersen

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Looks pretty sweet! Counting on Petersen as your #2 is a little risky, but I don’t mind it when your offense is so stacked. I’m not a big fan of Monahan or Tyler Johnson, but that late, it seems fine.

  3. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Thanks to you and JKJ for all the draft prep content. I went into this season kind of blind — life has been firing a lot of pucks at me lately. But I made the draft, followed your ranks after my first pick, and came out with the crew below.

    For skaters the categories are: G, A, PTS, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, HAT, SOG, HIT, DEF
    For goalies it’s: W, SV, SO, GAA, SV%

    (the first number is overall selection — we are twelve team H2H and I picked 6th)

    91 Kevin Fiala Min, C
    198 Jack Hughes NJ, C
    150 Sean Couturier Phi, C

    54 Kirill Kaprizov Min, LW
    78 Max Pacioretty Vgs, LW

    19 Mitchell Marner Tor, RW
    115 Cole Caufield Mon, RW
    126 Conor Garland Van, RW
    174 Brendan Gallagher Mon, RW
    211 Nino Niederreiter Car, RW

    30 Cale Makar Col, D
    67 Shea Theodore Vgs, D
    139 Mikhail Sergachev TB, D
    163 Devon Toews Col, D
    187 Matt Dumba Min, D

    6 Andrei Vasilevskiy TB, G
    43 Jack Campbell Tor, G
    102 Spencer Knight Fla, G

    Goalies go fast in this league so I grabbed a couple pretty early. I’m light on HITS I think, and I have too many RW (but hopefully some guys will pick up eligibility soon), but I hope my team is solid otherwise. Thoughts?

    Thanks and enjoy Opening Night!

    • JKJ says:
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      Nice work! You are light on hits and a little on PPP methinks. Maybe PIMs too but I don’t usually do PIMs leagues and only really know that Wilson, the Tkachuks, and Evander Kane are good for those haha.

      Move a RW or two for some hits!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah you’re definitely short hits, but that’s not the end of the world. If I was short on a category, I would want it to be that one because it doesn’t correlate to anything else. I would have waited on goalie 2 if I’m using a first round on Vas, I’d have been perfectly fine waiting for Knight instead of taking Campbell in the 4th. I think you may be slightly light offensively because of it, but that can easily fix itself if the young upside you took breaks out.

    • jakeTPE says:
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      Thanks for the feedback, fellas! Hopefully I didn’t mess up too badly.

      Looking forward to reading your posts this season.

      Jake

  4. Surfer Dude says:
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    Hi Viz and JKJ, just checked another league and saw a ton of D-men, please choose 3:
    R. Andersson (CLG)
    N. Dobson (NYI)
    J.Drysdale (ANA)
    M. Seider (DET)
    M. Grzelcyk (BOS)
    V.Dunn (SEA)
    Thanks!!

    • JKJ says:
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      Andersson, Drysdale, and Seider off the top of my head. PP1 upside for all three potentially.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Andersson and Seider for sure, then arguably anyone for the last spot. I would lean towards gambling on Dunn or Grzelcyk but no strong preference.

  5. Shitwolf says:
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    first week starting off strong with mathews and brady out. Worst part about Brady is NA spot is basically a lost roster spot in my league. Ugh i could totally see this contract stuff dragging, but like you said just gotta suck it up. Just noticed Compher is on PP1 according to daily face offs… Man teams do some weird stuff. I thought Kadri had that spot on lock, so now he starts the season line 1 with Mackinnon out.

    I read that Ehlers wants to be on PP2 and that unit had more success then PP1…. Why cant they do whats best for my fantasy team sheesh

    • Shitwolf says:
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      Kadri》 starts the season on line one, but is left on PP2?

    • JKJ says:
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      Yep, it sucks, but you gotta eat that Brady situation. Could see it dragging out for a month or two or even three. Surely hope not! The Sens have money and they just need to pay their damn franchise stud. I really don’t have a read on how long this could take, to be honest.

      Yeah, I’m not really a fan of the PP1 A/B scenario like some teams do. I say stack the best unit you can and let ’em wreak havoc, a la Edmonton/Toronto/Carolina/etc.

    • Viz

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      Agree with JKJ, teams should almost always stack their top unit. There could be some exceptions, but for the most part, it’s a mistake not to. I don’t know what the hell Colorado is going to do but I’m interested to find out

  6. toolshed says:
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    Hi Viz, I am looking for some cheap fwd bench depth with upside under $1m salary in a points league. Am I reaching too much if I grab chinakhov? Colton is another one I am looking for tb. Donato is available too. Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I don’t think it’s too much of a reach, they clearly like him a lot and he should get the opportunity. Colton is definitely an option too, although admittedly I didn’t see that game today, I need to go back and look at what the hell happened.

  7. toolshed says:
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    Only counting G and A. Thanks

  8. Surfer Dude says:
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    Hi Viz and JKJ, sorry to come in here 3 times in one post…. hoping for 3 times lucky ^^
    in 12 team h2h pts
    I have C.Peterson as my 3rd G. but noticed A.Khudobin available, make the switch or stand pat?
    As always – thanks.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hmm, I think I like Khudobin more because Dallas should be better and bounce back, but it’s close. No need to apologize at all, that’s what we’re here for, keep the questions coming!

    • JKJ says:
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      Oh yeah, def take Dobby over an LA goalie!

      Don’t hesitate to reach out! We love to nerd out about this stuff.

  9. scoboticus says:
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    In order to activate Petterson, who do I drop:
    Jaden Schwartz
    Jake Muzzin
    Filip Hronek

    • JKJ says:
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      I’m thinking Muzzin here. He doesn’t bring a lot of upside outside of hits/blocks.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Depends on format, but probably Muzzin

  10. Winterfell Wolves says:
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    You guys are rocking it with all of the contents please keep it up!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Now that the season started, the plan is once the schedule gets back to normal, I’ll be 3 days a week still (or more if a heavy schedule), while JKJ will have a weekly post for streaming.

  11. scoboticus says:
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    Would you stream either Jake Allen @ Tor or John Gibson vs Wpg?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Umm, probably pass? If I had to pick one, I guess Gibson because the game has a lower total and they’re at home.

  12. scoboticus says:
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    Viz, you were on the money when you said “8) Philipp Grubauer – Leaving Colorado is automatically a downgrade for your outlook, but going to Seattle isn’t a bad alternative. One, their division is pretty soft outside of Vegas.”

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I came away impressed with Seattle last night despite the bad start. It will be interesting to see them against worse competition.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        their offense certainly looked good in spots (schwartz did for sure). vasilevsky was the big loser yesterday’s games, 2 of those goals were completely on him (clearing attempt bad on the 1st, floater puck he completely missed on the other one).

  13. scoboticus says:
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    Spurgeon or Karlsson in a HTH league that counts Hits but not Blocks?

    • JKJ says:
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      Allen not a terrible stream. No Matthews and maybe no Marner, who’s a game-time decision.

      Spurgeon over Karlsson at this point. I’m done with EK.

      • scoboticus says:
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        Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Agree with JKJ, Karlsson looked completely washed last season and I’m done with him unless he shows some life.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      karlsson never was good for hits esp and not great for blocks either, but for obv a long time he was elite shots and points (PPP too). it’s gross that i’m still holding him in the one spot i had him in (14 teamer hits/blocks, start 5 D). but i did just draft c.addison/edvinsson and r.sandin is finally done being jerked around by TOR (this is dynasty obv), i kept goligoski over spurgeon (similar blocks, better hits for sure) we’ll see if that was smart or not. 10 player prospect list in that so addison/edvinsson in there along with perunovich for D guys. it might be the case that addison (seems to be in line for good minutes) should replace karlsson shortly as a call up. or perunovich if/when called up this year. edvinsson obv just drafted and likely years away.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        yeah that’s way off on addison, sent to minors, i was basing that on a depth chart from like a week ago.

  14. scoboticus says:
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    Mike Smith or Antonin Khudobin over John Gibson?

    • JKJ says:
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      Projections would tell you Smith but I’m not sure I can buy a repeat performance. Dobby is safer to me.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I prefer Khudobin as well, I see far less downside with just as much upside.

  15. dubjay says:
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    Hey Viz,with Varlamov on the IL. I have an empty slot to pick up a goalie. I currently have VARLAMOV, MARKSTROM and KHUDOBIN.
    Available goalies are
    J.SWAYMAN(have to use my waiver priority)
    E.MERZLIKINS
    B.HOLTBY
    GIBSON

    • JKJ says:
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      Not Viz, but I’m here to help!

      Elvis for me. I like Swayman but we really don’t know what we have there yet and I’d want a guy who’s an actual #1.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I would actually gamble on Swayman depending on your league format. As your fourth goalie, I’d take a shot on the upside to see what happens in Boston.

      • Dubjay says:
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        Thanks guys, I’m going to pick up Merzlikins for tomorrow’s start vs Ari. Then I will reasess. Would prefer Swayman but not sure that he’s worth the waiver priority. Hopefully he sucks in his first start and I can just grab him when he clears.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Good thinking on getting Elvis for tonight.

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