I’ve generally been lower on players like Johnny Gaudreau than consensus for fantasy hockey.  The penalty minutes aren’t there, the shot rate was good but not elite, and the power play points were in the same boat as shot rate.  It’s why I’ve had him ranked as a third or fourth round pick because if he hasn’t not a point per game, he’s not giving you value.  Well, Gaudreau is laughing in my face at a point per game.  Gaudreau extended his point streak to ten games on Monday scoring a goal and an assist against the Capitals.  That gives him an incredible 31 points (10+21) in 20 games so far this season.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s pretty good.  Johnny Hockey and the Flames look excellent right now (nods in approval since they’re my Cup pick) and Gaudreau is going down the path of being a second round pick in the future.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:

Markus Nutivaara – Two assists with a shot.  He has 8 assists on the season now but isn’t giving anything else, including in the shots or blocks department.  Therefore, I don’t see a league format that he’s worth using in yet.

Artemi Panarin – Goal on two shots.  Dirts McGirts on this goal:

He’s starting to pick things up with a goal in three of his last four games.  Once the CBJ power play gets going, I expect a bunch of their guys to take off.

Sergei Bobrovsky – 30 saves on 32 shots in the 3-2 win over the Sabres.  It’s almost assumed you will get from Bob at this point.

Sam Reinhart – Goal on three shots.  He’s looked very good lately so hopefully he can build off this.

Evander Kane – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  Kane has been fantasy goal this year for his goal scoring and his propensity to take awful penalties.

Max Domi – Goal and an assist with four shots.  He had been ice cold and even though I think he’s a great asset long term, in redrafts he’s probably in the streamer category unless you need a small PIM boost.

Clayton Keller – Two assists with two shots.  He was in a mini-slump before dishing three assists in the past three games.  Keller has been nothing short of spectacular.

Antti Raanta – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.  Don’t look now but Arizona is actually playing decent hockey lately.  Raanta is still a desperate for starts guy but it’s getting closer to being a #3 goalie.

James van Riemsdyk – Goal on five shots.  JVR is a machine who simply doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his offensive ability.

Mikael Backlund – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Backlund has 7 points in the last 7 putting him firmly back on the streaming radar.  Just don’t count on these penalty minutes lasting, 16 came in one game and you simply can’t count on that going forward.

Dougie Hamilton – Two assists with two shots.  It’s been a slow start but I’d look to buy low.  The shot rate is through the roof and the floor is so high because Hamilton hits every category.

Sean Monahan – Goal and an assist with six shots.  I have to be honest, Monahan has reached a level of play that I didn’t think he was capable of.

Matthew Tkachuk – Two assists.  Tkachuk has been outstanding so far and I see no reason why it should slow down.

Mike Smith – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 4-1 win over the Capitals.  The trade for Smith might have the biggest impact of any move this offseason.  The goals against average is mediocre but the wins are great with a solid save percentage.

Tom Wilson – Assist with two shots.  He’s getting real minutes (over 18 in this) putting him firmly in play as a streamer for penalty minutes.

Mathieu Perreault – Two goals on three shots.  He’s of little use while he’s outside of the top six.  I’m just happy he’s okay after that Gudas “slash” to his neck.

Tyler Myers – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Okay option in deep leagues but it’ll take an injury for Myers to be relevant in standard leagues.

Kyle Turris – Goal and an assist. The shot rate has drastically fallen off since going to Nashville but it should turn around.  Turris now has 5 points in 5 games for the Preds.

P.K. Subban – Two assists with two shots.  We are inching closer to Subban playing at his fantasy level from Montreal.

Roman Josi – Two assists with five shots.  Four game point streak for Josi who has been his usual solid #1D self so far.

Ryan Johansen – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Johansen has been a big disappointment with a dreadful shot rate and only two goals.  Sure, the penalty minutes are great, but that’s not what we’re looking for.  This was the only game in his last ten with at least three shots so I don’t really set a turnaround in sight.

Kevin Fiala – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Fiala is coming on strong with 6 points in the past 4 and 9 in the past 10.  The shot rate is poor and you aren’t getting a lot outside of assists but it’s worthy of streaming.

Viktor Arvidsson – Two assists with three shots.  Solid start across the board for Arvidsson.  He’s not lighting it up in any category outside of shots but it’s a nice balanced line.

Adam Henrique – Goal and two assists with two shots.  He had been ice cold with only one point in the previous nine games so it’ll take another strong game or two to get back on my streaming radar.

Mikael Granlund – Two goals and an assist with six shots.  People in shallow leagues have been contemplating cutting Granlund, and in some instances it’s worth considering because of how strong their waiver wire is, but now he’s picking it up again and should be owned everywhere.  Those who had patience with Granlund, who had a nice 69 points last season, are being rewarded.

Mikko Koivu – Two assists with three shots.  Solid streamer but nothing more at this point in his career.

Corey Perry – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Perry is on fire right now with 4 multi-point games in the last 5.  God knows the Ducks need it right now with all of their injuries.

Rickard Rakell – Goal and an assist with five shots.  11 points in the last 8 for Rakell.  God knows the Ducks need it right now with all of their injuries… Rakell has been outstanding across the board.

Brandon Montour – Two assists with a shot.  Just when I say Montour is moving towards the fringe, he solidifies himself as a hold in all leagues again.

Joonas Donskoi – Two goals on four shots.  Solid streamer right now.

Tuesday Streamers:

There is a small, 3 game slate for Tuesday night.  Obviously Thanksgiving is a big factor but it’s certainly a change from the norm.  Per usual in these slates, just stream the best players available.  Flyers, Blues and Stars are all fairly big favorites in their games.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Wednesday with a podcast that Reid and I will record today.  I will include streamers for Wednesday in that post.  You can make your pick for The Three Point Challenge in Wednesday’s games in this post or that one.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. goodfold2 says:

    unless i’m misremembering fiala attempted a lot more shots yesterday as well. before this yeah not great on the shots.

  2. Ben_the_rhino says:

    League: G,A,P,hits, ppp,+\-

    Have: j. Schultz, j. Muzzin, sergachev, Hamilton, Kruger

    Would you drop any for Fowler or McAvoy

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Ben_the_rhino: I assume that is Krug and not Kruger? I would definitely grab McAvoy because he’s so good in hits and would lean towards dropping Schultz.

      • Ben_the_rhino says:

        Sounds good to me!!

  3. Ron says:

    Someone gave up on Foligno in my league with G, A, P, +/-, PPP, SOG, Hits, BS. Do you think he can produce similar to last year, or has something changed with him or his role? Looking at his stats history is funny. He’s like Jekyll and Hyde, every second year is great, followed by a season with half as many points and shooting %. Is he a player that should have a shooting % around 14, or 7?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Ron: The funny thing is that his shooting percentage has no correlation with volume. It would make sense if his percentage went down as he shot more but that’s not the case. I think he’ll get a bit better, mostly because CBJ’s power play is dead last in the league and I can’t imagine it stays that bad. I would be guessing as to what player he is (40 points, 50, 60?) but he gets a nice boost in this format because of his excellent hits and quality blocked shots for a forward. I would grab him just because his floor is high and maybe you’ll get the good side of things.

  4. Jj says:

    Hey viz,
    So I still have Nino stuck in my IR slot. Would love to activate him since he’s been playing great lately. Problem is I don’t know who to drop. The options are J.Guentzel, v.Arvidsson or A.Lee. At the start of the season Nino or A.Lee would have been the drop. Now I’m not so sure. Leaning Guentzel. What do you think?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Jj: Hey JJ, I agree with you completely down the line. At this point, I’d drop Guentzel. The shot rate hasn’t been good and the penalty minutes are unsustainable.

  5. Saints says:

    Going with granlund tonight

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