After a massive breakout in which he scored 72 points in 77 games and Tampa Bay made the Cup Finals in 2014-15, everyone expected¬†Tyler Johnson¬†to push his way into superstardom.¬† Then he struggled massively in 2015-16 scoring 38 points in 69 not-so-nice games.¬† “It’s okay, he’ll bounce back!”¬† Kind of, but 45 points in 66 games wasn’t necessarily what people hoped.¬† “Write him off, that was a fluke!”¬† Nope, Johnson is back on track.¬† Johnson scored a hat trick on Tuesday putting six shots on goal in the 5-4 win over Carolina.¬† He now has 16 goals and 18 assists in 42 games with a +11 rating.¬† The shot rate on the whole doesn’t look great, but Johnson has 33 shots on goal in his past 9 games, in which he has 8 goals.¬† The player that was tied for the team lead in points during the regular season and led a Cup finalist in points in the playoffs looks to be back.¬† If he is, Tampa is going to be even more unstoppable.¬† Johnson is available in around 25% of leagues and if you’re lucky enough to be in, grab him immediately.¬† If you own him, props for grabbing him and don’t look to sell high because we know the upside.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened the last two nights:
Sergei Bobrovsky¬†– 35 saves on 37 shots in the 3-2 OT win over Toronto.¬† No surprise but Bob is firmly back on track.
Seth Jones¬†– Two assists with three shots.¬† Jones is rolling right now with 11 points in his past 10 games.¬† Firmly a #2 fantasy D now.
Kyle Connor¬†– Two goals and an assist with three shots.¬† I’ve been clamoring for Connor to be held since his recall.¬† However, he’s still available in 70% of ESPN leagues.¬† That seems crazy to me.
Blake Wheeler¬†– Two assists with two shots.¬† Beast.
Mathieu Perreault¬†– Two assists.¬† Solid streamer again.
Jacob Trouba¬†– Two assists with two shots and two PIM.¬† Six points in the past six games (5 in last 3) has Trouba firmly back in play.¬† He is right on the fringe in a league that holds five D.
Nikolaj Ehlers¬†– Two goals on five shots.¬† I don’t think Ehlers gets enough credit for being as good as he is at 21 years old.¬† He’s going to be a full blown superstar with his offensive ability.
Jack Eichel¬†– Two goals and an assist with six shots.¬† He looks great again despite the team being a mess.¬† The shot rate is back and the points are inching back towards a point per game.
Kyle Okposo¬†– Three assists with three shots.¬† Okposo was on Eichel’s wing in this game and looked like the player we knew before this season.¬† With a small slate Thursday, I’d definitely stream him to see how if there’s anything here.
Ryan O’Reilly¬†– Goal and two assists with six shots.¬† Eight points in his last eight has RoR right back on the fringe.¬† I’d lean towards elite stream if only because of the lack of PIM and the poor plus-minus.
Philipp Grubauer¬†– 37 saves on 38 shots in the 3-1 win over the Canucks.¬† Grubauer appears to be back on track so I’d stream him every start again.
Patrick Kane¬†– Goal and four assists with three shots.¬† Ottawa is a dumpster fire.¬† This gets Kane back over a point per game on the season.
Nick Schmaltz¬†– Two goals and an assist with three shots.¬† Nothing new with Schmaltz, he’s a strong streamer in most matchups.¬† He has 11 points in his last 7 games so you can hold through the rest of this week but Schmaltz isn’t good enough to hold through his bye week next week.
Patrick Sharp¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† Sharp’s days of fantasy relevance appear to be over.
Duncan Keith¬†– Two assists with two shots.¬† Keith still doesn’t have a goal this season which is quite remarkable.
Jonathan Toews¬†– Two goals on seven shots.¬† After a slow start, Toews has 9 points in his past 5 games.¬† He had an incredible run last season so it could happen again.
Jordan Oesterle¬†– Two assists with three shots.¬† He’s on a decent run right now playing with Keith so I’m okay with grabbing Oesterle if you want to gamble on this being anywhere near sustainable.
Mark Stone¬†– Goal and an assist with seven shots and two PIM.¬† Like the rest of the season, Stone remains a major bright spot on a team that is in a dark place.
Justin Faulk¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† I’ve basically given up on Faulk.¬† The plus-minus is bad and the points aren’t good.¬† Unless you’re in a 16’er or deeper, I’d leave him on the waiver wire for now.
Teuvo Teravainen¬†– Two assists.¬† Teravainen is having a nice breakout season with 35 points in 42 games.¬† Sure, the PIM are non-existent and the shot rate is below average, but that’s okay when you’re on pace for a nice 69 points.
Brayden Point¬†– Three assists with a shot.¬† Point is one point shy of setting a new career high in points!¬† Okay, I’ll stop using the word point about Point.¬† Point has gone from fantasy streamer out of nowhere as a 20 year old last season to pushing a point per game at 21.¬† Crazy stuff.
Victor Hedman¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots, +3.¬† Hedman is rolling right now as he sits as the #1 overall defenseman in the player rater.
Jake Dotchin¬†– Goal and an assist, +4.¬† He’s playing with Hedman but the elite hits are down a bit.¬† I also think Tampa looks to trade for a defenseman to play with Hedman at the deadline so even though I like Dotchin, I don’t think his value lasts.
Jonathan Huberdeau¬†– Goal and two assists as did his linemate¬†Aleksander Barkov.¬† While they look like they are dead this season in terms of the playoffs, I could definitely see the Panthers making a big run next season.¬† Their core is so damn good, they just need to supplement them properly.¬† You know, with guys like Marchessault and R. Smith…
Vincent Trocheck¬†– Two goals and an assist with nine shots.¬† Might be the most underrated player in the league.¬† Not sure if it’ll be Thursday or in the coming weeks but when Reid and I do a podcast about which players would be on Olympic teams if the NHL was participating, I’m pretty sure Trocheck will make my USA team.¬† That’s how good he is.
Jake Allen¬†– 18 saves on 23 shots in 36:37 before being pulled in the 7-4 loss to Florida.¬† Allen is really struggling right now so I’d grab¬†Carter Hutton¬†(10/11 in relief) if he’s available.
Paul Stastny¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† Stastny remains right on the fringe but I’d lean towards elite streamer.
Ivan Barbashev¬†– Two assists.¬† Bottom end streamer until the minutes increase.
Vladimir Tarasenko¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† Tarasenko remains a master of consistency.¬† The improvement this year is in his shot rate from elite to among the best handful in the league.¬† He’s well over four per game on the season.
Viktor Arvidsson¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† He’s off last season’s pace but not by a drastic amount.¬† Given the decent PIM and elite shot rate, I’m still holding Arvidsson.
Pekka Rinne¬†– 25 saves on 26 shots in the 2-1 win over the Oilers.¬† It’s nice to have elite Rinne back in the fold after a few seasons of mediocre play.
Johnny Gaudreau¬†– Three assists with a shot.¬† The shot rate is down a bit lately but with 49 points in 42 games, I don’t think anyone is complaining about Jonathan Hockey Player.
Michael Ferland¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† I must say I didn’t expect this kind of season from Ferland; he already has a new career high in goals and points.¬† I’d lean hold because he’s playing at a 36 goal pace and the PIM should be coming back.
Sean Monahan¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† Nice for Monahan to get back on track after somewhat of a prolonged goal drought.
Dougie Hamilton¬†– Goal on three shots.¬† He needs to be playing more, there’s no way around it.¬† It’s frustrating that Brodie and even Giordano to an extent get more minutes than him.¬† While the points are down, I’m still holding Hamilton without hesitant because of the help across the board.
Mike Smith¬†– 33 saves on 35 shots in the 3-2 OT win over the Wild.¬† That’s four wins in a row for the Flames with Smith at the helm for all of them.¬† To this point, this is the second best season of Smith’s career and by a fairly big margin.¬† Nice for him to get out of the desert.
Ryan Suter¬†– Two assists with four shots.¬† It’s yawnstipating but at the end of the season, we know what Suter is going to give us.¬† There’s something nice about having that security blanket on the blue line.
Mikael Granlund¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† He’s firmly back on track after a slow start scoring 10 points in his past 7, granted they all came in four games.
That’s all for now guys.¬† I plan on having daily notes on Friday morning although it will be a small set of notes given that there are only five games over the next two nights.¬† I’m planning on recording a podcast with Reid as well so look for that to drop Thursday at some point.¬† As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.¬† Thanks for reading, take care!