“Joonas Donskoi is pushing towards being an elite streamer. Donskoi has eleven points in the past nine games while he received some shifts on the top PP unit on Monday as well.” And that’s me quoting me from two days ago! Well, Donskoi is certainly at that level now. Donskoi had a hat trick in the first period on Wednesday, adding an assist and six shots in the 9(!)-3 win over the Coyotes. Donskoi’s third goal was on the PP with the top unit which does wonders for his value. While he’s this hot, Donskoi is worth holding. I don’t necessarily expect it to last, but he could easily stay an elite streamer for the rest of the season. The way the Avalanche are playing right now, I want as much to do with their offense as possible. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Linus Ullmark – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 6-1 win over the Flyers. The Sabres finally won! Vigneault is going to be in trouble soon at this rate. Anyways, Ullmark is now 6-5-3 on the season. That makes the Sabres 1-18 with anyone else in net but him. Incredible. Ullmark is a pending UFA. I want the Sabres to sign him, but there’s a chance he’s moved and gains short term value if he goes to the right place. It probably would take an injury between now and the deadline, but crazier things have happened. For now, he’s a step above desperation.
Kyle Okposo – Two assists. Sure, he’s in the top six. Sure, he’s putting up some points lately. Don’t even think about it.
Steven Fogarty – Goal and an assist. First career goal for Fogarty and a fantastic pass for a primary assists. That said, nothing to see here. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Rasmus Ristolainen – Two assists with four shots, six hits and four blocks. Risto was off to a great start this season, but COVID really took a toll on him. There’s still value in hits leagues, but that’s about it.
Brandon Montour – Two goals on four shots. Montour is more than likely going to be moved at the deadline. Depending where he lands, there could be some value, so he’s an okay spec add.
Jacob Bryson – Two assists. Long term, Bryson has a fair amount of offensive potential He’s waiver wire fodder for now. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Michael Bunting – Goal and an assist with three shots. This was Bunting’s first game of the season and his first in the NHL for two years. Apparently Wednesday was a day for players to make their debut on Razzball.
Gabriel Landeskog – Two goals and an assist with three shots. Nothing changing for the top Avs, they’re absolutely crushing right now. The only takeaway from Wednesday was Nathan MacKinnon getting 14 PIM, 10 of which came for throwing his helmet at Garland, and Cale Makar somehow finding a way to go pointless with the Avs scoring nine goals.
Jack Campbell – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 3-1 win over the Jets. Campbell has won every start he has made this season and has clear control of the crease now with Andersen out indefinitely. If for some reason he’s still available in your league, add Campbell immediately.
Zach Hyman – Goal and an assist with six shots. Auston Matthews also had a goal and an assist while Mitch Marner dished two assists. Hyman has played his way into being an easy hold in all formats.
Andreas Athanasiou – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM. The minutes have dried up for Athanasiou making him no more than a bottom end streamer.
Shea Theodore – Goal and an assist with five shots. Theodore has been fantastic lately with twelve points in the past ten games. His overall numbers are right where I projected, inside the top ten defensemen as an easy #1.
Brent Burns – Two assists with a shot and two PIM. Burns has finally fallen off in a big way at age 36, but he’s still worth holding everywhere.
Tomas Hertl – Two assists with two shots. Easy bottom end hold.
Artemi Panarin – Two assists with seven shots. Did you know that Panarin has the fourth highest points per game in a player’s career among active players? Yes, he’s that good.
Casey DeSmith – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over the Bruins. I’ve been pushing DeSmith for the past couple weeks as a hold, and now it’s clear as day with Jarry out.
Mathew Barzal – Hat trick with two assists and eight shots on goal. To say Barzal dominated would be an understatement. His shots tend to come in bunches which is a bit frustrating. I know he’s a playmaker first, but I wish he would trust his shot more. Either way, he’s pushing a point per game once again and is dominating at evens.
Josh Bailey – Goal and two assists with two shots. The more things change, the more Bailey stays the same. He’s been a middling and bottom end streamer the past three years and that won’t change.
Jordan Eberle – Two goals and an assist with four shots. I lean towards elite streamer for Eberle, but you can make the case for him being a hold since he has decent production across the board.
Brock Nelson – Goal and an assist with five shots. I had higher hopes for Nelson this season after last year’s big breakout. He looks settled into being an elite streamer.
Scott Mayfield – Two assists with three shots. Nice player in real life, but does little in fantasy.
John Carlson – Two goals. He’s a minus player for the first time in seven seasons which is a bit of a surprise. He’s still been a #1D, but he’s fallen a bit behind the top tier that he’s usually in.
Daniel Sprong – Goal and an assist with three shots. Sprong has been productive in his limited minutes, but the limited minutes are the problem. Bottom end streamer at best.
Jake Allen – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 4-1 win over the Senators. Allen had what we used to call a “Ryan Miller shutout” here: giving up a goal in the last 3 minutes of a game to lose your shutout. Either way, Allen has been great once again this year. He’s an easy stream in every start regardless of matchup.
Brendan Gallagher – Goal and an assist with three shots. Phillip Danault had a goal and an assist as well, while Tomas Tatar dished two assists. This top line has been crushing since they were put together following Toffoli’s injury. Gallagher is still a hold as he has been, Tatar is back on the fringe, while Danault is an elite streamer. Yes, the shot rate is poor which I normally hate, but he’s so good at even strength (as is Gallagher) that his plus-minus is a real asset, and the PIM are solid.
Jake Evans – Two assists with four shots. Evans looks like a decent fourth liner. Not bad for Montreal to get something out of a 7th round pick.
Brayden Point – Two goals on three shots. He’s cooled off a bit which was to be a bit expected. I didn’t think he’d be back above a point per game without Kucherov on his wing, but he’s close enough that he’s still been a top 50 player with ease.
Zach Werenski – Goal and an assist with two shots. Werenski has been a big disappointment this year. I’m still holding, but not happy about it. If you’re out of the playoff picture in a dynasty, look to trade for him. I expect a big bounceback next year when Torts is presumably out of the picture.
Max Domi – Two assists with six shots. I was a big fan of Domi, but the last two seasons have been rough, especially this one. It hasn’t worked in Columbus. He’s another one who could be better next year, but for now, he’s only a bottom end streamer.
Eric Robinson – Goal and an assist with three shots. He bounces up and down the lineup. Robinson is a speed demon, but it hasn’t turned into consistent production yet. Welcome to the Razzball Database!
Patrik Nemeth – Two assists with two shots. And there’s your annual Nemeth update!
Carter Verhaeghe – Two assists with two shots. I’ve run out of nice things to say about Verhaeghe, but he deserves all of the credit in the world for this breakout. This is one of the biggest surprises since I started writing for Razzball.
Jordan Staal – Two assists with two shots. He’s slowed down quite a bit which is no surprise, Staal wasn’t going to push a point per game after being below half a point per game over the last two seasons. I would still stream Staal regularly, but I’m not looking to hold him with Trocheck back.
Nino Niederreiter – Two assists with a shot. Nino is right on the fringe, but I lean towards holding since he’s a plus in every category but assists.
Jesper Fast – Goal and an assist with there shots. Quicky scored the winner in the last minute. He’s quite the useful player in real life, but Fast is only a bottom end streamer in fantasy.
Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist with two shots. Trocheck has regained his form from 2017-18 when he had 75 points and 3.5 shots per game. I’m fully buying into this resurgence.
Warren Foegele – Two goals on three shots. McLovin is a bottom end streamer at best.
Anton Khudobin – 21 saves on 22 shots in the 4-1 win over the Predators. I like Khudobin to do better down the stretch, but the Dallas schedule is so crammed because of COVID that he won’t be a true workhorse. I expect him to be a solid #2, but my preseason hope of a bottom end #1 is unlikely.
Joe Pavelski – Two assists. Pavelski is still at a point per game in April which is remarkable given that he had 31 points in 67 games last season. Not bad from the 36 year old.
Kirill Kaprizov – Goal and an assist with six shots. Kaprizov has completely lived up to the hype and taken the Wild to another level. The Calder race is long over at this point.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Monday recapping the action from the weekend. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, Happy Easter, and take care!