After missing the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, the Sharks have started off this season on fire winning their three games by a 12-1 aggregate score.  The fact that the Sharks have scored 12 goals in 3 games isn’t surprising; they have a lot of firepower and are bound to have streaks like this.  The stunning part is that they’ve given up 1 goal in 3 games and the credit goes to Martin Jones.  Back to back shutouts against the Ducks and the Capitals for a goalie entrenched as a full-time starter for the first time is nothing short of impressive.  It remains to be seen if the Sharks keep it up and to determine if Jones will wear down being a workhorse for the first time but enjoy the ride while you can.

Here’s what else happened on Tuesday night:

Brent Burns – Assist with 4 shots and 6 PIM.  Burns looks like a good bet to end the season as a top 5 defenseman.

Tomas Hertl – Goal on his only shot.  Good to see Hertl start the year with 2 goals in 3 games.  New coach Pete DeBoer has the Sharks rolling and the early power play time for Hertl is outstanding.

T.J. Oshie – Five shots in an insane 24:40 time on ice.  Played insane minutes with Alex Ovechkin out (minor, should only miss this game) and should continue to be on the first line so the points will be coming very soon.

Roman Josi – Two goals and 3 shots.  In the early going, Josi and Shea Weber aren’t playing as many minutes as last year (that’s why I had them lower than most places, 10th and 12th in my defenseman rankings) but they’re still going to produce plenty playing 22ish minutes.

Pekka Rinne – 22 saves on 23 shots.  Almost disappointing that he didn’t get a shutout against the Devils.

Keith Kinkaid – 17 saves on 18 shots filling in for Cory Schneider while his wife had their first kid.  Schneider should be back soon but I wouldn’t want to own Kinkaid even in the deepest of leagues.  The Devils are going to be horrible.

Michael Hutchinson – 40 saves on 41 shots in a dominating performance against the Rangers.  Coach Paul Maurice played Hutchinson for long stretches last year even though Ondrej Pavelec had a career season so at the least, Hutchinson is generally a great stream when he starts.  He’s on the fringe of being ownable in 12 man leagues; anything bigger is a no-brainer.

Nikolaj Ehlers – First career goal on an absolute snipe against the best goalie in the world.  Roll him in all leagues and don’t think twice.

Bryan Little – Two goals on 4 shots, one shorthanded and one power play.  One of the most underrated players in hockey, Little’s locked into the first line in Winnipeg so the opportunity will be there for a career season.

Tyler Myers – Assist with 2 shots and 2 PIM in 22 minutes.  I had him in my top 200 overall and I’m sticking with it; I think he should be own in standard 10 man leagues and deeper as your 4th or 5th defenseman.

Mats Zuccarello – Goal on 5 shots in almost 21 minutes of ice time.  Rangers are rolling the top line for big minutes early and Zuccarello is producing.  He’s someone I’m going to throw trade offers out there for as a career year may happen with his situation.

Rick Nash – Assist on 5 shots and 2 PIM.   Don’t worry, the goals are coming.

Derick Brassard – Assist on 1 shot and 2 PIM.  I’d like to see him take more shots (only 4 in 4 games) but the assists are going to be there playing with Nash and Zucc.

Carey Price – 31 saves on 33 shots in the win against the Penguins.  Very impressive 4-0 start for the Canadiens, all on the road.  The team is on Carey Price’s shoulders and he looks like he’ll be able to carry them for a second straight season.

Max Pacioretty – Two goals on 4 shots.  Great start to the season; I’m betting on Pacioretty getting 40+ goals for the first time this year.

Beau Bennett – Goal on 6 shots.  I wouldn’t rush to pick him up but with the struggles of the wingers getting a chance in the Penguins top six, Bennett could get a shot there soon.  If he does, he’s must-own.

Kris Letang – Goal on 5 shots in 26:40.  Yes, he’s pretty damn good.  Yes, I still don’t get how ESPN had him ranked outside the top 100.  No, I’m not going to stop reminding you of this all season,

Al Montoya – 22 saves on 23 shots for the win in his first start against the Hurricanes.  Roberto Luongo is going to get the majority of the starts for the Panthers but Montoya should be a good streamer when he gets the occasional nod.

Aleksander Barkov – Goal on six shots.  Worth repeating again; get Barkov if possible in all leagues.

Nick Bjugstad – Goal on two shots.  I’d like to see the minutes higher than they have been but they’re giving him more offensive zone starts than expected so it’s not the worst situation.

Justin Faulk – Assist with four shots and two penalty minutes.  I’m going to boldly predict Faulk gets to 55 points this season.  He’s a key cog to the Hurricanes offense and they don’t have anyone else worthy on their defense to stop Faulk from playing 25+ minutes.

Eddie Lack – 26 saves on 29 shots.  He was shutting down the Panthers until a late explosion in the third period.  Lack is still miles better than Cam Ward so he should take over the main goalie shorter rather than later.

Jonathan Drouin – Assist and 2 PIM.  Could Drouin get 65 points this year? I don’t think it’s out of the question.  The kid has so much talent.

Anton Stralman – Assist.  He’s going to be horrible in shots but if your league doesn’t have shots as a category, he’s must own.  I’d still own him as my last defenseman in 12 man.

Jimmy Howard – 20 saves on 21 shots in the win.  I suggested you own both parts of the Wings goalie platoon and it’s paying off dividends early.  The Wings look outstanding and they don’t even have Pavel Datsyuk back yet.

Gustav Nyqvist – Goal on 3 shots.  He only played 10:35 which is concerning and quite frankly, I don’t understand it.  He should be a 30 goal scorer if given even 15-17 minutes a game.  He’s on the first power play unit and will get better linemates when Datsyuk gets back but I’d like to see the minutes move up.  His ceiling is lowered drastically if he’s in the 10-13 minute range.

Dylan Larkin – Assist and two shots.  Must own for me in all leagues.

Henrik Zetterberg – Goal and assist with one shot.  Please just stay healthy.  It’s great for hockey fans to see Zetterberg do his thing.

Connor McDavid – First career goal on three shots.  Excellent goal deflecting a shot from Andrej Sekera.  It’ll be the first of many.  He’s playing around 16 minutes a game which is good to get his feet wet.  By the end of the season, I expect that number to be closer to 20.

Nail Yakupov – Assist on 3 shots and 2 PIM.  Moved onto the wing on Mcdavid’s line. He’s must own if he’s in the top 6.

Anders Nillson – 48 saves on an insane 51 shots against.  He won’t play much and I wouldn’t own him in the deepest of leagues but I’ll be watching his spot starts to see more of Nillson.

Kari Lehtonen – 26 saves on 28 shots in the win.  How Antti Niemi does is going to directly effect how many games Lehtonen gets.  If Niemi struggles at all, Lehtonen can work this situation into a split and Lehtonen becomes must-own.  If I had Niemi, I’d have Lehtonen on my bench.

Jamie Benn – Goal and 3 shots in almost 23 minutes.  Only a matter of time until the Stars top line gets on a hot streak.

Tyler Seguin – assist and 10 shots.  Goals are coming very soon.

Jason Spezza – Hat trick on 8 shots.  He had all the good fortune today among the superstars on the Stars.  The Stars power play hasn’t even started to score yet so all of these guys are going to have a hot streak coming.

Patrick Sharp – Seven shots.  Same sentiments as the previous three guys.

John Klingberg – Assist and 4 shots in 26+ minutes.  Good to see the shots and again, once the PP starts going, Klingberg is going to rack up the points.

Ales Hemsky – Assist and 4 shots and 2 PIM.  He’s made of glass and has fallen off in recent years when healthy but it’s an encouraging start to the season.  I’m not adding him in 12 man yet since he’s not in the top 6 but anything deeper, I’m picking him up.

Brian Elliott – 15 saves on 18 shots but got the win.  I expect the Blues to turn to Jake Allen in their next game after this poor performance.

Colton Parayko – First two career goals.  He’s on the second power play unit and played 18 minutes so he’s worth monitoring.  I’d grab him in the deepest of leagues like 20 man but not making the move yet in shallower leagues.  If somebody got hurt on the Blues blueline ahead of him, then that changes things.

Troy Brouwer – Goal and an assist in 19 minutes of ice time.  He’s getting big minutes right now in the Blues top 6 so he’s becoming must own in 12 man.  He’s good for 45-50 points (usually around 20+25) and is a good source of PIM and hits if your league counts that category.

Paul Stastny – Assist with 4 shots.  The entire first line (Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko) all had an assist so the points keep coming.  The Blues are counting on them for scoring right now so expect the big minutes and production to continue.

Jiri Hudler – Goal on 2 shots in 21 minutes.  First line keeps getting big minutes (Hudler played the least) so things are looking good for a repeat of last year.

Dennis Wideman – Two assists and 1 shot in 26 minutes.  I’m not big on Wideman for this year but he’s probably must-own, at least until T.J. Brodie returns from injury.

Ryan Miller – 16 save shutout.  Probably the easiest shutout of his career.  Man, the Kings are a disaster right now but the Canucks look much better than I expected.

Alex Edler Goal on two shots and 2 PIM.  Has the PPQB spot on the first power play right now so I’d own Edler in all leagues.

Streamers for Wednesday’s games:  It’s a four game slate so I expect a lot of streaming to happen.  Here’s three guys I like for tonight:

Michael Raffl (0.7% owned) – He’s on the first line, first power play unit and Chicago has been vulnerable defensively this year.  Raffl doesn’t have a point yet but he has 10 shots and 6 PIM in 3 games so the peripherals are there for him to finally get on the score sheet.

Tobias Rieder (1.7%) – He’s been hot to start the year getting ample opportunity so might as well ride the hot schomato (Grey reference!) while you can.

Alex Tanguay (7.1%) Tanguay is on the first power play, with two of the hottest players to start the season (Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog) at even strength and the Bruins are a disaster right now.

Thanks for reading guys! As always, post any questions and comments below.  With the very short slate tomorrow, barring something drastic happening that needs immediate discussion on Thursday, I’ll have a recap of Wednesday and Thursday out Friday morning.  If I don’t have a short article out on Thursday, I will post my Thursday night streamers in the comment section below this article.  Take care everyone!

  1. Brian says:
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    Good morning Viz. I used your advice a few weeks ago and picked up Mrazek as my 2nd goalie. I’ve also got Schneider and Varlamov. I’m pretty leary about Schneider picking up wins. Should I look to trade Varlamov for Howard? Might have to throw in someone else, possibly Dougie Hamilton, or H. Sedin? (i’ve got both of the Sedins) My team looks liek this: Segin, Toews, Zetterberg, both Sedins, Ovechkin, Voracek, Palat, Kessel, Hedmen, Faulk, Hamilton, and Klingberg. Since I need 4 D, I could possibly pick up Stralman to fill the last spot?

    10 team league. G, A, +/-, PPP, PIM, SOG…W, GA, SV, SHO

    • Viz

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      @Brian: Varlamov should have more value than Howard based simply on the number of games he plays so I definitely wouldn’t add to Varlamov to make the deal. Maybe try to get him to add something to Howard for Schneider? Stralman would be good for the last spot because he’s going to be very good in A, +/- and PPP plus you can cover his lack of shots with all of the shots you have.

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    16 team roto dynasty where my team is based around TB. Large amount of games played per position, 4 of each forward spot, 6 D, 1 goalie (so only 99 goalie starts per year, about 3.5 each week where there’s no stoppage or off days). all standard categories with hits/blocks/SHP/shot %/faceoff wins/faceoff losses (would’ve done faceoff wins and faceoff % but it’s yahoo, no choice on that in yahoo, this way it combats just streaming anybody that gets faceoff attempts whether or not they are good at them). To handicap predraft the players you kept from your team came at their ADP round, so i didn’t pick a non-TB player till round 8.
    C stamkos/t.johnson/sutter/hanzal/filppula
    LW palat/drouin/killorn/zuccarello/mcleod (streamer)
    RW kucherov/callahan/zibanejad/r.bourque (streamer)
    D hedman/stralman/garrison/wideman/hamonic/orpik/zadorov/manning (streamer)
    G bishop
    IR/IR+ bouma/fabbri/bogosian/gionta/vasilevsky
    NA barbashev/crouse/zacha/koekkoek/deangelo

    Somebody just dropped Muzzin. I’m pretty sure i shouldn’t drop Garrison (since his value would skyrocket from any injury to Stralman or Hedman, plus these TB guys are a VERY good plus/minus safety net for all my streamers (no add maximums, and am still 98 games under projected D man games)), but is Zadorov droppable for him? Hamonic and Orpik are very valuable in PIMs/hits/Blocks.

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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I would make that move, yes. Muzzin will be of much more help now and as good as Zadarov could become, there’s still a lot of question marks around him. His ceiling is incredibly high but his floor is also very low. There’s no guarantee Zadarov ever gets better than Muzzin and Muzzin should hit all of the categories fairly well.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Viz: at start of year i never have a good waiver when there’s NA slots, barbashev/hanzal/crouse weren’t drafted guys. gotta think it’s like an 11% chance of getting him.

  3. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Hey Viz, great write up!!! Thanks for all the hard work.

    In a league that counts hits and blocks (not sure if it will make a difference), I have krejci and Larkin, would you drop one for Barkov?

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      @Worlds First Analrapist: Do you count faceoff wins? If you do, I’d swap Barkov and Larkin. If you don’t, I’d probably just hold. Barkov shouldn’t be on the waiver wire but neither should Krejci or Larkin. Barkov doesn’t really hit or block shots so it hurts him a little bit.

  4. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    kinkaid last year at least occasionally was a decent streamer (not for wins, and certainly not in leagues that have losses, i mean ratios) for deep leagues. NJ D is fairly decent, it’s not just schneider with good ratios (but ugly win %)

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: In the deepest of leagues, sure, if you need a start, you can generally do worse. But in 12 man leagues and even 14, there are better backups getting spot starts to stream than Kinkaid. Like you said, the wins just aren’t there because the Devils are in horrible shape.

  5. I saw that Colton Parayko got some extra playing time when Shattenkirk went down last night. I have not seen him play but I hear he is enormous, plays physical, blocks shots, has shown to be offensively gifted, has all the tools for a top-four defensemen in the NHL., and his coaches rave about his work ethic and commitment to the game of hockey. The only knock I heard is he needs to improve upon his skating. Also, Vannelli & Schmaltz get all the attention within the organization, but Parayko has quickly shot up the list for the Blues. Many believe he is the “diamond in the rough,” in the Blues system. This guy sounds pretty promising if he gets a chance to crack into the line-up on a regular basis. What do think Viz? Is this guy underrated or was that report from someone drinking The Blues koolaid?!

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      @madden_curser: He’s definitely raised his stock since being drafted in the third round and yes, he has all of the tools. Like you said, his skating is his biggest weakness BY FAR. He seems like the kind of kid who will work on it endlessly to improve. He is a big, physical defenseman who has a good first pass and heavy shot. That said, he should end up being a defensive defenseman first and foremost and not an offensive defenseman. So I’d say the guy was right and wrong; he’s an underrated prospect but he also have a low ceiling (Hockey’s Future has him graded as a a 7.5 D, meaning he has a high ceiling but low chance of getting there). I wouldn’t rush to add him except in 16+ man leagues but I’d keep an eye on him for the next few games to see how he does.

  6. Slimbo says:
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    Time to drop donskoi in a 8 teamer? Want to grab Bennett and hope he goes off

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Slimbo: in league like that i’d just make sure i had best player everyday (unless move limits prevent that)

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      @Slimbo: Probably, yes. Do you have a cap on the amount of moves you can make, either per week or for the season?

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Viz:

        No max moves for the season…6 for the week and I have used none

        I’ll make the move

        Thanks

        • Viz

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          @Slimbo: Gotcha, then yeah, for now I’d use that last spot to stream guys unless you find somebody that you really want to hold on your roster. No problem!

          • @Viz: IMO Donskoi is very weak for a 8 teamer. That’s digging DEEP, deeper, deepest…

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @madden_curser: any 1st line player is rosterable in 16’s and up.

  7. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Hey Viz, thanks for all the help!!

    12-team, non-keeper league, offensive categories are G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG, Hit, Block.

    I tried to wait on my D this year and it didn’t work out too well. 
    I was offered Dougie Hamilton for David Krejci or Jagr.  What do you think and who would you take?  I am also thinking that if I get this deal done, I could drop one of my current D for Barkov or Ehlers.

    Here is my team

    Cx2- Crosby, Getzlaf
    LWx2- Duchene, Nyquist
    RWx2- Kucherov, Wheeler
    UTILx2- Sean Monahan, Jaden Schwartz
    Dx4- Klingberg, Stralman, Franson, Schultz

    Bench- Perron, Jagr, Krejci, Dylan Larkin, Tyler Myers

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Viz

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      @Worlds First Analrapist: I’d make the move for Jagr since he doesn’t hit or block many shots. Given the categories, I think I’d add Ehlers then for Schultz. Schultz is far behind the rest of your defenseman in hits and blocks and you should be able to compensate for losing a few PPP

      • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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        @Viz: Thanks, appreciate the advice. Another owner snagged Ehlers. Should I drop Shultz for Barkkov?

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          @Worlds First Analrapist: No problem. Yes, I’d make that move. Barkov is getting big minutes right now as the number 1 center in Florida and is showing why he was picked second overall.

          • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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            @Viz: thanks Viz. After the Barkov pick up, I have 6 guys who just qualify at C. Would you trade Krejci over Jagr for Dougie Hamilton or stick with Jagr for Dougie?

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              @Worlds First Analrapist: Really, who is the 6th? I only see Crosby, Getzlaf, Monahan, Krejci and now Barkov. Someone on Yahoo (or ESPN) has somebody’s position wrong. Let me know who it is; it may be someone who should get wing eligibility soon and in that case, I’d hold Krejci and move Jagr. If you’re concerned about it, trading Jagr is fine, the difference between the two is negligible.

              • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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                @Viz: Larkin

                • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                  @Worlds First Analrapist: that’s right, hopefully he gets the LW he plays soon.

  8. Sherm says:
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    Hey, congrats to the Sabres and Chad Johnson on the win last night.

    Buy low on the Pens? I’m not happy about this slump, but maybe someone is even unhappier.

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      @Sherm: Thanks! It’s good to get a win. Yes, I would buy low on almost all Pens if possible. They’re too talented to not break out soon. I’m kind of hoping they fire their coach, he’s pretty clueless and it could be the spark they need.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Viz: why did they ever fire bylsma anyway? was it one of those STL blues type coach firings where the team screws up in the playoffs constantly after being good in the season and somehow the coach that either had won or would later win multiple Cups was cut rather than the players since the owner or GM was a douchebag?

  9. Lenny says:
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    Hey Viz, love the column every day and I almost always agree with the logic behind the advice.

    My only constructive feedback is that it seems like you like a lot of guys that might be on the bubble. Granted I’m in a 10 team league so there’s plenty of talent in FA, but it’s sometimes hard to tell who you like more. Example today might be Larkin, Ehlers, or Yakupov.

    Thanks again!

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      Viz says:
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      @Lenny:First off, thank you very much! It’s always good to hear that. Yeah, in general because this is how the RCL’s are run, I am referring to 12 man leagues. Since most rosters are 22 or 23 guys, the extra 44-46 guys being owned makes a drastic difference. I would just ask in the comments section below like you have and I will answer any question that you have! For what it’s worth, right now, I would order those guys Ehlers, Larkin, then Yakupov.

  10. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hey Viz My league starts 2 goalies and only allowed to own 4 so i need to drop 1 because we are allowed 7 acquisitions a week and need to stream for extra stats. My goalies are Rinne, Luongo, Howard, Mzrek and Hammond. Obviously 1 of the last 3 what’s your take on it.ty

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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I think you should drop Hammond and I don’t think it’s that close. Rinne is as good as it gets right now, the Wings duo is excellent and Luongo looks great. Hammond is hurt and Anderson should get the majority of the action going forward. You’re welcome!

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Viz: hammond is back, but still gotta be the weakest out of those.

  11. Nate says:
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    Great stuff here, thats all!!!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Nate: Thanks, I appreciate it!

  12. Cohen says:
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    Viz, would u drop Hornquist for Larkin and Bobrovsky is killing me,

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      @Cohen: No I’d hold Hornqvist, I had him ranked top 50 before the season and expect the Pens to turn it around real soon. Is that supposed to be Holtby? I can’t imagine he’s actually a free agent, is he?

  13. Cohen says:
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    Would u drop him for Haltby?

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    Viz says:
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    Streamers I like for Thursday:

    Ales Hemsky: Playing second line and PP, off to a hot start, game with Tampa should be high scoring.

    Antoine Roussel: Also on second line and takes tons of penalties if you need them.

    Brandon Pirri: More assists than last year already, Florida power play is clicking, shot is great so goals are coming.

  15. James says:
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    Pretty deep 16 team keep 20 (redraft 5 guys), Goalies have been gold there (so I own 5 or 6 at any given moment, and overall about 50-60 are owned between all the teams) , we count hits, pim and blocked shots (kept adding offensive cats to make goalies less valuable, but not really working)

    Recently I was offered a late 1st and Marchard for my Hutchingson. My thought is if Hutch gets much more usage I can shoot a lot higher, but if PAvs gets over 50 starts, this is about the limit on what I can land. for reference, hutch is my 4th best goalie (bishop, price, Fredrick Anderson…. start 2) and Marchard would by my 4th or 5th at his wing spot (start 2 at LW and 2 at RW) but with daily roster moves he would get played about 50% of the time.

    I also dropped my last goalie (I think it was McEllhinny in hopes that Bobrovsky lost his stranglehold, but both are playing like garbage) for Palmeiri.

    So 2 questions- what do you think that trade makes any sense for me, or is it just churning the bottom of my bench. Second, can Palmeiri keep it up (he is playing on PP1 and getting good ice time) and fill in as that bottom of the roster winger (Coyle and some PIM/Hit guys are the other guys that far down my roster)

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @James: i’m in a bunch of 16’s and i don’t think you need 4 goalies if your top 3 are that good. price and bishop would be really good top two for a 12 team league, even those 3 would be above average in a 12 team league.

  16. WalleyWorld says:
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    Hey Viz, thanks for the write up. Good stuff. I wanted to ask you about Val Nichushkin and what you think about him. Is he ever going to get his shit together and realize his talent? I feel like we have been waiting for this guy for three years now. I know he has had some injury issues, but seemed healthy coming into this season. Played the first two games and now seems to be a healthy scratch the last couple. Should I expect him to see the ice again soon and possibly earn a top 6 role in the near future or is that just wishful thinking? Thanks!

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