There are plenty of great story lines going around the NHL right now.¬† Vegas’ incredible start, Kucherov and Stamkos dominating, the Blues top line taking off, the Jets breaking out, etc.¬† Even the Oilers dreadful start is a major talking point but we haven’t talked much about their best player.¬†¬†Connor McDavid is still only 20 years old and despite the Oilers being a dumpster fire and these other players being the talk of the town, McJesus is only 3 points from the league lead.¬† In Edmonton’s demolition of Columbus Tuesday, McDavid had a goal and three assists with five shots.¬† The shot rate is marginally down from last season but he’s well on track to repeat last year’s 30+70.¬† No matter what awful set of players Peter Chiarelli fills the roster with, it’s good to know McDavid won’t be stopped.¬† Look for him to win his second scoring title and potentially go for the Hart Trophy again if he can lead the Oilers back to the playoffs (seemingly a long shot).¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Tuesday night:
Robin Lehner¬†– 24 saves on 26 shots in the 3-2 win over the Senators.¬† A couple third period goals, including one in the last minute, hurt a bit, but Lehner has been outstanding recently.¬† I’d roll him while he’s playing this well.
Rasmus Ristolainen¬†– Two assists.¬† While he is still goalless, Risto has been coming around, especially in hits and blocks.¬† The minutes are league leading and the shot rate is good enough that I’m still bullish on a turn around.
Taylor Hall¬†– Two goals on three shots.¬† That’s superstar Taylor Hall to the Devils and non-superstar to the Kings.¬† World class troll by the Devils.
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Brian Gibbons¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† Gibbons has been a huge surprise but it’s still only streamer worthy.¬† It looks wildly unsustainable but might as well use him while he’s a hot schmotato.
Cory Schneider¬†– 16 saves on 17 shots in the 5-1 win over the Kings.¬† Couldn’t believe how easy the Devils had it against L.A. last night.¬† Not going to get any easier than that for Schneids.
Claude Giroux¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† The first line is the only thing that’s keeping the Flyers from being a complete laughing stock.
Sean Couturier¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† Congrats to Couts for tying his previous career high in goals.¬† It’s been 30 games.¬† Amazing that they’ve used him in a defensive role for so long, then he gets a chance and just crushes.
Wayne Simmonds¬†– Assist with a shot.¬† He played with Giroux and Couturier in this game and is starting to play better on the whole.¬† If you could buy low, I would.
Evgeny Kuznetsov¬†– Three assists with two PIM.¬† Excellent start to the year for Kuznetsov as he’s over a point per game, the shot rate is up and the penalty minutes are strong.
Madison Bowey¬†– Two assists with two shots.¬† Nothing here yet but I have liked what I’ve seen from Bowey on the whole.¬† There could be something here long term.
Braden Holtby¬†– 22 saves on 24 shots in the 5-2 win over Colorado.¬† The goals against average is much higher than in the past few years but the save percentage is only barely down and the wins are excellent as usual.
Jesse Puljujarvi¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† Elite streamer at the moment while he’s on McDavid’s wing.¬† I could definitely see the 19 year old being a hold by the end of the season.
Mark Letestu¬†– Goal and an assist with two shots.¬† Bottom end streamer in 12’ers, a bit more value for his boring stat line in deeper leagues.
Matt Benning¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† He’s okay in the deepest of leagues for the PIM, hits, SOG and blocks, but the points simply aren’t there for consideration in a normal sized league.
Darnell Nurse¬†– Two assists with two shots.¬† Nurse is basically the better version of Benning.¬† He’s close to 12’er worthy and I would strongly consider using him in a 12’er with the extra categories.
Laurent Brossoit¬†– 27 saves on 29 shots in the 7-2 win over the Blue Jackets.¬† He’s been surprisingly good since Talbot went down so I’d more willing to use him than I expected to be.
Oliver Bjorkstrand¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† A favorite of yours truly, Bjorkstrand isn’t getting the minutes right now to be more than a bottom end streamer.
Andrei Vasilevskiy¬†– 32 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Blues.¬† And just like that, you’re looking at the #1 goalie on the season.
Tyler Johnson¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots.¬† I would pick him up everywhere right now while he’s hotter than someone in NBA Jam making three straight buckets.
Brayden Point¬†– Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.¬† Just when he started to slow down, Point has a goal in four straight.¬† Clear as day hold again.
Devan Dubnyk¬†– 10 saves in the first period before not returning after the first intermission to a lower body injury.¬† Here’s to hoping it’s not serious, but if you need somebody,¬†Alex Stalock¬†(16/17 in 45 minutes getting the win) will be the guy until Dubnyk returns.
Vincent Trocheck¬†– Assist, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 5 hits, 3 blocks, 11 faceoff wins, 23:37 played.¬† Trocheck is doing everything across the board right now.¬† He’s an incredible DFS play right now who consistently goes under owned.¬† Right now, Trocheck is a slam dunk top 50 player in standard leagues and even higher with extra categories.
Evgenii Dadonov¬†– Made his return from injury seemingly out of nowhere.¬† Dadonov was a few weeks ahead of schedule in his return.¬† He was a clear hold before he was injured so get Dadonov back in your lineups.
Jonathan Toews¬†– Goal and an assist with four shots.¬† The top line had both goals in regulation with¬†Brandon Saad¬†also adding a goal and an assist while¬†Alex DeBrincat¬†assisted on both goals.¬† DeBrincat is right on the fence between hold and streamer.¬† Under two shots per game and 0 PIM are the only reason why.¬† With 10 points in the last 9, I’d lean hold right now.
Corey Crawford¬†– 35 saves on 37 shots in the 3-2 OT win over the Panthers.¬† Chicago being tied for a playoff spot is almost solely because of Crawford’s play.¬† He’s easily been a top 5 goalie.
Marc-Andre Fleury¬†– 35 saves on 37 shots in the 3-2 SO loss to the Hurricanes.¬† Flower picked up right where he left off before his concussion.¬† Get him back in your lineups immediately.
That’s all for now guys.¬† With only four games tonight, my next set of daily notes won’t come until Friday.¬† Plan on a podcast dropping Thursday afternoon.¬† If there is anything you want Reid and I to talk about, let us know in the comments section below.¬† Also, you can make Three Point Challenge picks for Thursday here or in that post once it’s up.¬† If you need streaming advice for tonight, ask in this post or Lackey’s here, he has a good plan laid out for the rest of the week in that post.¬† At a quick glance, my top choice is¬†Kevin Fiala.¬† Any other questions or comments you have, don’t hesitate to ask.¬† Thanks for reading, take care!