Streamer success! Coming off his first career multi-point game on Saturday, William Nylander had the first three point game of his young career, scoring a goal and two assists with four shots in the 5-2 win over the Flames on Monday night. The Leafs fans might not be happy that the team is winning now as they are jockeying for draft position but they have to be happy with the progress their young players are showing, especially Nylander. The 19 year old is only going to get better and should go in the middle rounds next season in redrafts with the upside to be a top 100 player sooner than later. Here’s what else I saw around the league on a short Monday slate:
Vincent Trocheck – Goal on three shots with four PIM playing over 20 minutes. Trocheck has now reached 50 points and didn’t have a big role early in the season. Very strong year for the 22 year old and has a really good chance to repeat his success next year with the up and coming Panthers.
Jiri Hudler – Goal on two shots. After a slow start, he now has points in three straight and is right on the fringe of 12’ers. The lack of shots is the only downside.
Kevin Klein – Two assists. Klein has been piling up the points lately but it seems pretty fluky. I still wouldn’t own him in 12’ers.
Rick Nash – Goal on three shots. It was his first goal in 2016 which is remarkable. Hopefully this is the start to a big finish.
Mats Zuccarello – Goal on four shots. You could make a compelling case that Zucc is the most underrated player in the league.
Henrik Lundqvist – 25 saves on 27 shots in the 4-2 win over the Panthers. Nobody can match the consistency that Hank provides. That’s why “The King Stay The King.” Or something about D’Angelo Barksdale and the drug trade, I get confused.
Steve Mason – 23 saves on 24 shots in the 4-1 win over the Islanders. Michal Neuvirth is out injured so expect Mason to start every game the rest of the way as the Flyers battle for the last playoff spot.
Wayne Simmonds – Assist with five shots. He’s up to 50 points with 129 PIM and a very good shot rate. One of the best values of the season since he gives you such an edge in penalty minutes.
Claude Giroux – Goal on four shots. He was in a bit of a slump but Giroux reached 60 points in this game with 51 PIM and over 200 shots. He might be a slight disappointment but it’s still a very solid year.
Kyle Okposo – Goal on four shots. He was the only Islander who looked a threat throughout the game. We know what we’re going to get at this point from Okposo and it’s extremely valuable. His safety is nice after the first handful of rounds.
Dougie Hamilton – Assist and a shot. I’m going to want Dougie in all leagues next season. It took a while for him to find his form in Calgary but he definitely has.
Joe Colborne – Goal on five shots. He’s up to 16 +17 on the season and it’s been better lately. Colborne is on the streaming radar again.
Jake Gardiner – Two assists. He’ll be a decent pick next year as your last defenseman as the talent increases around him.
P.A. Parenteau – Goal and two PIM. Still right on the fringe of 12’ers and an ideal streamer. He’s found nice chemistry with Nylander.
Zach Hyman – Goal on two shots. He’s played very well since he’s been up and while I don’t think he’ll be drafted in standard 12’ers next year, I think Hyman could be a regular stream and should be owned in 14’ers or deeper.
Anze Kopitar – Two assists and four shots. He should get back over 70 points again and have his best offensive season in 4 or 5 years depending on the finish. Kopitar is simply an incredible player.
Jonathan Quick – 24 saves on 27 shots before being pulled after 2 periods in the 5-2 loss to the Predators. Not as much Quick’s fault in this one as the Predators got some nice bounces and the Kings defense was mediocre. There’s a good chance he’s right back between the pipes tonight against the Wild.
Pekka Rinne – 28 saves on 30 shots in the win. He’s been pretty consistent lately making the Predators a real threat in the playoffs.
Ryan Johansen – Goal and two assists with three shots and two PIM. He’s been a big disappointment after getting 71 points last season. I think that could lead to him being undervalued next season.
James Neal – Goal and an assist with three shots. Great season for Neal with almost 30 goals, an elite shot rate, elite plus-minus and great penalty minutes.
Roman Josi – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM. It’s another season over 50 points for Josi who has pushed himself into being a slam dunk top 10 defenseman.
Filip Forsberg – Goal on four shots. That’s 30 on the season for Forsberg which is outstanding after a slow start. The PIM and SOG are up as well. He’ll definitely be in the top 50 overall going into next season.
Tuesday Streamers – Tuesday has a lot of action with ten games on the slate. This gives us plenty of options to choose from so here are my top three choices:
Sam Reinhart (6.2%) – You already know how I feel about Reinhart at this point. Great matchup against the Canes tonight.
Jamie McGinn (1.1%) – He has goals in three straight and is now on the wing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. To make it even better, the Ducks are playing Montreal. I’m not going to predict that he’ll top Nylander’s night but he’s in a great spot.
Elias Lindholm (11%) – The shots have been up a bunch lately, the minutes are there and the Sabres defense / goaltending is hit or miss.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Wednesday recapping tonight’s action. Matt’s newest article will also be posted this afternoon so be sure to check that out. As always, feel free to ask any questions and leave any comments below. Take care everyone!