We’ve made it!  There’s four games on the slate tonight, all of which are rivalry games.  And I don’t mean fake rivalries that NBCSN uses every Wednesday!  I’m going to look at a few different things in this post.  One, the main three holdouts have reached terms on deals so I’ll take a look at the impact there.  Two, I’ll look at the players who were claimed on waivers and their new situations.  Three, there is no three.   Lastly, I’m going to explain my general strategy for streaming and my favorite streamers for the games tonight.  Let’s get to it!

HOLDOUTS / WAIVERS

No surprise by Nikita Kucherov came to terms on a three year bridge deal.  The surprise is that he’s only getting 14 million over 3 years; Steve Yzerman is a God!  Anyways, I never moved Kucherov in my rankings because I expected a deal to get done.  He’s in my top 20 worthy of a pick in the middle to end of the second round.

Johnny Gaudreau ended up taking less than he wanted in a 6 year deal.  It’s the perfect amount of time from his perspective because he’ll hit unrestricted free agency at 29 years old and he got a bonus in his contract for lockout protection.  He’ll on my list of guys that I’m lower on only because he is points heavy and doesn’t give much else.  He’s still worth a pick in the fourth round, maybe late third depending on your first couple picks but I assume Gaudreau is long gone at that point.

Rasmus Ristolainen also received a 6 year deal for a reasonable $5.4 million per season.  He’s been practicing with the team so Risto will be ready game one and should be in your lineups.  Now that’s he’s in the fold, you can safely drop Zach Bogosian in 12’ers.

P.A. Parenteau was waived by the Islanders but found a promising situation across the river in New Jersey.  I suspect that he goes on the first line for the Devils with Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique so I’ll keep Parenteau where I had him, in the 160th as a middle to late round pick.

Teemu Pulkkinen was surprisingly waived by the Red Wings and was claimed by the Wild.  Going to play for Boudreau is the best thing that could have happened to Pulkinen.  It may only matter for deep leagues right now but I’ll be interested to see what his role is for Minnesota.

Kris Versteeg was released from his PTO with Edmonton only to sign with the Flames almost immediately.  There’s a good chance he eventually ends up playing on the first line so Versteeg is an easy streamer in that case and has the potential to become a hold.

Ondrej Pavelec was waived by the Jets clearing the space for Connor Hellebuyck to be the starter.  Hallelujah!  Hellebuyck moves very close to my top 100 with this news and is a solid #2 goalie.

Devin Setoguchi was signed by the Kings.  Apparently he’s playing on the first line because the Kings have atrocious depth, well done Dean Lombardi.  Poor Anze Kopitar having to carry the corpse of Dustin Brown and Setoguchi.  He’ll still manage 65ish points, Kopitar is unreal.

STREAMING STRATEGY

I’ve had a few people ask me recently about what I do in regards to streamers for fantasy hockey.  I’m going under the assumption that you can edit your lineups daily and that you’re capped on the amount of moves you can make, be it over a week’s time or the course of the season.  Obviously, it is up to your discretion to know whether or not it’s worth making these extra moves.  Perhaps you really like your entire roster or you want to save moves for later on, that’s perfectly reasonable.  Personally, I like to have a spot or two that I can cycle through players so here’s what I’m looking to do in head to head leagues (it’s very simple):

  • Early in the week, if I’m looking to stream, I’m simply looking to get the best players possible.  If one of the best players on the waiver wire has an excellent matchup, I’ll make the move early.  Same goes with a backup goalie who has a great opportunity to win his game.
  • Middle of the week, it’s mostly the same.  If I’m in a big hole in an offensive category, this is the point where I decide whether to give up on the category and try to sure up things elsewhere or if I want to do my best to make up the deficit.  If I get well ahead in goaltending, I won’t stream any goalie.
  • End of the week is about two things.  The main thing that I look to do is pick up players in the categories that I’m in a battle for.  If I’m close in penalty minutes, I’ll pick up Antoine Roussel or someone in that mold.  If assists are needed, Mike Ribeiro is a great target.  If I need a goaltending win, I see who is available and has the best chance to win by looking at the betting lines.
  • The second thing is if things aren’t close and you either have the week in the bag or you’re in trouble and want to throw the towel in, I’d look to make moves on Saturday night or Sunday morning for the following week.  Other people will be streaming so getting ahead of the curve will help you out plenty.

WEDNESDAY STREAMERS

Disclaimer: Like last season, I’m going to try and go with guys that are under 20% owned; depending on how big the slate is I may go with 25%.  If there are higher owned players available in your league with great matchups, defer to them instead of the bottom guy or two listed here.  If you have a question over two or more players, don’t hesitate to ask.

Mitch Marner (16.2% owned on ESPN) – I absolutely love him long term and he’s getting a chance to start on the second line.  All of the attention will be on Matthews but I’d rather have Marner in game one.  Look for him to get on the scoresheet in his first career game against the Senators.

Troy Brouwer (15.8%) – Going against the Oilers in his first game in Calgary is an excellent matchup.  He’s on the second line which should have an advantage against the Oilers and get power play time.  Brouwer could also add in some PIM on night one.

Ryan Dzingel (0.0%) – Here’s a guy who is available even in the deepest of leagues.  Guy Boucher has repeatedly talked about how impressed he’s been with Dzingel in preseason and training camp.  Dzingel has been rewarded with a spot on the second line.  It wouldn’t surprise me if he got a point or more against the Leafs.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Thursday with a few things.  One, Reid and I are probably going to do a quick podcast previewing Thursday’s games among other things.  Two, I’ll have a short set of daily notes on the Wednesday night games on top of Thursday streamers.  Lastly, I’m going to do a writeup on how poor ESPN’s rankings are.  In the same post, I’ll make a quick list of the players that are +/- 20 spots in my rankings from consensus to give you a clear idea of who my favorite and least favorite guys are for the season.  FantasyPros will keep me updated all year to see how I end up doing; if I finish behind ESPN I’ll be depressed.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below whether it’s about streaming or something else.  Be sure to watch some games tonight; hockey is back!

  1. Jonathan A says:
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    Thoughts on Drake Caggiula? Looks like hes centering 3rd line with Puljajarvi and Maroon, looks decent… I made an add to round out my 24 player roster in a 14 team league.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jonathan A: I like him plenty long term and the matchup is fine tonight so he should be worth the pickup.

  2. Man Of Steel says:
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    Patrick Laine is available in an 8 team league that only counts PTS/PP PTS/SOG should I pcik him up?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I say almost certainly; who would you be cutting to pick him up?

      • Man Of Steel says:
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        @Viz: I have an open spot. I can pick up Jagr or Laine.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Man Of Steel: I’d probably go Jagr but it’s super close.

  3. Scott says:
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    Hellboy wasn’t doing so hot in preseason so I dropped him for Steve Mason. Bad decision or can I recover?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I wouldn’t have done it but it’s not going to cripple you.

  4. Scott says:
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    Ouch. Eichel sustains an ankle injury in practice. Can we form a prayer hexagon?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Scott: I’ll be in your prayer hexagon. Let’s get Crosby to join in also. Hey, someone tell Crosby he’s facing backwards and his shoes are on the wrong feet.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Pretty horrible, Reid and I are about to talk about it for the podcast that will go out tomorrow morning. Hopefully it’s not broken; here’s to hoping for him and everyone else hurt.

  5. Scott says:
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    Pastrnak was promoted to 1st line. Is that what you were counting on with your ranking? I noticed you were +37 on him.

    Would you drop Granlund for him? Is it worth burning a 1st waiver wire pick?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I don’t think it makes much difference for him being on either the first or second line, both are going to produce offensively. I would probably drop Granlund for him unless you need the assists. I don’t know how much having the first waiver wire pick matters in your league, usually it doesn’t matter much, so I would. You can clarify if it matters for you.

  6. Claw Dawg says:
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    Should I drop Ekholm for Gudas? This is H2H categories with G, A, +/-, PPP, Blocks, and Hits. If Gudas wasn’t suspended I would do it immediately, but idk if its smart to waste a roster spot for a few weeks on a suspended player. From what I’ve read, Gudas is a beast in this format. First time playing Fantasy Hockey so I’m pretty unsure of myself. Thoughts?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Claw Dawg: He’s fine in this format; he’s a 2 category stud (hits and blocks) but a virtual blank in the other 4 categories. It all depends on if you can stomach having a guy who gets like, 5 goals and 8 assists on the season with no power play points. Do you have a need for hits or blocks? Regardless, I’d wait until he’s closer to coming off suspension, a game or two away, before making a move.

  7. David Krejci, Bos C
    Tyler Seguin, Dal C

    Zach Parise, Min LW
    Milan Lucic, Edm LW
    Alex Galchenyuk, Mon LW
    David Pastrnak, Bos LW

    Kyle Okposo, Buf RW
    Mats Zuccarello, NYR RW
    Marian Hossa, Chi RW

    Erik Karlsson, Ott D
    Shea Weber, Mon D
    Dion Phaneuf, Ott D
    Matt Niskanen, Wsh D

    Jack Eichel*, Buf C IR

    10 Team: 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 3D, 1UTIL, 5BENCH, 2 IR

    Any changes stand out here Viz? Thinking drop Niskanen. Thanks for the analysis!

    WAIVER OPTIONS:

    Henrik Zetterberg, Det C
    Tyler Johnson, TB C
    Derek Stepan, NYR C
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edm C

    Anthony Duclair, Ari LW
    Jussi Jokinen, Fla LW
    Michael Cammalleri, NJ LW

    Craig Smith, Nsh RW
    Cam Atkinson, Cls RW
    Jakob Silfverberg, Ana RW
    William Nylander, Tor RW

    Ryan McDonagh, NYR D
    Anton Stralman, TB D
    T.J. Brodie, Cgy D
    Mike Green, Det D

      • Viz

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        @madden_curser: Yeah I’d drop Niskanen for McDonagh. I’d probably drop Hossa too; would you want another RW in his place or does it not matter?

        • @Viz: Of course McDonagh was already scooped up this morning. In addition to Stralman, Brodie & Green, others available include; Morgan Rielly, Adam Larsson, Dumba, Maatta, Hanifin & Chychrun.

          RW is a thin position. Hossa did get an A last night… In addition to the afore mentioned Craig Smith, Atkinson, Silfverberg & Nylander, other options are Yakupov, Puljujarvi, Donskoi, Rantanen, Shane Doan, Vrbata & Iginla available.

          • Viz

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            @madden_curser: hmm, you can just hold hossa then if you want, I’d just be willing to drop him for somebody that emerges. I think I’d go with Rielly now with mcdonagh gone, the minutes will be big and the power play boost helps.

            • @Viz: I will get Rielly then. He plays next on the 15th, then not again until the 19th. Last night Toronto used two 4F-1D formations & Rielly did not get onto either. Rielly 0:11 & Larsson 1:41 D PP usage. I thought they would both be used on the PP more, but just one sample…

  8. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    have yr rankings changed to reflect all these things? i got a draft on friday night and want to update them. became comish in a league where the old one was a lazy bastard and didn’t get a 12th owner, so when i stepped up to he quit, made me comish. now back at 12 teams, still getting the keepers and draft time, and since league is like half north america and half australia, only decent time is probably friday at around 7 PM central (1 PM saturday austrailia)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: If you go to fantasypros.com, my rankings will be officially updated there on the website by the afternoon tomorrow, definitely in time for your draft Friday.

  9. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    looking good so far, got a lot of those STL players, turris/karlsson in numerous spots, no matthews though. them reports that he wasn’t really that close to mcdynasty as far as offense might’ve been a little exaggerated (or maybe it’s OTT’s D).

    • Viz

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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Ottawa’s defense definitely played a part in it. There’s no denying Matthews’ talent but he’s not on McDavid’s level, don’t let one game change your mind on that.

  10. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    got another league that lazy comish just started up. it’s yahoo so we’ve already lost week 1, so he better not try that autodraft nonsense, homie likes straight cash and don’t play autos.

    keep 4, has GWG, hits, blocks, no shots. start 2 of each forward, 3 D (shallow as F league), 2 goalies.
    crosby obviously, which 3 out of these: okposo, draisaitl, barkov, byfuglien, carlson, hall, thornton, steen, faulk. probably can’t be draisaitl (little hits/blocks bad line now). barkov (bad hits/blocks/PIMs).

    • Viz

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      Buff and Hall seem like automatics to me. Third spot isn’t as clear but since shots aren’t a category, give me Thornton.

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