We’re one week away from the season starting!  I have all of the excites.  This post is going to be shorter since I covered a bunch of the recent developments around the league on Tuesday, but I’m going to hit on a few other things of interest in this post.  Let’s get to it!

Immediately after signing a three year deal, the Lightning announced that Brayden Point will be out for most, if not all of October.  Point still should be going around 50th overall despite the missing time.  The interesting thing to note is that Patrick Maroon is taking his spot on the first power play unit for the time being.  We’ve seen Maroon contribute offensively when given quality opportunities in the past, so I’m expecting him to get off to a hot start.  Taking Maroon as your last pick in drafts as a streamer of sorts seems like a great idea.

Early indications are that Tyler Johnson is going to start the season with Kucherov and Stamkos.  That makes Johnson a great value to open the season and should be taken in the middle to late rounds.  Additionally, Anthony Cirelli is centering the second line.  I’m a huge fan of Cirelli’s game as he scored 19+20 last season with almost zero PP time and under 15 minutes per game.  Add him to the list of late round fliers.

Matthew Tkachuk signed a three year deal yesterday.  One more restricted free agent deal in the books.  Hopefully Rantanen, Laine, and Connor get done before the season starts.

Even though he’s… not good at hockey, Zack Kassian has the first crack at playing with McJesus and Draisaitl.  That makes him an elite streamer to open the season, and worthy of a late round pick in banger leagues for the massive hits and penalty minutes.

For some reason unbeknownst to me, Aaron Ekblad has been getting first power play time in the preseason in place of Keith Yandle.  I expect that to change quickly as Yandle is far superior to Ekblad on the power play.  In fact, Ekblad is simply not good there at this point of his career.  It’s just worth noting because it would impact their fantasy values, but it would be a huge mistake by Q to not use Yandle on PP1.

The Justin Faulk trade doesn’t make much sense to me from a Blues point of view, especially with the contract extension.  Faulk has received massive PP time for Carolina over the last 5-6 years and has done little with it.  I would have rather stood pat in the Blues’ shoes.  This should eliminate any PP time for Colton Parayko.  He’s fallen straight into the “better in real life than fantasy” category and should not be drafted.  For Carolina, either Dougie Hamilton or Jake Gardiner will get PP1.  I’m really hoping for Dougie as he could easily be a top 5 defenseman if that happens.  Gardiner should be a solid 3/4 either way.

First crack at playing with Boeser and Pettersson appears to be Michael Ferland with J.T. Miller playing with Horvat.  Personally, I’d rather Miller be setting them up instead of having a grinder like Ferland, but we’ll see if it even lasts.  Ferland’s top six spot is virtually locked in making him a great value in banger leagues.  This could help Horvat pile up more shots, although it is worth noting that they’re trying him on PP2 for now.

Nashville has blown up their top line from the past few seasons putting Kyle Turris on the wing with Filip Forsberg forming a line with Duchene and Granlund.  That leads me to believe that Forsberg’s new line will get heavy offensive zone starts so I’d boost all of them up slightly in my rankings.  Turris is given a prime opportunity to bounce back on the wing, but I have my doubts.  I’m already low on Johansen, but this makes me somewhat concerned with Arvidsson.  Not that much though, because his shot rate is truly elite and the goals will come with that.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Monday with a season preview.  Be sure to check out Sven’s team previews for the time being.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. toolshed says:
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    Hi viz, got another goalie question. I couldn’t get bishop so I took grubauer. We have to start 2. Wins and shutouts are all that we count for scoring h2h. 81.5m cap. Goalies left are price 15m, Gibson 6.4m, mrazek 3m, markstrom 4m. There are a few others who split more time too but who do you like best from above based on value and the stats we count. I assume volume is key. Thanks

    Reply

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Definitely Mrazek, huge fan of him this year since I like carolina a lot. I think he’s the best of the group and the cheapest so sign me up

  2. toolshed says:
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    Strategy question, if we start 4 def, would you try to pay up for a stud defenseman like burns who is at 10m when my cap is 81.5m and then try to piece together defenseman who are a little cheaper or pay the money for higher priced forwards after the elite guys are gone. I am just trying to figure out how to maximize value. I can find forwards at reasonable prices who will give me points but most defensmen are much higher. Where do you like spending the most money 8 forwards, 2 goalies and 4 defense.

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    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      It’s all about value where you can get it. If you can get some of the young defensemen I’m high on like Makar, Hughes, even DeAngelo for cheap, then you can go that route for sure and pay elsewhere. But obviously those guys will be in demand so I’m good with spending up on the right defenseman too. I wouldn’t say I’d have a set strategy, I’d get a list of cheaper guys to target and then expensive guys to spend up on and see how things develop. Burns is such a beast that I can definitely support spending up on him

  3. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    16 team dynasty with 7 max prospect list. hits/blocks/PPP/SHP/faceoff wins/faceoff losses (so grabbing a guy who just gets faceoff attempts isn’t good in and of itself)/shot %. roto. real life sized rosters. have a bunch of guys i have to call up before i can make my 1.16 first round pick. i’m TB based and need at least 6 of those at all times.
    C: zibanejad, hintz (LW), druin (LW), c.white (RW), kempe, zacha
    LW: ferland (RW), gourde (RW), t.johnson (RW), t.meier (RW), comtois (could be put into prospect), palat
    RW: kucherov, stamkos (C), r.stome (C), zuccarello, fabbri (LW), heinen (RW)
    D: c.murphy, hedman, shattenkirk, sergachev, dumoulin, chabot, edler
    IR (infinite, anybody that can’t play for any reason here): marleau (C/LW)
    G: (as many as i want from one real life team and up to 1 other): vas, bishop
    prospect list: r.thomas (70 games, has to come up in not too long), gusev, kostin, clague, kaut, sorokin, tippett, probably gotta drop one of these to draft anybody too.

    so gotta drop 4 from the active, some are healthy in IR slots (which is fine for non adding, but here i’m about to add), possibly one from prospect.

    • Viz

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      This is tough since I’d be considering cutting some Tampa guys. I think Fabbri has to go. I still like the upside but the downside is much lower and for now, he’s stuck in the bottom 6. Probably Connor Murphy as well. After that, I’m kind of torn. Maybe Kempe and send Comtois down for now and decide later? I’d like to get Thomas in the lineup to start though. I guess the next guys down are white and strome? Man this is brutal.

      I’d say Kaut or Clague on the cut depending on if you want the F or D. I’d say Clague has a bit more upside while Kaut is a safe projection to a middle 6 forward

  4. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey,

    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep10), stats (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG), (W, GAA, SV, SHO), 30 moves per year MAX, no streaming

    C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

    I’ll post my team below to help, but for my upcomingdraft I have the 2nd overall pick and the
    5th overall pick. Based on who’s available (and my team) who would you try and grab in these slots? Please give me your top 5 in order, just in case guys get scooped on other persons picks (currently leaning Huberdeau/P. Hughes and Fluery). League is very Goalie heavy, most people have 3-4 on their team.

    Available guys:

    Forwards – J. Huberdeau, J. Benn, A. Radulov, J. Marchessault, E. Kuznetsov, N. Backstrom, J. Hughes, K. Kakko

    Defence – C. Maker, PK. Subban, K. Letang, T. Krug, T. Barrie, S. Weber, M. Dumba, D. Hamilton, K. Yandle

    Goalie – M.A. Fleury, P. Grubauer, M. Jones

    Here are my 10 Keepers:
    C – C. McDavid
    C – A. Barkov
    C – P. L. Dubois
    LW – C. Giroux (C, , LW, RW)
    LW – F. Forsberg
    LW – V. Arvidsson (LW, RW)
    RW – T. Meier (RW/LW)
    RW – C. Keller (LW, RW)
    RW –
    D – J. Klingberg
    D –
    D –
    D –
    Util –
    G – C. Hellebuyck
    G –

    Best regards,
    Marv

    • Viz

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      Hey marv, hope all is well! Is this keep any 10 forever? Kind of changes things a bit. Also do you mean people carry 3-4 goalies or already have that many? I assume the former. Anyways, if you want to get a goalie early, I’d definitely want MAF or Grubauer. Jones isn’t a consideration. I actually have Grubauer ranked higher on MAF but in the same tier.

      Given all of the shooting categories, I prefer Kakko to Hughes as well, but you can go either way there. Also, your keepers are insane. Anyways, my order would be something like this I guess?

      Huberdeau, Grubauer, MAF, Kakko, Hughes. Obviously if you take one goalie, cross off the other, so then add Radulov to the end of the list, or any of Subban, Letang, Dougie, dumba to the list. Given that you need 3D still, that’s a legit option. Any questions about what I said, let me know.

  5. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Looking to finalize my 2 keepers, 14 team h2h

    Cats: G A Pts PIM PPP SHP GWG
    Goalies: W GAA SO

    I’m leaning Burns and Bobrovsky but also have Hall and Petterson

    thanks man

    • Viz

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      Personally I prefer to wait on goalies so I’d go burns and hall. I feel like that’s even more the case in your point system without save percentage as a category. It’s all about volume In the number of goalie starts you can get, even more than the quality of the goalie honestly, I’d be loading up on skaters early and often.

  6. Jeff P says:
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    What’s a good place to play in a money league? Yahoo doesn’t offer pro leagues this year and Fantrax is not available in New Jersey.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I believe NFFC is having money leagues this time around. Otherwise, probably have to concentrate on DFS instead of season long

      • Jeff P says:
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        Ugh, they are points and weekly. Looking for Roto and daily.
        So disappointed in yahoo not offering pro/cash leagues this year.

  7. Mr. A Knife says:
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    12 teamer, post keepers (start 2, min 3 starts a week h2h league). goals against is also a scoring category so having less starts sometimes is ok. we keep 7 and i kept price. these are left over, want to try to get a general strategy here for which groups i should grab out of rest of way, starting in round 8, i have the 11th in evens, 2nd in odds.
    tier 3: grubauer
    4: mrazek, murray, dubs
    5: demko, lehner, crawford, raanta
    6: greiss, rittich, hutton, halak, blackwood, saros, talbot, ullmark
    7: all the rest are available

    i don’t tend to own 4 at a time. some do that though.

    • Viz

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      I would probably look to get one of Grubauer or Mrazek, mostly because I am very high on both. Odds are you can wait quite a bit on Mrazek, so if you don’t want to use an early pick on Grubauer, I’d try to wait a few rounds and then lock in Mrazek. After that, I’d probably want to own only three goalies, so it’s up to you if you’d rather it be a guy with volume or if you’d rather a guy who starts less but is higher quality. I wouldn’t sweat who my third goalie is too much if you have Price and one of the other two. Generally I like to gamble on my third goalie.

  8. LG Hockey says:
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    Viz!

    You are the best in the business buddy. Your rankings were unreal and feel really good about my draft last night even though I had a poor draft slot and had traded away a few early round picks last year.

    Would like your assessment of my team and some goalie advice as I ended up keeping big D versus keeping Bishop. To recap I’m in a 10 teamer, H2H with G,A,P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG and W, Sv %, GAA and SO. My team:

    C – Eichel
    C – Larkin
    LW – DeBrincat
    LW – Svechnikov
    RW – Kucherov
    RW – Pastrnak
    D – Hedman
    D – Carlson
    D – Josi
    D – Sergachev
    Bn – Olofsson

    G- Mrazek
    G – Kuemper
    Bn – Demko
    Bn – Saros
    Bn – Greiss

    Waiver goalies available: Blackwood, Markstrom, Halak, Howard, Crawford

    I loaded up on some top backups and lottery tickets in goal but feel really good with my skaters. Let me know what you think of the team and if you would make any goalie swaps from the wire.

    Also the guy who took Grubauer the pick before me (can’t believe it) may want to move him for one of my D’s. Let me know if you would do that.

    Thanks Viz!

    LG

    • Viz

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      Thanks LG, appreciate it! Your skaters are incredible, good god! Everyone else is in trouble there. I think I would just roll with what you have instead of anyone else on the waiver wire. I’m a bit lower on Kuemper than consensus, but he’s still worth holding. If you want to grab Halak or Crawford over Demko, I think that’s reasonable, but I like the upside there. My one question is if this is weekly set lineups or daily roster changes. If it’s daily, I wouldn’t really want to carry 5 goalies, I’d rather get more starts from my skaters and let go of one of those guys.

      As for the trade, that’s obviously up to you and what you prefer out of your team. Generally, I don’t care as much about goalie in head to head leagues because variance swamps everything over one week, so I’d lean towards keeping your big 3 on defense, but I obviously understand not wanting Mrazek to be your #1, and in terms of value I think Grubauer is about even with Josi.

      • LG Hockey says:
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        Thanks Viz,

        It’s a weekly lineup league so sounds like holding for a bit to wait and see how some of the goalie situations play out may make sense. The good news I can try to be ahead of the curve as different goalies emerge as there were solid waiver picks up to be made last year and expect the same this year.

        Again appreciate your hard work and rankings!

        LG

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          yes, agree, let’s see how those goaltending situations shape up to open the season.

  9. toolshed says:
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    Hi viz, where some cheap forwards that you like? Do you also like any other cheap /lower cost def other than maker, Hughes and deangelo? Cheap also is a relative term. I guess I am looking for some of your favorite value guys with salaries under $4m and also under $2m. Thanks

    • Viz

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      This list should help you quite a bit for forwards, although some guys are on new deals: https://www.capfriendly.com/cost-per-point/2019

      Labanc is a great forward option here and my favorite outside of rookies like Olofsson. Could see Cirelli as a breakout too

  10. jason batteiger says:
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    12 teamer with hits/blocks/PPP/SHP/faceoffs/points (in addition to goals and assists), goals against added to (min 3 starts per week) h2h keep 7 league. let’s see if this looks good.
    C (2) mackinnon (K), monahan (K), dubois (K), kadri (12th, yep, got him back while not keeping, didn’t get horvat back though), karlsson (14)
    LW (2) e.kane (K), schenn (actually is a center though, so more faceoffs, he’s my 6th C, also hits/PIMs/blocks on him, 11), niederriter (RW, 15) perron (RW, 22)
    RW (2): rantanen (K), t.meier (LW, 8), kase (17), zucker (LW, 20), olofson (RW, 24, might have to go off of him though for a hitter type like kassian or somebody, just missed ferland)
    F (2)
    W (2)
    D (6): klingberg (K), dougie (9, went him over rielly since the secondary stats are better, and the shots, possibly less points), morrissey (13), edler (16, very valuable in extra cats), gardiner (19), seabrook (21), fabbro (23)
    G: (2): price (K), mrazek (10, 4th goalie off the board post keepers, this league people keep a lot of goalies), demko (18)

    sounds like gardiner is dealing with something so i’ll add another D man in 2 nights.
    1 util

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Looks pretty damn good, well done

  11. Euroalien says:
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    Would love to get your thoughts on my team….. 12 Team Head-to-Head (Fantrax). Any immediate weaknesses?

    C Nico Hischier NJ
    C Nazem Kadri COL
    C Sam Reinhart BUF
    C Mark Scheifele WPG
    LW Max Domi MON
    LW Chris Kreider NYR
    LW Brad Marchand BOS
    LW Andrei Svechnikov CAR
    RW Cam Atkinson CBJ
    RW Mike Hoffman FLA
    RW Ondrej Kase ANA
    RW Mikko Rantanen COL
    D Adam Boqvist CHI
    D Tony DeAngelo NYR
    D Matt Dumba MIN
    D Mattias Ekholm NSH
    D Dougie Hamilton CAR
    D Matt Niskanen PHI
    G Philipp Grubauer COL
    G Petr Mrazek CAR

    Reserves
    C Eric Staal MIN
    LW Victor Olofsson BUF
    RW Drake Batherson OTT
    D Kevin Shattenkirk TB
    G Thatcher Demko VAN

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Man, that offense is looking great. Obviously I’m a bit biased since those are two of my favorite three goalies this season in terms of being undervalued, but I really like what you’re working with. It’s not a weakness, but you can safely get rid of Boqvist, he’s not going to be making the opening night roster for Chicago and I don’t think he’s going to be up anytime soon.

      • Euroalien says:
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        Thanks Viz! Really appreciate the feedback. Primarily used your rankings for my draft & had the 12th pick! I’ll try and grab Miller (Buf) off the waiver wire for Boqvist. Good Luck this season!

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          No problem! Seems like a good idea with Miller. Thanks, you too!

  12. slimbo says:
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    hey hows it going VIZ!

    do you have any prospect lists? looking to grab some NA players in my dynasty

    cheers

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hey Slimbo! I don’t have a list myself, but Sven’s team previews have prospect lists at the bottom for every team. I highly recommend the prospect guys who write for the athletic, they do a lot of great stuff that I don’t have the time for at the lower levels. Their hockey writing alone is worth the subscription.

  13. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Got offered Forsberg, Voracheck, Faulk for my Rantanen, Klingberg

    Cats: G A Pts +/- PIM Hits Blocks SOG

    12 team h2h

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      My team:

      2 C: Eichel, Couture
      2 LW: Guentzel, Nuge
      2 RW: Kucherov, Rantanen
      4 D: Klingberg, Giordano, Theodore, Buff
      2 Util: Atkinson, Kadri
      BN: Kreider, Hornquist, Brown, Coleman, Dahlbeck
      2 G: Hellebuyck, Raanta

      going after Jimmy Howard, Criag Anderson, Gardiner and Filip Hronek on waivers

    • Viz

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      I would hold. Faulk does next to nothing for me in 12 man leagues, and Rantanen is easily the best player. I wouldn’t touch Howard or Anderson, both will do more damage than good. Gardiner or Hronek would be nice

  14. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz do you see Greiss as an upgrade over Howard?

    Been offered Greiss Laine Keller for my Howard Atkinson Guentzel

    12 team h2h
    G A Pts +/- Sog Hits Blocks
    GS W L Sv% Sho

    My goalies right now are Hellebuyck Rantaa Howard

    • Viz

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      I think he is, yes. Greiss will be more valuable, although the volume won’t match Howard’s. That’s a really close trade, mostly because I am down on Keller compared to most. I don’t have a real preference on it either way.

  15. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Hope you’re still checking this blog entry. Thanks for all your hard work this preseason. So, I did my draft last night and goalies really flew off the board… 3 in the first round, 4 in the second, 5 in the third. I maybe should have expected it with the doofuses in my league but I feel like I was caught a little flat footed. My goalies are:

    Gibson (pick 39, 4th round… Grubauer went with pick 38)
    Lehner (pick 82, 7th round)
    Greiss (pick 87, 8th round)

    Gibson was the 13th goalie off the board, Lehner was 25th, and Greiss was 27th.

    How do you feel in general about this trio to start the year? Gibson sounds like he’s a little banged up and Lehner and Greiss are in timeshares. But I’m hoping the starts I do get from the latter pair will be good enough, even if the volume isn’t there compared to the other teams in my league.

    There are really only backups on the wire right now so no moves to be made yet. I guess if I’m hurting for starts I’ll stream guys in (we get 4 acquisitions per week) and watch your notes for potential pickups as the season gets going.

    Thanks for any advice and looking forward to the season!!

    • Viz

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      I think you should be fine. You got good value on these guys and considering how early they were taking them, I can’t imagine you could make a trade for a goalie without massively overpaying, so I agree that you’ll have to stream if say, Varlamov dominates the starts, but I think you should be fine. Your offense has to be a step ahead of everybody’s if 12 goalies went in the first three rounds, and that is far more important than goalies.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        Hey Viz! Thanks for the prompt reply and for putting my mind at ease. I hate stressing too much before the puck has even dropped on the new season, you know? I mean, what’s the point?

        I followed your ranks and came away with Kane, Pastrnak, Wheeler, and Bergeron — that’s 4 guys in your top 25 or so in a 12 teamer. I like them all. Then I had to join in on the whole goalie nonsense but later got Letang, Dougie, Pietrangelo and Ellis for my DMen (oh and Sergachev at pick 178!). I hopefully got a little grit in Brady Tkachuk and Oshie and a do-it-all kinda guy in Marchessault. Somehow I got the complete Vegas line of March, Karlsson, and Smith which will be fun when they score goals…

        OK, sorry to bore you with all that. Thanks again for the advice on the goalies! Let’s hope it pans out. Cheers!

        • Viz

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          Haha I hear you, it’s only natural to worry about your team, but I preach patience for the first month of the season to see how things develop, I think you’ll be just fine. That’s an excellent start, you should be in great shape! I’m expecting the Vegas guys to fall in-between the last two seasons, and if anything close to two years ago. Should be exciting times.

          No bore at all Jake, happy to help. Don’t hesitate to ask anything throughout the season if things come up. Good luck!

          • JakeTPE says:
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            Thanks, Viz! You are a credit to the great Razzball brand! Patience is the key. I will definitely be checking out the Notes and enjoying the hockey season with you and everyone here. Cheers!

  16. Tony Stark says:
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    Hey Viz,

    Had my 10 team ESPN draft last night. H2H Categories – G/A/PPP/SOG/Hits/+-/W/SO/GAA/SV%

    C-Stamkos
    C-Malkin
    LW-Ovechkin
    LW-Labanc
    RW-Tarasenko
    LW-Niederreiter
    D-Hedman
    D-Hamilton
    D-Krug
    D-Q. Hughes
    UT-Hischier
    B-Gusev
    B-Streaming Spot
    B-Streaming Spot

    In a shallow format like this I am not worried about goalies. Last year I had Gibson/Dubynk/Murray and cut all of them and picked up Kuemper/Hart/Binnington and won it all.

    Any thoughts on my team and where I can upgrade? Worried I may be light in hits.

    • Viz

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      Looking pretty good. You may be a little light in hits, but that’s very easy to stream. I’d see how things go first before making any big moves to acquire hits because I think you’ll be fine. Definitely should crush offensively and agree on goalies.

      • Tony Stark says:
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        Thanks Viz, I was able to win my league last year thanks to following you all year long. Hoping we can pull a repeat!

  17. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz do you see Greiss as an upgrade over Howard?

    Been offered Greiss Laine Keller for my Howard Atkinson Guentzel

    12 team h2h
    G A Pts +/- Sog Hits Blocks
    GS W L Sv% Sho

    My goalies right now are Hellebuyck Rantaa Howard

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