Has¬†Sam Reinhart¬†lived up to being the second overall pick in his draft?¬† Definitely not.¬† Is the book closed on him becoming a great player?¬† I don’t think so.¬† Reinhart has shown flashes this season but his quality of linemate has been quite poor.¬† Last game, Reinhart moved to the first line with¬†Jack Eichel¬†and¬†Evander Kane.¬† This move paid dividends on Tuesday night where Reinhart scored a goal and two assists with four shots playing 18:36 in the 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.¬† What does this mean going forward?¬† Well, Reinhart becomes an elite streamer and potential hold as long as he’s playing with Eichel and Kane.¬† Subjectively, I think Reinhart has been much stronger on the puck this year and if not for Eichel missing a glorious chance and another point blank save, Reinhart could have easily reached 4-5 points in this game.¬† Obviously we can’t expect that on a nightly basis but there’s no reason Reinhart can’t play around a 25+35 pace going forward.¬† Here’s to hoping Phil Housley does what’s right and keeps him there.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league the past two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid joins me per usual to hit on a wide range of topics.¬† After running down the latest injuries, we have a free flowing conversation talking about the latest trends around the NHL and what to make of them going forward.¬† Among the talking points are¬†Blake Wheeler’s dominance, the Rangers hot streak, elite goaltenders turning it around and¬†Jason Zucker’s hot streak. As always, we wrap things up with our picks for the Three Point Challenge.¬† Be sure to make your pick below.¬†¬†All of that and more on the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!¬†¬†Please, blog, may I have some more?
Add another goalie to the list of guys who struggled in the opening month only to turn it around.¬†¬†Braden Holtby, the consensus #1 goaltender going into the season, showed us why this weekend with two big performances.¬† Holtby saved 27 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Penguins and followed it up with 29 saves in the 2-1 SO win over the Oilers.¬† Just like that, his save percentage is back to its normal level.¬† Sure, the goals against average is still a little high, but goals are up around the league and it’s not out of the realm of possibility it goes back down.¬† With the massive win total as well, expect Holtby to get back to the #1 goalie by season’s end.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In Wednesday’s daily notes, I said that if I could, I would be looking to buy low on all of the elite goalies.¬† Obviously some at different levels than others, but everyone knows my love for¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†and the Wild as a regular season team.¬† I own plenty of Dubnyk stock again this year and it’s been nowhere near as fun as last season when he took the league by storm.¬† Dubnyk was a monster on Thursday night stopping all 41 shots he faced in the 3-0 win over the Canadiens.¬† Four of Dubnyk’s last eight starts (yes, one has bad against Toronto Wednesday but that’s Toronto) have been strong so perhaps there’s something building here.¬† Expect things for Dubnyk, and the Wild in general, to keep improving sooner than later.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There were seven early games on Tuesday night, all of which hit the under.¬† That didn’t stop a few superstars from having a big night.¬† Among that select group was¬†Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored a goal and two assists with seven shots in the 3-1 win over the Devils.¬† He came into the game with an upper body injury making him unclear for the game last night but that didn’t stop him from keeping up his excellent play.¬† Tarasenko has been a five category monster in the early going, scoring 8 goals and 11 assists through 16 games with a whopping +14 rating and over four shots per game.¬† He’s done actually what you hoped for using a late first round pick on him, or a second round pick if you were lucky enough that Tarasenko fell to you.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
After months of waiting,¬†Matt Duchene¬†has finally been traded!¬† We spend almost the entire episode breaking down the recent blockbuster where Duchene moved to Ottawa,¬†Kyle Turris¬†went to Nashville, and Colorado received a pile of future assets.¬† Who won and lost the trade for both now and the long term?¬† What can¬†Samuel Girard,¬†Shane Bowers¬†and¬†Vladislav Kamenev¬†bring to the table for Colorado?¬† What is the fantasy impact for these players along with their new linemates?¬† Every angle is looked at thoroughly to give you in-depth analysis on this trade.¬† After that, we make our picks for The Three Point Challenge.¬† Be sure to make your pick in the comments section below.¬† All of that and more on the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!Please, blog, may I have some more?
I normally don’t give the extended intro to the same player twice in a short period of time but my boy¬†Blake Wheeler¬†gets the honor tonight.¬† Wheeler’s excellent play continued on Monday night dishing four assists in the 4-1 win over the Stars, adding four shots and a +3 rating.¬† All of a sudden, Wheeler is quietly creeping up on the Tampa duo sitting third in the league in points.¬† 5+16, +7, 14 PIM, 9 STP, 46 SOG is Wheeler’s line through 14 games.¬† I don’t know what you guys think of that but it seems like an okay start to the season.¬† Loyal readers know I’ve long praised Wheeler as the most underrated superstar in the game and there are simply few players who consistently play at the level he does.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the 6 game slate on Monday:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It seems like forever and a day since¬†Matt Duchene¬†requested a trade from the Colorado Avalanche.¬† His wish finally came true on Sunday in a massive three-way trade between the Avs, Senators, and Predators.¬† The Sens acquired Duchene, the Predators received Reid’s favorite¬†Kyle Turris and the Avs get a ton of future assets.¬† For the Senators, I’m not a big fan.¬† Is Duchene better than Turris?¬† I would say so and Duchene had one more year on his contract than Turris.¬† However, adding a ton here, including a first round pick and¬†Shane Bowers, their first round pick from the 2017 draft, is a lot to add.¬† For Smashville, adding Turris without losing anyone from the current roster besides¬†Samuel Girard¬†is a nice move for a team positioned to go for it.¬† It may be more futures heavy than Colorado originally wanted but boy, did they get a ton in this move.¬† They effectively received 2 1sts, 3 2nds, a third and¬†Andrew Hammond¬†for goaltender depth in the organization.¬† I love this move for Colorado long term, like the aggressiveness of Nashville using futures to push (and like signing Turris immediately to a 6/36 deal), and question Ottawa’s decision here.
For fantasy, Duchene probably gets a small boost because he should slide onto a line with Hoffman and Stone right away.¬† Assuming Turris plays with Forsberg, I think this move could help him as well (at the least it’s neutral).¬† I’m very interested to see if Girard plays for the Avs right away.¬† He looked great in his brief stint for Nashville and the former second round pick could becomes fantasy relevant immediately if he’s in Denver.¬† I’ll be sure to talk more about this trade with Reid on Tuesday’s podcast.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened this weekend around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The difference between¬†Mark Scheifele¬†being a first round fantasy pick and a middling to late second round pick comes down to his shot rate.¬† He scored 32 goals last season but his 20% shooting percentage was due to regress.¬† While the shots haven’t been coming in, they did on Thursday and the goals were flowing.¬† Scheifele scored a hat trick on four shots in the 5-2 win over the Stars.¬† That brings him to 7 goals and 8 assists in 12 games, an excellent start for Scheifele.¬† Still, I have to assume the goals are going to drop since he has only 23 SOG on the season.¬† Scheifele should be a point per game regardless but again, shots are what we need for him to jump into superstar fantasy status.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In an opening month where tons of goalies are struggling,¬†Corey Crawford¬†certainly is not.¬† Crawford continued his excellent play on Wednesday making 35 saves for a shutout against the Flyers.¬† Crawford sits with a sub 2.00 GAA and > .940 save percentage.¬† To quote Larry David, “pretty, pretty, pretty good.”¬† He’s going a long way in masking some of the problems that the Blackhawks have.¬† Regardless, we all knew Crawford was a #1 fantasy goalie but perhaps he plays his way into the upper tier?¬† To be honest, the Blackhawks probably need it.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?