Everyone knew that Elias Pettersson was an elite prospect who was going to score plenty in the NHL. In a year where rookies around the NHL actually look like rookies, Pettersson is lighting the world on fire. Petterson scored two goals and added three assists in the 7-6 win over Colorado on Friday, boosting his totals to an insane 9+6 in 9 games so far. Obviously he’s not going to shoot 39% all season, but after lower minutes to open the year, Pettersson has played at least 18 minutes in each of the last four games, including the last two over 20. For redrafts, he should be a borderline top 50 player this season. In dynasties, Pettersson is a top 20 talent. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Keith Yandle – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. Yandle has been outstanding in the opening month sitting at over a point per game with quality PIM and elite shots. Given his usage, Yandle could be in line for a huge season.
Evgenii Dadonov – Goal and an assist with four shots. Like Yandle, Dadonov has been great. He’s currently on an eight game point streak and the shots are piling up.
Jonathan Huberdeau – Two assists. The points have come in bunches but the overall totals are strong.
Roberto Luongo – 32 saves on 34 shots in the 4-2 win over the Jets. Nice to see Strombone back between the pipes. He should be owned everywhere despite getting less volume than most #1’s.
Blake Wheeler – Two assists with a shot. Wheeler is stockpiling the assists in the early going. He’s a beast across the board, plain and simple.
Nathan MacKinnon – Two goals and an assist with eight shots, while Mikko Rantanen had three more assists. What these guys are doing is insane. Rantanen leads the league in points with 24 in 14 games, including 19 assists! Meanwhile, MacKinnon has 11+10 putting on 4.5 shots per game. It’s getting close to the point where they’re considering the best line in hockey.
Colin Wilson – Two assists with three shots. That’s two strong games in a row for Wilson after eight blanks, but it’ll take a bit more for me to consider him anything more than a bottom end streamer.
Alex Kerfoot – Goal and an assist with two PIM. It’s sad when 25 shots in 14 games is a nice upgrade, but that’s much better than what Kerfoot did last season. He’s a middling streamer at this point.
Brock Boeser – Two goals and two assists with eight shots. It’s safe to say that Boeser and Pettersson are enjoying playing together. The Canucks are going to be damn good in a couple seasons.
Nikolay Goldobin – Two assists with a shot. He’s the lucky guy playing with Boeser and Pettersson at the moment. Goldobin has huge upside, but for now, he’s only a bottom end streamer.
Alex Goligoski – Three assists with a shot. That’s a four game point streak for Gogo, totaling seven points. I’m still passing though outside of deep leagues.
The Sabres put up 9 goals on Saturday against Ottawa, seven of which were in the first 28 minutes of the game. Running down every player seems like a waste, so the notables:
Jason Pominville – Two goals and an assist with six shots. Since the top line has been together, Pominville and Jeff Skinner (2+1, 5 SOG) lead the league in points with 13, while Jack Eichel (3A, 3 SOG) has 12. They’re dominating, and they should all be owned. As mentioned before, Pominville will almost certainly slow down, but you have to ride the hot schmotato.
Kyle Brodziak – Two goals on four shots with two PIM. And there’s your annual Brodziak update!
Jujhar Khaira – Two assists with a shot. Another fourth liner who doesn’t mean jack for fantasy.
Connor McDavid – Two assists with two shots. It almost feels disappointing that McDavid had two points against Detroit.
Gustav Nyquist – Two assists with a shot. Nyquist is piling up the assists with 11 in 14 games (and one goal). That’s a middling streamer with upside if Detroit trades him into a better situation.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – 34 saves on 35 shots in the 4-1 win over Montreal. Business as usual for Vas as he improved to a 1.98/.935 line in 10 starts. And that’s why he was my #1 goalie in the preseason.
Steven Stamkos – Two goals assisted by Nikita Kucherov. Only a matter of time until these two go on a massive tear.
Anton Stralman – Three assists. One of the most underrated players of the past decade, Stralman doesn’t carry much fantasy value.
Thomas Greiss – 35 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Devils. Greiss has been incredible in the early going with a .944 save percentage in six starts, with his only dud coming against the powerhouse Predators. I’d stream him in most matchups if you need goaltending help. I’ve long been a fan of Greiss and could see him becoming a hold if he gets enough playing time.
Josh Bailey – Two assists with four shots. Eight game point streak for Bailey who has done quite well without Tavares. The shots still suck, but everything else is strong.
Frederik Andersen – 31 save shutout in the 5-0 win over the Penguins. Great start to the year for Andersen who has a much lower GAA than I anticipated (2.28). It will probably regress some, but the numbers will be #1 worthy come the end of the season.
John Tavares – Goal and an assist with six shots. Tavares was spectacular in this game; the Penguins had no answer for him. Great for him to step up with Matthews down.
Morgan Rielly – Two goals on three shots. The jump we’ve all been waiting for from Rielly is happening before our very eyes.
Kasperi Kapanen – Two assists with three shots. He’s a bottom end hold, although that could change very quickly depending on ice time and usage without Matthews.
Mitch Marner – Two assists with six shots. Marner looks fantastic with Tavares as anticipated.
Jason Spezza – Goal and an assist with two shots. Bottom end streamer while he’s getting top PP time.
Nicklas Backstrom – Goal and an assist with three shots. We need more of these three shot games from Backstrom and less of the zeros. We know the assists will be great, but the goals and shots are always up in the air.
Nick Seeler – Goal and two assists with four shots. Seeler didn’t have a point in his first twelve games this year and it was his first career goal in 35 games. The bottom end guys for Minnesota killed the Blues on Saturday, but there’s nothing to see in fantasy. Congrats on entering the Razzball Database!
Devan Dubnyk – 15 saves on 16 shots in the 5-1 win over the Blues. Doesn’t get any easier than that for Dubnyk.
Jaroslav Halak – 39 saves on 40 shots as the tough luck loser in the 1-0 loss to Smashville. Halak has been much better than Rask in the first month, but I have to assume Rask still gets the majority of the starts come the end of the season. Halak is a borderline hold right now and should be streamed in every start until he cools down.
Roman Josi – Goal on ten shots. Do as the Roman does!
Pekka Rinne – 26 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Bruins. He’s been great since coming back and there’s no reason to expect that to change with the team in front of him.
Elias Lindholm – Three assists with three shots. The top line ruled the day as Sean Monahan scored twice and Johnny Gaudreau dished two assists. They’ve all been great to open the season. For some reason, Lindholm is still widely available in fantasy leagues. He needs to be owned everywhere.
Mikael Backlund – Goal and an assist with five shots. Backlund remains a middling streamer.
Erik Haula – Two assists with a shot and two PIM. After a rough start, Haula has six points in his last six games. He’s on the edge of middling and elite streamer, leaning towards middle because the shots have been wildly inconsistent.
Marc-Andre Fleury – 34 save shutout in the 3-0 win over Carolina. Fleury has been rough to open the season with a .901 save percentage, and that’s after this shutout. Regression was certainly coming, but the hope was that it wouldn’t be this bad. I think we’ll see some bounce back, but expect Fleury to finish as a #2, not #1.
Jack Campbell – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 4-1 win over Columbus. Campbell should probably be owned given that he’s the #1 for the foreseeable future, but there are going to be plenty of ups and downs behind that Kings team.
Dustin Brown – Goal and two assists. Brown is picking up where he left off last season. I can’t believe he’s bounced back to be fantasy relevant after being terrible for multiple seasons.
Jeff Carter – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. Carter is finally starting to round into form. Being patient with him will be rewarding.
Drew Doughty – Two assists with a shot. Doughty’s shot rate has really fallen off a cliff. At this rate, he won’t sniff double digits, which is a huge problem for his value. I still like him as a #2D, but there’s even some worry there.
Oskar Lindblom – Two assists. He’s been playing well lately, but he blocked a shot in the third period and did not return. He’s a bottom end streamer right now assuming he’s okay, but Lindbolm does have some upside.
Timo Meier – Two goals on five shots with two PIM. One of my favorite breakout candidates is blowing away even my expectations for his best case scenario. Meier already has 11 goals in 14 games. Add in that he had 51 PIM last season and that he’s over 3 shots per game, and a top 50 season is well within reason.
Kevin Labanc – Two assists with two shots. Solid streamer with upside to be a bottom end hold if he can find some consistency.
Jimmy Vesey – Two goals. Don’t care outside of the deepest of leagues.
Henrik Lundqvist – 39 saves on 40 shots in the 3-1 win over the Sabres. The King stay The King! Hank had it going Sunday night. He’s been damn good, but the wins and GAA aren’t going to be there because of the team in front of him. Lundqvist should still be a quality source of save percentage.
Ryan McDonagh – Three assists with three shots. As mentioned on Friday, McDonagh needs to be owned in all formats until Hedman returns.
Brayden Point – Goal and an assist with two shots. Just a fantastic start for Point across the board with 8+9 in 14 games.
Mark Stone – Two assists with two shots. He’s so damn good and I hope that Ottawa moves him. In that case, Stone would get a big boost and could make a huge difference come playoff time.
Pierre-Luc Dubois – Two goals on three shots with six PIM. I wrote a couple times that it was only a matter of time for Dubois to get going like his linemates are. The minutes are insane so Dubois will take off sooner than later.
Seth Jones – Two assists with two shots. Jones played over 30 minutes in this one on the second of a back-to-back, so it’s safe to assume that he’s just fine after coming back from injury.
Cam Fowler – Hat trick on six shots with two PIM. The ultra-rare defenseman hat trick! Fowler remains a bottom end hold; this game doesn’t change that.
That’s all for now guys. Depending on how many goals there are in the games tonight, I might have daily notes on Tuesday. Either way, I will have a set on Wednesday. Lackeydrinksonme’s streamer post will be out this afternoon so be sure to check that out! As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or make any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!