Hey everyone!  I wanted to do a post focusing on things going on during the preseason.  Injuries, players that are standing out both positively and negatively, interesting line changes, etc.  Let’s get right to it!

Seth Jones is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.  Huge blow to the Blue Jackets given the level Jones was at last season.  This gives a huge boost to Zach Werenski.  He’ll be the PPQB for the first month of the season and there’s a chance that he ends up keeping the job if it goes well like he did as a rookie.  I’d move him up about 20 spots to around 85th overall.  For Jones, I’d still take him around the 15th round in a 12 teamer, but there is some risk even at that price point.

Corey Perry is out for five months following knee surgery.  He was a player that I was avoiding anyways, but still a tough loss for the Ducks.  It’s still unclear who is going to slide into Perry’s spot, but my hope is that it’s Ondrej Kase.  You can probably get him with your last pick in a draft, and given his strong possession and scoring rates last season, Kase could do some real damage with additional ice time and improved teammates.

Alex Galchenyuk is week-to-week with a lower body injury.  That locks up Derek Stepan as the center with Keller, so he becomes a must draft if he wasn’t already.

The Maple Leafs are loading up the first power play unit.  That means Matthews, Tavares, Marner, Rielly, and Nazem Kadri will be together.  Obviously that’s a big boost to Kadri’s stock being the fifth guy, especially because he’s had tons of power play success in the past.  Who this hurts most is Jake Gardiner and William Nylander.  Gardiner is an AAGNOF through and through, but now that is going to drop from last season.  He’s not a guy I particularly want.  Nylander is still without a contract, and even upon his return, his upside takes quite a hit being off the first power play unit.  I already was low on him at 123rd overall, but he’s closer to 170-180 at this point.

Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson have appeared to switch lines in Smashville’s top six.  I don’t think this hurts Arvidsson much given his style of play and that he’s a volume shooter, but this does give Fiala a nice boost.  The offensive upside for Fiala is quite high and puts him up to around 150th overall.  Obviously this can change at any time, but I suspect these switches last for a while into the regular season given the preseason success of Forsberg-Johansen-Fiala.

Skinner-Eichel-Reinhart is a lock at this point.  I’m sliding Skinner and Reinhart up a few spots because this line has great potential at even strength.

Corey Crawford is unlikely to be ready for the season opener.  I’m dropping him down towards 100th overall because the risk is extremely high.  I wouldn’t touch Cam Ward with a ten foot pole, he’s a below replacement level goalie.

Brandon Saad has been skating with Schmaltz and Kane on the second line.  Pretty good spot for him to bounce back.  Still not a big fan, but he’d slide into the top 200 now.

Eeli Tolvanen has been sent down to the AHL after a rough preseason.  I still love the kid long term, but he should be off the board in redrafts right now.  He’ll probably only stay down for 9 games because at that point, he’d have an option to return to the KHL, but even at that point his role would be limited.

Despite all of the offseason talk about James Neal playing on the first line in Calgary, it’s been Elias Lindholm to this point in preseason.  That makes Lindholm an elite streamer with the potential to be a bottom end hold.  I still like Neal on the second line, especially because a big breakout from Tkachuk could be on the horizon, but you can draft him a bit later now.

Tyler Bertuzzi looks like he’ll get first crack on LW1 for Detroit.  Not a big fan of his game, but that makes him streamer worthy at the least.  Trevor Daley will be on the first PP with Green down, but I still wouldn’t touch him.

I have been taking Jesse Puljujarvi with my last pick or two in drafts, and am liking the idea even more now.  He looks to be locked into RW2 with Draisaitl and on the first power play unit.  I think we see a breakout from him after being rushed into the NHL.

Joel Armia will get a chance on Montreal’s first line after being stuck in the bottom six of Winnipeg for years.  I’m not using him yet, but it’s worth monitoring.

Daniel Sprong has been getting time on Crosby’s wing in the preseason.  If that sticks, I think he’ll end up a bottom end hold.  There’s some top end talent here.

In an attempt to balance out the lines, Patrick Maroon is starting off with RoR and Tarasenko.  We’ve seen Maroon be a hold for extended periods in the past, so he’s a great option late in drafts if you need some goals, PIM, and hits if your league includes them.

That’s all for now guys.  Be sure to sign up for an RCL or create your own when you get a chance!  As always, please leave any questions, comments, or suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Kip Kasper says:
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    Great round up. Whats your take on Rattie? Is he gonna stick around with McD?
    Also, whats AAGNOF?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Kip Kasper: Looks like he’s going to stick with McD to start, making him a top end streamer. It stands for Assist’s Ain’t Got NO Face. It’s a play off SAGNOF for baseball. Basically, the guy is going to give a lot of assists and not much else.

  2. Jonathan says:
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    Im interested if you think any of the following three forwards can be a sneaky pickup and which one you’d choose.

    Dominik Kahun, Antti Suomela, and Roope Hintz

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jonathan: I could see it with Roope Hintz depending on if he makes the team and who he plays with if he does.

  3. Jonathan says:
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    Need your opinion on the following 3 and who will make the bigger impact:

    Dominik Kahun, Roope Hintz, or Antti Suomela

  4. Chris says:
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    Great work, Viz!
    I have to choose a U25 keeper in one of my league. I have to choose between Draisaitl, Kyle Connor and Monahan. I know the obvious choice here is Daisaitl, but I’m not really high on him entering the season, neither Monahan. I really like Connor with the Jets so I’m wondering if I might be crazy to choose Connor instead of Draisaitl. What’s your take on this situation? Would you lean towards Connor like I do or more towards a more established vet like Draisaitl or Monahan?

    12 team league, G/A/PPP/HITS/+-/GWG

    Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Chris: I would be between Draisaitl and Connor here. I’m a big Connor fan, but I’d still have to go with Draisaitl, especially with the inclusion of hits (Connor is a near blank there). He also has more more downside in terms of PPP than Leon.

  5. aardvark says:
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    i have joe thornton and patrick maroon on my bench now in a 14 team H2H points league. Should i drop one of them for ondrej kase, jesse puljujarvi, elias lindholm, or daniel sprong?

  6. aardvark says:
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    i have Joe Thornton and Patrick Maroon on my bench in a 14 team H2H points league. Should I drop one of them for jesse puljujarvi, daniel sprong, elias lindholm, or ondrej kase?

  7. Aardvark says:
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    I have joe Thornton and Patrick maroon on my bench in a 14 team H2H points league. Should I drop one of them for Elias Lindholm, Ondrej Kase, Jesse Puljujarvi, or Daniel Sprong?

    • Aardvark says:
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      @Aardvark: sorry about the multi comment ^

    • Aardvark says:
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      @Aardvark: also Ty Rattie is available to add to names above

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aardvark: Depends on your point system. I’d probably hold Maroon for now, but I could see dropping Thornton depending on the point values (i.e. if shots count a fair amount, I’m probably dumping Thornton). Let me know the system and I’ll give you a better idea.

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Viz:
        6 per goal 4 per assist. 1 per shot, 1 per penalty minute, 1 per blocked shot. 2 per ppg, 1 per ppa, .25 per hit

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Aardvark: I’d probably hold tight on Thornton then and see how he starts the year. I’d have a quick trigger dropping him though if it comes to that, but the bonuses for PPP help him out quite a bit.

          • Aardvark says:
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            @Viz: alright man thanks a lot. I’m new to fantasy hockey and new to razzball hockey so might be on here commenting a bit

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              @Aardvark: No problem! Happy to help and glad to have you on board, feel free to ask away.

  8. Shitwolf says:
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    thx for the helpful update buddy… would you drop Bjugstad for Jesse? I was also intrigued by his spot in the lineup and I liked him when I watched him play in the world Jrs.

    thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: No problem! Nah, I’d still hold Bjugstad. He is going to be in a great spot with Trocheck and Hoffman. I do like Puljujarvi’s upside, but the downside is much lower than Bjugstad’s.

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Viz:

        sweet ya that sounds fun too the florida top 6 seem hunky… my other option to drop was debrusk but I already have numerous RW

        Im so happy hockey is back. You are my fantasy batman always watching over my team… thanks batman

  9. LG Hockey says:
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    Viz,

    Was happy with my draft and wanted to get your thoughts on my H2H team. Categories are G,A,P,+/-,PIM,PPP and W, GAA, S%,SO.

    C- Trocheck
    C- Scheifele
    LW- Marchesseault
    LW – Van Reismdyk
    RW – Kucherov
    RW – Pastrnak
    D – Hedman
    D – Carlson
    D – Ristolainen
    D – Colin Miller
    Bn – Bergeron
    Bn – Larkin
    Bn – Mittelstadt
    Bn – J. Schwartz

    G- Hellebuyck
    G – Dubnyk

    Let me know if you see any weaknesses or positions to monitor.

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @LG Hockey: Might be a little light on PIM, but you can always stream someone there if needed. Same with some goalie starts depending on the week, but overall the team looks great!

  10. aardvark says:
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    my roster is:

    c: wheeler
    c: scheifele
    lw: hall
    lw. hoffman
    rw: voracek
    rw: stone
    f: hischier
    f: horvat
    d: ghost bear
    d: carlson
    d: OEL
    d: hattenkirk

    b: maroon
    b: thornton
    b: c. miller

    g: dubnyk
    g: raanta

    do you see any visible holes that i should try to upgrade? i know its still too early to really know.
    H2h points.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @aardvark: Looks pretty good to me!

  11. jason batteiger says:
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    12 team league with hits, PPP, blocks, faceoffs, points (in addition to goals/assists), goals against for goalies added.

    rosters: 2 of each exact forward, 2 W, 2 F, 5 D, 2 G, 5 BN, 2 each IR/IR+ 1 NA.

    seeing just how low price has fallen leads me to this: horvat, monahan, e.kane, mackinnon, ghost, krug, then ONE out of tkachuk (CGY), price, dubois, r.joey, duchesne, pulock, what you think.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: oops, it’s keep 7.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @jason batteiger: and 6 D, not 5, with a util also.

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @jason batteiger: if i don’t keep price i’d pretty much HAVE to go goalie with my 1st round pick (actually 8th round) at 1.10, and only these in the top 20 are not kept: dubnyk (and i’d bet money somebody drafts price ahead of him), crawford, price, raanta, grubauer, allen, m.smith.

    • Viz

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      @jason batteiger: Give me Tkachuk, I don’t want anything to do with Price right now. I’d much prefer Raanta and I’d rather gamble on Crawford coming back or the Avs duo

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Viz: this had to be drafted sat. here’s what happened

        ok, ended up with this, remember points extra category, hits, blocks, faceoffs, goals aginst (h2h league) for goalies as well. i was right, had i kept anybody other than price i’d be forced to grab goalie in 1st round (and it would’ve been worse than price from viz’s rankings), as all of talbot, dubnyk, grubauer, allen, luongo went before my 1st pick (certainly price would’ve been gone)
        C (2) mackinnon (K), monahan (K), horvat (K), kadri (13), little (21)
        LW (2) e.kane (K), patches (10th), lee (17), perron (24)
        RW (2) rantanen (keeping price allowed this, 8), neal (14), fiala (LW, 15), pujujarvi (20)
        W (2)
        F (2)
        1 util
        D (6) krug (K), ghost (K), klingberg (9), pulock (16), seabrook (18), lindholm (19), edler (23)
        G price (K), crawford (11), darling (12), ward (22)

        got the good center base for the faceoffs, got the boring guys who’ve fallen from age etc but pretty much are constantly producers (patches, neal, and patches gets way more hits than i realized) for points. none of my D men (outside of krug/ghost/klingberg’s hits) have glaring weaknesses (which in hits/blocks leagues some do that are high ranked, like those 3), wasn’t willing to spend up on young prospects in a keep 7 league when clear producers were available. sure seems like i did draft one likely keeper (rantanen). i keep noticing that some other teams have far better keepers than me but i never get less than 4th in this league (nor higher than 2nd) probably from them drafting too much long term upside when actual production was quite available (i.e. a lot of them seem to go directly after the players i would in say a 16-20 team dynasty whereas here i don’t). puljujarvi really my only unproven guy.

        meanwhile, now darling’s hurt, who are my 3 adds, only 100 moves per year (while crawford/darling/krug out)
        1 D man: martinez (fills those categories), gudas, niskanen, goligoski, boychuk, savard
        at least ONE goalie having 2 out: c.anderson (at least plays), greiss,

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @jason batteiger: whole league was freaked out (they all told me i was an idiot pretty much for drafting crawford, who went after all of the above and raanta and some others too). yes mrazek is gone too.

        • Viz

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          @jason batteiger: Kind of like Niskanen but I get going with MArtinez for those categories. Getting Crawford is incredible, ignore them, especially since he started practicing today. Man, having goals against added really sucks for Anderson. If you want to gamble on him, that’s okay, but woof.

          • jason batteiger says:
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            @Viz: that’s what i thought, and since i had to already either keep price (i did) or get possibly worse, AND getting stuck with darling (who got hurt not a ton of hours after this draft, or at least the news mentioned it that long after) having crawford effectively at least SORT of draws me back to average goalie team, when it could’ve easily been much worse had say somebody else had any faith in crawford and he went earlier. i’ll try to get both of anderson/greiss, when darling or crawford is back anderson is cut first of course. greiss when the 2nd is back. i doubt anybody spends too much on either of greiss and certainly not on anderson, shit he’s a full starter that wasn’t even drafted (the only)

            • jason batteiger says:
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              @jason batteiger: effectively i got patches and klingberg (two points slot machines at those values, esp klingberg at D relative to where he went, AND wasn’t kept, which seems odd) together from crawford being devalued, if it didn’t look obvious to me as it was happening i’d have had to grab crawford 1-2 rounds earlier at least. patches also gets far more hits than i had ever noticed.

  12. LG Hockey says:
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    Viz,

    I forgot SOG is also a category so skater categories are:

    G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG

    Thanks,
    LG

  13. JJ says:
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    Hey Viz,
    Just looking for a little feedback on my squad. Used your and Lackeys rankings as a template.
    Standard Yahoo roto league with Hits replacing PIMs.
    C-Stamkos(26), Trochek(71)
    RW-Wheeler(23), Kucherov(2)
    LW-Skinner(143), P.L.Dubois(145)
    D-Subban(47), Dumba(95), OEL(119), Trouba(191)
    G-Dubnyk(50), Raanta(74), Crawford(98)
    bench-W.Simmonds(122), A.Lee(167), D.Larkin(170)
    What do you guys think?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @JJ: Looks pretty damn good JJ! I don’t really like the Simmonds pick, but I think you got great value almost everywhere else.

      • JJ says:
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        @Viz:
        i didint really love the simmonds pick either. Just seemed like the best value there. Looks like he is PP1 over JVR right now as it stands. Hope the powerplay stays that way as it should be a potent one.
        Loved the Wheeler and Stamkos picks. Trocheck one too. Dont love my LW and G. But may do well there if Crawford ends up healthy.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @JJ: He could be, I just don’t think it sticks, and he’s really bad at even strength now. I could be wrong though, and I really like the rest of your team regardless.

          • JJ says:
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            @Viz:
            Would you prefer any of NURSE, FOWLER, MANSON, KLEFBOM over Trouba?

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              @JJ: Probably holding tight for now unless you need a specific category, since Trouba will hit all of them across the board at a better rate than the rest.

          • JJ says:
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            @Viz:
            Just noticed that ORLOV is there as well.

  14. slimbo says:
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    Hey boss

    I have a draft tonight for my dynasty league..what do you think I should do?

    I have 2nd and 5th pick

    players available are going to be bergeron, getzlaf, matt tkachuk letang point skinner kovalchuk guentzl teows

    All of the rookies will be available as well..anyone worth grabbing?

    Thanks
    Justin

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @slimbo: How good is your team now? That plays quite a big role here. Bergeron is the best of the bunch right now with Tkachuk next in my mind, but Svechnikov could easily be worth it long term if your team isn’t a contender now. I definitely wouldn’t touch Guentzel or Toews even with the 5th pick.

  15. Jc says:
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    I picked 12 ov

    Tyler Seguin
    Jonnhy Gaudreau 
    Patrice Bergeron
    Sergei Brobovsky 
    Sebastian Aho
    Brayden Point 
    Jeff Skinner
    Mike Hoffman
    Henrik Lunqvist 
    Andrei Svechnikov
    Seth Jones
    Elias Petterson
    Justin Faulk

    Waiver : Colton Paryeko

    14 team league
    4 pts G
    3 pts A 
    0.35 pts SOG

    4 pts W 
    4 pts SO 
    0.20 pts 
    SV -1 pts GA

    6 Foward ( no position) 
    2 D-man 
    4 Bench 
    1 Goalie

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Jc: Looks pretty good on the whole, although Gaudreau in the second round is a pretty big reach in my opinion. I feel safe saying there were 10-15 better options on the board, but nicely done overall.

      • JC says:
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        @Viz:

        Thanks,

        In the 2st round i would choose between gaudreau pasternak or tarasenko. Gaudreau was on the pace for 112 pts in the first 2 mounths of the season. Also, Calgary have 42 games that are offnight, for me this add alot of value for Gaudreau.
        Also picked Shatenkirk instead of colton in the waivers.

        Btw love this website ton of good info !

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @JC: You can’t use pace for two months though, that doesn’t mean more than the other four months. The schedule quirk does add some value though. Like I said, team looks strong regardless. Thanks, I appreciate that!

  16. Aardvaek says:
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    A bench spot is being added in my league. Should I roster Elias Lindholm or Jesse Puljujarvi ?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aardvaek: I’d go Lindholm since it looks like he’ll start with Monahan and Gaudreau.

  17. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    who’s some good stashes for later in season usage (not up now types). hits/blocks/PPP/faceoffs added 12 teamer.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: I think eventually the Panthers will have to call up Borgstrom and he’ll make a big impact. He’s the first one that comes to mind. Dylan Sikura should get a callup eventually too.

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