Yesterday I preached the virtue of patience, as in have some and don’t give up on guys after two or three games. There is no buy or sell high right now, at least not for the sane, because we’ve only just begun to rumble this season and the chips need to fall before we make the right calls. Next up on the “Don’t freak out, freaks!” front is Carey Price (L, 19 SV, 4 GA, .826 SV%) who has been struggling out of the gate so far this season. He coughed up 4 goals on 23 shots before getting yanked in the second in favor of Dustin Tokarski yesterday. Toker promptly gave up 3 more goals on 18 shots, so Price owners shouldn’t feel too bad. I don’t think anything went right for the Habs last night, honestly. Steven Stamkos victimized Price first on a nearly impossible angle shot for his first goal, then potted one on a break away after Victor Hedman hit him tape-to-tape on a sweet stretch pass and again for a third time on a booming slapper from the top of the circle on the man advantage. So take Stammer out of the game and Price only gives up one goal! That’s good, right?! Price isn’t typically a slow starter so 10 goals allowed in his first three games is a bit unnerving, but there’s not much you can do if you own him other than ride this out. He’s just too good to keep being this mediocre for long. I won’t recommend adding Toker as a handcuff quite yet, but I might have had he come in and done well in relief. He didn’t, so I won’t and I expect Price will get the next start for the Habs. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in the world o’ fantasy hockey last night:

Steven Stamkos (3 G, 12 SOG, +1) – Came alive with a hatty helping the Bolts batter Carey Price and the Habs all night long. He was particularly effective pouring 12 shots on goal after taking just seven combined in his first two games. Fun fact! His 12 shots matched the entire Sabres’ team shot total from last night. Yikes.

Victor Hedman (1 G, 3 A, 4 SOG) – That’s goals in all three games this season with seven points total over that span. Not to mention 5 PPP, 10 SOG, 4 hits, 5 blocks, 2 PIM and a partridge in a mothereffin’ pear tree. If I asked Victor to the prom, do you think he’d say yes?

Ondrej Palat (1 G, 1 SOG, +2) – Palat gets his first goal of the season and seems to be spending the bulk of his time on the top line with Stamkos and Ryan Callahan for now. I like Palat this season and if he can stick with that line he can easily top 50 points on the year. Everyone expects Jonathan Drouin to take this slot, but I see no reason why the rookie would displace Palat permanently, especially if the current trio develops good chemistry before Drouin returns from his injury.

Ryan Callahan (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) – Cally now has two goals in three games and he should keep putting the biscuit in the basket all season. On the upside, and way upside, he could score 30 goals. I seriously doubt it, but when Stamkos is running wild all eyes are on him so Cally is going to get room to work. He also spends a ton of time in front of the net, so there should be plenty of rebound opportunities for him to stuff home.

Ben Bishop (W, 16 SV, 1 GA, .941 SV%) – Big Ben hasn’t really been tested yet save that 32 save performance against the Sens on Saturday. Here he only faced 17 shots stopping 16 of them while the Bolts completely destroyed the Habs 7-1 last night. The 17 shots were mostly scattered as the Habs had no answer for what looks like a deadly Bolts offense. I’m sure Bishop will be fine, but I’ll feel better when I see him string together some starts like this against better teams.

Reto Berra (W, 27 SV, 1 GA, .964 SV%) – Honestly, Berra looks like the better of the two tenders in Colorado right now. He isn’t, but it looks that way so far. He’s a worthwhile handcuff for Varly owners to stash if they have room.

Clarke MacArthur (1 G, 3 SOG) – Mac gets his first goal of the season and I’d expect about 19 more. A repeat of last year’s 20+ goals and 50+ points isn’t out of the question, but I have little confidence in the Sens.

Jamie McGinn (1 G, 3 SOG, +1) – McGinn was a minus-4 and nada else until this game, but that’s to be expected. Not that he’ll be a minus every game, but he’s not going to give you much offensive output and is destined for bottom-six minutes. This goal was soft, too. Svedberg should have had it.

Danny Briere (1 G, 4 SOG, +1) – Tiny Tim has been past it for years and was mostly brought in as a veteran presence to help settle the kids down a bit. He was in the right place at the right time for this goal, but don’t expect much more than 30-40 points from him this year and that might be generous.

Frederik Andersen (W, 11 SV, 1 GA, .917 SV%) – Apparently the Sabres feel like they shouldn’t hog all the shots, so they took 12 and allowed 44, how generous! Andersen didn’t have to work hard for this one but that makes back-to-back solid efforts for Andersen to one horrible showing by John Gibson. I expect we’ll see Gibsy back in there for another try today when the Ducks take on the Flyers tonight, but my money is on Andersen earning and keeping the starting gig for most of the season.

Niklas Svedberg (L, 28 SV, 2 GA, .933 SV%) – The stellar rookie waited patiently to get his chance and played a good game despite losing to the Avs 2-1 yesterday. Svedberg looked solid all game. The first goal he gave up to Jamie McGinn and it was absolutely one that he should have stopped, but you know, rookie. Svedberg held fort until literally the last second of the game when Danny Briere was left all alone in front of the net to stuff home a rebound that Svedsy made a solid try to stop, but was basically hung out to dry on a botched defensive assignment. All in all it was a good game for the kid, but don’t expect him to get more than 15-20 starts this year as the B’s look to ride to victory on the back of Tuukka Rask most nights.

Loui Eriksson (1 G, 2 SOG) – Loui is just two years removed from three consecutive 70-point seasons. Remember that? I do. He’s not going to return to that form at 29-years-old, but he’s absolutely a threat to top 50 points and be a solid fantasy asset all season. Hopefully more sheltered minutes will keep him healthy and he seems to be developing some solid chemistry with slick Swedish pivot Carl Soderberg, so there’s that.

William Karlsson (2 G, 6 SOG, +2) – Willy isn’t related to Erik but you wouldn’t know it by his performance last night. I wouldn’t get too excited about this rookie because a) he’s not really a goal scorer, b) he’s small and needs to bulk up and c) this was a game against the Sabres where the Ducks outshot them by a staggering 44-12 margin. I could have scored two goals in this one. On his first goal Karlsson had about 24 years to settle the puck down while standing alone in the slot and then blasted it home. His second goal came on a rebound that was stuffed home, but kudos to the kid for crashing the net. Either way, it’s not like he was dazzling out there so much as the Sabres were just awful.

Corey Perry (1 G, 4 SOG, 2 PIM) – Goals ‘n bows, y’all. Goals ‘n bows.

Ryan Kesler (1 G, 6 SOG, +1) – Kesler has looked great for the Ducks so far tallying points in all three games with five points overall. Kes is spending most of his time on a line with Matt Beleskey and Devante Smithpelly so far, but his time on the top powerplay unit is what really skyrockets his value. Three of his five points have come on the man advantage. On a side note, how is Devante Smithpelly a real name? It sounds like an alias that Andy Dwyer would come up with.

Matt Beleskey (1 G, 2 SOG, +1) – Speaking of Beleskey, he had his second straight solid game with a goal. This is another young Duck that’s not worth getting too excited about, though. He had a decent rookie campaign with the Ducks last season putting up 9 G, 15 A for 24 points in 55 games. At the moment he’s had some chances on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, so he’s worth streaming while he’s getting time on that line, but don’t expect this to continue for long.

Tyler Ennis (1 G, 2 SOG, +1) – Ennis is actually pretty good, but of course his team is just terrible. He’s potted goals in each of his last two games, but only took four shots doing it. That’s just not sustainable. On a decent team he has the skill to put up 50-60 points, but here? 50 is the ceiling. If I owned anyone on the Sabres it’d be him or Matt Moulson, but I don’t own either and you probably shouldn’t either outside of deep leagues.

Michal Neuvirth (L, 39 SV, 5 GA, .886 SV%) – I feel bad for Neuvirth, he goes from being stuck behind a logjam o’ tenders in Washington to getting a shot to contend for a starting gig, but in Buffalo. The good here is Neuvirth stopped 39 shots, nice! Sadly he faced 44, aw. I wouldn’t own either Sabres goalie with your team.

Roberto Luongo (L, 22 SV, 1 GA, .957 SV%) – Even when Lu puts a good game in he gets no love from his squad. It’s a lose-lose here for Luongo and his owners. The Cats will either cough up 40 shots and Lu will stop 36-37 of them or they won’t score when he gets a reasonable workload to handle in a given game. Like I said before, don’t walk away from Lu, run.

Craig Anderson (W, 30 SV, 1.000%, SHO) – Come on, it was Florida. It barely counts.

  1. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JD – great round ups as always. I am a big fan of the NHL, but relatively new to the fantasy game. I’ve got a strategy question for you; my team is quite good (in my estimation) however, the +/- category is burying me in the roto standings early with a -27. Is it unwise to allow it to pile up against me early? Or will patience here bring me back towards EVEN or the + side? It seems like a foolish category to weigh in relation to the others, but it is my weakest link currently. My team is below, do you see any negative links in the +/- chain?

    F: Getzlaf, Seguin, Hall, Lucic, Eberle, Spezza, Voracek, Turris, Kassian
    D: Hedman, Ekman-Larsson, Mcdonagh, Streit, Erhoff
    U: Goligosky
    G: Price, Lehtonen, Gibson
    B: Boedker, Skinner, Bieksa, Hertl

    Thanks!

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Thanks for reading, the kind words and welcome to the world o’ fantasy hockey! Before I can give you the best advice I need to know a few things. One, your league size. Two, the scoring categories that you use. Those are critical pieces of info I need to give you good advice. I can tell you without knowing all that, though, you have to get Goli out of your Util slot and get Boedker in there. Even middle-tier forwards generally outscore even the best offensive defenseman.

      As for the +/- problem. Are you last in the league here? Because minus-27 this early is pretty brutal man. You can recover, but you have to stop the bleeding now. You could trade Eberle away for a similar type forward on a better team so the +/- from the Oil doesn’t continue to hurt you, because it will. I love Hall and Eberle, but the Oiler D looks way worse than I expected it would so far this season. Spezza’s and Seguin’s +/- will rise, so just be patient there…

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @JD:

        I am a big fan of Hall and Eberle’s game as well, hence me having both of them here. I will start exploring options of moving Eberle for sure. My league is 10 teams, “standard” ESPN scoring (G, A, PP, +/-,PIM, SOG,ATOI, W, GAA, SV%).

        My squad is last in +/- currently, yes. Yesterday was my only day finishing with a + overall. First two days saw a -15 and a -12. Yikes.

  2. Toe Knee says:
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    Hi JD Just love the hockey insight. During our draft there was a goalie run from late first round to late second. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I can’t see taking goalies that early. Because of that my first four picks were Perry, Seguin, Benn, and Toews love it. Well now heres the question do you think I did alright with what I got? Cats are w, gaavg, svs, and sv%. My goalies are Crawford, Lehtonen, F Anderson and Kuemper so far so good . My question is do you think that’s good enough to compete all year because I would hate to trade top talent for a goalie. I’m gonna wait n see just like you to rate them. we start 2 goalies thanks

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Toe Knee: That’s a very solid group of goalies, you don’t have much to worry about there. It’s great when you resist the urge to go in on a goalie rush and end up with a team like yours. Well done! I think you’ll be a contender.

      • Toe Knee says:
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        @JD: A bottom of the roster question. Do you see much value in Brouwer, Gaborik, or D Brown these were my last 3 picks.My real question is there upside or are these guys easily droppable for hot or younger guys playing well?

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          @Toe Knee: unless it’s a very deep league with hits brouwer and brown are very replaceable. if you have IR or IR+ slots stash gaborik (and get ready to do this about 5 times a year, he’s bascially the hockey version of 2013 victorino). If you even own brown i’m assuming you have hits in your league.

        • JD

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          Gabs is out with no time table for return with some “lower-body muscle injury”, whatever the hell that means. No shocker there, but you should stash him on your IR. Brown is droppable outside of hits leagues. Brouwer is basically droppable, but there’s some minor upside there. He could give you maybe 45 points or so.

          • Toe Knee says:
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            @JD: Thanks for the replies. I ended up dropping Brown for Brodie before last nights game worked out well but I’m thin on rw I’m going with Gaborik and Brouwer for a bit. Did we really need that Victorino reference that made me cringe. lol

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    in that 16 team dynasty i comish now this just went down: phaneuf and wingels for nikitin and m.martin. martin is the undisputed leader in NHL for hits (we have all stats here), but this is nearly collusionary. For some reason trades just go through without me looking at them (but i suppose i have to let this go through anyway, and i set a 2 day waiting period after this), i guess all i can do is make sure the guy who gave away phaneuf/wingels doesn’t just drop off players to the other team in this trade any more?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Ehh yeah, that’s borderline if you ask me, so I’d let it go through. If the guy starts dumping talent like you said, then yeah it was clearly collusion there. At that point I’d lock the league and talk it out with all the other owners to decide what to do about it. I’m democratic like that.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JD: first time i guy makes a trade like that to one owner i just assume he’s dumb (which is legal), but if he tries to make another trade like that to the same owner, that’s when the trouble comes in.

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    different league. 10 teamer with all yahoo stats except GWG and blocks.
    this trade offer. my goalies right now are elliot/rinne/kuemper
    opp’s
    hossa/josi/pavelski/bernier/r.miller
    for my
    elliot/rinne/weber
    i’d have to drop 2 guys, probably couturier/sutter to complete this. pavelski and hossa are good adds, but losing a top 3 D man and weakening my goalies obv.

    • JD

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      I wouldn’t do it. I’d rather have Elliot/Rinne/Weber. Josi and Pavs are great, but Hossa is old and getting older, he never plays a full season anymore. Bernier is good but he’s going to get bombed by shots all year and Miller, well… I love Miller, but I don’t think he’s going to be as valuable as Rinne or Elliot.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JD: the math said so too, weber is worth a LOT when you actually compare him to other D men (with hits and shots), and have to start 5.

  5. Troy: The Collector

    troy says:
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    Would you trade semin for neal? Goals are 2 points assist are 1 point. No other scoring, I think they r actually close. What you think?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Yeah I’d trade Semin for Neal. I think Neal will out produce Semin, especially if Semin gets hurt. His injury history is a bit dicier than Neal’s. Neal also plays for a much better team overall.

      • Troy: The Collector

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        @JD: neal gets hurt a lot as well though.. but i agree waiting to see if guy will do it. what are your thought on cammalleri? sitting on fa and i currently have nichuskin whos hurt. should i just wait?

        • JD

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          Neal does get hurt, but you should probably wait. I wouldn’t pull the trigger on moving Neal for Semin. I would move Semin for Neal, though. Cammy will score his goals, but the streak will end sooner than later and you’ll get a long drought.

  6. Veritas says:
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    Another solid article JD, awesome insight. Should we be thinking about picking up Tanner Pearson or Brock Nelson? Do you think it’s all hype?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      I think they’re both talented young players on their way to becoming NHL regulars. I’d ride any hot hand, so Nelson is worth adding, the question is who to drop, right? I have more faith that Nelson keeps this up vs. Pearson.

  7. SMLV1 says:
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    My Team –

    Giroux – C,RW
    Thornton – C
    B. Ryan – LW,RW
    Kreider – LW
    Ovechkin – RW
    Eberle – RW
    Karlsson – D
    Shattenkirk – D
    Burns – RW,D
    Josi – D
    BN – Zuccarello – LW
    BN – Flippula – C,LW
    BN – J. Williams – RW
    Luongo – G
    Khudobin – G
    BN – J. Allen – G

    As you can see my Goalies are horrible. Heres whats available on the wire – Stalock, Berra, Jones, Ramo, Lehner, Reimer, Dubnyk, Svedburg, Neuvirth, Fasth, C. Johnson, Emery among a few others. Should I make room for one of them or try and make a trade for a better goalie? If trade whats a good offer?

    12 Team Standard Redraft League

    • Ron says:
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      @SMLV1: Pick up Stalk immediately.

      • Ron says:
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        @Ron: Stalock that is. Lousy auto correct.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Honestly, I’d drop Allen for Stalock in a re-draft league. I think Stalock will get more starts on the year. If you really don’t want to part with Allen because goaltending is shallow in your league, drop Justin Williams for him. You’re stacked at forward anyway, you can absorb that loss or replace him with someone from the wire if need be later. I’d wait until Lu can string together a solid week or so and then try trading him in a package with a forward, say Eberle, and try and upgrade to a better goalie that way.

  8. Dumpster Fire says:
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    Speaking of Price, would you trade Jamie Benn away for him if you needed serious goaltending help? I offered Duchene for Price and got Price for Benn as a counter.

    I have:
    C-Getzlaf
    C-Turris
    LW-Jamie Benn
    LW-Duchene (C/LW)
    RW-Kesler (C/RW)
    RW-Voracek
    D-Yandle
    D-Giordano
    D-A. Markov
    D-D. Hamilton
    BN-B.Schenn (C/LW)
    BN-B. Little (C/RW)
    BN-Toffoli
    G-Lehtonen
    G-Hiller
    G (BN)- Gibson

    12 Team head to head Yahoo league with G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG, SOG, W, GAA, SV%, AND SO cats

    Followed your advice and dropped Brad Richards but went with Toffoli over Bozak since I already have a lot of players with C eligibility. Drafted Schenn with the feeling that he would be on the top line with Giroux and Voracek, but that hasn’t panned out too well. Goalies got sucked up early again, and I was planning on grabbing Anderson with Gibson as the handcuff, but that didn’t pan out either, so now I’m stuck with good offensive stats, and garbage goaltending stats that look to leave me splitting the category matchups every week. Would you go for that trade, or would should I stand pat, collect offensively and drop Gibson for Stalock and pray? Thought about Sticking with the offer of Duchene but asking for Crawford instead too.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Hmn, parting with Benn is tough. I think it’s a push between Benn and Getz, but I think Benn gets more goals so you might want to move Getzlaf instead, especially with the glut of talent at Center you can use to fill in after the deal. You could also try moving Duchene for another top goalie on another team, maybe with some goaltending to spare?

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