To say the start of the season for Dallas has been disappointing is an understatement.  It looked like it was going to continue being 3-0 late in the second against Minnesota.  To quote Lee Corso, “not so far my friend!”  The Wild scored six goals over the last 21 minutes of the game to win 6-3, and they were led by Alexander Radulov.  Radulov entered the game with only 1+3 in 13 games, and he managed to match those four points in this one.  Radulov had three goals and an assist with a whopping 10 shots on goal.  This game might have blown the chance to buy low on Dallas players, but I would still attempt to do so given the opportunity.  These guys are too talented to not have strong seasons, Radulov included.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Conor Garland – Goal and an assist with four shots.  He’s been extremely effective so far, but Garland can only be a middling streamer when he’s never above 15 minutes per game.

Jeff Skinner – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Any concern about Skinner’s production playing separately from Eichel has been alleviated.

Carter Hutton – 42 saves on 44 shots losing in the shootout.  Hutton has been outstanding and while he’s in a timeshare, he’s on the better side of it and should be owned everywhere.

Alex Edler – Three assists with a shot and two PIM.  If I’m in a league that doesn’t include hits and blocks, I would try to sell high on Edler.  With Hughes taking over the top PP (and justifiably so), his offense is going to come down a bit.  That said, he’s still a great source of shots, PIM, and hits and blocks if you play with those categories.

Elias Pettersson – Three assists with four shots.  His points are coming in bunches, but Pettersson’s averaging an assist a game.  However, his shot rate will have to jump in order to reach true elite status for fantasy hockey,

Michael Ferland – Two assists.  Decent streamer, especially in hits leagues.

J.T. Miller – Two goals on four shots.  He’s fit in seamlessly in Vancouver making the trade look completely reasonable.  Miller is must own in all formats.

Josh Leivo – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Leivo is a decent streamer who I like quite a bit in deep leagues.

David Krejci – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM in his return from injury.  Krejci is a solid streamer but I’m not bumping him back to a hold right away.

Chris Wagner – Goal and an assist with three shots.  And there’s your annual Chris Wagner update!

Tuukka Rask – 16 saves on 17 shots in the 5-1 win over the Sharks.  What Boston is doing defensively right now is remarkable.  Life is easy for Rask and Halak.

Petr Mrazek – 28 saves on 29 shots in the 2-1 win over the Flames.  Mrazek’s numbers have been solid as expected.  He’s a strong #2 with the chance for better.

Andrei Svechnikov – Two goals on four shots.  Look at this beauty.  After a slow stretch, Svech is back up to a point per game and three shots per.

Sidney Crosby – Goal and two assists with six shots and two PIM.  The Pens had seven goals by seven different players, but three had three points: Crosby, Dominik Simon and Dominik Kahun.  My interest in the secondary guys on Pittsburgh has dwindled as they have gotten healthier.  Simon is still a strong streamer while he’s with Crobsy, but Kahun is bottom end at best.

Matt Murray – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 7-1 win over the Flyers.  Murray has been excellent despite a porous defense in front of him.  It’s only one month, but he’s looked like the #1 people had hoped for.

Brian Elliott – 22 saves on 28 shots in two periods before being pulled.  The Flyers are a disaster at the moment, both goaltenders included.  I do expect Hart to get things straightened out, while Elliott will be a desperation play.

Alex Ovechkin – Two goals and two assists with ten shots and two PIM.  The Great Eight did it again.  He’s at five shots per game right now and is well past a point per game.  It’s one of the best starts Ovechkin has ever had.

John Carlson – Two goals on seven shots.  Speaking of best starts, Carlson is having the best start by a defenseman in decades.  7+16 in 14 games is just stupid.

Nicklas Backstrom – Three assists with a shot.  They were all secondary assists, but they count the same!  Backstrom has piled up the assists as expected, and the goals will come once his shooting percentage gets to normal levels.

Auston Matthews – Two goals and an assist with five shots.  Just a matter of staying healthy for Matthews because on a per-game basis, he’s incredible.

Dylan Larkin – Goal and an assist with seven shots and two PIM.  Larkin is getting back on track, especially in terms of shot rate.  I have no doubt he’ll be right around a point per game come the end of the season.

Jimmy Howard – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 3-1 win over the Oilers.  Howard is a desperation play in quality matchups at best.

Ryan Strome – Goal and an assist with two shots playing over 22 minutes.  Mika Zibanejad is day to day putting Strome on the first line.  That makes him an elite streamer for the time being.

Alexandar Georgiev – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 4-1 win over the Lightning.  His save percentage is strong again but I still view Georgiev as usable only in good matchups, this result notwithstanding.

Pekka Rinne – 20 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Blackhawks.  Doesn’t get much easier than this as Nashville thoroughly dominated Chicago.  Nashville has gotten back to their roots defensively which makes Rinne a major beneficiary.

Nick Bonino – Hat trick on nine shots.  I don’t want to completely dismiss Bonino’s hot start, but I take very little from it.  He’s not going to be a 55+ point guy all of a sudden.  You can stream him while he’s hot if you’d like, but I’m not using him.

Rocco Grimaldi – Three assists with two shots.  Same story as Bonino except even more so.

Craig Smith – Two assists with five shots.  He’s off to a slow start but Smith is usually a bottom end streamer because of a quality shot rate.  I’m not using him yet, but I assume he gets back to that level.

Robin Lehner – 48 saves on 51 shots.  Lehner was absolutely phenomenal in this game despite allowing three goals.  He’s clearly been the best option in Chicago so far.

Gabriel Landeskog – Out indefinitely, which Bednar said is more than week-to-week.  Brutal news for Colorado again.  Nazem Kadri is moving to the first line on the wing, as will Joonas Donskoi.  Kadri is must-own everywhere already, while Donskoi is an elite streamer who could be even better if he performs well with MacKinnon.

Eric Staal – Goal and an assist with two shots, as did Jason Zucker.  Both of these guys are finally showing signs of life.  I lean towards both being bottom end holds, but I’m fine with cutting bait for someone else on the waiver wire that you see as an improvement.

Joe Pavelski – Goal and two assists with four shots and two PIM.  Despite this game, I’m not buying into a bounce back from Pavelski.  Maybe I’m wrong, but unlike the other three Stars forwards, he just looks bad.

Tyler Seguin – Goal and two assists with five shots, +4.  He’ll be fine, no doubt about that.

Miro Heiskanen – Two assists with five shots playing almost 27 minutes.  While I love Hieskanen long term, I didn’t like him this season because of Klingberg’s role on PP1.  Now, I’m starting to think there’s a chance Miro takes over the first unit given Klingberg’s struggles.  Far from ag uarantee, but it’s in play now.

Nikolaj Ehlers – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Ehlers was buzzing all game long despite a weakened second line given Laine’s absence.  I’m loving Ehlers’ aggressiveness shooting the puck.  There’s a chance for a top 50 season here.

Bryan Little – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Little is a solid streamer as long as he’s the second center in the Peg.

Josh Mahura – Three assists with a shot.  Mahura has the tools to be a future PPQB and given the injuries on the Anaheim blueline, he received PP time last night in his first game of the season.  I like him in deep dynasties.  Welcome to the Razzball Database!

Cam Fowler – Goal and an assist with two shots.  As mentioned above, the Ducks blue line is gutted at the moment.  I’ve never been a big Fowler guy for fantasy, but he’s an easy hold at the moment.

Three Point Challenge: For those who aren’t familiar, for each Tuesday and Thursday of the season, you can make a pick in the comments section.  That player needs to get 3+ points for you to win.  You cannot take a player in the top 10 in points in the league.  For the first month to six weeks of the season, we will use last season’s top 10 in points.  That means no McDavid, Kucherov, Kane, Draisaitl, Crosby, Marchand, Gaudreau, MacKinnon, Stamkos, or Barkov. For this week, we are going to do Friday’s games because of only two games on Halloween.  You can make your pick in this post or on Friday morning’s post.  For Friday, I am going to take Taylor Hall against the Flyers.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping the action from the next two nights.  Feel free to ask any questions, give any comments, or leave any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. toolshed says:
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    Been looking for a replacement def in a salary cap pool. We start 4 def, g&a are the only scoring categories. I have 2 bench def. Would you cut gardiner & colin miller (been playing 1 of them depending on games per week) to add OEL? If i did that, I’d only have 1 reserve def. Not sure what pairing Gardiner & miller are but they both see PP time (miller 2nd unit). Their toi is about 17-18 min, 2 min pp whereas oel is around 25 and 3 min of pp. Thx

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I would feel okay cutting bait with both of those guys, especially Gardiner. Gardiner has been near useless. If you want to do it for only OEL, I can get behind that.

  2. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Viz, nice write up: h2h pts for ROS, goals are 1.5 pts compared to assists 1pt, who do you like better K.Conner or Ehlers?
    Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Thanks surfer dude, hope all is well! Man, this is really tough. I was very impressed with both last night, even though Ehlers was the only one scoring. Connor was all over the place with 9 SOG and I feel like an explosion is coming. I think I’m barely going to say Connor, but I don’t feel good about it at all, this is virtually a coin flip for me. I just think his spot on PP1 is locked in and Ehlers is a PP2 guy and that barely does it for me given that Ehlers is better at ES.

  3. Euroalien says:
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    Thanks for another great article Viz. What are your thoughts on Filip Chytil? Is he a “must grab” in a H2H 12 team keeper with 10 minor league spots? If yes, who would you drop to get him – Poehling, Bemstrom, Fabbro, Aston-Reese, Dobson, Timmins…

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Thanks! The talent is definitely there and I know the Rangers want him to be their second line center of the future. That should be plenty of value in that. I don’t see a ton for this season but I’m not quitting on him. I’d probably cut bait with Timmins? I like the prospect, but it’s impossible for me to see him getting PP time with Makar locking down PP1 now and in the future, with Bryam and Girard there as well.

  4. All-In says:
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    Should I start JT Miller over Connor or DeBrincat for rest of year?
    Points Only, keeper league.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Rest of season? I don’t see any reason to decide on who you are going to start the rest of the season when we are still in October. Lots of things are going to change between now and then. Right now, I would be starting Miller over DeBrincat, but I expect this to change eventually

      • All-In says:
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        Connor & DeBrincat are still young players. I can demote them withtout putting them on waivers.
        If I promote JT MIller in my starting lineup, I can’t change my mind after untill the end of season, without trading him (for almost nothing)…

        So it’s really a decision should I stay more patient with both Connor & DeBrincat or should I put the trigger and play MIller + alternate with Connor/DeBrincat for the last spot.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Gotcha, that’s a weird situation. I guess I would alternate for now with the last spot with how well Miller is playing?

  5. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    20 team dynasty where i have to have at least 8 PIT players at all times (NA guys don’t count but IR/IR+ do), with faceoffs, hits, blocks, PPP, SHP added h2h. this is probably an easy fiala drop for now, hirose later i’d guess (both super weak in hits/blocks, fiala getting completely jerked around for playing time, but all these prospects or ex-prospects i spent good draft capital on at some stage). roster size same as real life. people are constantly trying to trade me galchenyuk, but he’s just not great in these type leagues nor in general.
    C (4): crosby, hintz (LW), turris (oh thank god he seems finally back), couture
    LW (4): guentzel (RW), meier (RW), connolly (RW), hirose
    RW (4) kessel, aston-reese (LW, demoted to worse line but this guy gets stats, hits/blocks/PIMs, even shots are ok for what time he gets), simon (top line, LW), hornqvist, fiala (LW)
    D (6) pettersson, letang, provorov, goligoski, fox, zaitsev, chychrun
    G (can’t have more than from 2 real life teams active, i’ll need to stream somebody this week to meet 3 starts total since PIT has 2 games this week total): murray, jarry
    IR/IR+ (5 of each): malkin (back soon will need another drop), tuch, c.white
    NA (5): kyrou, bouchard, byram, oliver-joseph (since PIT), c.desmith (just in case here of injuries, and murray certainly could have that, and jarry/desmith have bounced off each other before)
    so i need to drop one for goalie streamer than malkin spot.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      and rust (LW/RW) i have.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Agree that Galchenyuk does very little in this format. Fiala has been a disaster and I can’t believe Minnesota won’t play him. I wonder if they end up trading him now that Guerin is in charge? No idea what path the Wild are going to take. Has to be Hirose for the second drop, don’t really see any alternatives since I like the way Connolly looks in Florida and the defensemen are all good except Fox who would be silly to bail on at this point I think.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        yeah only way i could possibly bail on fox is if he was getting scratched, dude is super high ranked for prospects and they take the longest to live up to that (ask honka, and probably others i had for a while before having to drop). pettersson (not ever as high ranked as chychrun, byram, bouchard, honka or fox, but pretty high) somewhat useful, both PIT and me didn’t have to pay much for him (me off FA, PIT sprong i’d guess, of course sprong was by far their highest guy when they moved him)

  6. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Viz,
    So even though im excited about Kadris upside playing with Mackinnon, I decided to drop him over Atkinson to get Svechnikov. I needed a winger. Overloaded with Macdavid, Larkin, Couturier, Skinner at C. Pretty sure Kadri is the low guy on the totem pole there. what do you think?

    • Viz

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      Shouldn’t Skinner be LW? He hasn’t played center in his life and definitely not this season. Anyways, I slightly prefer Kadri right now, but I think dropping him instead of Atkinson is fine. Not a big difference.

  7. Aurelius says:
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    Hey Viz, how do you feel about E.Gustafsson going forward? After he killed it in the second half of last season, I thought that he’d carry on where he left off (with premium deployment for the whole season). It sure hasn’t gone that way so far. Was last season just an aberration?

    And, I’ll take A.Svechnikov vs DET for three points.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah, this is a bit frustrating. He got off to a fast start too, but his ice time is dropping. I’m giving him a little bit more time as a hold but it’s getting tenuous. Sounds good on Svech, good luck!

  8. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:
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    stone for 3 point thursday

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