With how disappointing Kevin Shattenkirk has been overall in Anaheim, I wasn’t expecting any Ducks skaters to be a hold for the rest of the season.  Lo and behold, a player who looked primed to be a 30 goal scorer on an annual basis looks to have finally founded his mojo again.  Rickard Rakell scored two goals and an assist in the 6-5 Ducks win over the Kings on Monday.  That gives Rakell a six game point streak in which he has twelve points.  His shot rate is now over three on the season, and with the Ducks playing the other California teams for the rest of the week, Rakell is worth holding while he’s en fuego.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Two assists.  The shot rate has really fallen off which is a reason OEL has no goals.  However, he’s still piling up assists and taking a lot of penalties which puts him as a hold in most cases depending on team needs.

Clayton Keller – Two assists.  Five game point streak for Keller who looks to have settled in as a bottom end hold.

Marc-Andre Fleury – 20 saves on 21 shots as the tough luck loser in the 2-0 loss to the Wild.  Fleury has played every game with Lehner out and has been outstanding, no way around it.  It shows how much luck there is in hockey as Vegas was looking to move him and couldn’t for a while, and now, MAF is elite again.

Kappo Kahkonen – 26 save shutout.  He’s worth holding even though Kahkonen will be splitting with Talbot.

Thomas Chabot – Two assists with a shot.  Twelve assists in the past ten games for Chabot.  Assist’s ain’t got no face!

Connor McDavid – Two assists with five shots.  It’s crazy that this feels like the expectation for McDavid going against Ottawa.

Ryan O’Reilly – Two assists with two PIM.  RoR is sitting at a point per game and has the most PIM he’s had in a decade (14!).  With the elite plus-minus and approaching average shot rate, last season’s drop in shots and goals looks to be the outlier.

Ryan Donato – Two assists with a shot.  I had relatively high hopes for Donato in San Jose as he looked like a natural fit for the sixth spot in the San Jose top six, but it just hasn’t happened.  He’s only a bottom end streamer.

Carey Price – 28 saves on 29 shots in the 2-1 SO loss against Vancouver.  I would be awfully tempted to sell high on Price on the back of three consecutive one goal outings.

Thatcher Demko – 29 saves on 30 shots earning the win.  Five straight elite starts for Demko has his numbers back to a #2 goalie level.  I think that’s where he’s going to settle into.

Adrian Kempe – Hat trick on six shots and two PIM.  Kempe was terrific in this game despite being on the third line.  When he’s on Kopitar’s wing, he’s an elite streamer that’s a borderline hold.  In his current role, he’s a middling streamer because he keeps his spot on the top power play unit.

Anze Kopitar – Two assists with a shot.  He’s averaging an assist a game which is mind blowing.  The schedule gets rough after tonight’s game, but I don’t expect massive regression for Kopitar, he’s just that good.

Drew Doughty – Two assists.  Doughty’s workload has kept him at a #3D level.

Max Comtois – Three assists with two shots.  Comtois is already an elite streamer which bodes well for the future.  At 22, the upside looks pretty high, especially as the Ducks improve the talent around him.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Goal and an assist.  As mentioned in the intro, I thought that Shattenkirk would be a hold this season, but he’s been disappointing.  I don’t see it turning around, although there’s a chance for it.

Adam Henrique – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Henrique has shown some signs of life since being waived, but I’m still only comfortable using him as a bottom end streamer.

Sam Reinhart – Two goals, both assisted by Taylor Hall.  Reinhart has been fantastic this season despite the massive struggles of the Sabres.  The plus-minus is rough, but I’d still hold him.  I’ve received a lot of questions about Hall lately.  It’s a really tough spot in terms of deciding what to do with him.  It’s fringe, and gun to head I guess I would lean hold still, but it’s far from automatic.  Keep the questions coming if you have them about Hall as your league format will be a factor.

Sean Couturier – Two assists with two shots, as did Joel Farabee.  The new first line in Philadelphia has been one of the best in the league.  I did not expect this big of a role for Farabee right away this season, but he’s delivered and then some.  Long term, it’s hard to say what his upside can be, but if the shot rate took another jump forward, top 50 isn’t out of the question.  We know what Couts is at this point.

Sidney Crosby – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  That gets Crosby right back to a point per game like we expect.  He still has eight games against the Sabres to come making Crosby, and the rest of the top Penguins, guys I’m buying for the second half.

Jordan Staal – Two goals on six shots playing over 23 minutes.  Every time I think about Staal slowing down, he has a big game.  He’s a hold in leagues without SOG as a category, and on the fringe in leagues that include it, but lean towards a hold.

Vincent Trocheck – Two assists with a shot.  The shots have dropped down a bit, but Trocheck still has a six game point streak.  Really nice bounceback after two disappointing seasons.

Sebastian Aho – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  He was all over the ice in this game and a bit unlucky to not have any even strength points.  I would have liked one more for the Three Point Challenge!

Jaroslav Halak – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 2-1 SO loss to the Islanders.  Halak was great against his old team and outside of one horrible period, has been as good as usual.  He’s worth streaming in every start.

Semyon Varlamov – 32 saves on 33 shots earning the win.  Varly has been a top five goalie this season and while he should regress some with how much he’s played the Sabres, I wouldn’t be trying to sell him.

Neal Pionk – Three assists with three shots and two PIM.  Despite not being on PP1 for the majority of the season, Pionk has been slightly better than last season in terms of point production.  However, the shot rate went from an asset to a negative.  He’s an easy hold, but it’s more AAGNOF than I expected.

Andrew Copp – Goal and an assist.  Copp was on a massive tear in the top six and stopped producing when he went to the third line.  In his current role, he’s a bottom end streamer, but that can change quickly.

Nikolaj Ehlers – Two assists with two shots.  The goal scoring and shots have dried up a bit since the torrid start, but Ehlers has still been outstanding overall.  He’s looking like the top 50 player he was poised to become after his third season.

Auston Matthews – Two goals on six shots.  That’s 20 goals for Matthews who has opened up a 5 goal lead for the Maurice Richard despite missing some time.

Travis Zajac – Three assists.  Hard no.

Janne Kuokkanen – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  The role is not there for Kuokkanen to be fantasy relevant at this point in his career.

Jakub Vrana – Two goals on three shots.  He played only 12 minutes in this game, as did Evgeny Kuznetsov (two assists, two SOG), which isn’t a great sign.  It’s pretty clear that when the Caps are up, Laviolette isn’t going to give them many minutes.  That said, Vrana is probably a bottom end hold, but Kuznetsov is firmly on the fringe, and I’d lean towards leaving him on the wire.

Nicklas Backstrom – Two assists with a shot.  The shots have dried up which isn’t a big surprise, but the points certainly have not.  The goals will regress a bit, but the assists could be sustainable.

MacKenzie Weegar – Two assists.  Nice player in real life, nothing to see in fantasy.

Tyler Johnson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Johnson has been good on a per-minute basis, but the problem is that he doesn’t get a ton of minutes.  He’s only a bottom end streamer.

Blake Coleman – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Coleman bounces up and down the lineup, but he’s only a bottom end streamer right now.  As mentioned before, I really like him as a deep league dynasty target as he’s likely to leave Tampa after this season for a bigger role (and more money) elsewhere.

Erik Cernak – Goal and and assist with three shots and a fight.  A Gordie Howe hat trick where the goal is by far the most unlikely to happen, and the assist isn’t far behind!  Cernak can be a deep league streamer for hits only, but that’s it.

Filip Hronek – Two assists.  Hronek’s assist rate has actually improved, but he has managed to score zero goals despite being around two shots per game.  When Detroit gets better, he could turn into a valuable fantasy asset, and I would bet on that happening, but it could be a couple years.

Jason Robertson – Four assists with two shots.  Nice little stretch for Robertson as he’s solidified himself as the second line left winger.  He’s a bottom end streamer until the shot rate increases, but he could be a nice player long term.

Roope Hintz – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Hintz has played at a bottom end hold level, but he needs to stay on the ice for that to be maintained.

Joel Kiviranta – Goal and an assist with two shots.  The playoff hero for Dallas doesn’t get a lot of minutes and is under a shot per game.  Easy pass right now.

Anton Khudobin – 21 saves on 22 shots in the 6-1 win over Chicago.  Khudobin has been more of a #2 goalie than the bottom end #1 that I expected, but I do think we see some improvement going forward.

Three Point Challenge: We will do the Three Point Challenge on Thursday.  No top 10 players in the league in points, which is currently 13 players because of a big tie.  We’ll change it up to the current top 10, which means no McDavid, P. Kane, Draisaitl, Matthews, Marner, Scheifele, DeBrincat, Kopitar, Backstrom, Huberdeau, Perron, Marchand, and Boeser.  I’ll go with Bryan Rust against the Sabres.

That’s all for now guys.   I’ll be back on Friday per usual.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any questions, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Shitwolf says:
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    thanks for the update… I’ll take Crosby and then maybe we can both be correct if the penguins go off!

    Gonna bug you for an extra set of eyes because my teams all frazzled since Kuemper and Igor Shesty got hurt *sadface*. I picked up Samsonov and streamed Alex Nedeljkovic so I am going to be good for goalies this week. I am going to use that goalie spot to stream comtois tomorrow and now I see Pierre luc was dropped in my league! The bottom end of my team is hall, Kaprizov, Dvorak and batherson – who is in my normal stream spot. I don’t think I would drop Dvorak in this league because he hits every cat and wins so many faceoffs. I run 5D with my worst being Dahlin and Adam Larssoon as my hit/block thug.

    cats are:
    G
    A
    +/-
    PIM
    PPG
    PPA
    SHP
    SOG
    FW
    HIT
    BLK

    W
    L
    GA*
    GAA
    SV
    SA*
    SV%
    SHO

    I would assume Pierre luc over Bath, but after this week I will only have the 1 goalie. Demko is the best option off the WW, but that would leave no stream spot! Plus Igor might be back soon? I hope haha

    What would you do?

    • Shitwolf says:
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      ahahh had a few puffs to many writing that jargon last night!

      My question is what do your expect ROS from Dubois and with those goalie cats is Demko worth it as a temp #2 or I could just stream from that spot. Igor is on my IR and i own Samsonov

      • Viz

        Viz says:
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        I think Demko is worth owning for now over a streaming spot. Dubois is hard to project, my guess is that he plays to a bottom end hold level, but I would not be surprise if he gets back to being a top 100 player, or if he disappoints. It’s a very difficult situation to predict because the role changes are so drastic in Winnipeg.

  2. No Bueno says:
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    Hey Viz, I’m rebuilding my keeper team for next year as I’ve already brought in a bunch of draft capital. We keep 3 guys (max 1 goalie) with no costs associated and it’s a 16 team h2h pts league. I have McKinnon and Patrick Kane (unless I can flip him for a younger keeper) so I’m deciding between Svetchnekov or Freddy Anderson as my last keeper. I’ve got some time but wanted to get your input. I’m assuming despite Kane’s age he still has great value next year in his age 32-33 season. Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’d probably see what you can get for Kane right now when he’s playing this well. I’d be fine with keeping him, but it can’t hurt to see what’s out there as far as a long term piece goes. Somebody could be pushing for a title and think the difference between Kane and someone a tier behind him could put them over the top, but you benefit long term. If you have ideas on who to target, let me know and I can tell you my thoughts.

      I would definitely keep Svechnikov. I know it’s scary to not keep a goalie in a 16 teamer, but 20 year old scorers like Svech (will be 21 next season) don’t grow on trees. He’s arguably a top 10 keeper asset. There’s also a real chance Andersen leaves Toronto, in which case his value will surely take a hit in the wins department. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt his overall too badly going to a more defensive team, but that’s not a given.

      • No Bueno says:
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        What if I could get Panarin and a pick back for Kane? The Rangers have been a disaster but do you Like Panarin long term over Kane? Thanks

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Yeah I think this is a good idea if you can get a reasonable pick back, they played at close to the same level last year and you get 3 years younger.

  3. The Harrow says:
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    bednar appears this time to not be jerking us around on mackinnon back. but i could’ve said this exact same thing last COL game at this exact time so who knows. some update could show up with 20 minutes left till gametime.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah, it sounds like he’ll be right back on the first line and playing tonight, but have to wait and see to confirm.

  4. Take flight says:
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    Thanks for that read. I’ll go with Hedman again!

    What do you think of this trade: My Lehner for his Brayden Schenn and Driedger?

    I have Varlamov and thinking can trade Lehner for assets. 12 team H2H with hits and blocks

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      if yr already well off for goalies sure.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      No problem! Sounds good on Hedman. Who else do you have besides Varlamov? I hate selling this low on Lehner, especially because he’s nearing a return and Bob is approaching workhorse status, but if you have another option that’s decent enough with Varlamov, I think this is reasonable.

  5. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    if grosenick turns into ANYTHING decent at all, nice steal for super deep spots where goalies are not only hoarded on many rosters for little reason, but also in prospect slots. grosenick not only was in NOBODY’s prospect slots, the news he’d even be playing was like just over an hour before the game, esp in spots where c.petersen was being used. c.petersen was similar albeit he had some prospect status at least before called up 2 years ago (the first time, i was able to FA petersen in one 14 teamer (super crazy goalie stashing there that i don’t engage in, to the point where people are getting trade raped by the hoarders, not me)). daccord was the only other guy that has gotten starts out in FA before grosenick to me just now and i only had the space since cal petersen ruled out last second.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      For sure, I mean, they might not have anybody else for a while, and it certainly bodes well for him that his first start went as good as they could hope for.

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        dansk now in similar situation (literally similar, one co starter out injured, the other with no notice corona listed; albeit dansk was at least heard from before say 2015) and that other guy that just got 1 start at VGK recently.

  6. Chet says:
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    Hey, Viz! I’ll go with Stamkos for 3 vs DET.

  7. No Bueno says:
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    How high do you value Aho in a keeper/dynasty format? Thinking of Shopping Patrick Kane for him + a pick. Already keeping McKinnon and Svetch with an eye on a title next year. Thanks!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Somewhere around the 20-25th overall range? Probably closer to 20. If you can get a quality pick out of it, I think it makes sense.

  8. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    pasternak vs NYR for 3 pt thurs.

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