As if losing Dan Boyle to the dreaded broken finger curse just one game into the season and John Moore to a five-game suspension wasn’t enough for the Rangers, they decided to go the next month or so on hard-mode with both Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein falling victim to their own injuries over the weekend. McDonagh suffered a separated shoulder on a hit from Evander Kane and he’s down for three to four weeks, but reports are that the Rangers expect he may be out for longer than a month. The big issue here is the injured shoulder in question is the same shoulder that Mac injured late last season, so this could turn out to be pretty bad for Mac and the Rangers. Klein suffered a foot contusion that will cost him at least a few games, but he should be back within a week or so. Regardless of how quickly Klein gets back the situation is dire on the Rangers blue line with four of their top-six defenseman now injured. How does this affect your fantasy fortunes? Well, obviously if you own McDonagh this is a fairly substantial blow. He wasn’t exactly lighting it up with just three helpers in 10 games so far, but given his ADP most of his owners were holding out hope that the points would start to flow sooner than later. The real problem here is for Henrik Lundqvist owners, who might be in a bit of trouble now too. Hank hasn’t been his normal stellar self to start the season but he’s largely been solid. Now that the Rangers defense is even more depleted it’s going to test Hank and I fear there’s going to be some ugly games in there. If you own Lundqvist all you can do is start him, but brace yourself, it could get nasty. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in the world o’ fantasy hockey last night: 

Taylor Hall sprained his MCL and he’s out for 2-4 weeks. That’s a huge blow to his owners and to the Oil and I’m left with a sad face as well. I’m a big fan of Hall’s and he’s been filthy this season as expected and should be again once he heals up. That said, he’s starting to earn a reputation for being injury prone.

Paul Stastny has been cleared for contact and could return to action this week. Keep a close eye on his status and get him back in your lineups as soon as he’s active.

Valeri Nichushkin is back with the Stars and practiced on the top line today. There’s no word whether he’ll be back for Tuesday’s game, but it appears as though he will be and the top lines for the Stars are going to get shuffled.

Derek Stepan was on the ice for practice without his no-contact jersey so he should be getting closer to returning. Ryan Malone cleared waivers and can be sent down to the AHL any time now, another possible indicator that Steps is almost ready to return.

Michal Neuvirth (W, 36 SV, 2 GA, .947%) – A solid start for Neuvirth and he’s doing fairly well in limited work so far with a line of 2-3-0/2.96/.918% in five starts so far. Like I’ve maintained so far this season; don’t own Sabres goalies.

Jimmy Howard (L, 19 SV, 2 GA, .905%) – So far Howie has allowed more than two goals in a game just twice; once against the Ducks in a 3-2 loss and once against the Pens in a 4-3 OT win. He’s a wall this year and while I expect his microscopic GAA (1.95) to rise a bit, it shouldn’t go up much. Chock this loss up to the Wings not giving him much offensive support.

Pavel Datsyuk (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) – Dats has been absolutely on fire since he returned from his latest injury and now has 10 points in just six games so far this season. He’s been so baller he’s tallied at least a point in every game he’s played this season. As long as he doesn’t get hurt the magic should continue especially while he’s on a line with Henrik Zetterberg (5 SOG) and Justin Abdelkader (1 A, 4 SOG).

Chris Stewart (1 G, 2 SOG) – Remember back in 2010 when he had that one awesome season for the Avs and everyone was blow away when they traded him away to the Blues? He’s been hot garbage since and he’ll be hot garbage moving forward. He plays for the Sabres, too. That helps.

Cam Ward (W, 30 SV, 2 GA, .938%) – Wow, is that two quality starts and two wins in a row for Ward? Have I gone back in time or is this actually happening? After he shut out the ‘yotes on Saturday he followed up with this gem last night. He’s been so bad before these two starts that his GAA is now just barely under three (2.98) and his save percentage is trying mightily to reach the .900 marker, but it falls well short at .885%. I wouldn’t get too excited.

Jon Quick (L, 29 SV, 3 GA, .906%) – Even the best go through gold spells and here’s Quick’s cold spell. He’s coughed up 10 goals in his last three starts, all losses. He’ll right the ship sooner than later. All the blame isn’t his, the Kings are 26th in shots against allowing a whopping 33.5 per game, so their D needs to tighten up a bit and take some of the pressure off of Quick. He might look like a magician out there sometimes, but he isn’t.

Chris Terry (1 G, 1 A, 1 SOG) – Despite the seven points in 10 games so far I wouldn’t hope for much beyond him being a decent stream with the right matchup. He’s undersized, slow and plays for the Canes.

Jonas Hiller (W, 18 SV, 2 GA, .900%) – The other shoe is going to drop here sooner than later. Even if he doesn’t completely implode, there’s now way he can sustain a .938% save percentage or a sub 2.00 GAA.

Carey Price (L, 30 SV, 5 GA, .857%) – Somehow the Habs are allowing almost a full goal more than they are scoring per game while allowing over 30 shots a game on average, but Carey’s season line sits at 7-2-1/2.73/.913%. The GAA isn’t there yet, but the save percentage is pretty solid considering the workload he sees every night and you can’t argue with the wins. That said I don’t see how the Habs can maintain their winning ways with team numbers like that.

T.J. Brodie (3 A, 2 SOG, +2) – Last season Brodie set a career high with four goals in 81 games. That’s terrible, but hey, he’s a developing you player. Well, apparently his development track has a pretty steep curve because he matched that mark in just 12 games this year. I didn’t expect him to do much of anything this season, but he’s clearly ready to make another leap after finishing last year with 31 points. It goes without saying, though I’ll say it, that any guy with 12 points in 11 games so far should be owned everywhere.

Markus Granlund (1 G, 1 SOG, +1) – Markus is a lot like his brother Mikael; they both have amazing hands, great vision, solid passing skills and tend to be undersized and not as strong as you’d like. Markus started the season in the AHL where he tallied eight points in his first 10 games and earned the call up to play along side Johnny Gaudreau (2 A, 3 SOG, +1) and Jiri Hudler (2 A), which is pretty decent line for him to center and earn a few points. If you’re hard up for offensive help Granlund isn’t a bad add.

Josh Jooris (2 G, 5 SOG) – The Flames are loaded with young talent and Jooris is among the best they have to offer. Jooris is a multifaceted player that the Flames can deploy in almost any situation comfortably. He has great vision, can score goals and make plays when needed and wins most of his faceoffs, too! At 23 he’s no spring chicken and his stats look good, but it’s hit or miss with his TOI which can range from 12 minutes to nada on the drop of a dime, so he’s a risky grab in deeper pools.

Devan Dubnyk (W, 32 SV, 5 GA, .865%) – Dubnyk has clearly been taking goaltending lessons from Mike Smith.

Justin Peters (L, 24 SV, 6 GA, .800%) – Games like these are what prove that Peters isn’t ready to shoulder much more work than he gets now, which isn’t much. He’s talented, but he can’t quite seem to pull it together long enough to establish himself as a viable option. That being said, he was stuck behind a logjam in Carolina, so it will be interesting to see what he does with his 20ish starts this year. So far, so bleh.

Shane Doan (2 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) – If you’re looking for 20 goals Doan can likely provide, but I wouldn’t count on much more than that from the 18-year veteran. Right now he’s on pace for 60 points, but I doubt he breaks the 50-point marker by season’s end.

Antoine Vermette (1 G, 2 A, 5 SOG) – Here’s another ‘yote that can give you 20 goals and not much else. Coincidentally enough, he plays on a line with Doan right now. How fitting.

Alex Ovechkin (1 G, 3 A, 7 SOG) – Folks were getting a bit concerned with Ovi’s lack of Ovi-like production to start the season, but five points in two games later he’s at a point-per-game pace and rolling as usual. No worries, y’all!

Joel Ward (1 G, 2 SOG) – Right now Ward is lining up with Andre Burakovsky (-1) and Ovi on the top line, so he’s worth owning for some cheap goals while that lasts, anyway.

Nicklas Backstrom (3 A, 1 SOG, +1) – He might not be on the top line in 5-on-5 situations, but he’s still part of the team’s top power play unit and that’s where points are scored, y’all! Don’t worry about Backs, he’ll get his.

John Carlson (1 G, 3 SOG) – With a goal last night Carlson has points in three straight and eight points in 10 games this season. That pace won’t continue, but he’s currently the Caps’ number one defenseman paired with big Brooks Orpik whose physical game allows Carlson to focus on putting the puck on net more often, and you see the results. He’s in line to set a career best and break the 40-point marker this year for sure.

Troy Brouwer (1 G, 5 SOG, +1) – Last night’s tally gives him three goals in three games and you can’t ignore that, so stream him while he’s scoring.

Semyon Varlamov (L, 30 SV, 3 GA, .909%) – Speaking of goaltending woes, Varly put together another solid game and lost yet again. His line looks great if you ignore his win-loss record; 2-3-4/2.49/.931%. Like Jonas Hiller I have to think there’s no way he keeps his save percentage in the .930 range facing the third most shots per game in the league. The Avs continue to look really, really bad defensively and that does not bode well for even the best goalies.

Nathan MacKinnon (1 G, 3 SOG, 2 PIM) – Oh man, MacKinnon is overrated. Oh man, MacKinnon is falling victim to the dreaded “sophomore slump.” Oh man, ah shut up with that nonsense. I told everyone to just be patient with Mac and for those of you who did, here’s your reward; goals in three straight games with four over that span. His minus-five rating is ugly, but he’s shooting, he’s scoring and he’s looking a hell of a lot better than he did to start the season. I figure he continues to trend up as the season goes. He’s too good not to.

Jason LaBarbera (W, 16 SV, 2 GA, .889%) – HannaBarbera suited up for the Ducks to prevent them from making the embarrassing start of Dwayne Roloson, who currently serves as a goaltending consultant for the Ducks. He also suited up and served as backup for this one after John Gibson suffered an undisclosed LBI in practice. Frederik Andersen would have gone but he is now day-to-day with leg tightness. What is it with goalies this year? First the Avs lose both of their guys in one game and now the Ducks suffer the same fate. Forced to deal they dug deep and wouldn’t you know it? They managed a win. Andersen’s injury doesn’t sound serious but there’s no word on just how badly Gibson hurt himself, so it LaBarbera might serve as backup to Andersen for a bit while Gibsy is on the mend.

Corey Perry (1 G, 5 SOG, +2) – Goals n’ bows, man. Goals n’ bows.

Cam Fowler (1 G, 2 SOG, +1) – Fowler is one of those guys that everyone wants to drop all the time and I’m always like “Nah, man. Hold him, he’s pretty solid” and peeps are like “Okay JD, I’ll be patient” only to ask again the next week who they should pick up and drop Fowler for. I hope those days are over. He’s on pace for 50 points this season and he should at least hit 40. So be nice to Cam and yourself, don’t drop him.

Michael Hutchinson (W, 33 SV, 1.000%, SHO) – I wouldn’t get overly excited about this game, though Hutch has shown himself to be a capable goalie, he’s just can’t stay consistent and he’s just as likely to string off three straight shutouts as he is three straight games where he allows five goals a pop. He’s clearly behind Ondrej Pavelec on the depth chart for the Jets and that won’t change any time soon. Those in deep pools might consider adding him if they’re desperate, but you’ve been warned.

Corey Crawford (L, 26 SV, 1 GA, .963%) – Crawdad played well here, the Hawks offense or lack thereof is to blame for this one.

Pekka Rinne (W, 26 SV, 1 GA, .963%) – After coughing up four goals on 31 shots to the apparently pretty solid Flames, he rebounded quickly in this one holding the Canucks to just one goal on 27 shots. With his season line sitting pretty at 7-2-1/1.87/.931% he’s basically the best goalie in the league right now.

Eddie Lack (L, 30 SV, 3 GA, .909%) – Last season Lack looked pretty solid after Roberto Luongo was traded to the Cats, but this season isn’t last season and this season he looks terrible. He isn’t this bad, but with how good Ryan Miller has been, I doubt he’ll get many opportunities to get his shiz together.

Filip Forsberg (2 G, 1 A, 8 SOG) – I knew going into the season the Fors was a guy to keep an eye on but I did not expect him to roll to 11 points in 11 games to start the year. Well, I see the light now and how could I miss it? The high beams are on. He should be owned everywhere.

Tuukka Rask (W, 27 SV, 2 GA, .931%) – I’d like to see Rask win a few in a row and look good doing it before I stop worrying that he’s playing with an injury or something. I know the Bs defense is pretty depleted right now, so that’s a contributing factor you can’t ignore, but Rask wasn’t exactly looking great before they lost all their top defenseman to injury anyway.

Robin Lehner (L, 26 SV, 4 GA, .867%) – Why do you play with my emotions like this, Robin? Seriously. Every time you get an opportunity to earn a few starts in a row and maybe, just maybe start to pull away from the dreadful Craig Anderson, you play like this. It wasn’t horrible, but hey, four goals allowed is four goals allowed and he’ll need to be better than this to wrestle the starting gig away from Andy.

Mika Zibanejad (1 G, 3 SOG, +1) – Saturday’s goal marks goals in back-to-back games bringing his season total to… two. Two goals. Two points. 10 games played. Yikes. I’m not a huge fan of Ziby’s, but I don’t think he’s this bad.

Brad Marchand (1 G, 2 SOG, +2) – Do you want a 25-goal scorer on your roster? Because dropping Brad Marchand is not how you keep a 25-goal scorer on your roster.

Blake Comeau (1 G, 1 SOG, +1) – He had zero value until he slotted in next to Evgeni Malkin (1 G, 2 A, 1 SOG, +1) and now? Well, he has seven points in 10 games, goals in two of his last three games and a plus-three rating. In deep pools he’s well worth owning.

Ben Bishop (W, 35 SV, 3 GA, .921%) – Bishop has allowed three goals in each of his last four starts while the Bolts beastly offense keeps his W-L record nice and tight, his peripherals are slowly degrading as he keeps coughing up three goal games. I’m getting a little concerned, but when I see him play he looks just fine, so I’m expecting him to snap out of this sooner than later. I hope.

Nikita Kucherov (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) – Stop trying to drop Kucherov. I know he’s new. I know that’s scary. I know you don’t expect him to keep scoring, but I do, and hey look, he scored again on Saturday! No, you shouldn’t drop Kucherov for whatever schmuck you find on the wire.

Ondrej Palat (1 G, 4 SOG, +2) – See? Even Kucherov’s line mates are rolling.

Ryan Callahan (1 G, 3 SOG, +2) – Believe it or not, Cally has seven points in eight games so far this season. I doubt he can keep that pace up, but playing with Steven Stamkos (1 A, 3 SOG, +1) is going to create room for him to score some delicious goals.

Roberto Luongo (W, 36 SV, 1 GA, .973%) – Pressed again Lu pushed away 36 of 37 as the surprising and rising Cats win again. I continue to be impressed by both Lu and the Cats as a whole, but there are still serious issues here that can’t be ignored. Most important of those issues is the disparity between goals scored and goals allowed. The Cats are second in goals against but dead last in goals for. Lu can’t do it all.

Steve Mason (L, 28 SV, 2 GA, .933%) – Mason finally allows fewer than four goals in a game and still loses. He’s yet to win a game this season. Yup, you read that right.

Vladimir Tarasenko (2 G, 7 SOG, +2) – Saturday’s game gives Vladdy 11 points in 10 games with five goals in his last three games. All aboard the Tarasenko express!

Jaroslav Halak (L, 28 SV, 3 GA, .903%) – It’s getting pretty ugly for Halak, and while I wouldn’t drop him outright unless you’re in a shallower league, you can’t start him now either. I’d wait a few more starts and if he doesn’t show some signs of life, cut bait.

Antti Niemi (W, 19 SV, 1 GA, .950%) – Saturday’s start makers five straight for Niemi and he’s even rolling out there after losses. It’s clear that he’s taken complete control of the starter’s job for the Sharks leaving Alex Stalock and his owners to sob quietly in the corner and eat the crumbs that fall from Niemi’s table. I am among those owners. *sobs quietly whilst licking crumbs from the floor* Thank you for your generosity, Mr. Niemi.

  1. Scott says:
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    Who’s your best D off the waiver wire?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Not sure I understand the question… are you asking what’s the best defenseman to add off the wire in YOUR league? If so, I have no idea, I’m not in your league. You’ll have to give me a handful of names to choose from if I’m going to give you decent advice here.

      • Scott says:
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        @JD: I have Erik Karlsson, Keith Yandle, Brent Burns, ERik Johnson, Dennis Wideman, and John Carlson. My league has 4 defensemen slots and 1 utility slot.

        On waivers is Trevor Daley, Damon Severson, Niklas Kronwall, Tyson Barrie, Shea Weber, and Mark Streit

        • JD

          JD says:
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          @Scott: Wow that is one seriously shallow pool with those names on the wire. Drop Johnson for Weber. Drop Wideman for Kronwall. Do it and do it now.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JD: maybe scott thinks his league is the only one. that would make the question answerable.

  2. Jon says:
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    On my team, needs to come off the IR: Gaborik
    Possibilities to cut: Bouwmeester, Schultz, Galchenyuk, Ryan, Wingels
    Free agent wingers: Kucherov, Nichushkin, Abdelkader, MacArthur, Saad

    Who do you drop for Gaborik, and do you make any other add/drops? Cats are G A +/- PPP FOW ATOI SOG HITS DEF

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Unless this is a very, very deep keeper league you can safely drop Schultz to activate Gabby.

      • Jon says:
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        @JD: Ah shoot. I wrote Schultz when I meant Schwartz. My bad.

        • JD

          JD says:
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          @Jon: Heh, whoops! That changes things a bit, eh? You can’t drop Schwartz so you might as well let go of Bouwmeester. No points in 10 games? Ouch. He’d have to do extremely well for the rest of the season to get to the 30 point marker, so it’s probably safe to let him go to activate Gabby.

          • Jon says:
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            @JD: Thanks! That’s what I was thinking.

  3. Nimrod says:
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    I have Wheeler, Okposo and Tarasenko. The problem is they all have just RW. Seems I’m always benching one because we play just 2 RW. N. Kucherov, C. Solderberg and J. Hudler are available with dual positions. The goalies that are FA are J. Gibson, J. Allen and A. Stalock. Do you see an upgrade here for one of my RW or just hold and have depth?

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      @Nimrod: Drop Wheeler, add Kucherov. The Jets look like a mess and Kucherov is the real deal and plays on a solid line. I don’t see that line being broken up anytime soon either, barring injury.

      Can’t really comment on the goalies without knowing who your starters are.

      • Nimrod says:
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        @Lenard: My goalies are C. Schneiner, D. Kuemper and F. Andersen who is day to day. My current choices are J. Allen, A. Stalock and J. Reimer. I like to have 4 goalies but 3 are fine in our league set up. One thought is to guard against injuries and block other owners for the reason to carry 4. I would be dropping B. Wheeler.

        • Lenard says:
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          @Nimrod: I wouldn’t drop Wheeler for any of those goalies and the 3 you have are an excellent group. Anderson looks to be back soon and Gibson went down for 6 weeks, so he’ll get almost all the starts.

    • JD

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      @Nimrod: I’d hold on for now. I can’t agree on dropping Wheeler, a guy who put up 64 and 69 points in two of his last three seasons with 41 points in 48 games in the lockout shortened year. He scored 28 goals last season and he’s on pace for that again this year, it’s the assists that haven’t been coming as regularly. I think the Jets need more time with a healthy team on the ice to gel, so I wouldn’t give up on him just yet. For now just start Okie and Tarasenko no matter what and slot Wheels in when one of them has the night off.

      As for adding Kucherov, I highly recommend it, but not by dropping Wheels. What’s the rest of your roster look like?

      • Lenard says:
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        @JD: True, I did forget Kane is back now and he does really add to that top 6. I do think that Kane, Schiefele (whatever) and Wheeler can/will click and become a pretty nice scoring line. Although I just dropped Schiefs for Brock Nelson tonight (for now).

        I think a lot of the decision depends on what your LW situation looks like. If its a weak point on your team, I think I still make that move.

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    I’m surprised there was no mention of Johnny Guadraue. It’s been a pleasure watching him find his game in the NHL. He’s starting to figure things out, and if you have a deep league, he’s going to be a steal. I think he will have a solid 50 points in his rookie season and with the way he’s learning, it could be higher.

    Similarly I think tj brodie is going to have a break out year. After watching him for several seasons he’s really finding his game, especially alongside Gio. If he was on any other team last year his stats would have been higher. I think he will have a minimum of 40 points this year, and the way he is playing it could be higher. But I might be biased since I’m a huge flames fan and high on their resent play.

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      @Apollo: I think he could hit 50, but I worry about his health. 5’8”, 155 is tiny and even if he is a bit above that, he’s still tiny. That being said, the upside is high and he’s worth rostering to see if he can sustain the scoring pace.That also being said, the Flames aren’t that good (sorry), which will hurt him as well. I’d keep him rostered, but I’d also be willing to drop him if more attractive options became available (Kucherov, Nichuskin, Coyle, etc.)

      Brodie, however, is a stud. He and Giordano are a borderline-elite defensive pair. I think he’ll end up with 40 easy, including 12ish goals.
      But he’s not going to continue shooting at 16.7% so the goal scoring place will slow. And he also doesn’t really add anything in the PMs and hits categories, which a lot of people look for their D to provide. He does block a decent amount of shots, though.

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        @Lenard: yeah health will always be a worry, especially for rookies. But I honestly think people underestimate Johnny. Watching him play he gets out of bad areas with his speed. Seems very similar to saint Louis. And that guy doesn’t get injured often. I also think the flames are very underrated, but they aren’t yet great, so I agree. I suspect they will finish in the bottom 5-10 this season. There’s 4 teams I can think of worse off than the flames right now. As our youth moves up they will be much more dangerous. you can see flashes of it in games, like last night against the Canadians. I can’t wait to see them in the next 2 years.

        Totally agree on brodie. Gio and brodie are one of the best defensive pairings in the league. When they are on the ice you can see the guys ahead of them get more confidence. But his ability doesn’t always translate to fantasy stats, as you said. Too bad there wasn’t a Stat for shutting down plays.

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      @Apollo: It’s definitely possible that he scores 50 points this year, but that would be an incredible year for the kid. He’s talented for sure. I actually planned to write a bit about him but forgot in the midst of covering a lot of games in the long Monday update. My bad, yo.

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        @JD: like I said, I might be a but biased haha. In future seasons he’s going to be a stud. Did you see him split the D against Nashville? That was insainly impressive. Even more so against a defensive power house like the predators. I’m holding my hopes for 50 this season, but even if he doesn’t, the amount he learns will be invaluable to future seasons. As you can tell, I’m excited the flames actually have prospects to talk about now. The biggest surprise was jooris. He needs to be in the line up permanently, instead of settoguchi or mcgrattan. Awesome rookie so far.

  5. Scott says:
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    I see you recommend Kucherov. I have Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. Do you see a problem with having 4 Forwards from the same team (I also have Stamkos)?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: forget Johnson. I’m dropping him for Shea who is on waivers which is why Johnson is still showing up on my roster.

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott: delete that, wrong Johnson (TWSS)

    • JD

      JD says:
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      It’s risky. If the Bolts do poorly, you do poorly. If you’re in a H2H league that could be disastrous as one bad day can end your season, but if it’s roto it’s not that big a deal so long as you run them all out there for most of the season. You might want to try and trade one of them to diversify your roster a bit though…

  6. Brett says:
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    JD…why are you so big still on Brad Marchand? Hes boarder line 40 pt player now..

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      JD says:
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      I’m not big on him, I think he’ll score 25ish goals though and that has value in any league. Did you see the sick OT winner he potted against Lu and the Cats? He’s talented and plays for a good team. 40 points is a bit low for Marchand, he should break 50 points this season.

  7. scrap says:
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    whooooop whooooop!!!!

    I am all over the Tarasenko train with ya brother!!

    I have Tarasenko on all three of my teams and was able to pick him in the 90’s each time.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Yeah dude, he’s a beast. I’ve been all about him since last year and now he’s breaking out. It should be a great ride if you own him, especially in keeper leagues.

  8. scrap says:
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    JD did I screw the pooch on this one?

    my third team was IMO my best draft. I had the #1 overall. But i decided to trade Crosby. With Hall out now it looks like a bad decision, but i think i have the btter overall here (Maybe).

    grade this please …. I am team A.

    Team A Gets:
    T. Hall Edm – C,LW
    J. Spezza Dal – C
    C. Perry Anh – RW
    C. Schneider NJ – G

    Team B Gets
    S. Crosby Pit – C
    P. Hornqvist Pit – RW
    T. Hertl SJ – LW
    B. Elliott StL – G

    I know if the season ended right now I just got totally owned.
    And i admit that i did this because i just wanted the fun and excitement of
    IDK – man don’t hold back – if i blew it just tell it like it is brotha.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      I wouldn’t say you got totally screwed, it’s actually a pretty solid deal if everyone is healthy. Hall isn’t going to be out for more than a month or so and he could return in as little as two weeks, so don’t lose too much sleep there. Hertl is a huge question mark, Hornqvist can’t keep this pace up and Elliott, he’s extremely good but I think getting Schneids back will at least break even in value with him by season’s end. You definitely didn’t blow it, you could easily have won this deal, but you won’t know if it was a win or loss for another few months.

  9. Brett says:
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    Also JD…

    need major help at center to get some FO wins and some scoring..Kyle Turris just isnt doing it for me. I also have Eric Stall up front. Nick Bonino is sitting pretty with Vancouver right now, along w some others on the waiver wire such as, Derick Brassard, Mike Ribeiro, David Desharnais, Sean Monahan… Is dropping Turris a viable option or should I just ride this out?

    Eric Staal Car- C
    Kyle Turris Ott – C
    Brock Nelson NYI – C

    James van Riemsdyk Tor – LW
    Tanner Pearson LA – LW
    Patrick Sharp Chi – C,LW

    Tyler Johnson TB – C,RW
    Evgeni Malkin Pit – C,RW
    Tommy Wingels SJ – RW

    Marian Hossa Chi – RW
    Tommy Wingels SJ – RW

    Keith Yandle Ari – D
    Dougie Hamilton Bos – D
    Erik Karlsson Ott – D
    Johnny Boychuk NYI – D

    Mason Raymond Cgy – LW,RW
    Injured Reserve
    James Wisniewski Cls – D
    Injured Reserve

    Goalies

    Henrik L.
    Jimmy H.
    Frederik A.

    All set with goalies, but who from this list can go and go in a hurry? Appreciate the feeback as always!

    Brett

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Turris or Wingels are the only really droppable options here if you need to stream to get some FW, but don’t drop Wingels if you’re in a hits league. Any of the guys you listed are solid grabs, Desharnais tends to pair with Max Pacioretty most of the time, so he’s probably your best bet. I’d say Brass, but the Rangers are a mess right now.

  10. Kelly says:
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    I’ve been offered Ryan Callahan for Kronwall or Byfuglien. Was thinking of accepting Callahan for Byfuglien. (Not a keeper league)

    What do you think? I’d be grateful for any feedback.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      If you use Big Buff at D, then don’t do this. If you have him at forward, I’d go ahead, but expect Cally to get hurt again. He always gets hurt.

  11. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    which is best of these
    tokarski @ BUF
    neuvirth vs MTL (MTL back to back game)
    labarbera vs NYI
    until i noticed tokarski is likely i was going labarbera here, but BUF’s offense is awful, yet ANA’s entire team is good. i’m thinking in roto for ratios tokarski might be best, but likely in H2H for wins Labarbera (this applies to at least 2 leagues, 1 of each)

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Toker at the Sabres sounds like a pretty safe bet.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JD: tokarski ended up being by far best goalie decision yesterday, with gustavsson/labarbera/neuvirth all doing worse. neuvirth is actually looking good for very deep leaguers and stream starts, esp for us elliot/andersen owners who are dealing with watered down benchings and watered down injuries where andersen COMES off IR+ but still doesn’t play. that shit ain’t cool.

  12. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Fellow Razzballer, I have a quick question regarding a trade. I’m being offered Tuuka and Duncan Keith for Seguin and Schneider. My goaltending is pretty weak with Enroth and Backstrom. My D is also weak with Byfuglien, Suter, Edle, Kulikov, Staal, Stone, Severson, Gudas, and a hurt MacDonald. League does G,A, P, +/-, PPG, PPA, SHP, GWG, SOG, FW, Hits, BLK.

    What are your thoughts? I have RNH, Koivu, Ribeiro, Statsny, and Hall as center’s. Voracek, Dupuis, Byfuglien, Silfverberg.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      I wouldn’t do this, the Seguin side wins. Your D is more solid than you give it credit for, but holy hell how many defensemen do you start?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @JD: 8 D positions

  13. Apollo says:
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    Hey JD, I have for berg available in my FA. I’ve been thinking of picking him up, but I have no idea who to drop. I think my lowest producing guys probably are Vanek and Pearson. Both good players, so I’m not sure if they are worth dropping for forsberg.

    I am interested in creating a trade, I would like to trade Duchesne and Vanek. My gut is telling me they won’t play as well this year. And the more I read about Vanek, the less I like him. He just doesn’t seem like a hard worker, more a guy that has coasted by on talent. I could very well be wrong, hence the second opinion. What do you think I could get for these guys? I realize it’s tough to tell when you can’t see the other teams roster, but I’m just looking for a general idea.

    Here’s my team: Tavares, Seguin, duchene, lucic, Vanek, Simmonds, okposo, toffoli, Pearson, Giordano, Bodie, yandle, Gudas (needed hits and PIM). Howard, Elliott, Niemi.

    Thanks

    • JD

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      With that team you can safely drop Vanek to add Forsberg. It sounds like you’re in a pretty shallow league so dropping Pearson isn’t going to hurt you. Vanek seems to be waking up a bit lately, he’s not scoring goals, but he’s definitely finding his way into the offense tallying helpers pretty often in his past 5-6 games so you shouldn’t give up on him yet. Letting Pearson go and adding Forsberg is a pretty safe bet.

  14. Carp says:
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    Mikko still a good bet for 60+? Where does he now fit with Bobby Ryan, Loui Erickson, Justin Abdelkader, J. Drouin for the rest of season?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Carp: Mikko? 60+? No, I doubt that very highly. 60 is the ceiling and with every passing game there’s less and less chance he hits that marker. I’d take Ryan, Loui, Abs and Drouin before I’d take Koivu, honestly.

  15. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    except for that one huge game boedkker hasn’t done shit. In one roto league (12 teams start 9 forwards) should i just bench him for a while, or drop him for any of these guys. all espn stats except GWG. forward roster is
    little/pavelski/giroux/simmonds/landeskog/macarthur/wheeler/voracek/callahan/filppula/boedkker/burakovsky.
    possible adds for him are lindholm/ennis/r.nash/higgins/comeau/shaw. or i could just stream this spot for faceoffs. i’m in top 4 of all skater categories. i could use assists/faceoffs most.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: If you’re top four in all skater categories you might as well bench Boedker. I still think he can have a good year despite the early cold spell.

  16. SMLV1 says:
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    Who do I drop to activate Stastny?

    Malkin – C,RW
    Thornton – C
    Skinner – LW,RW
    Galchenyuk C,LW
    Hartnell – LW
    Kessel – RW
    Tarasenko – RW
    Shattenkirk – D
    Seabrook – D
    Goligoski – D
    Scandella – D
    H. Sedin – C
    Stastny (IR) – C
    Gaborik – LW,RW
    Fleury – G
    Miller – G
    J. Allen – G

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @SMLV1: Gabby

  17. SMLV1 says:
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    Pick 2 to start tonight –

    Fleury @WPG
    Ryan Miller @SJ
    Jake Allen vs. NJ

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @SMLV1: Fleury and Allen.

  18. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    different league from above. this is H2H 12 teamer with only 4 adds per week. all yahoo categories but blocks/GWG.
    best 2 out of burakovsky/lindholm/granlund (CGY)/m.johanssen/niederrieter/burrows/nichuskin? i have burakovsky and nichuskin, just activated nichuskin.

  19. Carp says:
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    since being bumped to the first line, Burakovsky has struggled….. just three games, but is he being hyped prematurely? Kid is 19. Kuznetsov has to move up as the year goes on right?

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      @Carp: they are both top 15 ranked prospects, but burakovsky is playing better this year by a lot.

  20. Gus says:
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    Looking to sell high on a couple of youngsters and buy low on proven by moving:

    My Forsberg, Nelson, Patch
    For Duchene, E Staal, Hartnell

    Skater cats are G, A, Pts, +/-, SOG, Hits. I’m in strong contention this year – it is a keeper league (10 players) but I already have more than enough keepers and only real keeper swapped here is my Patch for his Duchene.

    This look like a solid move?

  21. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    streaming neuvirth rules. today anyway, who cares about wins when one of the worst teams in hockey who allows a crazy amount of shots is seriously upping my SV% in roto. and since we drafted late in this league, and i’m missing bobrovsky i’ve been pretty much putting in somebody else different everyday. even benched holtby today to stream neuvirth. i’ve also used talbot/greiss/tokarski in last few days. all pretty decent at least starts.

  22. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop Stastny for Eric Staal?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      I would, yeah.

  23. SMLV1 says:
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    Is Galchenyuk dropable for Gaborik or anything worth it on the wire? Or hold?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Since Gabby scored a goal this weekend he’s worth adding, he always goes on crazy streaks, but dropping Galchenyuk for him might not be the best option. What’s the rest of your roster/wire options look like?

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