When the Flames acquired Yegor Sharangovich and a third round pick for Toffoli, the consensus was the Flames didn’t get nearly enough for Toffoli off a 34 goal season. Well, here we are at the midway point of the season, and Sharangovich has more goals than Toffoli. Sharagovich had a hat trick on six shots on Thursday in the 6-2 victory over the Coyotes. That gives him 17+30 in 42 games. The minutes have been through the roof lately, and Sharangovich has rewarded Huska with 6+5 and over three shots per game in his last ten appearances. His speed is an absolute weapon and he’s starting to be a focal point on the power play. At the end of the day, Sharangovich is probably somebody who is on the fringe, but for now, he’s a definite hold. Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Jamie Drysdale – Power play assist and two shots in his Flyers debut. I did a massive breakdown of the blockbuster trade on Wednesday, which you can read here.
Matt Boldy – Goal and an assist with four shots and two PIM. Boldy has been fine with all of the Wild injuries, but I was expecting a bit more. He has it in him, so here’s to hoping he finds that gear.
Esa Lindell – Three assists with two shots. And there’s your annual Lindell update!
Mason Marchment – Two assists. Marchment is an elite streamer now borderline on the fringe.
Nils Lundkvist – Goal and an assist with three shots. Maybe the Stars will finally get Lundkvist the minutes he needs to make an impact? After all, they did give up a first round pick for him. The offensive talent is there and he’s still only 23. In deep leagues, I would probably make a spec add.
Alexandar Georgiev – 25 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Golden Knights. Despite poor number, Georgiev is piling up wins for Colorado. He’s the big favorite to lead the league in wins given how little Bednar trusts Prosvetov. Here’s to hoping he can get back in line with last season’s sv%.
Valeri Nichushkin – Two goals on five shots. Big Val is unstoppable right now. With Arturri Lehkonen‘s return on the horizon, it’s going to give him even better linemates. I’m completely buying into his first half performance.
Mikko Rantanen – Two assists with six shots and two PIM. It feels like Rantanen has disappointed and then you see he has 21+32 in 42 games with 3.5 shots per game. In other words, his disappointment is still a top 10 forward.
Sam Reinhart – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM. The year of Reinhart continues. That’s already a whopping 30 goals. Back up the Brinks truck!
Joey Daccord – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 4-1 win over the Capitals. There’s always some random goalie who comes out of nowhere and runs over the league for a month or two. This season, it’s Daccord. He’s saved a ton of fantasy seasons already.
Adam Larsson – Goal and an assist. The offense really dried up for Larsson this season. He’s purely a streamer for hits and blocks.
Brandon Tanev – Two assists with a shot. Easy pass.
Luke Glendening – Two goals. And there’s your annual Glendening update!
Nikita Kucherov – Two assists with three shots. We’ve reached the point where Kucherov is a favorite to get two points every night. What a season.
Nick Perbix – Two assists with a shot. Perbix has been fine with Sergachev out, but he’s still well below one shot per game, so I don’t see any use for him outside of blocks.
Elias Pettersson – Two goals and two assists with five shots. The Penguins had no answer for the Vancouver first line, as Brock Boeser scored the other two Canucks goals, while J.T. Miller dished three assists. Career highs are coming across the board.
Filip Hronek – Two assists with two PIM. All your assists are belong to Hronek! He’s also +32 with solid PIM and a decent shot rate. Hronek’s a solid #2 right now.
Sidney Crosby – Two goals on five shots with two PIM. The Penguins are a mess right now, especially defensively, but Crosby has been terrific. He’s shown virtually no signs of slowing down.
Marcus Pettersson – Goal and an assist with three shots. He’s been a solid player for the Penguins in real life, but it’s only useful for deep fantasy leagues.
Auston Matthews – Two goals on four shots with two PIM. It’s kind of crazy to see Matthews with only 15 assists, but I don’t think anyone is complaining while he’s near a 70 goal pace.
Mathew Barzal – Goal and three assists with five shots. Noah Dobson had four assists with two shots. Barzal has been as good as he’s ever been, while Dobson is having the breakout that I predicted a season ago. Hughes and Makar are lapping the field for defensemen, but Dobson has an argument for being the best of the rest.
Claude Giroux – Two goals on three shots. It’s not the most exciting stat line, but Giroux is a clear hold.
Tage Thompson – Two goals on five shots. He left the game early as he’s playing through nagging injuries. The good news is that the brace on his wrist is off, and he’s been playing much better ever since. Granato expects Thompson to play on Saturday, so I think he’ll continue his recent tear.
Rasmus Dahlin – Two assists with a shot and four PIM. Dahlin has been struggling defensively this season, but offensively, he’s not far behind last season’s pace.
Dylan Cozens – Goal and an assist with two shots. It’s been an extremely disappointing season from Cozens, no way around it. He’s looked a bit better since Quinn returned, but I can’t get him past a solid streamer. Obviously there’s a chance he finishes the season extremely well. Also, next week’s schedule is super soft, with the Sharks and Blackhawks on the docket.
Michael Matheson – Two assists with six shots. Matheson’s all-around contributions make him a solid #3.
Seth Jarvis – Goal and two assists with four shots. Jarvis is on the fringe now that he’s back on PP1. Being on the third line, I lean towards elite streamer.
Stefan Noesen – Goal and an assist with five shots. There’s some deep league value, but I don’t really want to stream Noesen in 12’ers.
Teuvo Teravainen – Two assists with two shots. The first line for Carolina has been on fire, but it’s mostly been the other two guys. With his poor shot rate, Teravainen is a solid streamer.
Jordan Martinook – Goal and an assist with two shots and four PIM. Martinook’s points have evaporated this season. There’s nothing for fantasy.
Zach Hyman – Goal and an assist with six shots. Hyman is playing as well as anybody over the last month. He’s been fantastic across the board.
Laurent Brossoit – 20 saves on 21 shots in the 2-1 win over the Blackhawks. Brossoit is an automatic stream every time he gets the start with how good the Jets are.
Adam Lowry – Two assists with two shots. Mark Scheifele left the game early which bumped Lowry up the lineup. We’ll need an update to see if there’s any value going forward.
Jordan Kyrou – Hat trick on eight shots. The top line for St. Louis has been incredible lately, with Pavel Buchnevich scoring a goal and two assists (revenge game!) and Robert Thomas tallying two assists, two shots and two PIM. The Blues have worked their way back into the playoff picture, and they can thank these three. All three have a case to be a top 100 player the rest of the way.
Blake Coleman – Goal and two assists. Coleman’s performance is one of the biggest surprises for me. He’s having the best season of his career seemingly out of nowhere. Given how good he is across the board, Coleman is probably worth holding everywhere.
Jonathan Huberdeau – Two assists with a shot. Huberdeau is on a nice roll with eight points in the last seven games. That said, the shot rate is quite poor so I’m not looking to hold Huberdeau again.
Elias Lindholm – Two assists with two shots. The new first line with Huberdeau and Sharangovich flanking Lindholm seems to be working. Lindholm is definitely a hold because he could easily be traded to a contender. Imagine if he goes to Colorado and goes on PP1? Or goes to Boston with Pastrnak? The upside is too much to throw away.
MacKenzie Weegar – Two assists with a shot. Like Coleman, I didn’t see this season coming from Weegar. He has a career high in goals already and is on pace to be close to a career high in assists. In banger leagues, Weegar is an absolute monster, but even in standard leagues, he’s been quite good. Easy hold everywhere.
Logan Thompson – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Bruins. Hill’s return is imminent, which might actually be a good thing from Thompson. A reduced workload could get Thompson back on track. Either way, keep him.
Jack Eichel – Goal and an assist with four shots. The big thing for Vegas is that Eichel has managed to stay healthy. He’s right in line with expectations.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll be back on Monday recapping the action from the weekend. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!