Mark Stone has had a pretty good season by his standards, albeit not as great as I had hoped.  Perhaps that’ll change now that he had his best game of the season.  Stone went off on Thursday scoring two goals and three assists while adding five shots on goal and two PIM.  That brings him up to 20+33 in 56 games while being +10 and well over 2.5 shots per game.  Stone used to be a two shot per game player, but it has taken a big jump since last season, and especially when he went to Vegas.  He should be a clear top 50 player going forward, and I think there’s a good chance he ends up topping 80 points for the first time in his career.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Jack Campbell – Traded to Toronto.  Toronto desperately needed a goalie, but the question is how good is Campbell?  He was in the minors for close to a decade, was amazing last season, and then has been bad this season.  Regardless, there’s a good chance he’ll be better than Hutchinson.  He’ll be the backup when Andersen returns, but for now, it probably will be Campbell’s show.  He’s a complete wildcard.  The upside is big given how well he played last season, but it’s also a huge risk given how poor he’s been this season and that the Toronto defense is suspect at best.

Auston Matthews – Two goals on four shots.  He’s stayed healthy and now looks like a good bet to score 50 goals.

John Tavares – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Tavares has taken a step back from last season but remains a borderline top 20 guy due to the quality shot rate and being right around PPG.

Pavel Buchnevich – Goal and two assists with six shots.  The Bucher is on a nice little run right now and the shot rate has been very good.  I’m bumping him to elite streamer.

Chris Kreider – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Nice to see Kreider back in the lineup so quickly.  He’s meeting with the Rangers front office in the next couple days to determine if there’s any chance of a contract extension, or if he’s getting moved at the deadline.

Mika Zibanejad – Goal and an assist with six shots.  Zibanejad has transformed himself into a top 50 player.

Jaroslav Halak – 21 saves on 22 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Blackhawks.  Halak has been great once again and is a borderline hold despite the lack of volume.

Dylan Larkin – Two goals on eight shots playing over 26 minutes.  Disappointing season for Larkin, but the upside is still there for him to have a strong finish despite his team being atrocious.

Robby Fabbri – Two assists with a shot.  Still a big fan of Fabbri long term; nice to see him get his career on track in Detroit since returning from the torn ACL.

Cale Makar – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Makar has been as good as anyone could have hoped for as a rookie.

Philipp Grubauer – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 4-1 win over the Senators.  Nice to see Grubauer get back on track, granted against the Sabres and Senators.

Jeff Petry – Goal and an assist playing over 27 minutes.  Petry’s career took a big step forward once he arrived in Montreal from Edmonton, but mainly over the past three seasons.  He’s an easy hold in all formats.

Ben Hutton – Goal and an assist.  And there’s your annual Ben Hutton update!

Kieffer Bellows – Two goals on four shots in his second career game.  Bellows was a WJC standout but stumbled over the past couple seasons.  The upside is there for him to be fantasy relevant, but for now I’m just monitoring him until the minutes go up.

Derick Brassard – Two assists with four shots.  Nice bounce back season from Brassard, but he’s a bottom end streamer at best.

Anders Lee – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Disappointing season for Lee, but the workload is there for him to get back on track.  He’s an elite streamer that can be held based on team needs.

Miles Wood – Two goals.  Decent streamer in deep leagues for the PIM and decent shots, but nothing for standard leagues.

MacKenzie Blackwood – 46 save shutout in the 5-0 win over the Flyers.  Game of Blackwood’s career so far.  There’s long term upside, but for now, he’s a desperation play.

Evgeni Malkin – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Malkin continues to be the best in the league for fantasy on a per-game basis.

Victor Hedman – Three assists with three shots.  It feels like this season hasn’t been up to Hedman’s standards, but here he is with 45 points in 52 games hitting all of the categories.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He has a point in nine straight and two points in seven of his last eight games.  I’d say he’s back on track.

Max Pacioretty – Two goals and an assist with four shots.  Patches looked like he was on the steep decline over the past two seasons, but he’s bounced back in a huge way this season.  He’s well over four shots per game and is crushing all the categories.  This has a good chance to be the best season of his career.

Chandler Stephenson – Two assists with two shots.  He’s playing with Stone and Patches which gives him some value, but the lack of PP time kills him.  Bottom end streamer at best.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Two assists with a shot.  Huberdeau’s great season continues as he’s been top ten in the league in points most of the season, including now.

Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Trocheck is right on the fringe due to his contributions in the non-points categories.

Paul Stastny – Two assists with four shots.  Easy hold while Karlsson is out.

Nate Schmidt – Goal and an assist with five shots.  He’s right on the fringe.  I slightly lean towards leaving him on the wire, but it’s very close,

Shea Theodore – Goal and an assist with four shots.  Theodore has been very good across the board.  The shot rate taking a big step forward has gone a long way to solidifying him as an automatic hold in all formats.

Jansen Harkins – Goal and an assist with two shots.  This matched Harkins’ point in his first 14 games.  Congrats on the first career goal and welcome to the Razzball Database!

Andrew Copp – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Solid player in real life but nothing to see here for fantasy.

Kevin Fiala – Goal and an assist with five shots.  Nice stretch of hockey for Fiala.  He’s still only 24 years old so there’s a chance he still puts it together and ends up the first line winger that it looked like he’d be.  For now, he’s an elite streamer.

Brad Hunt – Goal and an assist with three shots.  He had a nice start to the season, but he belongs on the waiver wire for now.

Kyle Turris – Goal and an assist.  Turris has been better this season, but it’s still only at a bottom end streaming level at best.

Roman Josi – Two assists with six shots.  Josi has slowed down a bit, but Josi has been as good as it gets for defensemen.  He’s at a point per game, +21, 33 PIM and almost four shots per game.

Mikael Granlund – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s also showing signs of life, but it’s still not enough for fantasy.

Sebastian Aho – Two goals and an assist, as did Andrei Svechnikov.  It’s really infuriating that Aho only played 17 minutes in this game and Svech only played 14 minutes.  Regardless, both of them have excellent, Svechnikov all season and Aho after a slow first month.

Trevor Van Riemsdyk – Two assists.  TVR had three points in 34 games before this game.  Moving on…

Alex Goligoski – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Not much value here anymore as Chychrun has passed Gogo on the depth chart.

Timo Meier – Two goals and an assist with eight shots.  His second big game of the season, but Meier has been a massive disappointment just like the rest of the Sharks.  Meier is an elite streamer since he hits all of the categories, but I’m not looking to hold him at the moment.

Joe Thornton – Two assists.  Still an easy pass.

Brent Burns – Two assists with two shots and two PIM.  Burns has been among the most disappointing players in the league this season.  He still needs to be held, but at 34 years old, it appears that the end is approaching.

Kevin Labanc – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Decent streamer, but that’s it right now.

Darnell Nurse – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  After it looked like Nurse was on the way to becoming an easy hold after last season, the offense has dried up.  In hits/blocks leagues, he’s still worth holding, but otherwise, he’s a team needs guy for PIM and shots.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Monday recapping all of the action from this weekend.  As always, feel free to ask questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Gerald says:

    Hey VIz

    Current Goalies are varlomaov , Murray and MRazek. Minimum 3 starts per week. IM concerned with mark, he’s ben horrendous lately, and with Dougie gone i feel its a hit to its fantasy value.
    Would you drop him for pierre luc dubous. ?

    Thanks V

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      I really like Dubois right now, so if you think you can get to 3 starts without Mrazek with either just those two or streaming, I’m all for making the change

  2. Gerald says:

    Thanks Viz,

    Just a thought if your the sharks, and it seems to be there window is closing, would you take a risk on the elvis Merzlikins or Igor Sheztirken, alexander Georgev, Anton khodibin as a last hail mary effort for this year? i feel dell and jones aren’t that good. Or do you think these teams goalies would want too much in return.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      There’s no way the first two are getting traded. Shesterkin is arguably the best goaltending prospect in hockey or is at least in the top tier, he’s the clear goalie of the future for the Rangers. Elvis has been too good, has real upside, and they’re contending as well. Khudobin won’t get moved as the Stars are doing well. Georgiev does make some sense though, but it probably will take their second round pick to get him with the Rangers taking Dell back? Nobody is touching that Jones contract. Georgiev wouldn’t be as much of a hail mary effort for this season, they’re toast without Hertl now too, but he could be their goalie of the future and it allows the Rangers to get something for him.

      • goodfold2 says:

        shesterkin/samsonov have been the 2 top guys for a bit a in prospect goalies. merz was a big mover since last offseason and clearly is already performing when forced into duty to the tune of a top 1ish goalie over the last whatever weeks.

        -NYR would believably be fine moving georgiev (overperforming any prospector evaluations at least so far when they already have a “goalie of the future”) i’d think for a pick for sure, how much worse could dell even be anyway?

      • Gerald says:

        i feel you. that jones and vlasic contract are terrible. vlassic making 7 mill until 2025 then 5.5 mill in 2026 . Jones contract runs till 2024 and there not even starting him now. thats gott fuck with his head right/?? Columbus still has Korpiasalo might as well trade him or elvis right? Sharks should trade for greiss or someone on columbus i feel what do they have to lose. There not that far out they should pick up a defenseman and a goalie maybe a forward. what do you thinkViz?

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          It’s crazy how bad the Sharks books are looking right now. I don’t think the Jackets will do that, I think they want to keep both of those guys. They are both young and have some upside, let it play out and see what comes of the situation. Maybe they’ll get a good offer and it’s worth it, but I expect both of those guys to be there next season.

  3. goodfold2 says:

    didn’t fabbri tear it twice (if i’m wrong he had 2 injuries that might not have been the same to the same knee for sure)

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      He had a second injury to the same knee that cost him another season. If I recall, they just said a re-injury, they never said if he tore it a second time

      • goodfold2 says:

        yeah yr right, a 2nd tear would’ve had everybody freaking the F out far more than we did.

  4. The Harrow says:

    20 team dynasty with real life sized rosters, hits, blocks, PPP, SHP, faceoffs, SH%, GWG added. have to have at least 8 PIT players at all times (NA’s don’t count but IR/IR+ do)
    C: crosby, malkin, turris, c.white (RW), hintz (LW)
    LW: connolly (RW), tuch (man can this guy get on a decent line for once, RW), rust (RW), gerbe (streamer)
    RW: kessel, aston-reece (LW), hornqvist, kyrou (C), t.meier (LW)
    D: e.bear, chychrun, goligoski, letang, fox, provorov, deangelo (surprisingly he was obtained early in year from FA, had been streamed by others right before he got hot with the points, so i’ve gone from D being my weakness to a pretty decent strength now, albeit a lot of these guys aren’t good in hits, but are pretty good in blocks)
    IR/IR+ (5 each): couture, guentzel
    G (hoarding rule is you can have as many from one real life team as you want and UP TO 1 total from a 2nd team, or just 2 total, this only applies to active not injured or NA): jarry, murray
    NA (5): c.desmith, bouchard, byram (you can see what my early picks have been in recent years with these top D prospects), oliver-joseph (PIT), wahlstrom

    trade offer of m.duchesne for hintz. i’m leaning no as duchesne hasn’t done much for a long time, and certainly has a rep as being a locker room cancer from reports at COL/OTT and probably CLB before NAS (which is doing pretty gross since he’s been there compared to before).
    stats this year:
    hintz (C/LW): goals .33, assists .22, PIM .27, PPP .22, SHP .04, shots 1.89, SH% .176 (career probably doesn’t rate to use since it’s so small), faceoffs, 3.18, hits 1.22, blocks .4. age 24.

    duchesne (C/RW): goals .22, assists .48, PIM .36, PPP .18, shots 2.26, SH% .097 (career .0128), faceoffs 6.14, hits .7, blocks .26. age 29 (barely)

    duchesne has the current this year lead in most stats (shots, faceoffs, assists by a decent margin), but far older and hintz could certainly improve. hintz already gets SH time, probably a too high shot rate that’s better, more hits and blocks but not by a ton.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Hmm, that’s an interesting offer. I kind of lean towards keeping Hintz but I don’t feel strongly about it. Feel the same way about Tuch too, kills me that he’s stuck on their third line

      • The Harrow says:

        yeah the VGK line drop off from 2nd to 3rd/4th is pretty severe.

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