Am I shocked at how well the Jets are doing?¬† No.¬† Reid and I talked about the Jets’ ceiling on the Central Division podcast and we said that second place is certainly within the realm of possibility (I guess we sold them a little short, first is in play).¬† Long term readers know how much I love¬†Connor Hellebuyck.¬† The only reason I was scared off a bit for redrafts is that Kevin Cheveldayoff said that¬†Steve Mason¬†would be their starter to open the season.¬† Well, Mason was lit up in his first game as a Jet and the rest is history.¬† Hellebuyck continued his outstanding breakout season over the weekend, saving 30 of 31 shots in the 2-1 SO win over the Flames on Saturday, then a 29 save shutout in the 1-0 win against the Canucks on Sunday.¬† Hellebuyck is currently the #2 goalie on the season, and while there’s a chance he falls off a little bit (I’m certain he’ll finish as a #1G), I think he’s solidified himself as the #2 goalie in dynasty leagues.¬† The Jets are going to be really good for a long time and Hellebuyck will be a big reason and also a beneficiary of the talent around him.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
After a massive breakout in which he scored 72 points in 77 games and Tampa Bay made the Cup Finals in 2014-15, everyone expected¬†Tyler Johnson¬†to push his way into superstardom.¬† Then he struggled massively in 2015-16 scoring 38 points in 69 not-so-nice games.¬† “It’s okay, he’ll bounce back!”¬† Kind of, but 45 points in 66 games wasn’t necessarily what people hoped.¬† “Write him off, that was a fluke!”¬† Nope, Johnson is back on track.¬† Johnson scored a hat trick on Tuesday putting six shots on goal in the 5-4 win over Carolina.¬† He now has 16 goals and 18 assists in 42 games with a +11 rating.¬† The shot rate on the whole doesn’t look great, but Johnson has 33 shots on goal in his past 9 games, in which he has 8 goals.¬† The player that was tied for the team lead in points during the regular season and led a Cup finalist in points in the playoffs looks to be back.¬† If he is, Tampa is going to be even more unstoppable.¬† Johnson is available in around 25% of leagues and if you’re lucky enough to be in, grab him immediately.¬† If you own him, props for grabbing him and don’t look to sell high because we know the upside.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There have been a few big games by individuals this season but¬†Patrice Bergeron’s on Saturday is the new leader for the best of the year.¬† Bergeron scored four goals and added an assist with seven shots in the 7-1 win over the Hurricanes.¬† Bergeron was the second player this year to score four goals after¬†Alex Ovechkin.¬† Per usual, Bergeron is crushing all of the categories.¬† He’s playing around a 40+35 pace while already having a +19 rating, solid PIM and pushing four shots per game.¬† Bergeron is a slam dunk top 50 player for the rest of the season who should push towards the top 25.¬† Again, the top line in Boston is as good as it gets and Bergeron is at the forefront of their success.¬† That line just gave up their first goal against at even strength all season!¬† Remarkable stuff.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I talked about¬†Tristan Jarry extensively on last week’s podcast.¬† We said that he should be picked up immediately with¬†Matt Murray¬†out for at least a few weeks, mostly because the Penguins had a back-to-back against the hapless Sabres.¬† Well, Jarry delivered and then some in both games.¬† He started off with a 34 save shutout in Buffalo before allowing 1 goal on 33 shots in Pittsburgh on Saturday.¬† The schedule isn’t great this week with the Rangers, Islanders, and Maple Leafs on deck, but they’re all at home.¬† At the least, Jarry is a nice spec add to see how things go against better competition.¬† He’s still available in over 70% of leagues so go grab him now.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Has¬†Sam Reinhart¬†lived up to being the second overall pick in his draft?¬† Definitely not.¬† Is the book closed on him becoming a great player?¬† I don’t think so.¬† Reinhart has shown flashes this season but his quality of linemate has been quite poor.¬† Last game, Reinhart moved to the first line with¬†Jack Eichel¬†and¬†Evander Kane.¬† This move paid dividends on Tuesday night where Reinhart scored a goal and two assists with four shots playing 18:36 in the 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.¬† What does this mean going forward?¬† Well, Reinhart becomes an elite streamer and potential hold as long as he’s playing with Eichel and Kane.¬† Subjectively, I think Reinhart has been much stronger on the puck this year and if not for Eichel missing a glorious chance and another point blank save, Reinhart could have easily reached 4-5 points in this game.¬† Obviously we can’t expect that on a nightly basis but there’s no reason Reinhart can’t play around a 25+35 pace going forward.¬† Here’s to hoping Phil Housley does what’s right and keeps him there.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league the past two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Add another goalie to the list of guys who struggled in the opening month only to turn it around.¬†¬†Braden Holtby, the consensus #1 goaltender going into the season, showed us why this weekend with two big performances.¬† Holtby saved 27 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Penguins and followed it up with 29 saves in the 2-1 SO win over the Oilers.¬† Just like that, his save percentage is back to its normal level.¬† Sure, the goals against average is still a little high, but goals are up around the league and it’s not out of the realm of possibility it goes back down.¬† With the massive win total as well, expect Holtby to get back to the #1 goalie by season’s end.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Aleksander Barkov¬†is in a dead heat with McJesus for the most time on ice per game as a forward in the NHL.¬† Barkov has been making those minutes count in October and he continued to do so on Monday.¬† Barkov finished the month with a bang scoring a goal and three assists with two shots against the Lightning.¬† The bad news for Barkov is that his team was still electrocuted by the Lightning losing 8-5.¬† The good news for us fantasy owners is that it doesn’t affect us.¬† Barkov has been outstanding and if these minutes last, a top 50 season is a near lock.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Goals were plentiful around the NHL on Thursday night, none more than in Florida where the Panthers went eight ball, corner pocket on the Ducks.¬† The Panthers won 8-3 with¬†Radim Vrbata¬†leading the way.¬† Vrbata netted his seventh career hat trick and his first three goals as a Panther on six shots.¬† That brings him to 9 points in 10 games with elite shots and solid PIM.¬† I wouldn’t expect the PIM to last but the points and shots should be plenty to make him a hold.¬† He’s available in over 50% of leagues right now so grab Vrbata while you can.¬† He’s a clear must own in 12’ers and probably should be owned in 10’ers as well.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was all in on the Tampa Bay Lightning again this year picking them to make the Stanley Cup Finals.¬† Obviously they don’t crown champions 3 weeks into the season but Tampa has started off incredibly well.¬† They’ve had some depth players step up but at the end of the day, their studs have been incredible.¬† The top two players in points in the NHL by a wide margin are both Lightning players with¬†Steven Stamkos.¬† Tampa Bay blitzed Pittsburgh 7-1 on Saturday and Stamkos led the way with a goal, three assists and four shots on goal.¬† That gives Stamkos a whopping 17 points (3+14) in 9 games.¬† Stamkos was a player who consistently dropped in my drafts into the third round and while it’s too early to celebrate given Stamkos’ injury, it’s been the dream start.¬† Fingers crossed that he stays healthy because Stammer could be a top 10, maybe even top 5 player.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
All everyone talked about in the preseason was wondering how bad Vegas was going to be in their expansion year.¬† Sure, it’s only two games, but boy did they have some excitement.¬† On Friday, Dallas was dominating Vegas in their franchise opener but was only up 1-0 in the third.¬† Down goes¬†Ben Bishop¬†which opened up the door for¬†James Neal¬†to give the people of Las Vegas some relief in an awful time.¬† Neal scored two goals in the third period to propel the Golden Knights to victory.¬† To top off the weekend, Neal scored another goal, this time the game winner in overtime, to give Vegas two wins to start the season.¬† Neal is still available in over 40% of leagues and if you are in one of them, grab him.¬† The shot rate is going to be elite along with solid penalty minutes and goals.¬† At least for now, I’m not overly concerned about the top guys on Vegas having bad plus-minuses either.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the first (long) weekend of the NHL season:Please, blog, may I have some more?