There are plenty of great story lines going around the NHL right now.¬† Vegas’ incredible start, Kucherov and Stamkos dominating, the Blues top line taking off, the Jets breaking out, etc.¬† Even the Oilers dreadful start is a major talking point but we haven’t talked much about their best player.¬†¬†Connor McDavid is still only 20 years old and despite the Oilers being a dumpster fire and these other players being the talk of the town, McJesus is only 3 points from the league lead.¬† In Edmonton’s demolition of Columbus Tuesday, McDavid had a goal and three assists with five shots.¬† The shot rate is marginally down from last season but he’s well on track to repeat last year’s 30+70.¬† No matter what awful set of players Peter Chiarelli fills the roster with, it’s good to know McDavid won’t be stopped.¬† Look for him to win his second scoring title and potentially go for the Hart Trophy again if he can lead the Oilers back to the playoffs (seemingly a long shot).¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you follow my writing at all, you know how much I love¬†Brent Burns.¬† I mean, how can you not love this face?
He’s been among the most disappointing players in fantasy hockey to this point, mostly because he’s found a way to have a horrible shooting percentage.¬† Well, since my last set of daily notes, Burns is finally back on track!¬† In his past three games, Burns has three goals and three assists with a whopping 22 shots on goal.¬† ¬†There’s still plenty of time for Burns to deliver an elite fantasy season with a monster second half.¬† I certainly won’t put it past the reigning Norris Trophy winner.¬† I’m going to change things up a bit with this post.¬† Since I’m a bit behind, mainly because of the site going down last Thursday night, I’m going to list every player, by NHL team, that I think is a hold or streamer in standard leagues, guys who become in play with hits, blocks and faceoffs added, and then add some information where necessary.¬† Let’s get to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Jake Guentzel¬†started awfully slow this season after an outstanding playoff run for the Penguins last season.¬† He’s started to pick things up and had his best game to date on Monday, scoring two goals and an assist with six shots in the 5-4 OT win over the Flyers.¬† That gives Guentzel six goals in his last six games, more than he had in his first 20 games combined.¬† He’s actually benefited quite a bit from¬†Evgeni Malkin’s injury as Guentzel took his spot on the first power play unit.¬† That said, I’m hoping Malkin slides between Guentzel and Kessel on the second line when he returns which should really help Guentzel at even strength.¬† Obviously he’s a must own but here’s to hoping Guentzel keeps building on this and pushes towards being the top 50-75 player that was expected from him after leading the Stanley Cup Playoffs in goals.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night: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?
The first home game for the Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t have started any better.¬† After an amazing pre-game ceremony, Vegas stormed out to four goals in the first period en route to winning 5-2 against the Coyotes.¬† Here we are with Vegas sitting at 3-0.¬† So do we have to change our expectations for the team?¬† I’ll talk about it extensively with Reid tomorrow but I still believe they’ll be at the bottom of the league come April.¬† That said, what an amazing start for a team in the wake of tragedy.¬† For fantasy, I think there’s three guys I would own right now in standard 12’ers:¬†Marc-Andre Fleury,¬†James Neal¬†and¬†Nate Schmidt.¬† There is still some downside for all of them but in the moment, just enjoy the ride.¬† I can’t wait to be there next week to see a game in Vegas.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Once you get outside of the top 200 overall, you’re looking at the last 2-3 picks in a standard 12 man league. ¬†There are a few different ways you can go about making your last few picks. ¬†You can shoot for upside, get a couple safe players if you already have plenty of upside, fill out your last couple defensemen, grab a goalie out of desperation. ¬†I’m going to list a bunch of players in different categories that fall outside of my top 200 that you can target depending on what you’re looking for. ¬†I’m not going to go into detail on these guys but I will put them in my order of preference. ¬†Here is my list:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Chicago Blackhawks were the best team in the Western Conference during the 2016-17 regular season but unlike in years past, the postseason had no success. ¬†The Blackhawks were demolished in the first round by the Predators leading them to make some radical offseason changes. ¬†Out goes¬†Artemi Panarin, back comes¬†Brandon Saad. ¬†Out goes¬†Marian Hossa¬†due to injury, back comes¬†Patrick Sharp. ¬†Out goes¬†Niklas Hjalmarsson,¬†Connor Murphy¬†comes back in return. ¬†Overall, I really don’t like the direction that Chicago is going as I discussed on this podcast. ¬†Despite the fact that I think they could be in a battle this season just to make the playoffs, there’s still plenty of fantasy talents worth discussing. ¬†Let’s take a look at what they’re working with:Please, blog, may I have some more?