Going into the season, I was high on Aaron Ekblad because the reports out of Florida were that Yandle was going to get scratched to open the season and his future was in doubt.  One bout of COVID later, and Yandle was in opening night and scored.  For the bad luck I've had on rankings this year , Yandle has not impacted Ekblad one bit.  Ekblad had hit a bit of a rough patch over the last week, but he fixed that in a big way on Thursday.  Ekblad scored two goals and added two assists with six shots in the 5-4 win over the Predators.  That brings Ekblad to 8+7 in 22 games, an incredible rate of goals for a defenseman.  Add in three shots per game and strong PIM, and Ekblad has a chance at finishing as a #2D this season.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Nothing helps getting your season back on track like playing against the Buffalo Sabres.  Carter Hart has had a really rough go of it in the opening month of the season, but on Sunday, he looked to turn it around in Buffalo.  You'd think that after the Sabres were shutout 3-0 on Saturday that they would come out firing on Sunday.  Nope.  Hart stopped all 28 shots he faced, most of the routine variety, to beat the Sabres 3-0.  Brian Elliott only needed to make 23 saves on Saturday as the Sabres are in complete disarray.  As I always say, goalies are voodoo, but I'd be stunned if Hart doesn't make a jump towards being a #1 fantasy goalie again.  If you can buy low on Hart, I would try to do so.  The fact that the Flyers are 11-4-3 despite Hart's horrible start shows you what kind of upside the team has.  Elliott should be streamed every time he starts as his save percentage is over .930 in his eight games.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
In their last two games, Florida has put a whopping 94 shots on goal.  Incredibly, they only scored two goals.  Anton Khudobin was robbed off a win on Monday stopping 49 of 51 shots so he decided to one up that performance on Wednesday.  Khudobin posted a 43 save shutout to get the Stars back on track.  I was high on Khudobin going into the season because of the absence of Bishop.  The one problem for Khudobin is with the Stars being delayed for COVID, that's more games later in the schedule when Bishop should be back.  Regardless, Khudobin should be the workhorse for at least one more month and should be a #1 goalie in the meantime.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
We're moving to the last part of my rankings before my top 200 list today with the second part of the forward rankings.  You can read part one here.  I'm going to go about this part of the rankings a bit different than usual.  I'm going to do a "best of the rest" section to start off, then I'm going to break down the rest of the forwards into three categories: safe, upside, and specialists.  Once you get through the "best of the rest" forwards, we'll be well past the top 100 overall, so at that point in the draft, you need to be targeting what you need.  Therefore, following a strict rankings list wouldn't really be the best thing you could do for your team.  Obviously ask any questions you have in the comments section, but I suspect that this help quite a bit in the later parts of drafts as a supplement to my top 200 list.  Let's get to it!
Injuries this time of year are the main thing we are trying to avoid.  This season probably hasn't been as bad as last year, but unfortunately two of the best players in the world are going to be out for a while.  Steven Stamkos needed core muscle surgery which will put him out for 6-8 weeks.  That's right into the first round of the playoffs, so for those of you in redrafts, you can safely cut Stamkos at this point.  Stone is week-to-week with a lower body injury, but DeBoer could only say that he is hopeful that Stone will be back before the regular season ends.  In other words, I'm not counting on it and it would be a bonus if Stone does return.  So who are the beneficiaries?  In Tampa, it's clearly Ondrej Palat right now as he took Stamkos' place with Point and Kucherov.  I would own Palat in all formats.  In Vegas, Nicolas Roy is currently with Patches and Karlsson.  Will it stick?  Who knows, but he did score a goal against the Sabres on Friday.  He's a solid streamer for the time being until we see if he keeps that role.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last few nights:
Another trade domino fell on Sunday as Blake Coleman was traded to Tampa Bay for a first round pick (Vancouver's conditional first from the Miller trade) and Nolan Foote.  Coleman is in the midst of a breakout season with 21+10, 40 PIM and over three shots per game.  So how much will this move help him?  On one hand, going to Tampa Bay is good for any player.  On the other hand, his ice time is surely going to decrease.  While he won't play Monday, I'd still hold Coleman to see what develops.  He's signed for only 1.85m for next season which I assume is a big factor in the price.  This is a great return for New Jersey, as Foote should end up as a second line winger who is a goal scorer.  He has an elite shot and knows how to use his big frame.  For now, I assume Jesper Bratt moves onto the first line, but he's still only a middling streamer.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
The first big trade deadline move happened two weeks early.  Jason Zucker was sent to Pittsburgh in Bill Guerin's first big move as Wild GM, in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk, Calen Addison, and a first round pick.  So what does this do for Zucker's fantasy value?  It puts it through the roof.  Zucker immediately went on Crosby's wing in his first game, registering five shots on goals against the Lightning in 15 minutes.  Sure, he's not going to get PP1 time, but the upside is tremendous given this opportunity.  I grabbed Zucker in every league that I could just in case that it clicks with Crosby.  We've seen Zucker score 30 goals in a season before and generate a ton of chances; now it'll be even easier with Crosby.  As for the Wild side of things, it's a really good return.  Addison was the Penguins' top prospect, and while their system wasn't loaded, he safely projects as a second pair, potential PP defenseman.  I don't see huge upside, but there's value there.  As for Galchenyuk, it can't get any worse than it was in Pittsburgh.  He only received 12 minutes in his first game, and I'm certainly not rushing to use him, but it's worth monitoring to see if that changes.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last three nights:
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:
Last season, Leon Draisaitl had a massive breakout with 50+55.  It seemed naive to expect better, but he's going to blow 105 points out of the water.  Draisaitl scored two goals on six shots on Friday before dishing four assists with three shots on Saturday.  That brings him to 29+54 in 52 games.  That's over an assist per game!  Sure, the penalty minutes have dried up and he's -7, but who cares!?  He has four points more than his teammate for the most in the NHL and is now over three shots per game.  It's not a lock that the Oilers make the playoffs, but they're a clear favorite to make it now, mostly on the backs of Draisaitl and McDavid.  Even with the poor plus-minus and PIM, Leon is still the fourth best skater for the season.  At this point, his floor is a top ten forward which puts him in a class of the world's truly elite.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend: