I’ve generally been lower on players like¬†Johnny Gaudreau¬†than consensus for fantasy hockey.¬† The penalty minutes aren’t there, the shot rate was good but not elite, and the power play points were in the same boat as shot rate.¬† It’s why I’ve had him ranked as a third or fourth round pick because if he hasn’t not a point per game, he’s not giving you value.¬† Well, Gaudreau is laughing in my face at a point per game.¬† Gaudreau extended his point streak to ten games on Monday scoring a goal and an assist against the Capitals.¬† That gives him an incredible 31 points (10+21) in 20 games so far this season.¬† I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s pretty good.¬† Johnny Hockey and the Flames look excellent right now (nods in approval since they’re my Cup pick) and Gaudreau is going down the path of being a second round pick in the future.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’ve gone without daily notes for five days due to Razzball crashing for a short period of time.¬† The good news is that the problem is fixed and that we are backed!¬† I’m not going to go through every single game over the past five days because at this point, some of it would be outdated.¬† I’m going to go through each team in the league and write a little bit about each of them.¬† Let’s get right to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Giving up five goals to St. Louis in the opener wasn’t extremely concerning for the Penguins.¬† But ten goals to Chicago in game two?¬† I believe that qualifies as a mess.¬† Obviously I’m not going to panic in regards to the Pittsburgh season outlook; I’d actually try to trade for¬†Matt Murray if their owner is panicking.¬† We’ll have to wait a few weeks to develop a bigger sample size, especially because this spot was perfect for the Blackhawks, but maybe they’re better than I gave them credit for.¬† Let’s take a look at the eight games from Thursday night and see what developed:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey everyone! ¬†Instead of simply relisting all of my top 200, I’m going to go through the guys who are moving up or down my rankings in a significant fashion, be it for injury or otherwise. ¬†If people want me to post an updated top 200 list, I can do that for Monday, but it would simply be a list without details. ¬†This post is to give you details on these movements so to follow along, here are my Top 50, Top 100, Top 150, and Top 200. ¬†I will continually update this post until the start of the season to keep everything up to date. ¬†Here are the latest movers:Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’ve reached the halfway point in my rankings and it’s time to approach the finish line. ¬†I will keep updating this with info for players as Friday progresses but I wanted to get the top 150 out as soon as possible. ¬†Also, sorry for the delay, but the RCL’s will launch this coming Monday in the afternoon. ¬†I’ve had a few technical difficulties setting it up but that should be taken care of by then. ¬†Without further adieu, here is my top 150:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Philadelphia Flyers have nothing to play for besides being a spoiler. Their season is effectively over but they basically ended their division rivals on Thursday. The Flyers blitzed the Islanders on Thursday going up 5-0 in the first period and winning 6-3. With the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Lightning and Hurricanes all winning, the Islanders are toast. There were many players who stood out for the Flyers in this game but the one with the biggest fantasy impact is Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds had a Gordie Howe hat trick and then some totaling a goal, two assists, five penalty minutes and four shots. The goal was Simmonds’ 30th of the season allowing him to reach the 30 goal plateau for the second straight season. With four straight seasons of 28+ goals and massive penalty minutes, we know who Simmonds is in those departments. The shots are solid and the PPP are elite but there are some concerns. One, he’s been a minus player every season in Philly with this year being his worst ever, a -20. The other issue is that he’s never topped 31 assists. I thought this season he would set a new career high but he’s not coming close. So where does that leave us? I had Simmonds in my top 25 last season which turned out to be too high. I love Simmonds for what he is but it’s not worth taking him in the top of the third round when he’s only getting 55-60 points. He’ll certainly be in my top 50 but since he’s on the verge of turning 29, my hopes of Simmonds taking another step seem incredibly unlikely. Here’s what else happened around the league the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
ÔĽŅAntti Raanta ÔĽŅhas been very good when called upon this season for the Rangers. After recent developments, he’s going to have a massive impact in the fantasy playoffs. ÔĽŅHenrik Lundqvist ÔĽŅis out for the next 2-3 weeks due to a hip injury allowing Raanta to be the guy for the Rangers. His strong play continued on Sunday stopping 23 of 24 shots in the 4-1 win over the Red Wings. Even after the recent rush of people going to grab Raanta, he’s still available in two-thirds of leagues. If you’re fortunate enough to be in your fantasy playoffs, stop reading right now, add Raanta and then come back and see what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
ÔĽŅJeff Carter ÔĽŅhas been a top 100 fantasy player for almost ten years running. His high floor of 25 goals and 30 assists with great shots made him a staple of the early rounds. That said, I don’t think anyone saw this type of upside from him at 32 years old. Carter had one of the best games of this season with two goals, two assists, four shots and two PIM in the 6-3 win over the Panthers on Thursday. This puts him one goal off the league lead and into the top ten in points. Carter is playing like a top 20 player and I see no reason for that to drastically slow down for the rest of the season. Sure, his shooting percentage will probably drop, but his workload is conducive to top end production. Next season, I’m not sure he’ll even be in my top 50 but the stability shall remain. Here’s what else happened the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I think most fantasy hockey players would agree that Antti Raanta is worth streaming every time he gets the start. The problem has been that Raanta rarely plays because he’s behind one of the best goalies in the world, Henrik Lundqvist. A healthy Lundqvist never sat three games in a row while healthy. Until this weekend. After a game on Thursday, Vigneault turned to Raanta again and he posted a 26 save shutout in the 1-0 win over his former team in Chicago. To the surprise of everyone, Raanta started again on Sunday and posted another shutout, this time an easy 5-0 win over the Devils in which Raanta posted 19 saves. If you streamed Raanta on Sunday, hold him until Tuesday to see if he gets another game. This certainly isn’t going to last, this is Lundqvist’s team, but ride the hot wave while you can. At the least, Raanta is a must-stream every time he gets the nod. Let’s take a look at everything else that happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
At this point in the season, we’ve seen a ton of players bounce back from poor years in 2015-16. There are a couple guys in the forefront and one of them is Jakub Voracek. He went from 81 points to 55 (only 11 goals) in part to a dreadful first 20 games. Well, the people that bet on a return to his previous status are reaping massive dividends in the early going. In the 6-5 win over the Oilers Tuesday night, Voracek scored a goal and three assists with five shots. He’s now sitting on 28 points in 29 games; add in a 90 PIM and ~300 shot pace and Voracek looks like he’s on the verge of being a top 25 player again. Given the quality of the Flyers power play unit and his linemates, I don’t see Voracek slowing down. Shoutout to Veritas for picking him to get 3 points! Here’s what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?