Things have taken a dramatic turn for the fourth playoff spot in the West division.  With the Blues crumbling, Arizona has played its way into the fourth spot.  They opened up a three point lead on Sunday night, almost exclusively because of Jakob Chychrun.  Chychrun had the first hat trick of his career, tying the game late in the third before scoring the winner in overtime.  That gives him twelve goals on the season pushing towards three shots per game and with elite penalty minutes.  He's a solid #2 for this season, but what's the long term ceiling?  Chychrun just turned 23 years old and this jump in shot rate does a lot for his long term value.  In terms of dynasties, Chychrun has shown me enough this year to warrant a spot in the bottom of the top ten for defensemen, making him a #1D.  He's a stud, plain and simple.  Arizona has been a surprise offensively, and a lot of it has to do with their kingpin defenseman.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It's no surprise that the Sharks gave up five goals on Saturday.  They've continually allowed a lot of goals and are arguably the best matchup you can hope your players are facing at the moment.  It was the top line's turn for the Blues as they combined for eleven points.  Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron each had a goal and three assists while Jordan Kyrou scored two goals and added an assist.  Perron is now above a point per game and RoR is exactly at it.  Kyrou cooled off after a hot start, but he's cemented himself as the third member of this line.  The schedule gets pretty tough going forward for the Blues, but I still think I would hold Kyrou in all formats.  The upside is through the roof and with the Blues in more of a battle for a playoff spot than they would have anticipated going into the season, I expect the top line to continue getting big minutes.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Playing time has been the only thing that has stopped Alex Tuch from breaking out in the past.  It looked like he was going into the top six two seasons ago, but then the Golden Knights acquired Stone keeping Tuch on the third line.  Well, this season that has finally changed even though Stone is still on the team, mostly because the Karlsson line plays less minutes.  On Saturday, Stone left the game with a minor injury which led Tuch to being double shifted.  Even before that, Tuch was on a tear and it'll only get better with his increased workload.  Tuch scored two goals on six shots on Saturday after scoring a goal on Friday.  That brings Tuch up to 12 goals in 21 games, an excellent mark.  Sure, his shooting percentage is unsustainable, but the increase in minutes could counteract that a bit.  Tuch is still available in over 40% of leagues, so if you're lucky enough to be in one of them, grab him now.  Let's take a look at what else happpened over the weekend:
Now is the time to get excited if you own Blues players.  Sure, the top guys have been plenty good, but after their seven game battle with the Coyotes, the Blues played their next 11 games against the California trio.  It took a dramatic finish on Thursday, but they started off on the right foot.  With the goalie pulled, the Blues tied the game before winning it in overtime on a David Perron goal.  Perron scored a goal and added two assists with four shots in the victory.  That brings him over a point per game on the season with a quality plus-minus, solid shot rate, and good PIM.  He's a true stud across the board that tends to get a bit overlooked.  The top players on the Blues could be in line for a big month with Perron leading the way.  I can't rule out a top 50 season when we reach the end of this truncated year.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday night:
One of my bold predictions from the season that already looks awful is that Chicago would be the worst team in the league.  Their season has turned around on the back of somebody who was expected to be a tertiary option.  Kevin Lankinen was third fiddle going into the season behind Delia and Subban, but that has changed quickly.  Lankinen stopped 34 of 35 shots that he faced on Tuesday in the 2-1 OT win over the Stars.  That brings Lankinen's save percentage to above .930 and a GAA approaching two.  I didn't imagine a Chicago goalie would even be worth streaming this season outside of playing against Detroit, but Lankinen has played his way into being an easy hold.  Will it last?  It's impossible to say with goalies.  Either way, he should he held until he cools off, assuming that eventually happens.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
To say I've been bullish on Filip Forsberg for half a decade now would be an understatement.  To say I've been over-bullish is probably fair.  Call it stubbornness, call it belief in the player, whatever you want, but I was the high man on Forsberg this year and I think we're finally getting that massive season we've all been waiting for.  Forsberg was incredible on Thursday night, a back-and-forth affair between the Panthers and Predators.  Forsberg totaled five points, two goals and three assists, with eight shots in the victory.  For the season, that puts Forsberg at 6+5 in 10 games with exactly four shots per game.  Pretty, pretty, pretty good.  He hasn't even played Detroit yet!  If he keeps shooting four shots on per game, he'll be a slam dunk top 50 player with upside from there.  Forsberg is at 15% shooting right now which isn't far off his norm.  The minutes are starting to go up a bit which is the main thing which held him back under Laviolette.  Thirty goals and over a point per game isn't out of the question.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
I've run out of superlatives to describe Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.  I don't even like starting posts with them because everyone knows how good they are, but this weekend's play deserves the big praise.  McDavid had two goals and an assist with three shots on Saturday, while Draisaitl had two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Those games were horrible compared to their explosion on Sunday.  McDavid scored a goal and dished four assists while Draisaitl had six assists!  They were already the top two in the league in points before Sunday's games.  Now, they're lapping the field at the end of January.  It's a treat to watch these guys on a nightly basis, and even better if you have one of them on your fantasy team.  With the way the rest of the North division plays, what's the ceiling for points for these guys? 90? 100?  It sounds ridiculous in 56 games, but they're at another level at the moment and they won't have a tough defensive team to play in their entire division.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Your early leader in goals two weeks through the season is Max Pacioretty.  Patches had a hat trick on Tuesday putting eight shots on goal in the process while adding two penalty minutes.  That gives Patches six goals in seven games, along with a whopping 32 shots in 7 games.  His linemate, Mark Stone, has arguably been the best player in the league to this point, so the opportunities are going to be there for Patches to have a monster season.  After a disappointing first year in Vegas, Patches has really found his game again.  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!
There wasn't a lot of action the last two days after the All-Star Break, but sadly we saw what certainly appeared to be a severe injury.  Linus Ullmark has established himself as the clear #1 goalie for the Sabres this season playing at a league average level.  He collapsed to the ice on Tuesday against the Senators with what appeared to be a bad leg injury.  There hasn't been an update yet, but I would be surprised to see if he ends up out for the season.  So what does that mean for the Sabres and for us fantasy hockey players?  Well, the Sabres are far from the best situation, but Ullmark has been serviceable.  Carter Hutton has been one of the worst goalies in the league, so unless he has a bunch of good starts in a row, I have no interest in using him.  I suspect that Jonas Johansson is called up from Rochester.  Johansson is a former third round pick who was an AHL All-Star this season.  He's taken a huge jump forward as he was serviceable in the ECHL last season but that's about it.  However, goalies are strange and perhaps he catches lightning in a bottle.  I wouldn't rush to add him, but he's a name worth monitoring.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: