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?
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?
What the Vegas Golden Knights are doing in their inaugural season is nothing short of spectacular.¬† The only thing I’ve ever seen like it is Leicester City fighting off relegation before winning the Premier League title the next season at 5000-1 shots.¬† Sure, Vegas was nowhere near that big of a long shot, but to have the best record in the West is remarkable.¬† On Tuesday, they beat their top competition, the Nashville Predators, 3-0.¬†¬†Marc-Andre Fleury¬†led the way with a 28 save shutout.¬† It’s a shame Fleury was injured this season because he’s been great in 9 of 10 starts.¬† Fleury has won 8 of his 10 starts with a GAA below 2 and save percentage above .940.¬† It’s safe to say it will regress some but I’m well past the point of thinking Vegas is going to regress.¬† This team is real and Fleury looks like he’ll be a slam dunk #1 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season and going forward.¬† Just a remarkable story that I can’t get enough of.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Jake DeBrusk¬†was the second of three consecutive first round picks by the Bruins in the 2015 draft.¬† The other two players are still in the AHL developing but DeBrusk is starting to make his mark with the big squad.¬† In the 7-2 beatdown of the Blue Jackets, DeBrusk scored a goal and two assists with four shots and two penalty minutes.¬† He followed that up by scoring the only non-empty net goal against the Sabres on Tuesday.¬† As you can see below, snipe city:
That brings DeBrusk up to 8 goals and 10 assists in 28 games with solid penalty minutes and a decent shot rate.¬† The crazy thing is that he’s producing despite getting poor minutes (he’s averaging 14 per game on the season).¬† DeBrusk has shown me plenty this season to improve his stock in dynasties.¬† He looks like a lock to be a top six player going forward while having plenty of upside from there.¬† In redrafts, I wouldn’t hold him right now, solely because of the lack of minutes.¬† That said, DeBrusk is still a great streamer while he’s producing.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights in the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Nothing like a revenge game against your former team to get your current team back on track.¬† Local Razzball favorite¬†Mike Smith¬†saved all 28 shots against his former team leading the Flames to a 3-0 win over the Coyotes.¬† Smith has been outstanding this point becoming one of the greatest values in fantasy hockey to this point.¬† The save percentage is among the league’s best and the wins are more than solid.¬† Since I’m all in on the Flames this year, I don’t see why the team in front of him would get worse.¬† To make things better, the Flames don’t have a quality backup goalie.¬† Smith is going to be a massive workhorse going forward and should be a borderline #1 fantasy goalie.¬† Not bad for someone drafted in the very late rounds.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the previous two nights: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?
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?
In Wednesday’s daily notes, I said that if I could, I would be looking to buy low on all of the elite goalies.¬† Obviously some at different levels than others, but everyone knows my love for¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†and the Wild as a regular season team.¬† I own plenty of Dubnyk stock again this year and it’s been nowhere near as fun as last season when he took the league by storm.¬† Dubnyk was a monster on Thursday night stopping all 41 shots he faced in the 3-0 win over the Canadiens.¬† Four of Dubnyk’s last eight starts (yes, one has bad against Toronto Wednesday but that’s Toronto) have been strong so perhaps there’s something building here.¬† Expect things for Dubnyk, and the Wild in general, to keep improving sooner than later.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: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?
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?