Before this season, Tage Thompson was part of the punch line about how bad the Sabres were fleeced in the RoR trade.  Amazingly, Thompson has come out of nowhere to play better than RoR has this season (although I'm sure the Blues are just fine with it, banners fly forever).  Thompson was fantastic over the weekend, scoring a hat trick against the Avalanche before scoring a goal on four shots against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.  That brings Thompson up to 20 goals and 18 assists in 47 games and over three shots per game.  Thompson is right on the fringe although I lean towards grabbing him for now.  Buffalo's next opponent?  Montreal.  Let me get some of that.  Either way, Thompson's development is massive for the Sabres going forward.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
The move that we've all been waiting for finally happened on Thursday.  Jack Eichel was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs, and draft picks.  The impact of this trade in the short term is minimal.  Eichel will have his surgery next week and will be out at least three months.  Tuch is out for at least a couple more months with his shoulder surgery, and Krebs was sent down to Rochester for now.  Long term, this could be big for all parties involved.  First off, if Eichel comes back and gets to play with Stone, he'll have the best linemate he's ever had.  We've seen this upside before, and now it's only a matter of getting healthy.  This will be a big hit for Chandler Stephenson down the line.  Tuch will finally get consistent top six minutes once he returns.  With his shot rate, I could see him becoming a hold at the end of this season or next season.  Krebs will also end up a top six player, although the time line is a bit more iffy.  For fantasy purposes, it's a bit rough that he's a poor finisher, but every other part of his game is above average or higher, so I still suspect he'll be a hold in due time.  All in all, I hoped for a slightly better return for Eichel, but given the injury and how long this dragged out, I can't complain about getting a couple top six players and what should end up a middling first round pick.  Let's hit on a few other things around the league to bring people up to date:
With the season less than a week away, it's time to give some bold predictions.  I have 5 from JKJ that I'll start with and comment on then italics before I do 10 predictions of my own.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section on any of these!   JKJ's Five Bold Predictions: 1) Philipp Grubauer finishes outside fantasy's Top 10 goalies (standard formats). Riding the Colorado coattails last season and playing for an expansion team this season will catch up to him.
Hey, Razzballers! We've made it to our final round of stops: the Atlantic Division. It's a two-day journey, where today I'll be taking you through Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, and then circle back southeast for Florida. Lot of ground to cover in one day but thankfully we won't stay long in Buffalo or Detroit. Not much to see. Tomorrow, our final four stops together shall commence: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Tampa Bay. Need a refresher on all the previews thus far? Have at it:
For my last scheduled post outside of the bracket challenge for the next few months, I'm going to review my bold predictions from before the season.  My goal was to get three or more, did that happen?  Let's find out!  For those that want to read the entire post, click here.  1) Evgeni Malkin leads the league in points.  And a massive whiff to start!  Malkin was injured a lot (what else is new) and wasn't as good as usual when he played.  Even if he was, he was never catching McJesus.
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:
For one night at least, the hype was real.  We've been hearing about Kirill Kaprizov for a few years now and his long awaited NHL debut couldn't have gone any better.  Kaprizov scored the game winning goal in overtime, finishing with an additional two assists and two shots on goal with a +3 rating in 21:52.  Cheers to all of you who have been sitting on him in dynasties and everyone who took him in DFS while he was still incredibly underpriced.  The first eight games for the Wild are against the three California teams so I'm expecting a big start from Kaprizov.  I'd have to say he's the Calder favorite if Evason is going to play him over 20 minutes in his first game.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Thursday night:
The title says it all.  Today, I'm going to hit on the ten guys that I like most to break out this season.  With the season a week away, I won't have to time to do a ton of sleeper posts, so I decided it would be best to highlight these players and then follow it up with players I expect to disappoint this season in tomorrow's post.  Let's get to it!
With no exhibition games this season, it's going to be harder to predict what lines and pairing teams are going to use.  Thankfully, there are some coaches, such as Ralph Krueger in Buffalo, who made it clear from Day 1 of practices who would be playing together.  In this post, I'm going to hit on some notable decisions around the league and how they impact fantasy hockey.  Let's get to it!