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?
Here is what I wrote about the Blues in my 31 predictions post: “Carter Hutton¬†starts at least half of the games the rest of the way.¬† There‚Äôs no way around it, he‚Äôs been much better than¬†Jake Allen.¬† You can tell Mike Yeo knows it lately as Hutton is starting to get more starts.¬† Hutton is still available in over 75% of leagues; I‚Äôd go grab him now just because of the potential upside.”¬† And that’s me quoting me copying what Grey does!¬† Hutton received the start on Tuesday and stopped 30 of 31 shots in the Blues’ 3-1 win over Toronto.¬† Hutton has started 17 games and has the best GAA and sv% in the league for qualified goalies.¬† Is he going to stay at this level?¬† Of course not.¬† Could Hutton be a top 15 goalie the rest of the way if he gets 25+ starts?¬† Absolutely.¬† It’s worth repeating that you should pick up Hutton right now because he’s good enough to potentially be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues this year.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: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?
First off, I hope everyone had a Happy New Year’s!¬† As much as I personally don’t care for New Year’s Eve, this year was different because of the Buffalo Bills making the playoffs.¬† I wish I had video of me celebrating with my dad or an audio recording of my friend, who is in Paris, who heard us yelling on speaker phone and him celebrating in the Paris streets. Couple that with an amazing USA win in the WJC outdoor game against Canada that I was at and things in the sports world couldn’t be better.¬† Even the Sabres looked competent today despite the loss!¬† Anyways, let’s get to what you’re here for…
I’ve talked about¬†Josh Bailey¬†being the waiver wire pickup of the year on multiple occasions over the last couple weeks because, well, the Isles top line is on fire.¬† That said,¬†William Karlsson¬†is easily #2 in this department.¬† Wild Bill, a Razzball favorite from the past (aka favorite of mine), scored the first hat trick in Vegas history on Sunday, scoring three goals and an assist in the 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs.¬† That brings Karlsson’s totals to 20+13 in 33 games with a +15 rating.¬† Sure, it will regress some because he’s not going to shoot 26.3% all season, but let’s give Karlsson his due.¬† In the first 183 games of his career, Karlsson scored 18 goals.¬† He has that beat for the Golden Knights in 37 games.¬† His emergence is a huge part of Vegas shocking the world as they sit atop the Western Conference.¬† Karlsson will drop off some in the second half, at least in the goals department, but make no mistake about it, it’s not a complete fluke.¬† Karlsson should be a hold for the rest of the season.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last three days of the old year:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ll be honest, a year ago, I never thought I’d be writing about¬†Alex Stalock¬†again.¬† After a few years of being the backup in San Jose, Stalock was shipped to Toronto, where he was immediately waived to play in the AHL.¬† In the summer of 2016, Stalock signed a two-way deal with the Wild but never played in Minnesota, only in Iowa.¬† After Kuemper’s struggles last year and Stalock recording a .926 sv% in the A, the Wild let Kuemper go and decided to sign Stalock to be their backup this year.¬† Sadly,¬†Devan Dubnyk¬†was injured on Tuesday and is week-to-week.¬† We discussed this on yesterday’s podcast, but Stalock becomes a clear must-own until Dubnyk returns.¬† He made me look good as he shut out the Maple Leafs on Thursday night stopping 28 shots he’s faced.¬† Grab Stalock now before somebody else.¬† The Wild are getting healthy and playing great defensive hockey at the moment so for at least the next week, Stalock should provide great value.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I talked about¬†Tristan Jarry extensively on last week’s podcast.¬† We said that he should be picked up immediately with¬†Matt Murray¬†out for at least a few weeks, mostly because the Penguins had a back-to-back against the hapless Sabres.¬† Well, Jarry delivered and then some in both games.¬† He started off with a 34 save shutout in Buffalo before allowing 1 goal on 33 shots in Pittsburgh on Saturday.¬† The schedule isn’t great this week with the Rangers, Islanders, and Maple Leafs on deck, but they’re all at home.¬† At the least, Jarry is a nice spec add to see how things go against better competition.¬† He’s still available in over 70% of leagues so go grab him now.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Add another goalie to the list of guys who struggled in the opening month only to turn it around.¬†¬†Braden Holtby, the consensus #1 goaltender going into the season, showed us why this weekend with two big performances.¬† Holtby saved 27 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Penguins and followed it up with 29 saves in the 2-1 SO win over the Oilers.¬† Just like that, his save percentage is back to its normal level.¬† Sure, the goals against average is still a little high, but goals are up around the league and it’s not out of the realm of possibility it goes back down.¬† With the massive win total as well, expect Holtby to get back to the #1 goalie by season’s end.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It seems like forever and a day since¬†Matt Duchene¬†requested a trade from the Colorado Avalanche.¬† His wish finally came true on Sunday in a massive three-way trade between the Avs, Senators, and Predators.¬† The Sens acquired Duchene, the Predators received Reid’s favorite¬†Kyle Turris and the Avs get a ton of future assets.¬† For the Senators, I’m not a big fan.¬† Is Duchene better than Turris?¬† I would say so and Duchene had one more year on his contract than Turris.¬† However, adding a ton here, including a first round pick and¬†Shane Bowers, their first round pick from the 2017 draft, is a lot to add.¬† For Smashville, adding Turris without losing anyone from the current roster besides¬†Samuel Girard¬†is a nice move for a team positioned to go for it.¬† It may be more futures heavy than Colorado originally wanted but boy, did they get a ton in this move.¬† They effectively received 2 1sts, 3 2nds, a third and¬†Andrew Hammond¬†for goaltender depth in the organization.¬† I love this move for Colorado long term, like the aggressiveness of Nashville using futures to push (and like signing Turris immediately to a 6/36 deal), and question Ottawa’s decision here.
For fantasy, Duchene probably gets a small boost because he should slide onto a line with Hoffman and Stone right away.¬† Assuming Turris plays with Forsberg, I think this move could help him as well (at the least it’s neutral).¬† I’m very interested to see if Girard plays for the Avs right away.¬† He looked great in his brief stint for Nashville and the former second round pick could becomes fantasy relevant immediately if he’s in Denver.¬† I’ll be sure to talk more about this trade with Reid on Tuesday’s podcast.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened this weekend around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Reid and I talked about¬†John Tavares¬†extensively on Tuesday’s podcast.¬† We both saw him as a viable option for The Three Point Challenge but decided to go elsewhere since it’s rare for someone to post consecutive three point games.¬† Well, Tavares shoved it up both of our you-know-wheres!¬† He scored a hat trick and added an assist in the 5-3 win over the Coyotes.¬† All of a sudden, a slow start (3 points in 7 games) has been erased with Tavares at 10 points in 9 games.¬† This is why we wait at least a month before we panic about players, especially studs like Tavares.¬† Look for him to be his usual self going forward, which means being a top 20 forward.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Like¬†Patrice Bergeron, I’m back!¬† After a long flight back home, it’ll be difficult for me to return in the style he did.¬† Bergeron had a goal and three assists with six shots in his season debut, a 6-3 win over the Canucks.¬† There’s not much to be said about Bergeron; get him back in your lineup immediately.¬† Look for his linemates to take off as well.¬† Let’s take a look at what happened over the last two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?