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?
Winnipeg cooled off the red hot Oilers on Wednesday night winning 4-3.¬† They’d probably trade that win if it meant¬†Mark Scheifele¬†wasn’t injured.¬† The Jets superstar center fell awkwardly into the boards in the second period and did not return.¬† This is mostly guesswork on my part but from watching a ton of hockey over the years, it looked like Scheifele severely damaged his shoulder or collarbone.¬† Either way, we could be looking at a significant absence.¬† What does it mean going forward for the Jets in fantasy hockey?¬† I think we see the top two lines get their minutes evened out.¬† Consequently, it would give a small boost to Laine and Ehlers while a slight down tick to Wheeler and Connor.¬† The potential winner is¬†Bryan Little.¬† Little scored a goal in this game on three shots and played over 21 minutes.¬† The Jets lack a true replacement as a top six center so it’ll be interesting to see what the Jets lines look like tomorrow in practice and during the next game.¬† My speculation: Little becomes must-own, one other player becomes a streamer (Armia?) and not much else changes.¬† Here’s to hoping Scheifele isn’t out too long for everyone.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Wednesday night after a three day hiatus for the NHL:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ryan Getzlaf¬†has been killing it for the Ducks since they were known as The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.¬† He’s been bald for that long too!¬† Getzlaf missed extensive time this year due to injury but he’s been great when in the lineup.¬† He had his best game of the season on Thursday dishing four assists and adding two shots in the 5-4 OT win over the Islanders.¬† To be honest, he wasn’t even the best player on his team for fantasy (more on that guy later), but Getzlaf’s fantasy impact is much greater.¬† Getzlaf now has 2+13 in only 12 games so far.¬† He played almost 25 minutes in this game which just goes to show you, everything is in place for Getzlaf to get back to being a top 50 player for the rest of the season.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: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?
Growing up, the Avalanche were always my second favorite team.¬† My grandpa was a huge Peter Forsberg fan and it didn’t interfere with my Sabres since they were in the Western Conference.¬† I’ve always kept a close eye on them even though my rooting interests are now firmly with the Sabres and “Team Whoever I Bet In Game X.”¬† Anyways,¬†Gabriel Landeskog¬†has been a personal favorite of mine in this new Avalanche era.¬† He became the youngest captain in the league when it wasn’t cool to make your young top pick a captain.¬† Landeskog won the Calder and led the Avs on a massive warpath to a shocking #1 seed in 2013-14.¬† When I started at Razzball, things looked on the up for Landeskog at 23 years old.¬† Then, like the rest of the Avalanche organization, Landeskog struggled mightily.¬† Thankfully for all of us fantasy owners, he’s back.¬† Landeskog had the best game of his career on Saturday scoring a hat trick and two assists with five shots against the Lightning.¬† Sure, the Avs lost, but it doesn’t change his stat line for us!¬† The Kog now has 13+11 in 28 games with a strong plus-minus and solid PIM plus shots.¬† In fact, I’d be surprised if the penalty minutes don’t jump soon.¬† It’s amazing that Landeskog just turned 25 so he’s not even in his prime yet.¬† Look for him to be a top 100 player for the rest of the season and for at least the next few years.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend: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?
It’s very early in the season but¬†Anze Kopitar¬†is playing at an MVP level for the Kings.¬† Kopitar had another monster game on Tuesday scoring two goals on three shots and adding an assist in the 4-1 win over Detroit.¬† Kopitar now has 12 goals and 16 assists in 25 games with an above average shot rate.¬† The Slovenian is averaging over 22 minutes per night carrying a massive workload with¬†Jeff Carter¬†injured.¬† It comes as no surprise that the Kings are much better with Kopitar on the ice and that he’s a top 50 fantasy player again.¬† Right now, I’d say Kopitar is the Selke favorite and even belongs in the MVP discussion; he’s been that good.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The difference between¬†Mark Scheifele¬†being a first round fantasy pick and a middling to late second round pick comes down to his shot rate.¬† He scored 32 goals last season but his 20% shooting percentage was due to regress.¬† While the shots haven’t been coming in, they did on Thursday and the goals were flowing.¬† Scheifele scored a hat trick on four shots in the 5-2 win over the Stars.¬† That brings him to 7 goals and 8 assists in 12 games, an excellent start for Scheifele.¬† Still, I have to assume the goals are going to drop since he has only 23 SOG on the season.¬† Scheifele should be a point per game regardless but again, shots are what we need for him to jump into superstar fantasy status.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Aleksander Barkov¬†is in a dead heat with McJesus for the most time on ice per game as a forward in the NHL.¬† Barkov has been making those minutes count in October and he continued to do so on Monday.¬† Barkov finished the month with a bang scoring a goal and three assists with two shots against the Lightning.¬† The bad news for Barkov is that his team was still electrocuted by the Lightning losing 8-5.¬† The good news for us fantasy owners is that it doesn’t affect us.¬† Barkov has been outstanding and if these minutes last, a top 50 season is a near lock.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hat tricks have been in vogue lately so¬†Blake Wheeler¬†decided to take it to another level.¬† Wheeler scored a hat trick in the first period on Sunday and later added an assist in the 7-1 win over the Penguins.¬† Wheeler has been the fantasy stalwart we’ve become accustomed to in the early going with 4+8, +3, 12 PIM, 35 SOG and 4 STP in 10 games.¬† I don’t know how many more years Wheeler will keep up this level of play but for now, he’s a top 20 player with relative ease.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:Please, blog, may I have some more?