It wasn't that long ago that Vladimir Tarasenko requested a trade from the Blues. It wasn't that long ago that Tarasenko could have went to Seattle in the expansion draft.  Now, St. Louis has to be thanking their lucky stars that he's still on the roster.  Tarasenko had his biggest game of the season on Thursday, scoring a hat trick on four shots and adding two more assists in the 6-2 win over the Sabres.  Tarasenko now has 31+41 in 67 games, with a great chance of setting a career high in points.  It's a remarkable turnaround for the Russian who is certainly a top 100 player for drafts next season.  I don't see him cracking the top 50, but it's great to see Tarasenko playing great hockey again.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
As a Sabres fan, the last decade has been bleak, to say the least.  There's starting to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and the newest example came on Monday night.  The Sabres did something they hadn't in 33 years: win a game after being down by four goals. The Sabres came back from 4-0 to tie the game at 4, then went down 5-4 before Alex Tuch tied the game with 2:14 left, then Tage Thompson won it with 11 seconds left. The team is 6-1-2 in the last nine games with plenty of encouraging signs.  We should see Owen Power sooner than later as well.  From a fantasy perspective, the biggest story has to be Thompson.  He's up to 28 goals on the season and over three shots per game.  The jump he's made this season while moving to center is remarkable.  Thompson is still available in over 50% of leagues and quite frankly, I don't understand it at all.  He's a clear hold.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
In stunning fashion, the Coyotes have won six of seven games this month, including games against the Avalanche and Maple Leafs.  In their last six games, they have goal totals of 8, 9, 5, 5, and 6.  Just as we all expected, an offensive juggernaut in the desert.  Wait, that's not Vegas...  Arizona won both games in a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday, winning 5-3 in Ottawa and 6-3 in Montreal.  Their lead man was Lawson Crouse.  Crouse had a hat trick on four shots in the win over Ottawa before scoring a goal and an assist with three shots in Montreal.  That brings Crouse to 19+13 on the season, easily a career high in goals and one off his career high in assists.  For the time being, Crouse is an elite streamer.  You can even make a case for holding him in hits leagues given his gaudy total, and the PIM are great as well.  Crouse looked on the path to being a massive bust, and while he still has a way to go, this is an incredible encouraging season from the 24 year old.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Who would have thought that a seven point game wouldn't get the opening?  It would take something extravagant and that's what happened, with Jason Robertson scoring back-to-back hat tricks. R0bertson carried the Stars to victory on Friday scoring three on seven shots, including the overtime winner.  He capped it off with an empty netter to seal the game against Minnesota on Sunday, totaling six shots and two PIM with his hat trick.  That brings Robertson to a whopping 29+25 in 47 games and three shots per game.  Robertson seemingly came out of nowhere last season to earn a second place finish in the Calder race.  Now, the sky appears to be the limit.  Robertson is still only 22 years old and has his center of the present and future already with him.  It looks like the Stars have their new Benn and Seguin.  They can only hope Hintz and Robertson reach that level, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.  I don't think Robertson quite cracks the top 20 for the rest of the season and next year, but he's a slam dunk top 50 player.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Jake DeBrusk looked on the path to being a quality top six player for a long time in 2018-19, scoring 27 goals in his sophomore season.  It's been a rough three years since, with a trade request being made.  He looked like a prime candidate to benefit from a trade, but it turned out that all he needed was another chance in the top six in Boston.  DeBrusk has been playing on the first line recently, and the points have started to come in.  His best game was on Monday, where he had a hat trick and an assist with six shots in the 7-0 win over the Kings.  It's a small sample, but DeBrusk has been fantastic over the past six games.  It's hard not to succeed with Bergeron and Bergeron ( Craig Smith ) so at the least, DeBrusk is an elite streamer again.  Right now, I'd probably hold him and ride him while he's hot.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Last season couldn't have been more of a disaster for Patrik Laine.  Is he as good as people expected when he .came out of the draft in regards to being an overall player?  Probably not.  As an offensive player?  He's still incredible. Laine had two goals and an assist with five shots on Tuesday, and that doesn't even count his empty net attempt in the last five seconds that somehow hit both posts and went out.  Laine now has 12+12 in 25 games this season.  Does 40+40 seem good to you because it does to me?  Laine is an incredibly gifted offensive player who has the upside to determine fantasy leagues.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
One of the most popular names discussed in the trade market lately has been J.T. Miller.  A big reason is because whoever trades for him would have him signed for next season as well.  The main reason is because he's a damn good hockey player and he showed that on Thursday.  Miller had a hat trick and an assist with five shots in the 5-1 win over the Jets.  Miller is on pace for the best season of his career, which says a lot because he was over a point per game two seasons ago.  There's no guarantee Vancouver moves him, but if he does, I'm hesitant to think it would help his trade value.  If anything, I would expect it to hurt.  He gets massive minutes that he might not get on his new team, including top power play time.  I wouldn't necessarily sell high on him, especially two months from the deadline, but it's something to think about.  Here's to hoping we don't have to worry about that.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
It wasn't hard to figure out who to feature in the opening paragraph tonight.  Andre Burakovsky started off the weekend with two goals on six shots against the Red Wings and finished it off with a hat trick on six shots against the Panthers.  That brings Burakovsky to 12+8 in 24 games on the season, quite the respectable total.  He's still available in 40% of leagues and that needs to change immediately.  With Gabriel Landeskog out for two weeks, Burakovsky is playing on the top line and top power play unit.  That's enough to make him must own in all formats, and he showed why on Sunday, getting a hat trick in a tough matchup.  It should be an excellent December for Burakovsky and hopefully it continues into the New Year.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
It's no surprise that an ex-Sabre destroyed the Sabres in their first game against their former team.  I've seen it for the better part of the decade.  The surprise was that the Sabres stormed out to a 3-0 and 4-1 lead, only to blow the game.  Sam Reinhart had a goal and three assists with two shots in the comeback, but that's not what makes me excited.  Four points doesn't make me excited?  Well, it does, but what really excites me is that Reinhart moved onto the first line once the game was 4-1.  The line change sparked the Florida comeback, and I'd have to think they keep Reinhart there to start next game.  I've already been holding Reinhart, but he is available in a fairly large number of leagues.  I'd grab him now because if he stays on the top line, we could see him push towards a point per game. 
The Blues have cooled off a bit since their hot start, but that doesn't mean that all of their players have.  Pavel Buchnevich tore it up over the weekend, scoring a goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM on Friday before coming back with two goals and an assist with five shots on Saturday.  Buch is crushing it across the board on the seasons now with 8+8, 18 PIM and 58 shots in 19 games.  Add in a +8 rating and he's a top 20 forward at the moment.  Do I expect that to last? No, but his fit in St. Louis couldn't be better and now he's getting plenty of minutes, especially with David Perron out of the lineup.  Somehow, he's still available in over 20% of leagues which is blasphemous.  He has a real chance at being a top 50 player this year.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
Jeff Skinner scored 40 goals in 2018-19 playing on the first line with the Sabres.  Then, for no reason at all, Ralph Krueger decided that Skinner shouldn't play on the first line anymore.  Last season, Krueger thought that Skinner, on a team devoid of talent, should play on the fourth line, or even be scratched.  Needless to say, Krueger was one of the worst coaches in the league and quickly lost his job.  Since Don Granato took over, Skinner has been back in the role he should be, and he's been thriving in the early part of this season.  Skinner scored two goals and added an assist on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.  He has 5+4 in 14 games so far with a whopping 47 shots on goal.  The shot volume will go a long way towards Skinner finding his goal scoring touch again.  I don't think he's a slam dunk hold in 12'ers just yet, but he's an elite streamer with clear upside in his role.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend:
In Ilya Sorokin's first two starts, he allowed ten goals.  In the next seven, he's allowed eight total.  Sorokin kept up his hot streak with a 24 save shutout against the Jets on Saturday.  Semyon Varlamov is back for the Islanders, but for now, Sorokin is getting all of the volume.  I had him pegged as a great platoon guy this year who ideally was your #3, but would be fine as a #2.  Now, it would be terrific if Sorokin is your #2 because he could easily end up being a top 10 goalie even without much volume.  The GAA and save percentage look to be elite while the wins on a per-game basis should be as well.  Long term, Sorokin looks like a top five goalie.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend: