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?
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?
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?
There are plenty of great story lines going around the NHL right now.¬† Vegas’ incredible start, Kucherov and Stamkos dominating, the Blues top line taking off, the Jets breaking out, etc.¬† Even the Oilers dreadful start is a major talking point but we haven’t talked much about their best player.¬†¬†Connor McDavid is still only 20 years old and despite the Oilers being a dumpster fire and these other players being the talk of the town, McJesus is only 3 points from the league lead.¬† In Edmonton’s demolition of Columbus Tuesday, McDavid had a goal and three assists with five shots.¬† The shot rate is marginally down from last season but he’s well on track to repeat last year’s 30+70.¬† No matter what awful set of players Peter Chiarelli fills the roster with, it’s good to know McDavid won’t be stopped.¬† Look for him to win his second scoring title and potentially go for the Hart Trophy again if he can lead the Oilers back to the playoffs (seemingly a long shot).¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you follow my writing at all, you know how much I love¬†Brent Burns.¬† I mean, how can you not love this face?
He’s been among the most disappointing players in fantasy hockey to this point, mostly because he’s found a way to have a horrible shooting percentage.¬† Well, since my last set of daily notes, Burns is finally back on track!¬† In his past three games, Burns has three goals and three assists with a whopping 22 shots on goal.¬† ¬†There’s still plenty of time for Burns to deliver an elite fantasy season with a monster second half.¬† I certainly won’t put it past the reigning Norris Trophy winner.¬† I’m going to change things up a bit with this post.¬† Since I’m a bit behind, mainly because of the site going down last Thursday night, I’m going to list every player, by NHL team, that I think is a hold or streamer in standard leagues, guys who become in play with hits, blocks and faceoffs added, and then add some information where necessary.¬† Let’s get to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Razzball ranking committee of one (yours truly) has long been a fan of¬†Brayden Schenn.¬† Mid 20’s in goals, about 30 assists, solid PIM, and elite special teams points made Schenn a main stay around the 100 overall mark in his time in Philadelphia.¬† With the move to St. Louis in the offseason, I wrote the following about Schenn in my preseason rankings: “Schenn‚Äôs success will come down to two things: can he improve his even strength play in St. Louis while sustaining his power play prowess?”¬† Well, the power play points are slightly behind the past, but my god is Schenn crushing at even strength.¬† Schenn scored a hat trick on Tuesday night leading the Blues to a 4-3 win over Montreal.¬† That gives Schenn 13+20 in 28 games this season, along with a mind-blowing +22 rating and elite penalty minutes.¬† Schenn’s career high in a season is 37 even strength points; he already has 25 this year!¬† Even the biggest of Schenn optimists couldn’t have seen this coming as he’s pushing for the #1 forward spot in all of fantasy hockey.¬† Kudos to everyone who drafted Schenn in the early to middle rounds and here’s to continued success for the top six in St. Louis.¬† Here’s what else happened the last two nights around the league:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Jake Guentzel¬†started awfully slow this season after an outstanding playoff run for the Penguins last season.¬† He’s started to pick things up and had his best game to date on Monday, scoring two goals and an assist with six shots in the 5-4 OT win over the Flyers.¬† That gives Guentzel six goals in his last six games, more than he had in his first 20 games combined.¬† He’s actually benefited quite a bit from¬†Evgeni Malkin’s injury as Guentzel took his spot on the first power play unit.¬† That said, I’m hoping Malkin slides between Guentzel and Kessel on the second line when he returns which should really help Guentzel at even strength.¬† Obviously he’s a must own but here’s to hoping Guentzel keeps building on this and pushes towards being the top 50-75 player that was expected from him after leading the Stanley Cup Playoffs in goals.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Well, this was supposed to be a podcast but as I was about to upload it, I realized there was some technical difficulties in the recording.¬† Some of Reid’s recording somehow disappeared so there were a couple prolonged periods of silence from when he was talking.¬† I apologize for that so I’ll summarize what we were thankful for during the podcast.¬† I was thankful for a sneaky good Calder race, coaches rolling their top lines to make up for lack of depth, Vegas being relevant, and Rasmus Dahlin headlining a solid 2018 draft at the top.¬† Reid was thankful for the Oilers being bad to punish Peter Chiarelli’s awful decision making, teams being rewarded for having speed and skill, along with¬†Johnny Gaudreau.¬† We also made Three Point Challenge picks for both Wednesday’s and Friday’s Games.¬† Reid took Tavares on Wednesday with Hall on Friday while I took Forsberg and Eichel respectively.¬† Be sure to make your picks in the comments section below. Here are some streamers for tonight:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ve generally been lower on players like¬†Johnny Gaudreau¬†than consensus for fantasy hockey.¬† The penalty minutes aren’t there, the shot rate was good but not elite, and the power play points were in the same boat as shot rate.¬† It’s why I’ve had him ranked as a third or fourth round pick because if he hasn’t not a point per game, he’s not giving you value.¬† Well, Gaudreau is laughing in my face at a point per game.¬† Gaudreau extended his point streak to ten games on Monday scoring a goal and an assist against the Capitals.¬† That gives him an incredible 31 points (10+21) in 20 games so far this season.¬† I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s pretty good.¬† Johnny Hockey and the Flames look excellent right now (nods in approval since they’re my Cup pick) and Gaudreau is going down the path of being a second round pick in the future.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?