After a massive breakout in which he scored 72 points in 77 games and Tampa Bay made the Cup Finals in 2014-15, everyone expected¬†Tyler Johnson¬†to push his way into superstardom.¬† Then he struggled massively in 2015-16 scoring 38 points in 69 not-so-nice games.¬† “It’s okay, he’ll bounce back!”¬† Kind of, but 45 points in 66 games wasn’t necessarily what people hoped.¬† “Write him off, that was a fluke!”¬† Nope, Johnson is back on track.¬† Johnson scored a hat trick on Tuesday putting six shots on goal in the 5-4 win over Carolina.¬† He now has 16 goals and 18 assists in 42 games with a +11 rating.¬† The shot rate on the whole doesn’t look great, but Johnson has 33 shots on goal in his past 9 games, in which he has 8 goals.¬† The player that was tied for the team lead in points during the regular season and led a Cup finalist in points in the playoffs looks to be back.¬† If he is, Tampa is going to be even more unstoppable.¬† Johnson is available in around 25% of leagues and if you’re lucky enough to be in, grab him immediately.¬† If you own him, props for grabbing him and don’t look to sell high because we know the upside.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened the last two nights: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?
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?
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?
We’ve gone without daily notes for five days due to Razzball crashing for a short period of time.¬† The good news is that the problem is fixed and that we are backed!¬† I’m not going to go through every single game over the past five days because at this point, some of it would be outdated.¬† I’m going to go through each team in the league and write a little bit about each of them.¬† Let’s get right to it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
I normally don’t give the extended intro to the same player twice in a short period of time but my boy¬†Blake Wheeler¬†gets the honor tonight.¬† Wheeler’s excellent play continued on Monday night dishing four assists in the 4-1 win over the Stars, adding four shots and a +3 rating.¬† All of a sudden, Wheeler is quietly creeping up on the Tampa duo sitting third in the league in points.¬† 5+16, +7, 14 PIM, 9 STP, 46 SOG is Wheeler’s line through 14 games.¬† I don’t know what you guys think of that but it seems like an okay start to the season.¬† Loyal readers know I’ve long praised Wheeler as the most underrated superstar in the game and there are simply few players who consistently play at the level he does.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the 6 game slate on Monday:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In an opening month where tons of goalies are struggling,¬†Corey Crawford¬†certainly is not.¬† Crawford continued his excellent play on Wednesday making 35 saves for a shutout against the Flyers.¬† Crawford sits with a sub 2.00 GAA and > .940 save percentage.¬† To quote Larry David, “pretty, pretty, pretty good.”¬† He’s going a long way in masking some of the problems that the Blackhawks have.¬† Regardless, we all knew Crawford was a #1 fantasy goalie but perhaps he plays his way into the upper tier?¬† To be honest, the Blackhawks probably need it.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights: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?
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?