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:
It looks like I was a year early predicting Matthew Tkachuk to be a top 20 fantasy hockey player.  It also looks like I sold him a bit short.  Tkachuk had five assists on Monday, all of which came in the first two periods.  He's playing at a 40+50 pace with well over three shots per game, elite play at even strength and the power play, and plenty of PIM.  The first line in Calgary is playing just about as well as any line in the league with Tkachuk leading the way.  He's a top ten skater on the season now, and while I wouldn't rank him as a first round pick i.e. the top 12, he's a slam dunk top 20 guy.  Guys who absolutely dominate all of the categories are harder to come by, and the only two that have been better so far are Marchand and Kadri.  For the rest of the season, I'd take Tkachuk over Kadri too, and long term, Tkachuk is the top guy.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Pittsburgh is absolutely rolling right now, winning their ninth and tenth straight over the past two nights.  The total line has dominated on both nights, being sparked by the return of Bryan Rust.  In both games, Rust scored two goals and an assist, bringing his total to 11 points in 3 games since returning from injury.  Bonkers.  Jake Guentzel had two assists with four shots while Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  All three of these guys are top 50 players rest of season, with Guentzel being a top 20 guy and the other two probably just outside of it.  They're a viable DFS stack every time they play.  I wouldn't be surprised to see an uptick in minutes in the short term with the team heading to the West Coast.  If you have any of these guys on your team, you have to be thrilled.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Not everybody can step into the league and score 105 points like Crosby or 52 goals like Ovechkin did.  Even for #1 overall picks, it can take some time for them to learn the league and figure out how to play to their strengths.  If the last week is any indication, it looks like Jack Hughes has started to figure it out.  After a three point game earlier in the week, Hughes followed that up with another three point game; two goals and an assist with seven shots against the Oilers. On Sunday, Hughes kept the multi-point streak going with two assists against the Capitals.  That brings to 8+8 in 16 games.  You don't need a math major like me to tell you that's a 41+41 pace over 82 games.  The minutes are starting to reach first line minutes on a regular basis.  Missing a lot of time will keep his overall value down, but Hughes has a reasonable chance to be a top 50 player this season on a per-game basis, and he'll be ranked extremely high from yours truly in 2022-23.  Let's take a look at what else happened over what was hopefully a great New Years weekend for everyone!
For players that aren't superstars, Cam Atkinson is among the best for having games that he completely dominates.  He did that on Tuesday night, scoring a hat trick on seven shots and adding an assist in the 6-1 Flyers win over the Devils.  Atkinson is pushing three shots per game with 12+7 in 27 games.  He has eight points in the last seven games and is receiving more ice time since Yeo took over as the coach.  That's enough to make him a hold in all formats.  Let's take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:
It's no secret that I think Nikolaj Ehlers is the best forward on the Jets and it's not much of a debate.  Ehlers stole the show on Tuesday night, tying the game with the goalie pulled, only to score 19 seconds later and win the game for Winnipeg.  Ehlers had an assist earlier in the game bringing him up to 2+2 in six games.  The big thing is that he has 25 shots in six games.  Ehlers is an absolute stud and the points are going to keep flowing in.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
There was plenty of craziness on Thursday night, but the Detroit-Tampa game takes the cake.  The Red Wings took the lead 6-3 in the third on the back of four, count them four, Tyler Bertuzzi goals, only to blow the game and lose in overtime 7-6.  Bertuzzi looks to be a solid streamer, but it's going to take a lot more to hold him.  He's been inconsistent in the past, and he's unvaccinated.  That means he won't be able to play any games in Canada.  The Red Wings already have a one off in Montreal next Saturday and another game in Toronto the week after.  It's simply too hard to hold a player that's missing games for something other than an injury.  Let's take a look at what else happened on the ice on Thursday night:
Things have changed quite a bit with goaltending in the NHL since I started writing at Razzball. When I started, there were tons of workhorses with very few teams using a platoon.  Now, more than half of the teams have a duo where the backup is getting at least 1/3 of the starts, if not a complete split.  Among the few workhorses that we have left, there are only six that I completely trust to be a #1 goalie this year.  I am breaking down all of the goalies in the NHL into tiers (and ranking them within in each tier), but be sure to understand how your league format can change the value of certain players.  For example, if you're in a head to head league, Marc-Andre Fleury is going to be more valuable than in a roto league because the volume should be there.  In a roto league where you have a set number of starts, someone like Ilya Sorokin, who, barring injury, should start 35-40 games, gets a boost because the quality of starts matters a lot more than volume.  If you have specific questions, ask them in the comments section, but I'll have a quick note on everyone when necessary.  Let's get to it!