Hey everyone!¬† While there are still a bunch of teams that have their bye this week, it’s nowhere near as many as last week.¬† The lack of games made it the lightest week of the season and leaving little to talk about fantasy wise.¬† Therefore, I’m going to use this post to make one fantasy hockey prediction for each team for the rest of the season.¬† We’ll be back to the usual daily notes on Wednesday and Friday this week.¬† Let’s get going!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?
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?
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?
Has¬†Sam Reinhart¬†lived up to being the second overall pick in his draft?¬† Definitely not.¬† Is the book closed on him becoming a great player?¬† I don’t think so.¬† Reinhart has shown flashes this season but his quality of linemate has been quite poor.¬† Last game, Reinhart moved to the first line with¬†Jack Eichel¬†and¬†Evander Kane.¬† This move paid dividends on Tuesday night where Reinhart scored a goal and two assists with four shots playing 18:36 in the 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.¬† What does this mean going forward?¬† Well, Reinhart becomes an elite streamer and potential hold as long as he’s playing with Eichel and Kane.¬† Subjectively, I think Reinhart has been much stronger on the puck this year and if not for Eichel missing a glorious chance and another point blank save, Reinhart could have easily reached 4-5 points in this game.¬† Obviously we can’t expect that on a nightly basis but there’s no reason Reinhart can’t play around a 25+35 pace going forward.¬† Here’s to hoping Phil Housley does what’s right and keeps him there.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league the past two nights:Please, blog, may I have some more?
There were seven early games on Tuesday night, all of which hit the under.¬† That didn’t stop a few superstars from having a big night.¬† Among that select group was¬†Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored a goal and two assists with seven shots in the 3-1 win over the Devils.¬† He came into the game with an upper body injury making him unclear for the game last night but that didn’t stop him from keeping up his excellent play.¬† Tarasenko has been a five category monster in the early going, scoring 8 goals and 11 assists through 16 games with a whopping +14 rating and over four shots per game.¬† He’s done actually what you hoped for using a late first round pick on him, or a second round pick if you were lucky enough that Tarasenko fell to you.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It seems like forever and a day since¬†Matt Duchene¬†requested a trade from the Colorado Avalanche.¬† His wish finally came true on Sunday in a massive three-way trade between the Avs, Senators, and Predators.¬† The Sens acquired Duchene, the Predators received Reid’s favorite¬†Kyle Turris and the Avs get a ton of future assets.¬† For the Senators, I’m not a big fan.¬† Is Duchene better than Turris?¬† I would say so and Duchene had one more year on his contract than Turris.¬† However, adding a ton here, including a first round pick and¬†Shane Bowers, their first round pick from the 2017 draft, is a lot to add.¬† For Smashville, adding Turris without losing anyone from the current roster besides¬†Samuel Girard¬†is a nice move for a team positioned to go for it.¬† It may be more futures heavy than Colorado originally wanted but boy, did they get a ton in this move.¬† They effectively received 2 1sts, 3 2nds, a third and¬†Andrew Hammond¬†for goaltender depth in the organization.¬† I love this move for Colorado long term, like the aggressiveness of Nashville using futures to push (and like signing Turris immediately to a 6/36 deal), and question Ottawa’s decision here.
For fantasy, Duchene probably gets a small boost because he should slide onto a line with Hoffman and Stone right away.¬† Assuming Turris plays with Forsberg, I think this move could help him as well (at the least it’s neutral).¬† I’m very interested to see if Girard plays for the Avs right away.¬† He looked great in his brief stint for Nashville and the former second round pick could becomes fantasy relevant immediately if he’s in Denver.¬† I’ll be sure to talk more about this trade with Reid on Tuesday’s podcast.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened this weekend around the league: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?
The first home game for the Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t have started any better.¬† After an amazing pre-game ceremony, Vegas stormed out to four goals in the first period en route to winning 5-2 against the Coyotes.¬† Here we are with Vegas sitting at 3-0.¬† So do we have to change our expectations for the team?¬† I’ll talk about it extensively with Reid tomorrow but I still believe they’ll be at the bottom of the league come April.¬† That said, what an amazing start for a team in the wake of tragedy.¬† For fantasy, I think there’s three guys I would own right now in standard 12’ers:¬†Marc-Andre Fleury,¬†James Neal¬†and¬†Nate Schmidt.¬† There is still some downside for all of them but in the moment, just enjoy the ride.¬† I can’t wait to be there next week to see a game in Vegas.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?