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?
There have been a few big games by individuals this season but¬†Patrice Bergeron’s on Saturday is the new leader for the best of the year.¬† Bergeron scored four goals and added an assist with seven shots in the 7-1 win over the Hurricanes.¬† Bergeron was the second player this year to score four goals after¬†Alex Ovechkin.¬† Per usual, Bergeron is crushing all of the categories.¬† He’s playing around a 40+35 pace while already having a +19 rating, solid PIM and pushing four shots per game.¬† Bergeron is a slam dunk top 50 player for the rest of the season who should push towards the top 25.¬† Again, the top line in Boston is as good as it gets and Bergeron is at the forefront of their success.¬† That line just gave up their first goal against at even strength all season!¬† Remarkable stuff.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend: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?
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?
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?
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?
All everyone talked about in the preseason was wondering how bad Vegas was going to be in their expansion year.¬† Sure, it’s only two games, but boy did they have some excitement.¬† On Friday, Dallas was dominating Vegas in their franchise opener but was only up 1-0 in the third.¬† Down goes¬†Ben Bishop¬†which opened up the door for¬†James Neal¬†to give the people of Las Vegas some relief in an awful time.¬† Neal scored two goals in the third period to propel the Golden Knights to victory.¬† To top off the weekend, Neal scored another goal, this time the game winner in overtime, to give Vegas two wins to start the season.¬† Neal is still available in over 40% of leagues and if you are in one of them, grab him.¬† The shot rate is going to be elite along with solid penalty minutes and goals.¬† At least for now, I’m not overly concerned about the top guys on Vegas having bad plus-minuses either.¬† Let’s take a look at what else happened in the first (long) weekend of the NHL season:Please, blog, may I have some more?