We had a blockbuster happen on Saturday morning.  Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic are headed to Columbus in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third round pick.  Three disgruntled players all get fresh starts and all should have a fantasy impact, albeit to differing degrees.  Let’s start with Dubois.  He’s going to start centering the second line, presumably with Ehlers and Stastny moving to the wing.  I presume his minutes will come in around the 18 he was at last season which should be quite productive.  The big question is whether or not he’s on the first power play or if Stastny keeps that spot.  We’ll have to wait two weeks to find out as Dubois will have to quarantine for that long given Canadian rules right now, but there’s a potential top 50 player in here.  I really like the combination of Dubois with Ehlers.

As for how Laine and Roslovic fit into the Columbus lineup, it’s hard to say.  My hope is that Laine plays on the wing with Bjorkstrand and Texier, but maybe he goes with Domi and Atkinson?  The question is which player is Laine, the guy from the first two seasons or the one from the last two?  Either way, he’s great, but it’s two different levels.  I doubt the minutes will be as high as in Winnipeg, but will Torts let him be the offensive focal point?  I sure hope so, but we don’t know.  I assume Roslovic will be the third line center with some combo of other young guys like Foudy or Robinson.  I’m not looking to stream him right away, but the first game that Roslovic is in the lineup should give us a good indication of what to expect going forward.

Instead of my usual daily notes recap, I’m going to make my first hold/stream list of the season for 12’ers and comment where necessary.  This is for 12 team leagues that do not include hits and blocks.  Assume all goalies are holds unless noted otherwise.  I am doing the West and Central divisions today and will have the North and East on Tuesday.

Note: Any stats are before Sunday’s games.  I wrote most of this before the Bills debacle on Sunday.

WEST DIVISION

Anaheim Ducks

Hold: Shattenkirk

Stream: Getzlaf, Rakell, Silfverberg, Comtois, Henrique, Lindholm

I’m giving Kevin Shattenkirk one more week to start producing as the minutes have been there to this point.  Otherwise, the only Duck I’d hold is Gibson.

Arizona Coyotes

Hold: Garland, Schmaltz, Chychrun, Kessel

Stream: Dvorak, OEL

I’ve been extremely impressed with Conor Garland in the early going.  He’s been terrific and I hope the minutes go up.  Jakob Chychrun looks like he’s found another level as well.  Phil Kessel is right on the fringe.

Colorado Avalanche

Hold: MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen, Makar, Kadri, Burakovsky, Girard, Toews

Stream: Byram, Graves

Andre Burakovsky is injured at the moment, but when healthy, I expect him to be a hold.  Devon Toews has lived up to expectations in Colorado, and Samuel Girard has been outstanding.  On the other side of the spectrum, Brandon Saad has been awful.  He should get back to being a solid streamer, but I’ll need to see a few quality games in a row before I use him.

Los Angeles Kings:

Hold: Kopitar, Doughty

Stream: Carter, Athanasiou, Kempe, Iafallo

I don’t even feel good about holding Drew Doughty, but he’s playing over 28 minutes per game so he’ll stumble into fantasy relevance.  Adrian Kempe has been a big surprise.  He has been buzzing in every game and now finds himself on the first line and first PP unit.  He’s my favorite streamer of this group and it wouldn’t surprise me if he turns into a hold at one point when the schedule eases up.  I still wouldn’t use one of their goalies outside of desperation.

Minnesota Wild

Hold: Kaprizov, Fiala, Dumba, Suter, Spurgeon

Stream: Eriksson Ek, Parise, Greenway

Like Shattenkirk, I’m giving Jared Spurgeon the benefit of the doubt for now.  Zach Parise is still on the fringe as the shots have been there and are bound to turn into goals.  As much as I liked him as a prospect, I gave up on Joel Eriksson Ek turning into an offensive player.  I still don’t expect it, but this start puts him back on the radar.

San Jose Sharks

Hold: Kane, Hertl, Meier, Couture, Burns, Karlsson

Stream: Labanc, Leonard, Donato

The Sharks are as cut and dry as it can get for fantasy.  I’m not using Martin Jones anywhere and there’s no way in hell I would use Devan Dubnyk.

St. Louis Blues

Hold: O’Reilly, Perron, Schenn, Schwartz, Hoffman, Krug

Stream: Thomas, Kyrou, Parayko

I want to hold Robert Thomas and to be honest, I am where I own him.  However, as good as the assists can be, three shots in five games isn’t going to cut it.  The minutes aren’t great right now either which is giving me pause about Mike Hoffman as well.  I’m being a little patient there but the start isn’t encouraging from a usage perspective.

Vegas Golden Knights:

Hold: Stone, Pacioretty, Karlsson, Marchessault, Smith, Theodore, Pietrangelo, Lehner, Fleury

Stream: Stephenson, Tuch, Martinez

DeBoer seems intent on playing Marc-Andre Fleury every other game to open the season.  Why, I have no idea because Fleury is a replacement level goalie at this point and Lehner is one of the best in the league.  Anyways, he’ll get enough wins that MAF probably needs to be owned.  I’m close to put Alex Tuch in the hold category.  A few more games getting these minutes and I’d bump him up.

CENTRAL DIVISION

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Hold: Aho, Svechnikov, Teravainen, Trocheck, Hamilton

Stream: Niederreiter, Slavin

Pretty straight forward here.  The only debate is Vincent Trocheck, but I’ve been driving the Trocheck bandwagon for years here and the minutes are up right now in Carolina, so I think it’s easy.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Hold: Kane, DeBrincat, Kubalik

Stream: Suter, Strome, Keith, Murphy

Pass on all of these goalies.  I soured on Dominik Kubalik early, and I still don’t feel great about it because of the minutes.  That said, he’s got some top PP time so I’m giving him a bit more.  Pius Suter looks great on the top line so he’s closer to a hold than anything while this lasts.  Worst case, he’s a top line streamer.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Hold: Laine, Bjorkstrand, Werenski, Jones, both goalies

Stream: Texier, Jenner, Atkinson, Foligno, Roslovic

I am glad I was extremely low on Seth Jones going into the season because his start has sucked.  I don’t own him anywhere, but I’d try to move him based on name value.  I really like Alexandre Texier, and it’s been very good so far, but I have him as an elite streamer due to lack of shots.  Cam Atkinson normally shoots plenty, but it hasn’t happened yet, and he’s only playing 16 minutes a game.  It’s fringe, but I’m not liking what I’m seeing.

DALLAS STARS

Hold: Pavelski, Benn, Radulov, Klingberg, Heiskanen

Stream: Hintz, Gurianov, Kiviranta

The Stars power play set a record for goals in the first two games of a season with eight goals against Nashville.  Obviously they’re due to regress, but it’s a great start.  With their next two games against Detroit, I’d be looking to stream all three of those guys.

DETROIT RED WINGS

Hold: Larkin, Mantha

Stream: Bertuzzi, Ryan, Hronek, Fabbri

Very straight forward here.  The goalies aren’t necessarily holds, but they’re both options if you really need starts.

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Hold: Barkov, Huberdeau, Hornqvist, Yandle, Ekblad

Stream: Verhaeghe, Duclair, Vatrano, Gudas

Another easy list.  As long as Keith Yandle is in every night, he needs to be held.  That said, I’d try to sell high on him because it could go very bad very quickly.  Carter Verhaeghe is only a stream as long as he’s playing with Barkov.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Hold: Forsberg, Arvidsson, Josi, Ellis

Stream: Duchene, Kunin, Ekholm, Granlund, Rinne

I’m higher on Mikael Granlund than most.  Ever since Hynes took the head coaching job, Granlund has received massive minutes.  He’s a nice target in deeper leagues and someone I’m looking to stream in shallower leagues.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Hold: Point, Stamkos, Palat, Hedman, Sergachev

Stream: Cirelli, Killorn, Gourde, Coleman, Goodrow, Joseph, Johnson, McDonagh

If Anthony Cirelli received better power play time, he’d be an easy hold.  As is, he’s right on the fringe.  Mathieu Joseph is only worth streaming while he’s in the top six.  Really like how Ryan McDonagh has played so far but again, no power play time, so I can’t call him a hold everywhere.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back with a hold/stream list for the other two divisions.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  We will do the Three Point Challenge for Tuesday, so if you want to make a pick in this post, feel free, just remember no top 10 guys from last season.  I really appreciate all of the questions in the early going from everybody as the comment section is quite busy, makes it feel worthwhile writing.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Veritas says:
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    Hi Viz, I always love to hear your thoughts about players that should be held or are streamers. This is the hardest part of managing a team in my opinion.

    I am going with Mark Scheifele vs Edmonton for Tuesday’s three-point challenge.

    Yahoo H2H Cats (12 Team, 17-man roster) Yearly league: G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG, SOG, and W, GAA, SV, SV%. I can roster 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 4D, 1 U and 2G per night.

    I have a question regarding my team. I thought my PPP and Goals would be doing better compared to the league. I try to stream weak players to maximize games (3/week) Batherson is the first guy this week. Do you see any team improvements in the FA?

    Leon Draisaitl C,LW| Evgeni Malkin C| Evander Kane LW| Torey Krug D| Neal Pionk D| Tyson Barrie D| David Perron LW,RW| Jonathan Marchessault C,LW| Anthony Mantha LW,RW| Logan Couture C| Phil Kessel RW| Drake Batherson RW| Vincent Trocheck C| Sergei Bobrovsky G| John Gibson G| Linus Ullmark G|Mikko Koskinen G| Patrik Laine LW,RW (IR)| Ben Bishop G (IR)

    FA: Garland, Schmaltz, Hornqvist, Duclair, Chychrun, Ristolainen, Romanov, Andersson, Toews

    • Viz

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      Glad you enjoy these posts Veritas, I feel like every month or so, maybe sooner, it’s worth updating the lists. Sounds good on Schefiele.

      I do like Batherson quite a bit and with only one game tonight, you get a big boost there. I think I’d keep what you have otherwise. Garland vs Kessel is really close, that’s the one thing I could see swapping

  2. LG Hockey says:
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    Viz – would you trade my Dahlin for Dougie Hamilton or Josi? I’m in a 10 team H2H yahoo default league and we keep 6 players.

    Current keepers are Eichel, Pastrnak, Marner, Makar, Svechnikov and Dahlin. I have a win now team I think so wondering whether to be patient with Dahlin or try and upgrade for this year. Given it’s a keeper I lean Hamilton over Josi if I went for this but curious if I should just hold Dahlin for the upside.

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Viz

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      Man, this is tough, but if you’re trying to win now, I’d say you can make the move and I would go for Dougie also. The rest of your keepers are so good and you already have Makar to have your #1D, so if you’re contending, I’d say go for it. I still love Dahlin, but it’s been a rough start for him and Dougie is a massive upgrade right now

  3. ashtray says:
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    Klingberg in the 3 point challenge!

    I’m playing in a new league this year that scores goalies with W, L, GA, SV, SHO. It’s definitely different from what i’m used to. Any immediate strategies that come to mind with almost an even split between good accumulating stats and bad (with SHO being the wildcard) and no ratios?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Wow, that is quite interesting. Personally, I’m not really a fan as it seems like most matchups are going to split 2-2-1 with nobody getting a shutout and then the volume mattering. I would say that I would like to stream backup goalies on good teams more than usual. I think a goalie who faces a lot of shots like Greiss gets a little boost too because he’ll pile up saves and maybe get lucky with some wins. The guys who take a hit are middling guys who split like Demko/Holtby

  4. ashtray says:
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    Another question, I play with an Edmonton fan who is asking about Draisaitl. Is Panarin/Pastrnak too much of an ask? Too little?

    12 team league. Cats are G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG, Hits

    His top players are:

    Panarin
    point
    Scheifele
    Pastrnak
    Heiskanen
    DeBrincat
    Provorov

    • Itookdonscherry says:
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      Panarin, Draisatl and Pastrnak are all basically a wash. A few points either way, I would immediately offer him Draisatl for Pastrnak and hope that he is not paying attention to the fact he is due back this weekend or early next week. I would also ask for an upgrade somewhere else. They are a wash but you might be able to get something else on top due to Pastas injury. Maybe scheifle for a lesser center on your team.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I mean, it can’t hurt to ask, but I think that’s a huge ask. That’s like, the 3rd best player for two top 10 guys, it would be massively in your favor. I would try to get Pastrnak and then get him to add somebody who is more of a middling player than Panarin.

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