In the Razzball realm, the panel of writers (total of one) has been down on Jonathan Toews since I’ve been writing in this space.  There were plenty of questions about his overall place 10 days ago when he had 33 points in 46 games.  Whatever Toews has been doing over the last four games, he needs to keep that routine going.  Toews has been coming on but had the game of the season on Tuesday scoring a hat trick on four shots while adding 2 assists and a +5 rating in the 5-3 win over the Wild.  Let’s just say the Wild trying to use Matt Dumba against him didn’t work well.  Now, Toews has 42 points giving you the value you hoped for taking him in the early to middle rounds.  The new wingers with Toews (more on them later) have brought an offensive surge that Toews owners can only hope continues.  Here’s what else happened around the league the last two nights:

James Reimer – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 2-1 win over the Blues.  He’s been great over the last month and starting to split with Strombone.  I would use him in all starts and would be fine with owning him if you need games.

Jonathan Marchessault – Goal on four shots.  I wouldn’t own him anymore now that he’s on the third line but he’s still worth streaming.

Jonathan Bernier – Three saves, three goals against in a period before getting pulled.  Woof, that’s his second absolute disaster of a start this year.  He’s always up and down so it’s your decision whether to gamble on his starts or not.

Ryan Getzlaf – Two goals on five shots.  The penalty minutes and shots have dried up over the years but the points are still coming in.

Sidney Crosby – Goal on five shots with four PIM.  He’s been so good this season even by his standards.

Matt Murray – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.  It’s going to be strong the rest of the way and it should be even better next year when he gets the volume.

Jeff Skinner – Goal on six shots.  He’s really fallen off but Skinner’s shot volume has started to come up again.  I think we get another good streak from him at some point soon.

Craig Anderson – 29 saves on 30 shots in the 2-1 win over the Devils.  Given all of their injuries covered on the last podcast, look for the Sens to be playing tighter games which will help Anderson.

Derick Brassard – Assist with a shot playing over 20 minutes.  I’d own him in 12’ers if he’s available while the minutes are excellent.

Carey Price – 28 saves on 30 shots in the 3-2 SO win over the Rangers.  He’s been rough lately but he was excellent this game.  Look at this save in overtime:

Look for him to start getting back on track.

Shea Weber – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s fallen off mightily after the amazing start to have a stat line right in line with what I expected.  The shots are up but the goals and assists should repeat last season’s 20+31.

Rick Nash – Goal on five shots.  Fat Rick has been strong this year; it’s unfortunate he had a groin injury keep him out for a while.

Thomas Greiss – 26 saves on 27 shots in the 3-1 win over the Red Wings.  Look for the Islanders to ride him down the stretch as they push for the playoffs.

Josh Bailey – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Bailey has set his new career high in points looking great on the first line.  At this point, I think you have to own him.

Thomas Vanek – Assist with a shot and two PIM.  I’m really hoping Vanek gets moved at the deadline because he can really help a team at his current level of play.

Tyler Johnson – Two assists with a shot.  He’s picking things up lately so I’d hold onto him.

Nikita Kucherov – Goal and three assists with six shots.  Finally, I hit on the Three Point Challenge again!  Kucherov should go right around the wheel next season at the back end of the first round.

Ondrej Palat – Two goals on four shots.  I am more towards streamer for Palat but since the triplets are rolling, I’m find with holding him as well.

Ben Bishop – 20 saves on 21 shots in the 4-1 win over the Oilers.  We’re finally getting the Bishop we hoped for allowing six goals in the last five games, all wins.  Hopefully it’s relevant for you and he didn’t ruin your season in the early going.

Dustin Byfuglien – Assist with two shots and nine PIM.  Played over 26 minutes despite spending nine in the box.  Big Buff doing Big Buff things!

Nikolaj Ehlers – Goal on three shots with two PIM.  He was ice cold but I have no worries about him going forward.

Patrik Laine – Two goals and two PIM.  30 goals already for Laine.  Ridiculous.

Mathieu Perreault – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Streamer success!  I’m going to keep using him as long as he stays on the second line.

Mark Scheifele – Two assists with a shot and two PIM.  Nine assists in the last five for Scheifele.  All your assists are belong to me!

Jake Gardiner – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Big breakout for Gardiner giving me high hope for him going forward.  The only thing holding him back from being a #2D is his shot rate.

Leo Komarov – Two goals on three shots.  Uncle Leo is still a beast in hits leagues but it’s a bottom end streamer in general.  Even though he has a five game point streak right now, I’d use his linemate instead…

Josh Leivo – Two assists with four shots and two PIM.  He’s been outstanding since his recall with 8 points in 9 games.  Keep streaming the man.

Auston Matthews – Three assists with a shot and two PIM.  He ended up with three points but having watched the game, I thought he was extremely disappointing.  It shows how good he is that he can struggle yet produce.

William Nylander – Goal and an assist with three shots.  On the opposite side of Matthews, Nylander was outstanding.  He’s nowhere near as consistent as Matthews but Nylander has been great.

Mikael Backlund – Two goals on four shots.  He remains right on the fringe of 12’ers between hold and elite streamer.

Michael Ferland – Two goals on three shots with two PIM.  Ferland actually has decent scoring ability but his role is limited at this point.

Johnny Gaudreau – Four assists with two shots.  I have made mistakes in my rankings this year (I will do a recap of what I got right and wrong come the end of the season) but my low ranking of Gaudreau has certainly been right.  I think this year is more of who he is than the near point per game guy we saw last season.

Mark Giordano – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s been fine which is good enough to be a #2D this year.  It’s above average in all categories at least.

Dougie Hamilton – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  Hamilton has been a marginally better Giordano which is enough to make him a #1.  Man, defensemen suck.

Sean Monahan – Three assists with a shot.  He had been ice cold and is also making me glad I ranked him low.  I expect to be low on him again next season.

Matthew Tkachuk – Two assists with three shots and two PIM.  Now here’s a Flame that I love (I do like Dougie though).  I’m going to be all in on Tkachuk next season.

Filip Forsberg – Hat trick scoring on all of his shots on goal.  The Preds are really starting to pick it up offensively so look for Forsberg to push 30+30 again.

P.K. Subban – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Seven points in the last four games gives me the excites.

Colin Wilson – Goal and an assist.  Bottom end streamer at best.

Pekka Rinne – 9 saves on 13 shots in 25:12 before getting pulled in the 6-5 OT loss to the Flames.  Yikes.  Bad Rinne go away!

Richard Panik – Goal and an assist with four shots finishing +5.  He was a point of argument on yesterday’s podcast but I’m feeling better about being bullish on Panik for the short term.  Keep streaming him.

Nick Schmaltz – Goal and two assists with two shots.  He’s also played his way into a viable streamer.

Mikael Granlund – Two goals on four shots.  That’s top ten forward Mikael Granlund.  What a revelation he’s been.

Mikko Koivu – Two assists with a shot.  Four multi-point games in the last five for Koivu.  Keep rolling him.

Nino Niederreiter – Two assists with five shots and two PIM.  Speaking of post-hype breakouts, El Nino is shooting up the player rater.  This is the guy people expected when he was drafted.  Remember when the Isles basically gave him away?

Peter Budaj – 24 saves on 25 shots in the 2-1 win over the Avalanche.  In other words, exactly what we expect against the Avs.

Adrian Kempe – Assist with two shots and two PIM.  The former first round pick could be a nice streamer next season and become a hold in 2018-19.  Very nice dynasty target.

Wednesday’s Streamers:

Jussi Jokinen (16.5%) – Jussi J has 8 points in the past 9 and the red hot Panthers get the Oilers with Edmonton on a back to back.

Nick Ritchie (9.1%) – He has an assist with four shots in each of the previous two games playing with Getzlaf.  It’s not a great matchup against Boston but with only three games, choices are limited.

Frank Vatrano (5.8%) – The shot volume is steady and with four points in the previous three, that’s good enough.

That’s all for now guys.  With the small slate, my next set of daily notes will come out on Friday.  We will have a podcast dropping on Thursday so be on the lookout for that as well.  As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Scott says:

    Which one of these should I stream tonight?
    David Backes @Ana
    Patrick Maroon @Fla
    Ryan Spooner @Ana

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Scott: I’d go with Maroon, the upside is highest and I don’t expect many goals in the Bruins / Ducks game.

  2. Ollie says:

    Yesterday I was really considering dropping Forsberg since I play in a hits/blocks league, but last year I got burned for dropping him early and I didn’t want a mini-repeat of that. Thank God I held!

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Ollie: Haha that’s for sure! He has these crazy hot streaks in him that last well over a month so hopefully we get another one of those now.

  3. Paul says:

    Bailey > Gallagher ROS?



    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Paul: Yeah I think I’d have to go that way at this point. The shots will be better from Gallagher so it’s certainly possible the goals are too but the assists, blocks and STP should go Bailey’s way.

      • Paul says:

        @Viz: tThank you!

  4. Shitwolf says:

    thanks for the write up viz! I donno if you saw but I joined your league for fantasy baseball… its on baby! But that puts me in a bind… I cant come asking for help in a league I’m playing vs you in… damn looks like its gonna be all me all me (preparing for disappointment).

    Anyway I wanted to trade a D and got Mckennon for Werenski… all good with that ye? I just like to run things by you I like it myself 😀

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Shitwolf: No problem at all! Hahaha looking forward to it… my team in my own RCL last year was horrible so hopefully that changes. Yeah, I think that’s fine considering how many top end defenseman you already had.

      • Shitwolf says:


        ya it should be fun! I don’t know as much about players in baseball as I do hockey so I’ll probably join ya in the basement :D. I wanna try a mock draft at some point, but the espn one doesn’t seem to fill up like the yahoo one does.

  5. Saints says:

    Damn me and Fugazi were so close again -.- viz and you got your point that hurts 😀 😀

    What do you expect out of leivo long term ? Are you impressed by his skill set ?

    • Saints says:

      @Saints: *Reid and you (Viz) 😀

    • Fungazi says:

      @Saints: I thought we had it going into the 3rd……

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Saints: I know, I can’t believe you both didn’t get it. So frustrating that even when I get it, so did Reid!

      I’ve really been impressed with him, especially on the power play. He’s probably a guy who settles in as a 50ish point guy, possibly a bit better if the power play is really good on Toronto like it is right now. I’m not sure he’ll be a guy you always hold in 12’ers but it could become that and won’t be far off at the least.

  6. jon says:

    Need to pickup a forward as I have an empty roster spot…..

    for rest of season… G A P PP +- hits looking for max impact on most of those cats

    Justin Williams
    Josh Leivo
    Micheal ferland
    Philip Danault
    Calle Jarnkrok

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @jon: You know, I really want to say Leivo but I don’t know for sure that he’s going to stick for the rest of the season. With the way he’s playing lately, I think he has to stick with Kadri and Uncle Leo. Ferland is hits only, no PP time, Danault isn’t producing on the power play, Williams doesn’t hit and has a secondary PP role now while Jarnkrok isn’t dependable. I think Leivo is the best right now fairly easily with Danault in second. If you are solely looking ROS, I’m fine with taking Danault since Leivo is a bit of a gamble but it’s a gamble I would take.

  7. Saints says:

    Hay Viz how would you rank these guys in dynasty (keep forever) if you start one for next season (the rest of this season doesn’t matter with these cap figures:

    Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL 4.100.000,00 €
    Leon Draisaitl, C, EDM 700.000,00 €
    Ivan Provorov, D, PHI 500.000,00 €
    Tanner Pearson, LW, LA 700.000,00 €
    Jacob Silfverberg, RW, ANA 4.000.000,00 €
    Logan Couture, LW, SJS 6.300.000,00 €
    Jake, Gardiner, D, TOR 2.700.000,00 €
    Anders Lee, C/W , NYI 2.300.000,00 €
    Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI 4.100.000,00 €
    Justin Abdelkader, LW/RW, DET 2.700.000,00 €
    Antti Raanta, G, NYR 500.000,00 €
    James Reimer, G, TOR 3.400.000,00 €

    This order is my try but man its so tough it starts with Draisaitl and McKinnon who are pretty close in my opinion and goes on through the backup goalies who are very hard to rank

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Saints: So I am including these salaries going forward, yes? Assuming that’s the case, I would say the following with the extra spaces between denoting tiers:


      Reimer (he has a chance to raise up drastically if he becomes the goalie in FLA, you’re two teams behind with Toronto there 🙂 )


      Abdelkader (I wouldn’t want him at all let alone at that price)

      The middle group is extremely fluid but I mostly punished guys for having bigger salaries.

      • Saints says:

        Ok yeah the tiers would have been the same for me .
        Thanks for this outstanding advice. It’s ok to punish them for their bigger salaries it’s a good point if its close i definetly like it that way 🙂 I would love to get mcKinnon or Draisaitl but i dont think its gonna happen -.-

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Saints: No problem at all. It definitely makes it tough because Couture is better than most of these guys but that’s just such a high price. I also struggled with where to put the defensemen. Draisaitl for 700k or however you want to look at it is such an absurd deal, I have to imagine he’s one of the best values throughout your league.

          • Saints says:

            Yes it is if the people join the league and get the contract they are very cheap (laine or matthews are on 500k) in our league but after a few years you need to give them an extension which is a lot higher and based on the position on the player rater the last 2 years 🙂

  8. Jesse says:

    Who from the 2016 draft class has a shot at the Calder next year? Looking at adding some cheap young prospects to my keeper salary cap team


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Jesse: I would say that the top choices would be Clayton Keller, Alex Nylander and Puljujarvi (I think he’ll still be Calder eligible, not 100%). Dubois wouldn’t be far behind but I don’t see the big role for him next season. I still have faith in Dylan Strome too although he’s 2015 draft class. I also like Joel Eriksson Ek and Mathew Barzal a lot from the 2015 Draft

  9. Give me a Friday streamer from this group Viz; Antoine Roussel vs ARI, Derick Brassard @ CAR, Vrbata @ DAL, Sean Monahan @ FLA, Marcus Johansson vs EDM, Matthew Tkachuk @ FLA, Sebastian Aho vs OTT. Any of these stand out to you as a best option(s)? Thanx!

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