It’s time for the first hold/stream post of the year.  For those unfamiliar, I will go through every team and list every player who is a hold or streamer, and comment on individuals where necessary.  This will certainly be a long post, so let’s get right to it!


Hold: Getzlaf, Rakell, Gibson

Stream: Henrique, Silfverberg, Terry, Fowler

This seems pretty straight-forward.  I’m not fully buying into Henrique which is the main question mark.  Ondrej Kase is a player I love, but he’s not a must-hold given his current injury.  If you have an IR spot, stash him but if not, you have to let him go.


Hold: Kessel, Keller, OEL, Kuemper

Stream: Dvorak, Stepan, Schmaltz, Chychrun, Raanta, Goligoski

This is another one where I don’t see much debate.  I suppose Schmaltz is the most controversial, but he’s not even playing 15 minutes per game and is barely shooting the puck.  The Desert Dogs are changing their first line center fairly often, so no need to hold any of their guys.


Hold: Marchand, Pastrnak, Bergeron, Krug, Rask, Halak

Stream: DeBrusk, Coyle, McAvoy

Jaroslav Halak is probably the first hold that is up for debate.  He’s just so good on a per-game basis that even though he doesn’t get the volume, I’m holding.  Jake DeBrusk has started slow so I’m only holding for now, but I still love the talent.


Hold: Eichel, Reinhart, Olofsson, Skinner, Dahlin, Hutton, Ullmark

Stream: Johansson, Mittelstadt, Ristolainen

This one seems easy for me even if the goalies are in question.  Both of them are rolling right now and it’s close enough to an even split, so for now, I am holding Linus Ullmark.  The rest of it isn’t up for debate.


Hold: Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Lindholm, Giordano, Rittich

Stream: Backlund, Bennett, Hanifin, Brodie

The goaltending situation here is the surprise.  David Rittich is clearly the workhorse here, so he’s a must-own everywhere where Cam Talbot is a bottom end streamer at best.


Hold: Aho, Teravainen, Svechnikov, Haula, Hamilton, Slavin, Mrazek

Stream: Niederretier, Staal, Dzingel, Necas, Reimer

I have little concern about Sebastian Aho, but Nino Niederreiter isn’t a hold any more.  Erik Haula has been hot enough that I’m holding him at this point.  Jaccob Slavin doesn’t give the extra stats, but he’s accumulating points so far making him a hold.


Hold: Kane, DeBrincat, Toews, Gustafsson, Lehner

Stream: Kubalik, Saad, Dach, Shaw, Strome, Keith, Crawford

I wrote a bunch about Kubalik last week so I don’t want to expand here.  I think the interesting one is Dylan Strome.  I’ve been on the bandwagon, but he was just dropped to the fourth line while they load up the first line.  He also lost his spot on the first power play, so I’d feel comfortable cutting him in a 12’er.

UPDATE: Strome was back in his normal role on Sunday and scored three points, so you can hold onto him.


Hold: MacKinnon, Rantanen, Landeskog, Kadri, Makar, Grubauer

Stream: Burakovsky, Donskoi, Jost, Johnson, Girard

No debate on any of this and not even anything interesting to discuss


Hold: Atkinson, Dubois, Jones, Werenski

Stream: Nyquist, Anderson, Foligno, Texier, Bjorkstrand, Jenner

Gustav Nyquist is right on the fence and I don’t feel good about calling him a streamer.  The shot rate has been good this season so he’s closer to a hold than I thought given that he’s off the first line.  The rest of it is straight forward.  Both goalies have been rough so far so I don’t want to use either barring the best of matchups.


Hold: Seguin, Radulov, Benn, Klingberg, Bishop

Stream: Heiskanen, Pavelski, Hintz, Gurianov, Khudobin

So the Stars studs haven’t been stars so far.  That said, I’m not too worried about those guys besides Pavelski, who is far from a hold.  Miro Heiskanen is controversial, but I was much lower on him going into the season.  Love the prospect, but without top PP time, it’s worrisome.  Anton Khudobin has been very good so I’d use him in most matchups while he’s playing well.


Hold: Larkin, Mantha, Bertuzzi, Hronek

Stream: Athanasiou, Green, Howard

Easy for me.  I don’t love Tyler Bertuzzi, but the other two are playing great and Bertuzzi is getting big minutes right now.  Everything else is easy.

Hold: McDavid, Draisaitl, Neal, Klefbom, Nurse, Smith, Koskinen

Stream: RNH, Kassian

Darnell Nurse is so good at the extra categories that while he’s scoring at this rate, he’s an easy hold.  I don’t love either goalie, but for now, both are playing very well so I’m holding.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hasn’t been great, so I’m dropping him to streamer.


Hold: Barkov, Huberdeau, Dadonov, Hoffman, Trocheck, Ekblad, Yandle, Bobrovsky

Stream: Connolly, Vatrano

If there is one player I would massively drop from my preseason rankings, it would be Keith Yandle.  The lack of ice time really hurts.  I can’t drop him because of the PP time, but I’m much lower on him than anticipated.  The rest seems easy, even with Vincent Trocheck‘s injury.


Hold: Kopitar, Brown, Doughty

Stream: Iafallo, Toffoli, Carter, Kovalchuk, Walker

Both goalies have stunk, especially Quick, so that’s an easy pass.  This one seems easy for me.  The contribution in the secondary stats makes me lean towards hold for Dustin Brown, who I’m not a big fan of.  He’s the only debate.


Hold: Staal, Zucker, Dumba, Suter, Dubnyk

Stream: Stalock, Koivu, Parise, Zuccarello, Spurgeon

I honestly debated listing Dumba as the only hold.  I’m giving the other guys a little bit more time.  Alex Stalock is a hot schmotato so I’d use him in every game right now until he cools off.


Hold: Gallagher, Drouin, Domi, Tatar, Weber, Petry, Price

Stream: Armia, Danault, Kotkaniemi, Lehkonen

The Canadiens are an interesting group.  Joel Armia‘s numbers look great, but I’m not quite at holding level.  I’m not buying in yet.  Jeff Petry has been outstanding and I’m holding despite Weber remaining healthy.  Danault’s shot rate keeps him as a streamer.


Hold: Forsberg, Duchene, Arvidsson, Johansen, Josi, Ellis, Ekholm, Rinne

Stream: Saros, Turris, Jarnkrok, Smith, Granlund, Fabbro

Things have not developed how I expected in Smashville.  Dante Fabbro hasn’t provided offense like I hoped.  Mikael Granlund hasn’t either, especially since Forsberg was hurt.  He’s not worth holding in the meantime.  Kyle Turris has revived himself back to streamer status.  Juuse Saros has started poorly but I’m not losing faith.


Hold: Hall, Hughes, Hischier, Palmieri, Subban

Stream: Blackwood, Gusev, Coleman, Vatanen, Simmonds, Zacha, Severson

This is easy for me.  MacKenzie Blackwood is an okay gamble if you need goaltending help, but the rest are clear holds or streamers.


Hold: Barzal, Nelson, Lee, Toews, Greiss, Varlamov

Stream: Beauvillier, Bailey, Eberle, Leddy, Pulock

I like both goalies a lot in Trotz’ system so I’m holding both.  I think Brock Nelson is doing enough to be held as well.  The rest is easy.


Hold: Zibanejad, Panarin, Kakko, Kreider,  Trouba, DeAngelo, Lundqvist

Stream: Buchnevich, Georgiev

Hank is doing just enough to be a hold in my opinion, but I wouldn’t fault anyone who cut him.  Tony Dogs, a.k.a. Tony DeAngelo has done enough lately to be a hold.  I’m giving Kappo Kakko a little bit more time.  The rest is easy, even if Zibanejad misses some time.


Hold: Tkachuk, Namestnikov, Chabot

Stream: Pageau, Zaitsev, Nilsson

Vladislav Namestnikov has been good enough in his time in Ottawa to be a hold.  The minutes are great and the points are coming.  I never thought I’d recommend Nikita Zaitsev or Anders Nilsson, but if you need hits/blocks or save percentage, these guys should help.


Hold: Giroux, Couturier, Konecny, Voracek, JVR, Provorov, Gostisbehere, Hart

Stream: Lindblom, Hayes, Niskanen

There are a few guys up for debate here.  On the bright side, James van Riemsdyk is well over four shots per game so I’m holding.  Shayne Gostisbhere I am giving a little more time, but I am fine with cutting him.  Kevin Hayes has good numbers so far, but he’s on the third line at the moment so I’m not holding.  Oskar Lindblom has moved into elite streamer status at this point.


Hold: Crosby, Guentzel, Hornqvist, Malkin, Letang, Schultz, Murray

Stream: Bjugstad, Rust, Simon, McCann

Easy one for me, not much to talk about.


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

Stream: Jones, Marleau, Dell

I’m giving Timo Meier a little bit more time. Kevin Labanc has made a big jump in shot rate making him an easy hold in my mind.  I’ve always been a Martin Jones hater and I’ve seen nothing to this point that makes me think I was wrong.


Hold: Schenn, Tarasenko, Schwartz, RoR, Perron, Pietrangelo, Binnington

Stream: Thomas, Parayko, Dunn, Faulk

I don’t love any of these secondary defensemen on the team.  I wouldn’t hold them, but I wouldn’t be angry if someone told me they wanted to hold one of these three.  Jaden Schwartz is in the AAGNOF range but he’s done enough to be held for now


Hold: Kucherov, Stamkos, Point, Johnson, Hedman, Sergachev, Shattenkirk, Vasilevskiy

Stream: Palat, Killorn, Cirelli, Gourde, McDonagh, McElhinney

The only hold for debate at the moment is Johnson.  He’s on the first power play right now and with Stamkos so I’m holding.  The rest is easdy.


Hold: Matthews, Marner, Tavares, Nylander, Johnsson, Rielly, Barrie, Muzzin, Andersen

Stream: Mikheyev, Kapanen, Kerfoot

My biggest debate was Ilya Mikheyev.  Will he actually keep a top six spot when the Leafs get healthy?  That I’m unsure about.  He’s also getting zero power play time right now which is a bummer, man.  There are enough questions that drop him to a streamer, albeit an elite one.  The rest is easy.


Hold: Pettersson, Boeser, Miller, Horvat, Edler, Hughes, Markstrom

Stream: Ferland, Myers, Demko

Straight forward one from this guy’s perspective


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

Stream: Stastny, Glass, Tuch

Another team with trivial decisions.  Paul Stastny is the biggest question mark, but he’s not doing enough to be an easy hold, especially with Glass breathing down his neck.


Hold: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Backstrom, Oshie, Wilson, Carlson, Holtby

Stream: Vrana, Samsonov

Jakub Vrana is getting closer to a hold by the day.  The rest is easy, even though the goaltending situation is getting closer to a mess.


Hold: Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine, Connor, Ehlers, Morrissey, Pionk, Hellebuyck

Stream: Little

Another easy one for me.  The biggest debate is Neal Pionk, but he’s been very good thus far.  Connor Hellebuyck has exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable.  That said, I’d probably look to sell high.

Three Point Challenge: For those who aren’t familiar, for each Tuesday and Thursday of the season, you can make a pick in the comments section.  That player needs to get 3+ points for you to win.  You cannot take a player in the top 10 in points in the league.  For the first month to six weeks of the season, we will use last season’s top 10 in points.  That means no McDavid, Kucherov, Kane, Draisaitl, Crosby, Marchand, Gaudreau, MacKinnon, Stamkos, or Barkov. Feel free to make your pick any time before 7 PM EST on Tuesday night. Aurelius is on top with 2 correct picks, with Fungazi and Matt on the board with one each.  For Tuesday, I am going to take Brayden Point against the Rangers.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Wednesday recapping the action from the next two nights.  Feel free to ask any questions, give any comments, or leave any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Tbone says:

    Been offered Ovechkin and Rakell for Rantanen and forsberg. was thinking of countering for OV and Skinner but I don’t think he will accept. We use a points system, pretty well rounded. 12 teams start 2C 2LW 2RW 4D short bench. Also been offered Stamkos and Burns for Draisaitl and Matt tkachuk. If I accepted the 2nd offer I would be short at LW with only Forsberg and stamkos (but not if I also accepted the 1st), and I would have to drop either Yandle or Sergachev. Thoughts?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      How does the point system work exactly? In general, I would say no to the first deal fairly easily, probably would do it with Skinner but it’s close, and would lean no on the third one but it’s very close. In general though, I feel fine cutting bait with Yandle with short benches if there are better alternatives. Let me know your point system and I’ll give you a definite answer

  2. Rich says:

    Great article, as always. A word of caution: Dylan Strome was dropped to the 4th line temporarily to send a message, last night he had three points and was back on the PP and playing with DeBrincat. He shouldn’t be dropped.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Of course I wrote up the first half earlier yesterday before I got a chance to watch all of those games. Definitely should be holding Strome, thanks for bringing it up.

  3. WalleyWorld says:

    Hello again Viz. Another dynasty league question for you. What is the outlook for Henrick Borgtrom? Someone in my 14 team league just dropped him for Nick Paul. Is Borgstrom worth grabbing over someone who I currently roster, like a Tage Thompson, Robby Fabbri, or Alex Formenton? Always looking for the next big thing and I thought Borgstrom was highly touted and a former first round pick. Thanks for any help!

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      I still like him plenty long term, but this is definitely frustrating. I figured he’d be playing for the Panthers right now instead of in the AHL. I think I prefer him to Fabbri at this point. I loved Fabbri coming up, but he is a shell of himself since his ACL tear

  4. Shitwolf says:

    this list is great! I love reading your content. I got offered Patrick Kane and Pietrangelo for my letang amd rantanen… should I do it?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Thanks buddy, appreciate you. Hope all is well. I would probably pass, Letang is an animal right now given the weak Pittsburgh blue line and Rantanen shouldn’t be out that long. Pietrangelo is so much worse than these other guys that he barely moves the needle, and Kane isn’t enough for the other two

  5. Fungazi 2.0 says:

    Pastrnak for 3 pnt!

  6. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:

    18 team dynasty, can own goalies from at most 2 real life teams in active slots, i have dubs and kuemper. dubs in IR+ slot for now and in the short term have been streaming ullmark and others. somebody just dropped hutton, guessing dubs is easy drop for him right?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Oh yeah for sure, Hutton is playing extremely well at the moment

  7. toolshed says:

    You mention a little concern about aho. Do you see anything different in him this year since he isnt scoring as much? His sh% is way down and 2 of his goals were empty net. He has 6 points over his last 8 games. Do you think he will pick it up? I’ve read by other sources that he is a buy low.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Nothing has changed, I’ve been saying the same to you every week, Aho will be fine. The shot rate is even better than last season, the goals will come. He’s a great buy low candidate if his owner is dumb enough to move him

  8. toolshed says:

    Dermott is may be back tonight. What do you think of him as far as upside goes this year? I know he may get eased in early to prove he is healthy. Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Don’t see much at all, he’s blocked by Rielly and Barrie

  9. Matt says:

    ESPN 10 Team Rotisserie (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, ATOI, SOG, W, GAA, SV%)

    Start ANY of these goalies? Just looking for W and good GAA, SV%. These are from a couple different teams.

    * Andrei Vasilevskiy @ NYR
    * Frederik Andersen vs. Wash
    * John Gibson vs. WPG
    * Matt Murray @ Phi
    * Brayden Holtby @ Tor (Probably an obvious NO)

    I’ve been very frugal on starts this season. Have a Maximum of 164 and I have 10 currently. Right I’m starting Vas, Andersen, Gibson. I know I will eventually need to pick up the pace.

    Timo Meier for 3-pt. He is due and I own him everywhere.

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Sorry didn’t see this in time, but I would have played Vasilevskiy and Murray. Very good chances of wins, even though it didn’t work out for Tampa.

  10. dontbichetteme says:

    Hey Viz,
    Could use a winger to sub in. Have 2 centers on my bench right now. Couturier and Kadri. Have been subbing in Radulov, Larkin and Atkinson as well. They have all underperformed for me so far. Would you drop any of these guys for
    Van Riemsdyk

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      Svechnikov definitely needs to be owned everywhere. I guess I would drop Atkinson? I’m holding Kadri with Landeskog out and Kadri moving onto the first line

      • Matt says:

        Is this an 8 team league? How is Svechnikov not owned?

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