We’re six weeks into the season now which seems like a good point to update my hold/stream list.  Obviously things can change fairly quickly for some players, but it’s still good to address what has drastically changed since the opening of the season.  Let’s get to it!

Anaheim Ducks

Hold: Getzlaf, Rakell, Gibson

Stream: Silfverberg, Henrique, Fowler

This one seems pretty easy to me.  I thought I’d have Cam Fowler as a hold, but looking closer, there’s just not enough there.  No PIM and just under two shots per game isn’t enough when he’s below a 40 point pace.

Arizona Coyotes;

Hold: Keller, Schmaltz, Keller, OEL, Kuemper

Stream: Garland, Soderberg, Goligoski, Dvorak, Chychrun

If you need assists, I can see holding Alex Goligoski.  Phil Kessel has been very unlucky so far and is a nice trade target.

Stream:

Boston Bruins – Hold: Marchand, Pastrnak, Bergeron, Krug, Rask

Stream: Krejci, Coyle, Heinen, Halak

This one is straight forward.  In deep leagues, you can stream Matt Grzelcyk while Krug is out as he’s taking his spot on the top power play unit.

Buffalo Sabres

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

Stream: Johansson, Ristolainen, Ullmark

I am right on the fringe for Victor Olofsson.  My plan was to have him as a streamer, but his shot rate has been increasing the last couple weeks which is encouraging.  The minutes are there so I’m giving him a little more time.

Calgary Flames

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

Stream: Backlund, Andersson

Another easy one.  In deep leagues, I really like Rasmus Andersson.  He’s on the first pair after Brodie’s frightening incident and getting PP time.  I don’t even mind grabbing in the short term in a 12’er if you need the help.

Carolina Hurricanes

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

Stream: Niederreiter, Dzingel, Necas, Haula

Nothing to really add here.

Chicago Blackhawks

Hold: Kane, DeBrincat, Strome, Gustafsson, Lehner

Stream: Nylander, Toews, Saad, Dach, Shaw, Kubalik, Keith, Crawford

The controversial one here is Erik Gustafsson.  On the face, it looks ridiculous to keep holding him.  However, he’s back on the first pair and first power play unit, resulting in two goals over the last three games.  I don’t love it, but he could go on a very productive run again so I’m being a bit stubborn and still holding him.

Colorado Avalanche

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

Stream: Burakovsky, Johnson

Obviously a bunch of these guys are out, although Philipp Grubauer appears to be returning soon.  We don’t know the severity of Matt Calvert‘s injury yet, but if he’s out, whoever goes on the first line in his place will be an elite streamer.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Hold: Dubois, Atkinson, Jones, Werenski

Stream: Nyquist, Foligno, Bjorkstrand, Korpisalo

Straight forward.

Dallas Stars

Hold: Seguin, Radulov, Benn, Heiskanen, Klingberg, Bishop

Stream: Pavelski, Hintz, Gurianov, Khudovin

Jamie Benn is starting to show signs of life so I’m giving him a bit more time.  I could easily have moved Joe Pavelski to a hold as he’s also getting back on track.  If you don’t have IR spots, I’m fine with dropping John Klingberg.

Detroit Red Wings

Hold: Larkin, Mantha, Bertuzzi, Hronek

Stream: Athanasiou, Fabbri, Howard

Easy one.  Andreas Athanasiou is back to elite streamer as he’s been playing some great hockey lately.  The arrival of Robby Fabbri has helped the second line tremendously.

Edmonton Oilers

Hold: McDavid, Draisaitl, Klefbom, Koskinen, Smith

Stream: RNH, Neal, Kassian, Nurse

Edmonton is one of the most interesting ones in that you can go one way or the other on a bunch of guys depending on team needs.  If you need the PIM help, you can easily hold Zack Kassian or Darnell Nurse, but you know Kassian is going to be poor in shots and these points are unsustainable.  James Neal should be a good power play source, but he’s been really bad at even strength lately and has fallen off in general.  Both goalies are getting half the starts and have been very good so I’d lean towards holding both for now.

Florida Panthers

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

Stream: Connolly, Vatrano

Nothing to really debate here.

Los Angeles Kings

Hold: Kopitar, Doughty

Stream: Brown, Iafallo, Walker, Carter, Quick, Campbell

The Kings list is trivial.

Minnesota Wild

Hold: Staal, Dumba, Spurgeon,

Stream: Zucker, Parise, Suter, Hunt, Zuccarello, Dubnyk

I’ve finally cut bait with Ryan Suter.  The plus-minus is now bad and the shot rate has plummeted.  I was down on Devan Dubnyk going into the season, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad.  He belongs on the waiver wire.

Montreal Canadiens

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

Stream: Danault, Armia

Personally, Phillip Danault‘s shot rate is so poor that I can’t consider holding him.  However, the rest of the top Montreal forwards are holds for me right now.  Same goes with Jeff Petry as he’s been decent enough this season and there’s big upside if (when?) Weber gets injured.

Nashville Predators

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

Stream: Johansen, Bonino, Jarnkrok, Saros

If you need the PIM and PPP, Ryan Johansen is a fine hold.  Regular Razzball readers know how I feel about his lack of shots and consequently, lack of goals.  I’m not buying the start from Nick Bonino, but he has to be streamed at this point.

New Jersey Devils

Hold: Hall, Palmieri, Hughes, Hischier, Subban, Blackwood

Stream: Simmonds, Gusev, Vatanen, Bratt, Coleman, Zacha

The Devils are loaded with bottom end streamer.  I’m giving the two former #1 draft picks that are centers the benefit of the doubt here.  It’s bottom end right now, but there’s no denying the upside.  It is nice to see MacKenzie Blackwood get the majority of starts.  While I did have some early season whiffs in my goaltending rankings, being extremely low on Cory Schneider was certainly not one of them.

New York Islanders

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

Stream: Eberle, Bailey, Brassard, Beauvillier

This one seems pretty easy to me.  Anders Lee is probably the closest decision, but I’m giving him a little bit more time.  His track record is too good to cut him yet, including last season in the post-Tavares Islanders era.

New York Rangers

Hold: Panarin, Strome, Zibanejad, Kakko, Trouba, DeAngelo

Stream: Buchnevich, Kreider, Chytil, Fox, Lundqvist, Georgiev

You can go either way with Chris Kreider depending on if you need the PIM or not.  Same goes with Pavel Buchnevich as he’s fallen into AAGNOF territory.  Filip Chytil is on a tear since his recall, but once Zibanejad returns, his role could be in trouble.  That said, he’s looking strong as a dynasty option.  Also, time to pat myself on the back for my guy Tony DeAngelo!

Ottawa Senators

Hold: Tkachuk, Pageau, Chabot

Stream: Duclair, Namestnikov, C. Brown, Paul, Nilsson

In decent matchups, I’d feel pretty good about using Anders Nilsson at home.  I really wish they would give Jean-Gabriel Pageau power play time, but he’s killing it right now so I leaned towards hold.  Vladislav Namestnikov has stopped shooting the puck and has lost ice time as a result so he’s nowhere near a hold right now like he was a couple weeks ago.

Philadelphia Flyers

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

Stream: Lindblom, JVR, Hayes, Gostisbehere, Elliott

The holds are all automatic.  Oskar Lindblom has certainly played well enough to be a hold to this point but I still prefer to stream him.  That line’s shooting percentage has regression coming.  On the other hand, James van Riemsdyk is getting a bit unlucky and is over three shots per game so I could see him playing his way back into a hold sooner than later.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Hold: Malkin, Crosby, Guentzel, Rust, Letang, Murray

Stream: Hornqvist, Bjugstad, McCann, Galchenyuk, Schultz

With Crosby going down, Bryan Rust looks to be the beneficiary.  Getting to play with Guentzel and Malkin as the first line is excellent.  We could see a breakout month for Rust.

San Jose Sharks

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

Stream: Labanc, Marleau, Thornton, Goodrow, Jones

Kevin Labanc is a very tough decision for me.  DeBoer switching the top two centers has really revitalized their top six.  Labanc’s shot rate has jumped as has the PIM, but that plus-minus is brutal.  You can honestly go either way and I wouldn’t quibble, but I lean towards elite streamer.  The rest is easy.

St. Louis Blues

Hold: Perron, O’Reilly, Schenn, Pietrangelo, Binnington

Stream: Schwartz, Parayko

Jaden Schwartz is looking like a pure AAGNOF, although I’d rate him ahead of most of the other ones like Buchnevich.  No debate otherwise.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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

Stream: Johnson, Killorn, Palat, Gourde, Cirelli

Mikhail Sergachev is on the fence, but I think he’s doing enough with the penalty minutes to be held.  The shot rate for all of the guys listed as streamers is what keeps them in that category.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Hold: Matthews, Tavares, Marner, Nylander, Rielly, Andersen

Stream: Johnsson, Kapanen, Mikheyev, Muzzin, Barrie

The Tyson Barrie situation couldn’t be going worse so far.  The shot rate is there, but he has zero goals and looks to be lacking confidence.  There is some talk that he’s asked to be traded, but regardless, I’m not holding him anymore.  Jake Muzzin could be held if you need the PIM, but getting 0 PPP makes me want to leave him on the wire.

Vancouver Canucks

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

Stream: Pearson, Gaudette, Virtanen, Demko

Easy one here.

Vegas Golden Knights

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

Stream: Stastny, Glass, Tuch, Theodore

I’ve lost patience with Shea Theodore.  The shot rate is nice, but Schmidt’s return has hurt him a decent amount.  I’m okay with holding him, but I lean towards moving on.

Washington Capitals

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

Stream: None?

It’s weird to say that they don’t have a streamer, but it’s bleak outside of their top six.  I guess you could say Lars Eller or Michal Kempny, but neither really appeals to me.  Holtby is uninspiring but I think he still needs to be held.

Winnipeg Jets

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

Stream: Roslovic, Copp

An easy one to close up shop.

I will edit in the Three Point Challenge information later, but we will be doing it for Tuesday night’s games.

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

  1. toolshed says:
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    Giroux is off to a slow start. Do you expect him to pick up the pace a little? He has been reliable over the last couple of years for a bunch of assists / points. Right now 13 points in 20 games has him on a 50 point full season pace, not what I was expecting. Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Yeah he should be fine, no reason to expect a big drop off.

  2. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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    Hey Viz, in my league (G (4 points)/A (2) /PIM (0.5)/PPG (1.5)/ PPA (1)/SHG (3)/SHA(2)/FOW (0.1)/FOL (-0.1)/HAT (5)/SOG (0.4)/HIT (0.2)/BLK (0.4)) is Lemieux worth anything? My league is kinda deep and he likes to beat people up, but nobody talks about him, so I dont know.
    Also Gusev, hes getting better, TOI is still erratic, but worth a bet?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      He’s at least getting PP2 time right now which is something. There is always the chance he loses his mind and gets a ton of PIM so there is some value there with the hits, but it’s hard to see him having more than 30 points. You could do worse than him, but I can’t see the offense breaking out to the point where he’s very valuable.

      I’ve been down on Gusev from the beginning and remain so. The Devils are getting killed whenever he’s on the ice, and he doesn’t get any hits or blocks which hurts in your format. The only reason his plus-minus isn’t a disaster is that the Devils are shooting 13.6% when he’s on the ice, which is completely unsustainable. It depends what else is out there, but odds are I would pass on him.

  3. DTW313 says:
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    12 team league, 3 d spots. (G, A, P, +/-, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG)

    Is Nate Schmidt holdable? I picked him up last night for a stream and he rewarded me with 4 ASSISTS! 2 goals, 5 assists in 10 games, nothing on the PP or SH, but 23 shots to go with that production while logging 20 minutes a night.

    Only other names out there are Barrie, Edler, Petry, Slavin and Fowler.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      This post is a hold / stream list, he’s listed as a hold above… I think the middle 3 are also holds, although without PIM Edler is iffy. I think I prefer Schmidt the most of those guys.

  4. Matt says:
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    Viz

    Are all of your holds, players you would rather own over guys you would stream? Example: I own Lundqvist as a 4th goalie on one of my teams. You have Robin Lehner as a hold. Lehner is a FA currently. Should I grab Lehner? Or should I just stream Lundqvist because I don’t depend on him to be my main goalie (Anderson, Grubauer, Murray)

    Werenski over Ghost Bear?
    Slavin/Gusafsson over Sergachev?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      This is an interesting debate. I still think I would rather hold Lehner for his starts than Hank’s, but you don’t really need to hold either given the quality of your other goalies (at least when Grubauer is back). There are only a few teams I’d want to play Lundqvist against at this point where I feel more comfortable with Lehner, especially for save percentage. In other words, I’d probably grab Lehner because he’s an even better streamer than Lundqvist is.

      Yes, I don’t think this one is close anymore. Ghost is just lost and Werenski is being counted on more offensively.

      These three are all in the same tier and depends on what you’re looking for. I really wish Slavin was on PP2, he’d be a great option, but no PP time is going to hurt him eventually. I guess I would still hold Sergachev, although his upside is capped with Hedman and Shattenkirk in his way.

      • Matt says:
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        Kucherov for 3-point

  5. toolshed says:
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    Do you think schmidt get more points than schultz rest of season. He is playing on pp1. I am in need of a 4th def and I havent had much luck with the guys I own. I only have so much to spend. The other guys in my budget are goligoski and kempney who has value b/c he is paired with carlson and his team leads the league in goals scored. Thanks

    • toolshed says:
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      I am only looking at goals and assists.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I would lean towards Schmidt being the best out of those 4 with Schultz next, then Gogo and Kempny last. Lack of PP time eventually kills defensemen

  6. Gerald says:
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    VIz , Corey schneider went on waivers. i doubt anyone picks him up do you think a team does?
    Thoughts on PK subban , do you think he’s still adjusting to a new team. Seems to be starting off slow so far this year.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Definitely not, he’s completely shot.

      Subban doesn’t look good, last year’s drop off looks like it’s who he is now. I still think it can be better, but I don’t love him going forward

  7. ashtray says:
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    One of the best fantasy articles out there. Thanks.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Appreciate that a lot, thank you!

  8. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    p.bergeron for 3 pt tuesday if he’s legal.

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