I hope that all Razzballers had a great festive period!  It’s time for an updated hold/stream list, so I’m going to get right to it!

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Hold: Getzlaf, Gibson, Fowler

Stream: Rakell, Silfverberg, Lindholm, Kase

Rickard Rakell is right on the fringe, but he has missed the last three games.  He’s not good enough that he’s a must hold, so I cut him on one of my teams.  I will probably look to stream him when he returns, but if someone else picks him up, it’s not the end of the world.  Cam Fowler is super boring but he’s doing just enough to be a bottom end hold.

ARIZONA COYOTES

Hold: Hall, Kessel, Keller, Schmaltz, Raanta, Kuemper

Stream: Dvorak, Chychrun, OEL

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrun are viable holds depending on team builds.  I slightly prefer OEL because he’s had bad shooting luck while Chychrun has been fortunate, but I don’t mind gambling on Chychrun’s upside.

BOSTON BRUINS

Hold: Pastrnak, Marchand, Bergeron, Krug, Rask

Stream: Krejci, Halak

Torey Krug is on IR and we haven’t received much of an update on his health.  Throw him on IR for now, but if you’re in a numbers crunch, I’d probably hold out for a couple days until we get an update.  David Krejci stopped shooting lately so he’s back to streaming.

BUFFALO SABRES

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

Stream: Ristolainen

Jeff Skinner is out for 3-4 weeks depleting an extremely thin forwards corps.  This team is a mess right now outside of the top guys.

CALGARY FLAMES

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

Stream: None

Very straight-forward, nothing really to see here.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

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

Stream: Niederreiter

Nino Niederreiter has been reunited with Aho and Teravainen making him as good of a streamer as anybody right now.  The minutes aren’t as high as I would hope for, but he does have a point in four straight.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Hold: Kane, DeBrincat, Toews, Lehner

Stream: Strome, Kubalik, Gustafsson

Chicago is shuffling their lines constantly which is hurting Dylan Strome.  For now, he’s in that Krejci category where he can be a hold based on team needs but it’s far from automatic.

COLORADO AVALANCHE

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

Stream: Burakovsky, Donskoi

Very straight-forward team now that they are healthy.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Hold: Dubois, Werenski, Jones, Korpisalo

Stream: Nyquist, Bjorkstrand, Atkinson

Credit to Joonas Korpisalo to working his way into a hold.  However, he did leave the game during the shooting on Sunday leading to an epic Torts rant that everyone has to see.  Here’s to hoping it’s not serious.  Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson are both guys worthy of your IR spots, but they aren’t worth holding if you don’t have them.

DALLAS STARS

Hold: Seguin, Radulov, Heiskanen, Bishop

Stream: Benn, Klingberg, Pavelski, Khudobin

It’s reached the point where it’s simply not worth holding Jamie Benn or John Klingberg anymore.  They’ve shown no sign of turning things around.  Obviously they’re talented enough for that to change, but we’re to the halfway point of the season.  It’s time to look elsewhere.

DETROIT RED WINGS

Hold: Larkin, Bertuzzi, Mantha, Hronek

Stream: Fabbri

Honestly, I don’t feel good about holding even those guys because of the plus-minus, but they’re doing enough in terms of the other categories that they’re probably worth sucking it up for.  Boy, this team is horrific.

EDMONTON OILERS

Hold: McDavid, Draisaitl, Klefbom, Koskinen

Stream: Neal, Nurse, Kassian, RNH

The first three of those streamers can all be held based on team needs.

FLORIDA PANTHERS

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

Stream: Acciari, Connolly, Vatrano

Straight-forward team here, especially now that Barkov, Dadonov, and Huberdeau have been reunited.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Hold: Kopitar, Doughty

Stream: Carter, Toffoli, Brown

I feel better about streaming Tyler Toffoli now that he’s playing with Kopitar.  That said, this is another team I generally don’t want to be using players from.

MINNESOTA WILD

Hold: Suter, Staal

Stream: Parise, Zuccarello

This team is a mess.  I can’t believe how much Mathew Dumba has fallen off; he’s closing in on worthless for fantasy.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

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

Stream: Danault

Another easy team for me.  Phillip Danault is another guy in the Krejci/Strome group.  It’s a shame that Joel Armia suffered an injury that left him week-to-week as he was playing the best hockey of his career.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

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

Stream: Johansen, Jarnkrok, Granlund

Nashville is an extremely difficult team to gauge.  Forsberg, Arvidsson, the defensemen, and Rinne are the only guys I feel confident about.  Matt Duchene looked terrific against Pittsburgh in his last game.  I may be putting too much stock into that, but it’s nudging me towards hold.  I’m still being stubborn with Juuse Saros but I’m fine with letting him go.  Same goes with my stance on Ryan Johansen.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Hold: Palmieri

Stream: Hischier, Hughes, Gusev, Vatanen

Man, there are some truly awful teams right now.  In terms of fantasy, the Devils are approaching a wasteland.  As much as I like the talent of both of those #1 overall picks, it’s hard to want to use them for this season.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Hold: Barzal, Nelson, Pulock, Varlamov, Greiss

Stream: Lee, Beauvillier, Bailey, Eberle, Brassard

Their goalies have had a rough stretch lately, especially Thomas Greiss, but I see no reason to panic.  I’m sure Trotz will get them back to playing boring hockey sooner than later.

NEW YORK RANGERS

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

Stream: Buchenvich, Kakko, Fox, Lundqvist, Georgiev

This has worked into itself being pretty clear at the moment.  Chris Kreider is on a roll and is getting big minutes so that’s shifting him into a hold for me.  On the other end, Kappo Kakko simply hasn’t been good enough to be worth holding anymore.

OTTAWA SENATORS

Hold: Pageau, Tkachuk, Duclair, Chabot

Stream: Namestnikov, C. Brown, Ennis, Tierney

It’s a lot of bottom end streamers, but guys worth considering in a pinch.  With Anders Nilsson down due to a concussion, I don’t have any interest in using a Sens goalie.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Hold: Giroux, Couturier, Konecny, Provorov, Hart

Stream: Voracek, JVR, Hayes

As I talked about recently, Jakub Voracek‘s drop in shot rate puts him in the AAGNOF group even though he’s not a center.  That said, I prefer him the most of those guys while he’s playing with Couturier.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

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

Stream: McCann, Hornqvist

Easy one for me.  I suppose the debate is for goaltending, but Tristan Jarry is rolling and the upside for Matt Murray is too high to cut bait yet.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

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

Stream: Labanc

I bumped Timo Meier back to a hold off his hat trick just to see if he can turn the tide and get back on track.  He was a top 50 player last season and I’m not ruling him out going on a big run.  However, I’m skeptical of this entire team as they appear to simply be mediocre.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

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

Stream: Thomas

No hard decisions here.  Jaden Schwartz is one of the biggest risers over the last few weeks.  Ten points in the last five games solidified Schwartz as a hold.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Hold: Kucherov, Stamkos, Point, Killorn, Hedman, Vasilevskiy

Stream: Palat, Cirelli, Shattenkirk, Sergachev

Kevin Shattenkirk has really slowed down after a fast start.  It’s enough for me to drop him to a streamer, but I’m okay with holding him.  Alex Killorn is getting massive minutes right now.  That includes time on the first power play unit so he should be held everywhere for the time being.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

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

Stream: Kapanen, Hyman

This is another easy one.  Tyson Barrie has been revitalized under Keefe to the point where he’s an easy hold.  It’s a shame that Ilya Mikheyev suffered a brutal injury to his wrist (he was cut by a skate) as his rookie season was going strong.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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

Stream: Pearson, Virtanen, Demko

Simple one.  “The Cannon” Jake Virtanen is on fire right now which is enough to include him in the streamer category.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

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

Stream: Stastny, Tuch, Stephenson

Nate Schmidt is right on the fringe after a hot start.  I included Chandler Stephenson in here solely for deep leagues.  Getting to play with Stone and Patches provides enough value there, even without the PP time.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

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

Stream: Eller

I don’t feel great about including T.J. Oshie as a hold, but he’s probably doing just enough to be one.  Tom Wilson fits too many team builds to be considered a streamer.

WINNIPEG JETS

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

Stream: None

Trivial one to wrap things up.

We’ll be doing the Three Point Challenge for Tuesday’s Games.  Reminder that you can’t take anyone in the Top 10 in points, so no McDavid, Draisaitl, Marchand, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Panarin, Eichel, Carlson, Huberdeau, or P. Kane.  I will take Zibanejad against the Oilers.

That’s all for now guys. We’re going to have a bit of a different schedule this week because of New Years.  My next post is going to be on Thursday morning since the only game on Wednesday is the Winter Classic.  Then, I will have another post on Friday right away.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Enjoy New Years Eve, take care!

  1. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Viz, thanks for the update.
    I’ll take Nylander vs Min.
    Happy New Year!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      No problem! Sounds good, good luck, To you as well Surfer Dude!

  2. Goodwill Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    hahaha, yeah torts even forgot his coffee (or hot chocolate, or whatever else might come in a coffee looking cup at tim horton’s, i don’t know i’ve not been in canada but d.foley and that mad TV guy playing canadian gangsters in justified said it was a staple)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Haha yeah there is a Tim Horton’s on basically every corner in Toronto, it’s kind of ridiculous

  3. Shitwolf says:
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    hey man thanks for all your work.
    I really like these lists, but as a suggestion maybe add a catagory of bottom end hold =) and change the name to Butt Holds?

    haha have fun

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Haha thanks Shitwolf, yeah I think you’re right, I’ll break it into three categories next time, or at least tier the holds.

  4. toolshed says:
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    You answered my question about Meier. I got a few more. Giroux has really taken a step back this year (57 point pace). We are about halfway through the yeae, do you think he will pick up the pace? Larkin has struggled too. his shooting percentage is extremely low, so there may be a slight rebound coming, but hes not going to score like he did last year. Would you rather own one of stone or pacioretty and dvorak than Giroux and larkin ros. Dvorak is centering Kessel and hall now. This bbn is a salary cap league (points only). Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I expect it from Giroux, yes, especially if he sticks with Couturier. Sure, Larkin won’t score 80 again this year. Probably would still go Giroux and Larkin, don’t have a ton of faith in Dvorak even with those guys

  5. toolshed says:
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    And do you expect pacioretty to continue scoring at a point per game pace? This is an outlier for him when looking at his career. He amd Giroux are both 31. I was wondering if Giroux’s lack of production may be an age related decline or is it something else. I was hoping he’d hit 80 points again when I chose the spend $8m on him. Thanks

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Crazier things have happened, and getting to play with Stone makes everyone better, but no, I don’t expect this pace to continue

  6. Matt says:
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    10 Team, Rotisserie (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, ATOI, SOG, W, GAA, SV%)

    What are your thoughts on Vincent Trocheck? He is a free agent. I dropped Jamie Benn for Tyer Bertuzzi.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Still like Trocheck plenty as a player, but not getting PP1 time hurts his value. He’s been unlucky in terms of shooting, and he hits all of the secondary stats well, but he’s on the fringe for me at this point.

      Like that switch.

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