It’s about time that I update my hold/stream list. In this version, I included all goalies I would use or stream instead of assuming to hold the starting goalies. Additionally, for injured players, I am assuming that they are healthy / worth stashing on an IR spot. I’ll add a select few comments in here, but if you have any specific questions, please ask them in the comments section. Let’s get to it!
Hold: Getzlaf, Terry, Henrique, Shattenkirk, Gibson
Stream: Zegras, Rakell, Lindholm, Drysdale, Fowler
This might be a disservice to Cam Fowler, who is off to a great start in points, but I’m not buying all the way yet. No problem with holding him though, and I prefer him to Lindholm and Drysdale.
Stream: Keller, Crouse, Chychrun, Gostisbehere
Hold: Marchand, Pastrnak, Bergeron, Hall, McAvoy, Swayman, Ullmark
Stream: Coyle, C.Smith, DeBrusk, Coyle, Grzcelyk
Jeremy Swayman is dominating the crease at the moment, but I can see that swinging the other way at some point in the season. In other words, I’m being stubborn on Linus Ullmark because the upside of a Boston goalie is too high.
Hold: Thompson, Olofsson, Dahlin
Stream: Skinner, Cozens, Tuch, Asplund, Mittelstadt, C. Miller
Tage Thompson has shown me enough that he has to be a hold.
Hold: Lindholm, Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Mangiapane, Andersson, Markstrom
Stream: Monahan, Backlund, Coleman, Kylington, Vladar
Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington are both on the fringe. I prefer Andersson because of the power play time.
Hold: Aho, Svechnikov, Teravainen, Trocheck, DeAngelo, Andersen
Stream: Necas, Niederreiter, Staal, Jarvis, Kotkaniemi, Raanta
Hold: Kane, DeBrincat, Jones
Stream: Toews, Dach, Kubalik, Fleury
Hold: Landeskog, Rantanen, MacKinnon, Kadri, Burakovsky, Makar, Toews, Girard, Kuemper
Stream: Compher, Byram
I downgraded Bowen Byram now that Makar, Girard, and Toews are all playing. He can change back to a hold fairly quickly though.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Hold: Bjorkstrand, Laine, Voracek, Jenner, Werenski, Merzlikins
Stream: Sillinger, Domi, Roslovic, Texier, Chinakhov, Bean, Korpisalo
Columbus having this many useful fantasy players is a massive surprise. Boone Jenner won’t sustain this goal rate, but with over three shots per game, I’m holding for the time being.
Hold: Hintz, Benn, Seguin, Robertson, Klingberg, Heiskanen, Holtby
Stream: Pavelski, Radulov, Suter, Khudobin, Oettinger
I have no problem holding Joe Pavelski now that Robertson is back. I’m worried about the minutes being down, as well as the shot rate.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Hold: Larkin, Bertuzzi, Raymond, Seider
Stream: Fabbri, Suter, Hronek, Leddy, Greiss, Nedeljkovic
Hold: McDavid, Draisaitl, RNH, Hyman, Puljujarvi, Barrie, Nurse, Bouchard, M. Smith
Stream: Yamamoto, Koskinen, Skinner
Hold: Barkov, Huberdeau, Duclair, Bennett, Reinhart, Verhaeghe, Ekblad, Weegar, Forsling, Montour, Bobrovsky, Knight
Stream: Hornqvist, Vatrano, Tippett, Gudas
No strong opinion on any of the defensemen as holds besides Ekblad. Comes down to your team build.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Hold: Kopitar, Arvidsson, Kempe, Iafallo, Doughty, Quick, Petersen
Stream: D. Brown, Danault
I can’t believe the start that Jonathan Quick is having. I’d hold for now, but don’t expect it to last either.
Hold: Kaprizov, Fiala, Eriksson Ek, Foligno, Hartman, Zuccarello, Dumba, Talbot
Stream: Kahkonen, Goligoski, Spurgeon
I have no idea what has gotten into Ryan Hartman, and to a lesser degree, Marcus Foligno. The goal rate is unsustainable for Foligno especially, but the hits and PIM are insane. Hartman’s found shot volume out of nowhere and looks to be the guy who came out of nowhere to become a hold all season.
Hold: Toffoli, Suzuki, Price
Stream: Gallagher, Caufield, Anderson, Dvorak, Petry, Allen
Finally pulling the plug on Jeff Petry. I just don’t get what happened at all.
Hold: Duchene, Forsberg, Granlund, Josi, Saros
Stream: Johansen, Jeannot
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Hold: Hughes, Hischier, Hamilton, Blackwood
Stream: Zacha, Bratt, Tatar, Sherangovich, Mercer, Johnsson, Subban, Severson, Bernier
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Hold: Barzal, Lee, Nelson, Sorokin, Varlamov
Stream: Palmieri, Beauvillier, Pageau, Bailey, Wahlstrom, Pulock
With the Islanders having a pile of home games stacked up, I would expect them to turn things around sooner than later. I bet one or two of the streamers end up holds, but hard to predict with.
NEW YORK RANGERS
Hold: Panarin, Zibanejad, Kreider, Strome, Fox, Shesterkin
Stream: Lafreniere, Kakko, Chytil, Goodrow, Trouba
Can’t remember such a top heavy team in a long time.
Hold: Tkachuk, Batherson, Chabot
Stream: Norris, Stutzle, C. Brown, Zub, Gustavsson
I’m not really sure why Tim Stutzle is off to such a poor start. I still love the talent long term, but I couldn’t hold him right now.
Hold: Giroux, Couturier, Atkinson, Konecny, Ellis, Provorov, Hart
Stream: Farabee, Hayes, Brassard, JVR, Yandle, Ristolainen, M. Jones
After the top two forwards, the rest of the forwards are one jumbled pile. I prefer holding Cam Atkinson and Travis Konecny because of their shot rates, but it’s marginal.
Hold: Crosby, Guentzel, Rust, Malkin, Letang, Jarry
Stream: Carter, Kapanen, Zucker, Rodrigues, DeSmith
ST. LOUIS BLUES
Hold: RoR, Perron, Buchnevich, Kyrou, Tarasenko, Faulk, Krug, Binnington
Stream: Saad, R. Thomas, Parayko
Why can’t you shoot the puck more Robert Thomas? If your league is points based or doesn’t include SOG, he’s an easy hold for those glorious assists.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Hold: Meier, Couture, Hertl, Burns, Karlsson, Reimer
Stream: Labanc, Dahlen
Hold: Schwartz, Eberle, McCann, Gourde, Giordano
Stream: Wennberg, Tanev, Dunn, Grubauer, Driedger
I would have never imagined that Seattle would have the worst goaltending in the league through this point in the season, but here we are. If you want to be stubborn with Philipp Grubauer, I understand it because expected goals wise, Seattle has been the 11th best team defensively. The problem is that Grubauer and Driedger have given up more than one goal above expected per game. Woof. They’re good enough to turn it around, but right now, it’s ugly.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Hold: Kucherov, Point, Stamkos, Killorn, Cirelli, Hedman, Vasilevskiy
Stream: Palat, Barre-Boulet, Sergachev, McDonagh
I honestly had no clue Alex Killorn was at a point per game until I did some digging for this post. While he’s due for some shooting regression, his bigger role due to injuries should help counteract that a bit.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Hold: Matthews, Marner, Nylander, Tavares, Rielly, Campbell
Stream: Bunting, Spezza, Kerfoot, Sandin, Muzzin, Brodie, Mrazek
Hold: Pettersson, Boeser, Miller, Horvat, Garland, Hughes, Demko
Stream: Hoglander, OEL, Halak
A lot of this is stubbornness with these players. There’s too much of a track record for all of these holds for me to panic yet outside of Conor Garland, who has turned it around nicely lately with a ton of shots and more minutes.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Hold: Stone, Pacioretty, Marchessault, Stephenson, Pietrangelo, Theodore, Lehner
Stream: Dadonov, R. Smith, Karlsson, Roy, Brossoit
With Max Pacioretty set to return shortly, I’m buying Chandler Stephenson more than I was. I still don’t love him as a hold, but I think there’s just enough.
Hold: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Wilson, Backstrom, Oshie, Carlson, Samsonov, Vanecek
Stream: Sheary, Sprong, Orlov
I think both goalies have done enough to be held for the time being.
Hold: Scheifele, Connor, Ehlers, Wheeler, Dubois, Copp, Morrissey, Schmidt, Pionk, Hellebuyck
Stream: Svechnikov, Lowry, Comrie
Three Point Challenge: We’ll do it for Wednesday’s games due to the schedule this week. Through the end of the month, we’ll go with last year’s top 10, and then in December we’ll change. That means no McDavid, Draisaitl, Marchand, Kane, Marner, Matthews, Rantanen, MacKinnon, Scheifele, and Crosby. Fungazi remains the only one on the leaderboard. I’ll go with Jake Guentzel against the Canucks.
That’s all for now guys. With it being Thanksgiving, there are no games on Thursday, so I’ll be back on Monday with a big recap of the weekend. As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading and enjoy your Thanksgiving, take care!