Semyon Varlamov missed Saturday’s game because of taking a shot to the jaw in warmups.  The good news is that he was back on Monday, and the better news is that he did exactly what he did in the season opener: get a shutout.  Varlamov stopped all 27 shots he faced against Boston to become only the 14th player ever to open the season with two shutouts.  I can’t imagine you’d get a good enough return for Varlamov, so for now, ride the good wave and hope it continues.  With how the Islanders play hockey, Varlamov should still put up good numbers despite the difficult division.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Monday night:

Tuukka Rask – 16 saves on 17 shots as the tough luck loser.  He won’t get the volume of the other top goalies, but on a per-game basis, Rask will be as good as anyone.

Oliver Bjorkstrand – Goal and an assist with five shots and 15 PIM.  My man!  A Razzball favorite, Bjorkstrand set a career high in penalty minutes in a season… in one game!  Don’t expect more PIM, but the shot rate will be elite and the goals will come.

Bobby Ryan– Two goals on three shots with 17 PIM.  He got into it with Bjorkstrand at the end of the game.  Unbelievably, Ryan has three goals in his first two games in Detroit.  I’m not buying in, but he does have two games with Chicago on the horizon where I’d consider streaming him.

Sam Reinhart – Two goals on six shots.  Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall each had three assists on the night.  Since Reinhart moved to the top line, they’ve been completely unstoppable.  Not having to deal with Couts made life easy on them.  I doubt Reinhart is available anywhere, but grab him if he is.  I expect that these three stay together for the foreseeable future.

Curtis Lazar – Two goals.  And there’s your annual Lazar update!

Carter Hutton – 21 saves on 22 shots in the 6-1 win over the Flyers.  Linus Ullmark was unavailable due to a personal issue.  Krueger said he would give more information tomorrow, but until then, it’s best to just wait and see what the news is.

Frederik Andersen – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 3-1 win over the Jets.  Andersen needed this game after a rough start to the season.  The GAA is going to be below average, but the wins should be great.

Mitch Marner – Two goals on three shots playing over 24 minutes.  The minutes are absolutely insane for Marner right now.  If that lasts, I wouldn’t be shocked if he finished in the top ten in points, if not top five.  You couldn’t get one more point for me to hit the Three Point Challenge on the first try!?

Justin Holl – Two assists with two PIM.  With Holl locked into the top four, he’s not a bad option in deep leagues with his hits and blocks.  He’ll stumble into a decent number of points just by being on the ice a lot.

Brent Burns – Goal and two assists with four shots playing over 28 minutes.  Brent Burns doing Brent Burns things!  With his workload, I think we see him bounce back up to closer to his norms, unlike last season.

Logan Couture – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  He’s the one stud that hasn’t got big minutes yet, but it’s only a matter of time.  There’s real upside here.

Tomas Hertl – Two assists with two PIM.  It’s mostly been due to the power play, but Hertl has six points already in three games.  The Sharks are going to be playing plenty of high scoring games so we could see Hertl reach a point per game for the first time.

Kevin Labanc – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  Labanc is a middling streamer in his current role.

Justin Faulk – Two goals on eight shots with two PIM.  I haven’t been a fan of Faulk’s in fantasy for years and I’m not expecting that to change this season.

Colton Parayko – Two assists with three shots.  The shot rate should be decent for Parayko, but that’s about it.  I don’t see much upside here so I’m staying away.

Jordan Kyrou – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I really like what I’ve seen from Kyrou in the early going.  He’s a decent streamer for now, but that could improve with more ice time.

Vincent Trocheck – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  I’m encouraged by Trocheck playing over 19 minutes.  He was a top 50 player in Florida at one point, and it wouldn’t shock me if he got back to that level.  He should be owned everywhere.

Sebastian Aho – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Aho has done exactly what is expected in the early going.

Andrei Svechnikov – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM.  He’s scored a goal in every game so far as Svechnikov looks on track for the massive season I’ve been predicting, and I’m far from the only one.

Viktor Arvidsson – Goal and an assist with three shots.  I expect him to be a bottom end hold with upside from there.

Johnny Gauderau – Goal and an assist.  Nice start from Gaudreau who has a point in every game.

Sean Monahan – Two assists with three shots.  Same story as Gaudreau, but I’m still expecting to be solid, yet unspectacular.

Jake Allen – 25 saves on 26 shots in the 3-1 win over the Oilers.  Nice debut in Montreal for Allen who can be streamed in most matchups.

John Gibson – 34 save shutout in the 1-0 win over the Wild.  Gibson had one awful game against Vegas while he had two other great starts.  With how their division is looking, I’m expecting a bit of a roller coaster for Gibson.  He’s a great goalie, but he’s only as good as the team in front of him.  Gibson could end up being a #1 or #2 and it’s hard to say which happens.

Cam Talbot – 26 saves on 27 shots as the tough luck loser.  I regret not ranking Talbot even higher than I did.  It’s only been decent against the Kings and the Ducks so far, but I think he’ll end up being a middling #2.

Reilly Smith – Two goals on three shots.  Since going to Vegas, Smith has been on the fringe of bottom end hold and elite streamer, shifting more towards bottom end hold.  I see no reason to expect a change.

Chandler Stephenson – Goal and an assist.  He’s an okay streamer while with Patches and Stone, but the shot rate stinks and the power play time isn’t good enough.

Three Point Challenge: Nobody got it on Monday night.  Feel free to make a pick in the comments section below for a player to get three points on Monday night.  It can’t be anyone in the Top 10 in points.  From now, we will use last season’s top 10, so that means no Draisaitl, McDavid, Panarin, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Marchand, Kucherov, P. Kane, Matthews, Huberdeau, or Eichel.  I’m going to take Mikko Rantanen against Los Angeles.

Tuesday Streamers:

Pavel Buchnevich, Grigorenko again (get that back to back!), Paul Stastny

Wednesday Streamers: Jordan KyrouZach HymanDominik Kahun

That’s all for now guys.  Depending on the action tomorrow, I may have a post on Wednesday, but more than likely, I will wait until Thursday.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    ovechkin 3 pt

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good!

  2. Jp says:
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    Hi Viz!
    Great updates!
    In a 6 teams points only (G,A,+/-, PPP, SOG, BLK).
    ROS Bjorkstrand, Reinhart or Ehlers?
    And when it comes to Ds, Pionk or Petry?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hmm, this is a tough one. Very slight lean to Bjorkstrand over Reinhart, with Ehlers in third because he doesn’t get the PP time that the others do. I just like the shots Bjorkstrand provides.

      Give me Petry as Pionk has already been replaced on PP1. Pionk has more upside if he gets that back, but right now he doesn’t go grab Petry.

  3. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Barkov for 3 pnt

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good!

  4. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Drop DeAngelo for Romanov, Shattenkirk, or Ty Smith? Coach Quinn obviously isn’t a fan of his antics.

    • Djdelman says:
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      Upside and stats wise I like romanov. Contributes well in all categories though shattebkirk would be playing the most.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’m waiting to see if DeAngelo comes back in after tonight’s game, after all, DeAngelo did thrive under Quinn last season. If you really want to make the move now, depends on your categories. Lean Shattenkirk but could easily go Romanov

      • BringDaRuckus says:
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        Thanks Viz, just read he’s a “healthy scratch” again tonight. I may give it another day or two before making a move.

  5. Djdelman says:
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    Great write up as always. One of the rarer ones that wrote about holl. Speaking of Toronto blue liners, who do you think has the most fantasy upside (7 cats: g, a, pp, fow, sog, hits, blocks), brodie, holl or muzzin.

    Currently have muzzin for hits and blocks but thinking about dropping for either romanov, rasmunsson, maybe Martinez. Then again Toronto though. Appreciate it as always

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Meh, I don’t really like any of the depth Toronto blueliners. I would go with Martinez over all of the guys mentioned in that format.

  6. Djdelman says:
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    Kyle Connor 3 pt. Bias says barkov (own him in fantasy) but oh well

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Sounds good!

  7. Saints says:
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    Hay viz great stuff as usual,
    Wanted to take MacKinnon first than i saw hes blocked next intention was Rantanen than i saw you took him 😀 So i will go with my Guy Scheifele 😉 Could need 3 points from both 😀

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      So close with 2 points! Thought you had a good chance of getting it when it went to OT

  8. Gerald says:
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    man i wish i owned blackwood in a league lol

    Goals assists points plus minus PPP Shorthanded points GWG Hits league

    drop nelson for trochek?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Haha I hear you on Blackwood, although it’s still very early. Man, that’s a tough one. I kind of lean Trocheck but I don’t feel great about it. DeSmith came in relief in one of the games, but it’s a fair point. I’m still leaning Jarry for now but it’s a short leash

  9. Gerald says:
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    jarry is concerning Desmith has had the last 3 starts. Would you pick up Desmith and drop jarry?

  10. Will Graham says:
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    Hey there Viz,

    I’m a relative newbie to Fantasy Hockey, but I’m all in this year and really enjoy your write-ups.

    I’m looking for some help with my goalies.

    I play in a 12 team H2H points league and we can only roster 3 goalies.

    My top 2 goalies are T Rask and Shesterkin and I’ve got Halak on the bench. Am I better off with any of the following?

    Demko
    Rinne
    Quick
    M Jones
    Driedger
    Vanacek
    Raanta
    Greiss
    Reimer
    Bernier

    Or any other fliers?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Hey Will, glad to have someone new into fantasy hockey! Thanks a lot for the compliments, it’s appreciated.

      I would probably hold with what you have. Halak and Demko are close, but considering you have Rask, I like the idea of having both Boston goalies. Igor should take control of the Rangers crease soon enough, and I don’t see any of the other free agents available being worth it. I think you’re doing the right thing with what you have.

  11. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    20 team dynasty gotta drop somebody as i want to call up kyrou again. could add wahlstrom or chmelevksi to prospect list while doing (but those NA guys eventually have to come up or go to that). mccann/johnsson doing little so far (mccann some assists, not doing faceoffs anymore, johnsson on better line, but minutes snapped off along with gusev yesterday but not zacha)

    hits/blocks/shots/PPP/SHP/faceoffs added.
    C (4): steel, ROR, henrique (LW), r-joey, mccann (LW)
    LW (4): sanford (hits at least and STL is balancing lines, goof for schenn, bad for rob thomas), schwartz, hoffman (RW), marchessault (C), a.johnsson (RW)
    RW (4): rob thomas (C), comtois (LW), fiala (LW, not worried about him and his 2 hits/6 shots per game and PIMs and minutes too, am pissed rask is their top line center i’d rather any of bjugstad/bonino/EK be doing that), schenn (C),
    D (6): parayko, krug, dumoulin, c.murphy, edmundson, gudas, severson
    G (as many as you want from one real life team up to one from a 2nd, 1): binnington, koskinen
    IR/IR+: senko, vantanen
    NA: tomasino, kostin, perunovich (prospect list elig till 100/50 season games played skater/goalie)
    prospect list (5): j.robertson (LW DAL), harley (D DAL), husso, c.petersen, kyrou (been sending up and down can leave up and/or nab others to stash too)

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I think it’s McCann, could make the case for Johnsson but there’s next to no chance McCann gets back in the top six and no faceofs hirts

  12. Peter Parker says:
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    Good morning Viz! I am looking to potentially replace either Dylan Strome and/or Nikita Gusev. (Gusev looks like he got benched last night.). I like to strike early before the next fantasy stud emerges. Last season I dropped Eric Staal early for Victor Olofsson… which guy here is this season’s Olofsson? With that said, a few surprises have me intrigued… who do you like for top line minutes and PP1 time:

    Yegor Sharangovich
    Oskar Lindblom (I’d be all over him if he had any PP time)
    Dominik Kubalikv(Just a matter of time before he gets PP1 time?)
    Carter Verhaeghe (Just a matter of time before he gets PP1 time?)
    Drake Batherson (Boy he shoots alot!!!)
    Alexandre Texier
    Emil Bemstrom
    Alex Iafallo (Will he ever break out? This is his 4th year)

    Thank you for any advice!!!

    • Viz

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      Batherson is my favorite of this group, then probably Kubalik but could make the case for Texier. Despite the big game last night, Kubalik still played only 14 minutes in an OT game, so for whatever reason, his role just isn’t there right now. It could change, but idk how much better it will get. Wouldn’t even consider anyone else you listed, don’t think they’re close.

      • Peter Parker says:
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        Thanks Viz! Batherson over Strome and/or Gusev??

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          there are 2 stromes. possibly over gusev.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          I would take Batherson over both assuming you mean Dylan like above

  13. Chris Herman says:
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    Thoughts on Rasmus Andersson?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I’ve been a fan for a while, looks like he’s finally getting more opportunity. He’s worth owning in most formats.

  14. Ben the rhino says:
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    Talbot or Samsonov gaa, sv, sho, w

    • Ben the rhino says:
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      Or shesterkin or sorokin?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I would rank these 4 Igor, Samsonov, Talbot, Sorokin, with the middle two super close. I’m not concerned about Igor at all yet

  15. Fred says:
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    New to fantasy hockey…should I drop cam Atkinson for Bobby Ryan?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      I wouldn’t look to add Ryan, it’s a great story but he’s still only playing 13 minutes a game, he’ll come back to earth soon enough.

  16. No Bueno says:
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    Khudobin + Dumba for Brent Burns and Vanecek. Thoughts? Was considering countering Khudobin for Burns straight up. 16 team keeper league

    G : Fred, Talbot, Khudobin, Geogriev
    D : Letang, Fox, Dumba, Andersson

    • Viz

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      I would consider doing it straight up but wouldn’t do it 2 for 2, I don’t expect Vanecek to be a positive asset over the full season. Depends a bit on your league setup though and how much it’s worth to have 3 good goalies, plus the category distribution.

      • No Bueno says:
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        He just countered back with Burns and Grzelyck for khudobin and dumba. Thoughts? It’s a 16 team h2h points keeper

        Current D: letang, dumba, fox, andersson (start 4)
        G: Fred, Talbot, khudobin, Georgiev (start 2)

        Points: G=2, A=1, PPP=1, SHP=1, PIM=.15, BLK=.15

        Wins = 3, shutout=2, saves=.10, GA=-0.33

        • Viz

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          Hmm, that’s a tough one. I would lean towards doing it given the bonus for a power play point, but it’s very close, I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to keep a hold on those three goalies.

          • No Bueno says:
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            What about Georgiev for grzelyck 1 for 1?

            • Viz

              Viz says:
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              That I would do and prefer that to a bigger trade. Good chance to sell high on Georgiev and I like Grzelcyk a decent amount

  17. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Trade thoughts: My Larkin for his Hoffman & Kuznetsov? Yay or nay? I’m leaning towards yes.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      Who would you have to cut in order to add the extra player? That’s a fairly big factor here

      • BringDaRuckus says:
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        Farrabee

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          Pretty close one, I think you can go either way. I guess I slightly prefer doing it

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