When we think about Tom Wilson going wild, it usually refers to him doing something dirty and piling up penalty minutes.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s still getting penalty minutes, but he’s been fabulous offensively since returning from suspension.  Wilson scored two goals and an assist with six shots and two PIM in the 4-1 win over the Islanders on Monday.  In his eight games, Wilson has 6+6 with a +6 rating, 11 PIM and 21 SOG.  He’s also averaging over 20 minutes per night.  There’s no doubt about it, Wilson should be owned in all formats right now.  He’s still available in about 1/3rd of leagues, so if you’re lucky enough to be in one of them, pounce immediately.  Obviously he’s not going to stay at a point per game, but the offensive will be solid with this workload, and we know the PIM will be glorious.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

Nicklas Backstrom – Three assists.  Backs has been his usual self all season long.

Braden Holtby – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 4-1 win.  Holtby is in form at the moment with six great games out of his past seven.  That brings his sv% back to a respectable .917.  I think it will get even a bit higher solidifying himself as a middling #1.

Mark Stone – Two goals on four shots with two PIM on Monday,  two assists with a shot Tuesday.  Stone continues to dominate across the board.  I thought a trade would be huge to his value, but at this point I’m rooting for Stone to stay.

Brady Tkachuk – Two assists with a shot and two PIM on Monday, two goals and an assist with six shots Tuesday.  If I didn’t have the lede done already, I’d have wrote about Tkachuk.  He’s been an absolute monster and has the makings of a fantasy superstar.

Thomas Chabot – Goal and an assist with three shots and four PIM over two games.  Chabot has showed no signs of slowing down and I’m loving every minute of it.

Colin White – Three assists with two shots over two games.  White has some upside, but for now he’s a bottom end streamer.

Mika Zibanejad – Goal and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  Revenge game for Zibanejad gets him back on track.  The PIM are a fluke, but I also expect the goals to increase at his current shot rate.  He’s a clear hold.

David Pastrnak – Two goals, both assisted by Torey Krug and Brad Marchand.  The Bruins are decimated by injuries at the moment, so expect these three to carry an even bigger load than normal.

Mitch Marner – Three assists with two shots.  Marner is about to get all of the money this offseason.  Toronto’s books are about to get messy.  My prediction of Marner leading the team in points looks better by the day.

Sami Vatanen – Two assists.  I’d rather not hold Vatanen in 12’ers right now, but it’s not completely unreasonable if you need assists.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal and two assists with four shots.  The loss of Trocheck is going to hurt Huberdeau a bit.  Despite the three points, one was on the PP, one was with the goalie pulled, and the other was in OT.  This shows you that Huberdeau still has plenty of value, but it’s a fair warning that he does take a hit.

Evgenii Dadonov – Two assists with two shots.  On the other hand, Dadonov does not take a hit.  Things are great for the top line as they all played over 20 minutes per usual.  Led by…

Aleksander Barkov – Goal and an assist with two shots playing over 24 minutes.  Such a monster.

Artemi Panarin – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Rockin’ and a rollin’.

Pierre-Luc Dubois – Two goals and an assist with three shots.  Going into next season, there’s a good chance that he ends up being a top 50 player.  Dubois is the truth.

Boone Jenner – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  Jenner has worked his way up to a solid streamer.

Ryan Murray – Two assists with a shot.  Murray has worked his way into being a steady defenseman, and he’s piled up a ton of assists this season, but it doesn’t appear sustainable.  I’d rather keep him on the waiver wire.

Josh Anderson – Goal and an assist with four shots.  For those who didn’t see my hold list, you can check it out here, but Anderson is a hold at this point.

Anthony Mantha – Two goals and an assist with ten shots.  My man!  He had a dreadful start to the season but Mantha has 6+3 in his last eight games with big shots.  He’s right on the fringe but I’ll consider him an elite streamer for now.  That could change by the weekend though.

Frans Nielsen – Two assists with a shot.  He’s a pure AAGNOF right now; 14 assists in 20 games, but 2 PIM and only 28 shots.  He’s a guy I won’t use, but you can if you do so desire.

Dennis Cholowski – Goal and an assist with two PIM.  Cholowski could end up being a real fantasy asset down the line.  For now, he’s too inconsistent and the plus-minus could get really ugly.

Joe Pavelski – Two goals on seven shots.  His slow start is a thing of the past.  Sure, the assists aren’t there right now, but 15 goals will get it done.

Scott Laughton – Two assists with a shot.  Irrelevant.

Ivan Provorov – Two assists with two shots.  It’s been a really rough start for Provorov, and if you’re out of patience, I understand it.  I’m giving him a little bit more time.

Curtis McElhinney – 48 saves on 49 shots in the 2-1 win over Montreal.  I wrote this on Monday: “At this point, I have no faith in Scott Darling and I’d rather the Canes use Curtis McElhinney.  I’d stream McElhinney in most matchups.”  Yeah, streaming him worked out well.  I feel even stronger about that now.

Pontus Aberg – Two assists with four shots.  I always thought Aberg was underutilized, and I was hoping that would change after his good start in Anaheim.  However, he’s back down to 11 minutes in this game.  That leaves him as a bottom end streamer at best.

Nick Ritchie – Goal and an assist.  Ritchie has six points in his last six games but I’m not using him yet.  It’ll take more minutes for him to be considered.

Ryan Miller – 34 saves on 35 shots in the 3-1 win over Tampa.  I’d use Miller in most matchups.  The Ducks have been so damn lucky that Gibson and Miller have been incredible this season.

Dylan Strome – Goal and an assist with three shots.  The Blackhawks were destroyed but Strome had a strong first game.  If he sticks with DeBrincat and Kane, he’s going to push towards being a hold sooner than later.  Keep an eye on him.

Deryk Engelland – Three assists with three shots.  Vegas scored eight goals, so I’m not going to break down every player, but there’s your annual Engelland update!

Cody Eakin – Two goals and an assist.  He’s found success with Stastny down playing with Alex Tuch (1+1) and Max Pacioretty (2A).  The wingers are clear holds while Eakin is a solid streamer.

Shea Theodore – Two goals and an assist with three shots and two PIM.  I wrote in the hold post Monday that Theodore does just enough to remain a hold.  A game like this solidifies things.

Nathan MacKinnon – Two goals on seven shots, both assisted by Mikko Rantanen and Samuel GirardTyson Barrie was out.  It doesn’t sound serious but it’s unclear.  If he stays out, Girard gets a big boost to the fringe.  I’d gamble on him if need be.  I’ve said enough about MacKinnon and Rantanen at this point, they’re on a unparalleled tear together with the Kog.

Derek Grant – Goal and an assist.  And there’s your annual Grant update!

Mark Scheifele – Two goals, both from Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers.  We know what to do with Wheeler and Scheifele.  I said the other day that Ehlers was right on the fringe and that it should be a matter of time until he clicks and remains a hold for the rest of the season.  I think it happens sooner than later.

Josh Archibald – Two goals and an assist.  He had zero points this season before this game.  Moving on..

Lawson Crouse – Goal and an assist.  I hated Crouse going 11th overall, and he’s shown nothing to this point to prove that he was worth it.  He’s still only 21 years old so perhaps it happens eventually, but I’m not holding my breath.

Jared Spurgeon – Three assists with two shots.  I said Spurgeon does just enough to sneak in as a hold on Monday.  Spurgeon has enough decent games that he’s worth it.

Anton Khudobin – 30 saves on 31 shots as the tough luck loser in the 1-0 OT loss to Edmonton.  Ben Bishop remains out making Khudobin a decent streamer.

Mikko Koskinen – 28 save shutout.  He’s clearly the #1 right now, and while I don’t love him, he probably should be held.

Dustin Brown – Goal and an assist with two shots.  He’s played well enough to be hold again.  And again, I don’t trust it to keep up, but it probably will because Brown’s career path has defied logic.

Anze Koptiar – Two assists with a shot.  Even though the team sucks and he’s started off poorly, I still expect Kopitar to be okay.

Cal Petersen – 32 saves on 33 shots in the 2-1 OT win over the Canucks.  Petersen has been very good, but Jonathan Quick is coming back this week.  That means you can safely cut bait now and leave Petersen to streaming.

Wednesday Streamers:

Zach Sanford (0.0%) – He’s playing on the first line right now with RoR and Tarasenko.  Sanford also gets a nice matchup with the Blues.  What’s not to like?  Elizabeth!  I’m comin’ to join ya!

Sam Bennett (0.8%) – Bennett is up to the second line and PP2.  The penalty minutes are huge, the offense is coming around, and the Stars will be on the second of a back to back.

Tanner Pearson (2.8%) – Pearson is still playing with Malkin and Kessel, so on a small slate, that’s reason enough to use him.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back on Friday recapping all of the action from tonight and Thursday.  As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or make any suggestions below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:

    Viz, a guy offered me Ekblad, Kapanen and Haisey on Weber, Schmidt and Sheary… Take it?

    My team is like this:

    16 team League ESPN – Scoring: G/A/PIM/PPG/PPA/SHG/SHA/FOW/FOL/HAT/SOG/HIT/BLK – H2H Non Keeper – 23 skaters (max 18 per game) – 2 Goalies (1 per game) – 5 IR spots

    I’m in 4th place

    C – Eichel, Larkin, T.Johnson, Eller, Athanasiou

    LW – Skinner, Perron, Sheary, Wilson, Boedker

    RW – Rantanen, Nylander, Sorensen, Nichushkin, Fischer

    D – Hedman, Gostisbehere, Weber, C.Miller, Trouba, Martinez, Schmidt, Hanifin

    G – Dubnyk, Bishop, Petersen

    Goals worth 4 points, Assists 2, SOG 0.4, HIT 0.2, BLK 0.4

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva: I’m passing I think. I am not an Ekblad fan by any means and Hainsey is a complete fluke. I like Kapanen, and he may be the best player in the trade, but it might also be Weber, and then this trade is completely lopsided against you. If you really want Kapanen, then I can see it being okay, but I don’t think it’s worth it.

  2. Steve says:

    Hey Viz nice write up. I am starting to get to my panic point with my goalies: Dubnyk and Raanta.

    Here’s my roster, categories are: G,A,+/-,PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG, FW as well as the usual 4 for goalies.

    MacKinnon, Eichel, Larkin, Patches, Connor, Tuch, Gallagher, B. Tkachuk, Hall, Zucker, Boeser
    Hedman, Carlson, Subban, Trouba, Spurgeon
    Dubnyk, Raanta

    Is there a move here you think I should make to shore up my G situation or should I hold tight and wait for them to return to form? Thanks for your help!

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Steve: I have the same two guys on a team and I’m just being patient. Your offense is loaded and that’s far more important than goaltending, especially when it’s 8 categories to 4 (I don’t know what the usual 4th is, but if it’s shutouts, that’s a joke category anyways so it’s really 3). I wouldn’t want to gut your offensive depth to make a trade when they both should be bottom end #1’s the rest of the way, or at the least very good #2’s. I also don’t know why you are panicking about Dubnyk; his numbers on the season are exactly what they should be despite the last two disasters.

  3. Jumponit says:

    Thanks for that – whats your take on Mike Smith vs Rittich? Will it be a timeshare going forward? Do you think Smith will bounce back?

    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Jumponit: Rittich is much better than Smith and they’ll give him more of a chance going forward. Smith looks awful (one game against ARZ doesn’t change that, especially since it only got his sv% to .883) and at almost 36 years old, I think it’s safe to say he’s about done. If Rittich struggles, I think we see them try to trade for a goalie before they split between him and Smith.

  4. Vin Diesel says:

    Great write up Viz! We have a ten team league with 6 offensive and 4 goalie categories. Right now my goalies are:

    Should I drop Luongo and use that spot as a streamer? Desmith and Halak are on the wire. Should I pick one of them up and hold them?


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Vin Diesel: It depends how many offensive players you’re starting and how deep your bench is, but given that it’s a 10 teamer, I think I’d drop Luongo. That said, it sounds like he’s out the next 3 games, which would mean that he’s going on IR, so hold off for the rest of the day and beginning of tomorrow to see if they put him there and you can stash him for the time being. I generally only like to keep 3 goalies, so I’d rather use it as a streamer spot than picking up one of those goalies. DeSmith vs. Koskinen is very close though.

  5. dubjay says:

    Hey Viz,
    Are you dropping D.Larkin for Werenski if Larkin is just wallowing away on your bench? He is probably number 5 on the C depth chart. Wheeler, Stamkos, Skinner, Dubois even Trocheck when hes healthy. Whereas Werenski would play over OEL or Risto depending on matchups/hotstreak.

    • dubjay says:

      Its a moot point now as he was grabbed off waivers by another manager. Im ok with it. At the draft Im sure I wouldve gone for Werenski over Ristolainen. But happy with Ristos numbers considering the boon in hits that he gets me night in night out.

      • Viz

        Viz says:

        @dubjay: I would probably have preferred to make a trade than lose Larkin for nothing, but I guess it’s settled for you anyways. Sorry for the delay.

        • dubjay says:

          No problem about the delay.
          Wondering what calibre goalie I could try to get for Larkin? Could also package him with Crawford or Raanta but think that their value is at a season low right now. I think that obviously Raanta is injured right now. Crawford is a mystery. Started off great and has faded into oblivion. I dont mind buying low on a struggling goalie and hoping for the best(Murray?).
          What do you think?

          • Viz

            Viz says:

            @dubjay: I like the idea, but Murray isn’t a guy I would target. Maybe a Dubnyk or Hellebuyck? Hellebuyck might be aiming too high or that kind of guy.

            • dubjay says:

              I have Dubnyk, Raanta and Crawford. They were all doing great at the start of the season but all faded badly. I dont think the Hellebuyck owner would bite. Seems a little high to me.
              Any others

              • dubjay says:

                How do you feel about Varlamov? I know that you didnt like him much at the start of the year but I think hes been playing much better lately and seems to be the number 1 in Colorado.

                • dubjay says:

                  Scratch that. Looks like there is now a pending trade of Kopitar for Varlamov. Wow. How the mighty have fallen. Didnt even know Varlamov was available.

  6. Gerald says:

    Sir Viz,

    Evgeni kuznetov is a free agent. Who from my team should i drop?
    currently in 2nd place

    Goals-Assists- Points- +/-, Powerplaypoints, Shorthanded points, Gamewinning goals, Hits league

    C- Matt Duchene
    C- Luc Dubuois (C/LW)
    LW- Filip Forsberg (LW)
    LW-Evgenii Dadonovv (LW/RW)
    RW- Mark Stone (RW)
    RW-MIke Hoffman (LW/RW)
    F-Eliass Petterosson (C)
    D- Provorov
    BN- Victor HEdman (D)
    BN-Nate Mackinnon (C)
    BN- Taylor Hall (LW)
    BN-ALexsander Barkov(C)

    G dub
    G hutton

    Thanks again bro


    • Viz

      Viz says:

      @Gerald: Do you have IR spots or does he just have to sit on your bench while he’s out?

      • Gerald says:

        @Viz: we do have IR spots but he has to be on the IR. he would have to take up a bench spot. my team is too nice. so tough to decide who to drop.

        • Viz

          Viz says:

          @Gerald: Jesus, that’s so tough. I guess Provorov and go down to 4D? Is that okay?

  7. Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:

    Hey Viz, need a D for an empty space and maybe a C to replace Lars Eller (think he devalued, maybe I’m wrong).
    So, here are the guys availiable

    D’s availiable for an empty spot – Hronek, Hunt, Butler, Bayreuther, Forsling, DeMelo, Connauton, Nutivaara, Dumolin, Polak, Weegar, Stecher, Del Zotto, Dillon, Lybushkin, Tanev, Hjalmarsson, Seeler, Smith, Beaulieu, Rutta, Pelech…
    C’s (for Lars Eller place, maybe) – Strome, Eakin, Coleman, Zajac, Shaw, Boyle, Vatrano, Wallmark, Bozak, Granlund, White, Bennett, Batherson, Byron…

    Any help? Thanks buddy

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