When the Ducks dealt Bobby Ryan to the Senators everyone wondered just what they were getting back in Jakob Silfverberg (1 G, 3 SOG, +1), the key player in the deal for the Ducks. Well, if last night’s return to action after missing 24 games with a broken hand is any indication, they might have something special. Jacke (swedish nickname for Jakob, just an FYI) scored a goal and picked up right where he left off back in October when he was matching Ryan point for point through most of the first month of the season. He wasn’t keeping that beautifully OCD parity with his goals and assists that Bobby likes to maintain, but despite missing those 24 games he’s on pace for as many goals. I guess he figures he needs to score a goal for every game he misses? What a work ethic on this kid! So what can he do for the rest of the year? It remains to be seen whether or not he pans out into a top-six forward or not, but he’s absolutely worth a flier in most leagues because the boy loves to score some goals and we love guys who love scoring goals. Jacke is mature for his age, strong, smart and a great skater with a solid set of technical skills. He has a nose for the net, as I’ve mentioned, but his shot lacks a bit of accuracy at this point in his young career. Still, he’s an immensely talented young player and worth a flier in most leagues. That’s the second time I’ve said so in this paragraph alone, so go get him! Anyway, here’s what else I saw in fantasy hockey last night:

Martin Jones (0 GA, 24 SV, W) continues his ridiculous play with another shutout giving him three shutouts in his last five starts! He’s completely supplanted Ben Scrivens in net, at least until he starts to falter and they go back to Scrivens who will then lose his job to Jon Quick when healthy. Until then, though, always ride the hot hand!

Max Pacioretty (2 G, 1 A, 6 SOG, +1, 2 PIM) actually added an assist to goal with his goals this time. Aw, Max is learning to share!

Tuukka Rask (0 GA, 21 SV, W) is getting a little peeved about all these upstart young netminders posting ridiculous numbers with small sample sizes. Tuukka “quietly” remains the best goalie in the league with a season line of 17-8-2/1.90/.934/3 in 27 starts for the Bs. And that’s how it’s done.

Scott Clemmensen (1 GA, 28 SV, W) is going to make the Florida Panthers’ coaching staff give serious consideration to running him out there over Tim Thomas more often than not if he keeps playing like this.

Antti Raanta (1 GA, 27 SV, W) just won’t stop winning, but then it’s easy if you play for the Hawks.

Carey Price (1 GA, 26 SV, W) also knows a thing or two about tending net.

Ilya Bryzgalov (2 GA, 37 SV, L) took a tough loss to the Kings yesterday facing 39 shots and pushing 37 away. Breezy was robbed by a stifling Kings D that gave the Oil no room to work.

Ben Bishop (2 GA, 32 SV, W) has largely forgotten how to lose, apparently. This win makes three straight and four of the last five.

Zdeno Chara (2 G, 5 SOG, even) is looking like his career is winding down, but still manages to stay fantasy relevant providing all the offense the Bs needed to win behind Tuukka Rask’s shutout. The big fella is on pace for 36 points, and that’d be good if it was just about anyone but Chara who generally hovers in the mid-40s. Is he done? No, but the decline has begun.

Duncan Keith (1 G, 1 A, 6 SOG, +1) scored a goal, stop the presses! Do we even have presses anymore? Meh.

Andrew Cogliano (3 A, 1 SOG, +2) remains streaky and only valuable in very deep leagues. Still, he’s showing the promise he once had as a first round pick for the Oil with 20 points in 36 games so far. That doesn’t sound very good until you compare it to the rest of his career; his career high of 45 points came in his rookie season back in 2008.

Josh Harding (2 GA, 29 SV, W) now sports a season line of 18-5-3/1.51/.939/3 and those aren’t typos. He still leads the league in GAA and should compete for the Vezina if he stays healthy the rest of the way.

Evgeni Nabokov (2 GA, 34 SV, L) was doing pretty well pushing aside every shot he faced until the final 2:53 when the Bolts quickly potted two to tie it up. The Isles and Nabokov survived OT, but then Nabby allowed two straight shootout goals to give the game away. When asked about last night’s game John Tavares had this to say “It’s unbelievable, we really have to play that perfect game right now.” You have to feel for the guy. The moment he gets the chance to leave the Isles, I hope he takes it.

Matt Irwin (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG, +2) has points in three straight and four of his last five, but remains largely fantasy irrelevant. If he continues to produce he’ll quickly garner our attention, but for now, meh.

Sean Bergenheim (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG, +1) makes me sad that I keep finding stuff to say about Panthers. Bergs relies on his speed, which is considerable, to find his way to goal scoring opportunities but he needs help, and there isn’t much of that in South Florida.

Matt Duchene (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG, +1) remains on pace for 40 goals, which I still can’t buy.

Ray Whitney (2 G, 3 SOG, +1) has to be the oldest active player in the NHL, seriously. He’s totally fantasy irrelevant, on pace for just 40ish points, but in his 21st season how can you blame the guy? He posted 77 points in 82 games just two years ago at age 40. I’m not even mad, that’s amazing!

Matt Read (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG, +1) looks like he’s going to be around a 40-50 point guy, but there’s enough upside there to think he might be more of a 60 point player when he has more time to develop under his belt.

Valtteri Filppula (2 G, 4 SOG, +1) is not living up to the Red Wings pedigree that Jiri Hudler is. I think Steve Yzerman makes for a great front-office mind to have on your club, but good God man why give Flip 5 million a year? It’s making that Hudler deal at 4 million per look like a bargain. Well, not really.

Brent Burns (1 G, 4 SOG, +2) proves that men with beards are superior in most ways. This is an undeniable fact of life. He’s on pace for his best season yet with 53 points but the real story is found in his goal scoring; he’s slated to pot 30 this season if he keeps this pace up.

Mark Scheifele (2 G, 3 SOG, +1) extended his points streak to four games with a few more goals, giving him three in the last two games. I briefly touched on him yesterday; I really don’t think he’s anything special, but if a guy is scoring he’s worth streaming, so there’s that.

Jakub Voracek (2 G, 4 SOG, even) looks like he’s finally broken out of his season long slump and now has points in his last five games, almost all of which are goals (5). The Flyers have been a disappointment from top to bottom this season, save Steve Mason (no pun intended), but it looks like some of their key guys are starting to turn things around.

Matt Moulson (1 G, 5 SOG, even) has goals in two games now and I’m not sure if he was better off with the Isles or on the Sabres, frankly. Obviously when you have Tavares centering your line you’re in for some quality chances, but Matty has moved on to Buffalo and continues to score on his own. His point total will be lower than we hoped for sans Tavares, but he’s still fighting for a 30 goal season. I’d buy that for a dollar!

Aleksander Barkov (2 A, +2) sure is a talented young defenseman, I wonder if any fantasy experts have been touting his abilities and recommending you grab him? Who, me? Just in keeper leagues? Well, he might be worth grabbing in standard formats now, too. Remember, he’s young, and he plays for the Panthers, so expect some ups and downs.

Jonas Gustvasson (3 GA, 8 SV, L) got bombed by the Ducks and run out of the game in the first period. Speaking of ups and freakin’ downs, it looks like the Monster might be squandering his chance to make a mark and steal more starts from Jimmy Howard when he returns from injury in a few weeks. We’ll chock this up to the Ducks being the Ducks, but this is also Gustavsson’s fourth straight loss. Don’t expect Petr Mrazek to get more starts than the Monster moving forward unless he pulls a Martin Jones.

Petr Mrazek (2 GA, 17 SV, L) did not pull a Martin Jones when given the chance. Man, the Wings are hurting right now.

Carter Hutton (3 GA, 24 SV, L) was doing well in his last few starts filling in for the sickly Marek Mazanec who was pretty lousy leading up to his getting sick anyway. This situation is pretty ugly until Pekka Rinne gets back from his hip infection and I can’t endorse any of them at this point. Run away!

Ryan Miller (2 GA, 25 SV, W) actually won a game, holy hell! That brings his record to 7-17-0. Wow, that’s ugly. His GAA/SV% sit at 2.87/.921 so you have to figure if he gets traded to a halfway decent team, his numbers will quickly and dramatically improve. If he gets traded. Ted Nolan is still waxing poetic about “building around” Miller. Ugh.

  1. JD, I have an open spot. Who do you recommend; Matt Moulson, Mark Giordano, Grabovski, Silfverberg, MacKinnon, Roman Josi, Stastny, Justin Schultz, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Brian Campbell, Jussi Jokinen, or Wayne Simmonds? G/A/+-/PIM/PPP/FOW/SOG/HIT. Moulson has the highest ranking, but he plays for BUF… Pominville next highest, Roman Josi playing well lately, also Roy. What do you think? Thanks for the advise!

  2. JD

    JD says:

    Grabby, Moulson, Silfverberg in that order. Not sure what rankings you’re using that you keep citing, but Grabovski is going to have a better season than Moulson will overall. Silfverberg is by far the best keeper pick of the three.

    • @JD: Well, Sean Allen, ESPN, Open Ice: Top 200 rankings. Maybe I need to quit looking at that? Of course you are the guru for me when it comes to advise! Keep up the great work!!!

      • JD

        JD says:

        @madden_curser: Not at all, I wasn’t bashing the rankings you were using, just wondering where they were coming from. I think it’s best to use the opinions of many different sources, compare against your own thoughts, the numbers and then come to a final decision.

        ESPN, though… don’t listen to ESPN.

  3. brick says:

    Hey JD,

    First season playing fantasy hockey, and my team’s hit a bit of a slump:

    C- Crosby, Krejci, Kadri
    RW – Mckinnon, Johansen, Paranteau
    LW – Landeskog, dubinsky, moulson
    D – Green, ekman-larsson, sekera, and orlov

    G – Bernier, Anderson, Crawford

    So my goalkeepers have been atrocious lately, and martin jones is on the wire. Who would you cut to add him?

    Also any other people worth cutting for better options?


    • JD

      JD says:

      @brick: First let me say welcome to the fantasy hockey world! So, a lot depends on what the settings are in your league. Is it keeper/standard? Points, Head-to-Head or Rotisserie and what categories are used like goals, assists, gaa, wins, etc. As for your squad, I can see why you’re struggling and my first thought is that it’s your goaltending at the heart of it, though your offense seems a bit spotty too. If Jones is out there, he’s worth grabbing but he’s likely to only help short term. I’d cut Anderson for him, because I have zero faith in Craig Anderson and he continually proves that neither I, nor anyone else, should.

      Before you go cutting anyone though, who else is available on the wire? What are your league settings?

      • Ray ricin says:

        @JD: haha thanks!
        that probably would have been helpful to include!
        Non keeper
        10 teams h2h 10 categories, overall category win/loss matters though.
        G , A , +\-, ppp, sog, hits
        W GAA sv% and sho

        On the wire top 3 guys by position:

        C: roy, couturier, shaw
        Lw: hartnell, saad, MacArthur
        Rw: simmonds stewart justin williams
        D: gelinas, greene, muzzin

        Appreciate the help!

        • JD

          JD says:

          @Ray ricin: Hmn, in a 10 team league with those settings you’d think there would be better people on the wire than this lot! At any rate, C is strong, LW is solid, but your right side is weak, even cumulatively speaking. None of the guys on the wire at RW that you listed are worth grabbing though, so it is what it is. Martin Jones will help you now, but since it’s a H2H league his stats won’t accumulate beyond the week and that makes adding him, for you, an meh proposition unless you’re falling way behind the playoff pack already. That said, Anderson isn’t doing much to help you, is he? Why not cut Anderson for Jones and ride Jones/Bernier until Crawford gets back. Then start shopping a package of Bernier and a forward, maybe Kadri, Moulson or Krejci and try and get a better goalie to pair with Crawford. If you can pull that off, grab Roy off the wire to fill the gap at forward.

  4. willy says:

    would love to take a flyer on the Silfv, but don’t think I can drop anyone from my roster… I’ve got a strong team and in 1st place. 12 team H2H and we count G, A, +/-, PPP, PIM, SOG, H, W, GAA, SV%, SO

    Tyler Seguin
    Henrik Sedin
    Milan Lucic
    Evander Kane
    Bobby Ryan
    Kyle Okposo
    Claude Giroux
    Ryan Johansen
    Tomas Hertl
    Radim Vrbata
    Keith Yandle
    Radko Gudas
    Mark Giordano
    James Reimer
    Cory Schneider
    Steve Mason

    I’m riding with only 3 DEF players so I could probably use one of those… Then again, I’m doing fine with just 3 so I’m in no rush to drop one of my Forwards for a DEF… Goalie situation hasn’t been horrible as well. Anyway, I don’t think I can drop any of my players for someone like Silfv or Boucher… You agree JD?

    • JD

      JD says:

      @willy: I agree, Willy. I don’t really see anyone you’d want to drop for Jacke or Boucher. Both are young and still developing, so they’ll come with ups and downs. I think Jacke is probably worth owning in a lot of standard leagues, but only if you really need the help, and your team doesn’t. The one guy you might consider dropping is Ryan Johansen, but only if he falls flat and Jacke is scoring at the time.

      • willy says:

        @JD: Thanks JD… i get all kinds of trade offers from people and haven’t bit on any of them cause i don’t want to ruin a great thing that i’ve got going… picking up FA’s gives me the same fears. Johansen was the last guy that i picked up, but he’s been good, although he’s slowed down over the last week…i’d still like to hang on to him for a bit. If he’s still cool for another week or so, I’ll have a look at what Silfv is up to. seems like whenever i do pick up a FA it turns into gold… gold, jerry, gold!

        Anyway, thanks as always for your good advice!

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