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Fantasy Hockey Championship Weekend Adds Of The Week

Not to toot my own horn but I have made back to back Fantasy Hockey championships, I won last season and I am currently in one right now. So, I know a thing or two about picking players up and how to find the hot players on the waiver wire. I have made my team off the waiver wire. All three of my goaltenders are waiver wire adds, Jake Allen, Jordan Binnington, Robin Lehner. Therefore listen up.

When looking for an add for the day or week. Think of the team they are on. Currently you have Montreal, Columbus, Philadelphia and Carolina in the East all in a dog fight for the last two spots. Adding a top-six winger, power play guy or top-four defenseman on that team will yield positive results. Same goes for players on Arizona, Dallas, Chicago, Colorado and Minnesota. These teams are playing meaningful games therefore add their top-six and power play guys. And of course see how many games they play and who they play against. A Capitals vs Flyers game usually will be physical so get a player that hits and can score.

Also, last thing I always do when searching the waiver wire is I look at the players last 30-days total and last 14-days total to see a correlation between consistent performances. As well, teams like Ottawa and Edmonton may have some players you can go fishing for.

Adds for the week:

Zach Hyman: For example a great addition if the Leafs continue their offensive production. Hyman has been a bit cold in the last five games but he plays with Mitch Marner and John Tavares and plays the second power play unit. He plays three times this week, 19th, 20th and 23rd. He has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 30-days also.

Vinnie Hinostroza: Plays three-times this week all on the road and very important games for Arizona. He is slotted with Alex Galchenyuk also and on the first power play unit. This guy is an energy bunny for the Coyotes and can provide a lot of upside on your roster when you need an add. Hinostroza has 6 goals, 6 assists and 40 shots on goal in the last 30-days.

Boone Jenner: The Blue Jackets newest additions of Duchene and Dzingel have not been the big names right now. Plus Pierre Luc-Dubois has gone ice cold since the deadline deals. But, Jenner has been relatively consistent over the last two weeks. The Jackets roll three lines and he is playing line three minutes along with power play one. Jenner has 4 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots on goal and 16 hits in the last two weeks.

Justin Williams: In the thick of things right now for the Hurricanes they will need some veteran-ship, in comes Williams. Not to mention he has 208 shots on goal this season and has actually been a consistent player too. Williams has 21 goals and 25 assists on the year. Plus he plays four times this week. Williams plays Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Ryan Donato: The Wild are still pushing for a playoff spot right now and Donato has been really solid for them since the trade a few weeks back. In his 13 games with Minnesota he has 13 points (4G, 9A). Donato is playing line three with two other young players and also the second power play unit. He plays three-games this week all of importance.

Pavel Buchnevich: This add will cost you nothing. Does not produce, bye, someone else now. But, Buchnevich has been really solid for NYR the last couple of games. He has 5 goals in 8 games, he plays anywhere from 15-17 minutes a game, line two and also power play one. Someone you can add and drop all week basically. He also plays three-games this week.

Roope Hintz: He had a very surprising three games in a row, slowed down and is back for a new week. The kid is logging major minutes, power play time and top-six minutes. For the situation Dallas is in right now to win every game to secure a spot they will need guys like Hintz to produce. In the last 30-days he has 6 goals, 1 assist, 2 power play points, 31 shots on goal and 34 hits. A jack of all trades for your team. Hintz plays three-games this week all at home too.

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Fantasy Hockey Rising Stars & Players On The Decline…

Fantasy Hockey Rising Stars:

Tomas Hertl: After Hertl’s hattrick vs Washington Tuesday night he now has 8-goals in the last 12 games, two hattricks five games apart and 16 points in the last month of play. Hertl is paired with Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi on the second line as well as on power play one. With this recent scoring-spree it seems Hertl is on the rise and making his presence in the league more well-known. Hertl now has 22 goals and 23 assists on the year.

Jonathan Toews: After a unsuccessful 2017-18 season, the captain has bounced back the way we all expected him to. Toews was under some criticism for per saying “losing a step” but I think after his last 12-game tear we can all agree that is not true. In the last 12 games he has 6 goals and 9 assists, recording a point in every game except for two games. Toews has 22 goals and 26 assists on the year now.

Mika Zibanejad: The Rangers number one forward/center is slowly becoming fan favorite in New York. Zibanejad has been off to a nice start this season and it seems like he is involved in almost every scoring play. Zibanejad has recorded 6 goals and 8 assists in the last 12 games. On the year he has 17 goals and 27 assists, be aware of what happens with the Rangers line up over the next two weeks. If they do trade Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes, Zibanejad stock may drop a lot.

Ryan Dzingel: Since coming back from injury, Dzingel has been fitting in nicely with the Senators roster. Dzingel has recorded 7 goals and 6 assists in the last 12-games. Dzingel is lined up with Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchene right now, if he continues to stay with that line he is a sure fantasy asset. He also plays power play one. Dzingel has 20 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Dylan Strome: The trickle affect of playing with Alex Debrincat and Patrick Kane will push Strome’s value up a ton. Strome is playing line two with Debrincat and Dominik Kahun but does play power play one with Kane, Toews and Debrincat. Strome has recorded five points in his last two games but in the last month has 3 goals, 9 assists and 5 power play points. Strome has 12 goals and 15 assists on the year.

Fantasy Hockey Players on the Decline: 

Jakub Vrana: Since Vrana’s 3 goals in back to back games January 8th & 10th he has been scoreless and almost non existent in the Capitals roster. Vrana has recorded 3 goals in the last month and 4 assists. Vrana is playing top six minutes on a high-powered offense therefore it is a little concerning to fantasy owners to see Vrana not playing well. Vrana has 15 goals and 13 assists on the year.

Rasmus Ristolainen: Since the Sabres decline so has Ristolainen declined. Ristolainen has 5 goals and 25 assists on the year and in the last month he has 5 assists with 1 goal. Ristolainen is playing power play one and top-four minutes. As the Sabres continue to decline Ristolainen is not as valuable as he was at the beginning of the year.

Mikael Granlund: Granlund has been quiet for a very long time now and it is certainly hurting the Wild’s offense. Granlund has 12 goals and 27 assists on the year but in the last month he has recorded just 1 goal and 1 assist and is currently on a 8-game goal less/ pointless drought.

Josh Anderson: One of the Blue Jackets top-scorers has been a drought for a little bit now. Anderson has scored just 2 goals in the last month and just five points. Anderson is also on a 7-game scoring drought. Anderson has 15 goals on the year and if the Blue Jackets want to be a playoff team making a deep run, players like this will need to step-up.

Kyle Palmieri: The Devils All-Star selection and top player has been a drought. A player who is usually in the mix of every Devils scoring play has been rather non-existent over the last month. Palmieri has 3 goals and 1 assist in the last month of play.

 

Fantasy Hockey Friday Waiver Wire News

Nick Schmaltz, since coming to Arizona Schmaltz has tallied two goals and three assists in the five games he has played with Arizona. It seems Schmaltz is enjoying the pairing of Alex Galchenyuk and Clayton Keller. Clearly when this move happened it increased Schmaltz value just a little due to the fact he would get more touches and play alongside two players that he more so relates too. Schmaltz now has 4 goals and 12 assists on the year, a player you may want to keep any eye on. He is owned in 20 percent of leagues too (yahoo).

Travis Konecny, he may have been on my list two weeks ago which means this is a good sign to go ahead and pick him up. Konecny over the last 14 days has 3 goals and 4 assists that is half of his point totals this year. On the year he has 8 goals and 10 assists. Konecny seems like he will not be moving from that right wing on the first line anytime soon. He is 50 percent owned in yahoo leagues and as his point total and production increases come two weeks he may be unavailable. Over the last five games Konecny has 3 goals and 4 assists.

Pontus Aberg, this is the Ducks leading scorer. The second place Anaheim Ducks leading scorer, clearly there is value here. Well, Aberg since his recent up tick in production has made his way onto the first line of the Ducks with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell, even more of a reason to go after him now. Aberg has 3 goals and 4 assists in his last five games, on the year he has 9 goals and 6 assists, just in five games he has almost all his points on the year. This is a type of player you add for 1-2 weeks and see how he does. He does nothing, you drop him it is not like you are losing much. Aberg is owned in 20 percent of yahoo leagues.

Cody Eakin, the Golden Knights fiery center finds his way on the scoresheet one way or another, whether it is penalty minutes, hits or assists/goals he is going to be involved in the Golden Knights offense some how. Eakin has 11 goals and 8 assists on the year, over the last five games he has 3 goals and 3 assists, over the last ten games he has 4 goals and 6 assists. Eakin is clearly finding his way consistently on the score sheet. He plays on the second line with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch as well as power play two. A player you monitor and use as a drop/add guy. Eakin is 15 percent owned in yahoo leagues.

Defense: 

Mike Matheson: This guy reminds me a lot of Keith Yandle and it seems he can do the same as Yandle as well, Matheson is a big left handed defenseman who can skate and chip in on both ends of the ice. Matheson has recorded a point in every game expect for four from November 15th to December 6th. He clearly can be a useful add being he plays top four minutes and power play two. On the year Matheson has 2 goals and 11 assists, over the last five games Matheson has 3 assists and one goal. He is owned in 16 percent of leagues, a player that you can add and keep all year that will provide value.

Mike Green: He is honestly the only offensive defenseman the Red Wings have and he is involved in almost play for the Red Wings offensively and what makes him even more valuable is that over the last 30 days Green has 13 points and only one of them come on the power play. Which means 5 on 5 he is becoming more effective compared to last year Green was a power play specialist. Green has 3 goals 10 assists, +11, 34 shots on goal, 21 hits over the last 30 days(14 games) and he is doing this consistently. He is owned in 47 percent of leagues and a player you can add and keep all year.

Scott Mayfield: It seems Mayfield is getting more looks than Adam Pelech which is a good sign if you want Mayfield that is. 5 on 5 Mayfield has been more than effective, he has 14 points and none of them come a man up. Mayfield has 7 assists and one goal over the last 30 days (13 games). This is a player you should probably monitor because due to the young d-men on the Isles blue line this guys can be streaky players. If Mayfield continues this production of .5 point per game he can be a very useful player for you later on. Not only does he produce on the score sheet but he also has 21 shots on goal and 22 hits over these 13 games. He is owned in just 7 percent of leagues.

Goalies: 

Mikko Koskinen: This young goaltender has almost rode Cam Talbot out of net and out of Edmonton. Over the last 30 days (9 games) Koskinen has 5 wins, a 1.98 goals against (GAA) .930 save percentage and one shutout. Clearly Edmonton has some questions to answer but Koskinen is looking to be the number one right now. I would probably have this guy on my roster ASAP if I was you although Edmonton is not a great team, they pull wins out every so often. He is owned in 59 percent of leagues, wait a week and he will be unavailable.

Mike Smith: Started out terrible had David Rittich take his job and now he is back. Perhaps a two goalie tandem works for Calgary but the Flames in general have been amazing, they lead the Pacific and have dominated almost every game over the last month. As for Smith over the last 30 days he has 8 games played, 5 wins, 1.98 GAA, .920 save percentage and a win in his last five starts. In Smith’s last five he has allowed seven goals. Smith is owned in 64 percent of leagues, maybe go and get him soon…

Adin Hill, Jimmy Howard, Alex Stalock are to be on the watch list also…

 

Fantasy Hockey top-20 ranked Centers, Right Wingers and Left Wingers

This is going to get real ugly real quick. For those who do not know, yes, Fantasy Hockey season is right around the corner and for all your fantasy hockey news this summer all you need to do is head to this link

Fantasy hockey is a difficult time for many, some have no idea what to do and some continue to struggle during draft time. That is what we are here for, like I said the link above has endless amounts of FREE information for you!

Let’s get into now though…

Centers: 

  1. Connor McDavid
  2. Sidney Crosby
  3. Nathan MacKinnon
  4. Evgeni Malkin
  5. John Tavares
  6. Tyler Seguin
  7. Auston Matthews
  8. Blake Wheeler
  9. Steven Stamkos
  10. Anze Kopitar
  11. Evgeny Kuznestov
  12. Claude Giroux
  13. Patrice Bergeron
  14. Sean Monahan
  15. Aleksander Barkov
  16. Jonathan Marchessault
  17. Matthew Barzal
  18. Nicolas Backstrom
  19. Vincent Trocheck
  20. Brayden Schenn

Right Wingers:

  1. Nikita Kucherov
  2. David Pastrnak
  3. Patrik Laine
  4. Phil Kessel
  5. Vladimir Tarasenko
  6. Jakub Voracek
  7. Patrick Kane
  8. Nikolaj Ehlers
  9. Rickard Rakell
  10. Victor Ardvisson
  11. Alexander Radulov
  12. Tyler Toffoli
  13. Joe Pavelski
  14. William Nylander
  15. Dustin Brown
  16. Jason Zucker
  17. Mikko Ratanen
  18. Patric Hornqvist
  19. Tom Wilson
  20. JT Miller

Left Wingers:

  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Taylor Hall
  3. Jamie Benn
  4. Brad Marchand
  5. Johnny Gaudreau
  6. Artem Panarin
  7. Filip Forsberg
  8. Evander Kane
  9. Sebastian Aho
  10. Logan Couture
  11. William Karlsson
  12. Mike Hoffman
  13. James Van Reimsydk
  14. Jonathan Huberdeau
  15. Anders Lee
  16. Evgenii Dadanov
  17. Clayton Keller
  18. Max Pacioretty
  19. Jake Guentzel
  20. Anthony Mantha

 

Fantasy Hockey: Player updates, injuries, waiver moves and more!

It’s a new week and one more week closer to the All-Star break, therefore the season is slowly closing in and if some of you do not pick it up and start moving up the leaderboards, your season is done for and you are looking to 2018-19 already. Do you want to look forward to that already? No. Here is some news and other related fantasy hockey updates.

Reliable streamer goaltenders:

As of now, there are some goalies out there available in 99.9% percent of leagues, and when matched up correctly these guys can pay off.

Aaron Dell: Plays usually one time a week, definitely is seeing an expanded back up role and can be a reliable streaming goaltender. On the season Dell has 6 wins, 1.75 GAA and .939 save percentage and two shutouts. If you need a start, get Dell, he’s about as reliable as they come.

Carter Hutton: Jake Allen has looked shaky in the last few starts and the Blues have been struggling which means Hutton may see some more time, as they try and change things up or give Allen some rest. On the year Hutton has 5 wins, 1.63 GAA, .949 save percentage and one shutout.

Darcy Kuemper: The Kings are winning, Quick needs some time off, Kuemper has been a solid fill in for the Kings. By no means is he going to play a ton of games but every once in awhile you monitor the waiver wire and check starters for the day and he is in, it is worth a shot. On the season Kuemper has 5 wins, 2.11 GAA, .934 save percentage and one shutout.

Waiver Wire Additions You NEED To Consider!

Erik Haula, Riley Smith: Ok, now Haula is slowly moving up in leagues he went from I think 14% owned to 26% owned in a matter of a week. Over the last few weeks(14 days) Haula has 4 goals, 4 assists and 22 shots on goal. For the year he has 12 goals, 10 assists and 67 shots on goal. Plays top six minutes and power play one. Jump on him. Smith, now plays with Haula but Smith sees power play two time, it doesn’t matter because, on the season Smith has 9 goals, 16 assists, and 6 power play points. Over the last two weeks, he has 2 goals, 2 assists and 16 shots on goal. I would consider one of them at least. They do play two times this week though.

Craig Smith: I said last week he was a player to consider and now this week I am saying go and get him for sure. He plays three times this week too… Anyways, Smith plays top six minutes alongside one of Nashville’s hottest lines right now and plays power play time. Over the last two weeks, he has 3 goals, 4 assists and 21 shots on goal. And on the year he has 12 goals, 9 assists and 82 shots on goal. A player worth the gamble who can give a major ROI.

JT Miller: Miller has great fantasy flexibility, being that he is listed as a C, LW, RW, and that alone can help you out a ton. Also plays three times this week, two games at home. Anyways, Miller is on a four-game point streak and when he is grooving he is a tough player to stop. For the sake of being hot right now, and playing three times, I would say he is a decent add this week and also could bring long-term value to your roster. He does power play time and top six minutes. On the season Miller has 6 goals, 18 assists, and 5 power play points.

Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi: Now RNH has been a guy on my radar for quite some time, but just because it is RNH and the Oilers are not playing well, I have not bite on him. That has come back to bite me in the behind some games but, right now I would say RNH deserves some consideration at least. Over the last two weeks, he has 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 power play point and 20 shots on goal. Also has 870 adds in the last week. Puljujarvi is a player to monitor right now, he has been playing a bit better and the top six-minute pairing can be paying off but do not jump the gun on him. He has picked up 810 adds this week though and has 2 goals, 2 assists and 15 shots on goal over the last two weeks.

Brian Boyle: Hey you need a guy on certain nights that will definitely bring some fantasy value to the lineup Boyle is not a bad choice. He sees power play time, penalty kill time and plays around 14 minutes a game. He has tallied 4 goals and 1 assist over the last two weeks and could be a player you look to in times of need.

David Backes: The Bruins look good and everyone is healthy on certain nights this guy will be playing an expanded role he already plays top-six minutes and mixes it up on the power play when they need him too. He is a gritty player that will slam home pucks in front, if you need someone on a dead night and he happens to be playing, Backes is not a bad option.

(Kevin Fiala, Kyle Connor, Pierre-Luc Dubois are players you should have probably bought on already and picked up if not it may too late but if it isn’t too late go and get them!!)

Reliable Defenseman You MAY Want To Think About…

Colin Miller: Miller has been one of the Golden Knights best defenseman this year and I want to say we all saw this coming, as he went from a top role in Boston but was not their “guy” now he goes to a team that makes him the top defender and go-to guy and excels. Over the last two weeks, Miller has tallied, 1 goal, 4 assists and 19 shots on goal. On the season Miller has 5 goals, 14 assists, 7 power play points and 68 shots on goal. Go out and take him.

Josh Morrisey: With Dustin Byfuglien out until further notice, Morrisey steps in and becomes that #4 guy, and since that he has excelled immensely. Since coming into role Morrisey has 2 goals, 2 assists and 14 shots on goal. He plays power play two, and for the time of Byfuglien being out Morrisey is a fine streaming defenseman.

Dimitry Orlov: The Capitals defense definitely is nothing to be afraid of, but if there is one defenseman on the Capitals you want to have it is this guy. He can move the puck, skate freely and create offensive opportunities. He is a shifty defenseman and has an offensive mind to his game. Over the last two weeks, Orlov has 1 goal, 3 assists and 11 shots on goal, for the year he has 3 goals, 8 assists and 61 shots on goal. He does play 21 plus minutes a game the chances are going to be there.

Anton Stralman: Stralman is useful for most teams that count plus/minus as he leads the league with a +24. Anyways half of Stralman’s points have come in the last two weeks and being that he is on their number one pairing and second power play, may give you some incentive to take Stralman. He also plays 18 plus minutes a game, and over the last two weeks has 2 goals, 3 assists and 11 shots on goal. He is hot so beware.

Injury news: 

David Krejci: UBI, expected to play Tuesday

Shea Weber: OUT indefinitely, Weber’s rehab on his foot did not go as expected and he was sent home and will be out until further notice.

Brock Boeser: No damage to the foot, but will be listed as week to week. Boeser blocked a shot the other night and left the game and as of now he is said to be ok, no broken bones but some time will be missed.

Auston Matthews: Missed his second straight game and fourth game this season, it seems he is battling an injury all year, but right now his timetable to return is unknown.

Justin Schultz: As reported will be out for a couple of weeks and is now listed as week to week. His return date could be this week, next week and so on, who knows.

Logan Couture: Listed as day to day since sustaining a concussion on Friday night. This could either be a week of no contact or more. Monitor this.

Ryan Kesler: Still not ready to play but the good news is that he skated on Monday during Anaheim’s optional skate. This could mean a post All-Star break return.

Patrick Hornqvist: UBI, still not ready to play, as he sat another one Monday night, and returned back to Pittsburgh.

Nikita Zaitsev: Officially listed on the IR with a lower-body injury, return date could mean just a week of not playing or more. This will be monitored obviously.

TJ Oshie: Who has missed now two weeks of action, said he is optimistic to return Tuesday. Fingers crossed!

Mika Zibanejad: Skated with the first pairing today and should be back in the lineup Tuesday, after missing two weeks of contests.

Corey Perry: Listed on the IR with an LBI injury and said to be week-to-week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drafting Sleepers Fantasy Hockey Q & A Edition 3

We are in week three of Drafting Sleepers fantasy hockey question and answer series. This week we have four questions. The support has been absolutely awesome and I truly love answering these questions, if we get even more I can do this two times a week! Spread the word and share the article! Let’s get this going. Ok, now onto the questions, here are four questions.

Question asked by S Hunt “Would you hold onto Kyle Palmieri if you IR slot is already filled?”

Answer: Honestly no, he’s been on and off the IR list and looks to be out for at least three months, possibly more. No reason to waste a roster spot for a guy who when he comes back will take some time to get into a rhythm. Drop him and let him walk.

Question asked by Matt Johnson “Why has Nylander forsaken us?”

Answer: this was more of a statement I guess but I found it comical, but I feel you, man. This one is a stinger. But honestly, I don’t understand this one either, the sophomore slump cannot actually be a real thing, can it? The Leafs are seeing some offensive struggle in a few guys this season and it is not a good sign. But still, I think Nylander will be a 50 point guy. For you, maybe trade him his name still has some value and you may be able to some ROI on Nylander.

Question asked by Stu Peterson “What’s your opinion on what’s wrong with Jack Eichel?”

Answer: Since this was asked about three days ago and since then Eichel has been slowly picking it up, but the real problem with Eichel is his team. The Sabres lack goaltending and defensive depth and have found themselves behind in so many games, which has worn off on Eichel causing him to try and do too much and it is resulting in some stagnant performances. Right now though I would not be too concerned with Eichel he is going to score 25 goals and 75 points this year but obviously, he was expected to do a bit more, but right now we must remain patient with Eichel.

Question asked by Mike “Which Vancouver goalie would you rather own right now? Or ROS?”

Answer: Are you saying “ROS” like the roster, I’m not entirely sure. But anyways, the majority of the workload is given to Markstrom although Anders Nilsson has lost one start in seven appearances with a .934 save percentage, and 2.25 goals against.While Markstrom is posting a 6-8 record in 17 appearances, with a 2.62 GAA and .911. Vancouver seems to be a decent team this year, and they are playing well. If you want to get starts, just pick and choose when to start Markstrom against certain matchups would be best. But Nilsson is not worth adding right now, if you need a goalie for a day then go for it. His time in the net is not there but, monitor the waiver wire for Nilsson. I’d rather have Markstrom just because I know he is the starter right now and he will be given the nod most nights.

Fantasy Hockey DraftingSleepers Questions; McAvoy worth? Guentzel & Rask panic button

A new segment I am going to try and implement is a Sunday question and answer article. This past Thursday, I wrote on DraftingSleepers.com discussion board about any questions and topics people would like to discuss, the feedback was great and today we have four questions to answer!

Question 1: Mike replied “Any opinion on what to do with Guentzel? Drop/Hold/Trade?”

Answer: This a great question because we are now, 16 some odd games into the NHL season and Guentzel has only put up 5 goals, 5 assists and -7 plus/minus. Those are not great numbers for the highly bolstered forward out of Pittsburgh. Now, Geuntzel plays alongside Malkin and Kessel so the production should be there but it simply has not, which concerns me because if this continues Mike Sullivan would not hesitate to drop Geuntzel to the third line and bring up Carl Hagelin to the second line. My advice for you would be wait another week or two on Geuntzel if he does not break through try and ship him for another low-end player, his value may still hold some worth before Christmas, therefore, you could get a decent amount for him.

Question 2: Frank replied, “Is Charlie McAvoy worth owning in 10 man leagues?” 

Answer: This is fair, Frank also said that he is still holding onto him as a number four defenseman and there is no one he would rather have that is on the waiver wire. Honestly, I am doing the same thing right now, but when push comes to shove McAvoy is usually my first option to sit. It is definitely worth keeping McAvoy just due to the minutes he is seeing, he plays on the first d-pairing along Zdeno Chara and plays the second power play. The only option I could say is going out and streaming a hot defenseman, there is always one defenseman who is hot one week, therefore if you do not see the production in McAvoy sit him a few games and go out and get a streaky defenseman for the week. It is worth holding onto McAvoy though he will be a 45-50 point player this season.

Question 3: Frankie replied, “When can we hit the panic button on Tuukka Rask?”

Answer: Not yet Frankie, Rask is coming off an injury and it is not like Boston is playing great in front of him, but with Boston’s coming schedule hitting the road for their West Coast trip, then coming home to Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Tampa Bay, November does not seem like the best matchups to play Rask but pick and choose when to start him, just be smart right now playing him. Also if the Bruins can help him out on the offensive side of things and they start stringing together some wins, Rask will gain some confidence and get his game back on track. Don’t panic just yet, give it until the All-Star break.

Question 4: Kyle Griffin replied, “What’s your POV(point of view) on a like Anders Lee? Do you think he solely benefits from the Tavares effect or can he hold his own?”

Answer: Kyle also asked the speculation of John Tavares being traded is Lee a sell-high candidate. Great question and I am a bit in between on this, because well it obviously does not hurt to have a top 15 player in the NHL on your line but you can say that about a lot of guys, like whoever plays with Connor McDavid, and other star players. But Tavares will stay in New York and play alongside Lee. Even though without Tavares I could easily see Lee be a 55-60 point guy anyways, he did score 34 goals last year and 25 goals two years ago and to this point he has 17 points, being a point per game player. Without Lee, Barzal or Nelson would step along Lee and that would leave Lee to be the guy in New York giving him, even more, chances to score and produce more. Lee is a 25 plus goal scorer twice in his first four years in the NHL. But if you do see a dip in production from Lee, then I would say sell-high on him, it really depends on how much the other person is willing to give, if the deal is right you cannot simply say no. What I would say is just monitor Lee’s production, and the Islanders offense keeps this up, hold onto Lee long term, the production will be there.