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Fantasy Hockey News: Are Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann worth adds? Sam Reinhart back on top line, Nolan Patrick production and more

Jared McCann/Nick Bjugstad: We are all aware of the trade I am assuming if not (here) but Nick Bjugstad played two games now with the Penguins, in those two games he skated along Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin, with Malkin day to day, Phil Kessel is going to be on that wing. Bjugstad has logged roughly 15:30 minutes per game, has had a handful of chances and recorded an assist in his first game. On the other hand Jared McCann is playing with Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist, two veteran players who are strong in front and work down low, with may increase McCann’s stock. McCann has logged around 11:20 minutes per game, recording two shots on goal. This is a player I could potentially see on the second power play, and possibly making a case for a depth winger. I would definitely go out and add Bjugstad right now and be patient with him.

Sam Reinhart: Reinhart has been around the line up this season, from one to three and everything in between. For now though with the Sabres “pushing” for the playoffs and switching things up. Reinhart is back with Jack Eichel and also Jeff Skinner along with that. Reinhart has 12 goals and 33 assists on the season let’s see if this line is to stay tonight.

Nolan Patrick: It is about time we see Patrick being a consistent player in the Flyers line up Patrick has been a huge factor for the Flyers 8-game win streak, in this frame he has 5 goals and 3 assists. Logging around 14:30 minutes per game. He is a third line center right now that plays power play though too. Patrick is definitely a player you keep your eye on in the coming weeks.

Anthony Beauvillier: This kid has been in the line up consistently which is a good thing to see with the way Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle have not lasted. Beauvillier is playing line two with Mat Barzal and Josh Bailey. On the year he has 12 goals and 7 assists and despite his 11 minutes vs LA last game he does usually play 16-18 minutes. A player that can be useful if you need an add for the day/week.

Blake Coleman: We can argue that he has been the Devils most consistent forward all year. Coleman has 18 goals on the year, six goals in his last 10 games and three assists. Coleman is a power play two player and a top six forward playing with Travis Zajac and Miles Wood. Coleman is surely worth the look and could be a possible consistent fantasy player for you.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello line: All three of these guys have to be added in all fantasy leagues. This number could be incorrect, but I believe the MSG broadcast said this line has scored 11 of the Rangers last 13 goals (not including Monday nights game). Zuccarello has 5 goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, Kreider has (24 goals on the year), 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games, Zibanejad has 10 goals and 8 assists in his last 11 games.

Colin White back/Ryan Dzingel worth: Colin White was absent for a few games but he is back and playing normal minutes again. He played the last two games logging 15+ minutes per game, but not much else. He is centering the second line of Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk therefore his value is there and could be a solid add. Ryan Dzingel plays with Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan on line one and is a very under valued guy. Dzingel has 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games. Playing the minutes he does with the players he does makes him an automatic valuable fantasy player.

Mathieu Joseph: Joseph has received a promotion it seems like in Tampa as he is playing line two with Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde, Joseph is a monitor the situation type of guy. I doubt he stays here for long but for right now he could be of use. He has 12 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Jack Roslovic: With Nikolaj Ehlers hurt, Roslovic has finally got the promotion to line two and power play two. It goes without saying that Patrik Laine and Bryan Little are on that line and two very good players but Laine has been in a funk but Roslovic does have 5 goals and one assist in his last four games. Roslovic is worth adding until Ehlers gets back in a week or less.


Philadelphia Flyers Five Game Win Streak Comes From Good Goaltending Aka The Sky Is Blue

Who would have thought this could happen! The Flyers win five in a row! How? Well they got this little thing called goaltending over this five-game win streak. The Flyers have been notorious for their terrible goaltending, leading to lack of consistency, leading to disappointing seasons and under performances.

Well, the Flyers lord and savior Carter Hart comes in sets some franchise and NHL records and the Flyers start to win games. What a shocker good goaltending can do. The Flyers have allowed 10 goals during their five-game win streak. While scoring 20 goals in this span.

Carter Hart has played in four of these five wins for the Flyers. In these four games he has stopped 137 of 147 shots in four games. It is clear as day that all the Flyers needed was some goaltending, they received some consistent goaltending, offense has followed and look at that. They are playing like the Flyers everyone imagined. Also we must mention Anthony Stolarz’s 38 save shut-out vs the Rangers Tuesday night in the Flyers 1-0 win in which they only had 18 shots against.

We also have to note that the Flyers five-game win streak has come from goal scoring as well, 20 goals over five games is not too shabby, and a 4.00 goals per game average in that. In these five-games we have seen performances from James Van Riemsdyk (5) Nolan Patrick (3) and Wayne Simmonds (2), three players who have been quite for an extended period of time when the Flyers were struggling and they played a role in that. JVR, Patrick and Simmonds have combined for 10 of the Flyers 20 goals over the five-game win streak. Pair your top-six chipping, goaltending and you have a winning formula.

Fantasy Hockey players trending in the right direction

We are getting to that point in the season where players have played around 15+ games and if they are not producing a little worry, maybe sit them but then are some random players producing and playing well that are trending and could be worthy of a 1-2 week add, a rental player they say.


Nolan Patrick: It seems Patrick is finally getting in a rhythm of things, after missing a few games due to a minor injury. Patrick has recorded a point in his last 6 of 7 games, in the last 14 days Patrick has 3 goals and 4 assists. He is playing with Jakub Voracek and Oskar Lindblom (until James Van Reimsydk comes back). Patrick had a mediocre first year and seems to finding his stride in the NHL over the last two weeks. On the year Patrick has 5 goals and four assists.

Kevin Hayes: Hayes is on the “trade block” and it seems that is not bothering him though. Hayes has been a solid center this season for the Rangers he centering Vladislav Namestikov and Lias Andersson at the moment, some tough players to play with a rookie and a player still trying to make his way in New York. Hayes has one goal in 7 assists, only producing 1 goal in the Rangers first five games, Hayes has now 8 points in the last six games.

Travis Zajac: Despite the Devils struggling road trip, Zajac saw some success scoring three goals in their five road games. Zajac has been slated as a third line center, but in no time he’ll be a second line center. Zajac has now 6 goals and 5 assists on the year. The Devils next game are a home and away split (2 on the road 2 at home) vs three Metropolitan teams. I’d for sure keep an eye on Zajac.

Devin Shore: Playing too-six minutes is probably not what the Stars had in mind for Shore but he has been an effective top-six guy who also plays power-play two minutes. Looking at his role and his minutes Shore is a solid add just for that reason alone. But in the last two weeks Shore has scored 4 goals with two assists (in the last 7 games), he has been a bit inconsistent but I’d keep an eye on Devin Shore right now. He has 5 goals and 6 assists on the year.


Ben Hutton: Well, look at this offensive-defenseman, Hutton has tallied 3 goals in the last six games and is playing top-four minutes and the power play two. Hutton has 4 goals, 2 assists and 3 power play points on the year. The Canucks have four games this week so it would be smart to watch Hutton as the week goes on.

Jaccob Slavin: This guy has to be an add guy at this point he is top-two defenseman for the Hurricanes plays power play two and is an offensive defenseman that produces big time to be honest. He is soon to be a household name in no time, I have raved about this guy for now two years and this is the year he makes a mark on the league. In the last 7 games he has 2 goals and 1 assist, on the year he has 2 goals and 5 assists, watch Slavin this year.

Tony DeAngelo: A fly under the radar type of guy, the Rangers are not great on the back end, but DeAngelo is seeing a lot of minutes he is averaging 20 minutes a game and in the 7 games he has played this season DeAngelo has 2 goals and 5 assists, on a current three game point streak. A solid rental player.

Miro Heiskanen: With John Klingberg out for at least another three weeks, Heiskanen will be taking over top pair minutes, power play one and seeing more ice. The young defenseman has already seen 20+ minutes even with Klingberg in the lineup Heiskanen is a valuable player but for the next 3 weeks he is a must add guy. He has 2 goals and 5 assists on the year. 


Casey DeSmith: The Penguins have not played well over the last week and a half, and especially Matt Murray which brings in Casey DeSmith. Murray has been off his game to start this season, in seven starts Murray has allowed 3 or more goals in four of them he has a 3.87 GAA and .887 save percentage, poor to say the least. DeSmith in his 8 starts this season DeSmith has 2 or less goals in six of them. Besides his first two starts where he allowed 3 goals, DeSmith has recorded two shutouts. DeSmith is a must add player right now as the Penguins struggle. 

Darcy Kuemper: The Coyotes have been off to a great start this season (for the Yotes it is good) but anyways Antti Raanta is out currently and should be out for the next 2+ weeks, which in comes Kuemper. In the six games he has started he has allowed 1 or less goal in 3 of them and 4 of more in 3 of them. He has 3 wins, a 2.58 goals against and .921 save percentage. Coyotes play Detroit, Nashville, Boston, Vegas in their next four games a solid start for two of those four games.


Fantasy Hockey: These players able to overcome the “sophomore slump”

Nico Hischier: Hischier had a very solid first year in the NHL and made an immediate impact right away. Hischier collected 20 goals and 32 assists in his first year playing in a full 82 games. Hischier will be staying right where he played last year with MVP Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt, with not much added to the Devils roster it is fair to say Hischier will be seeing similar time on the ice and be called upon in all pressure situations. With the amount of time Hischier will be seeing again this year it is only fair to say he is very capable of a 50-60 point season.

Nolan Patrick: Patrick only missed 9 games last season, the big concern with him and possibly the reason he did not go #1 was because of his health. Well he played in 73 games but only tallying 30 points, and 13 goals. He for sure did not have an amazing season and disappointed some a little but a lot of fans and analysts are saying Patrick is bound for a break out year. As he will be slatted next to James Van Reimsydk and  Jakub Voracek, the second year center is going to be asked to step into a big role and produce. It would be a total failure if Patrick did not produce 50 plus points next year playing next to JVR and Voracek while also seeing power play time as well.

Adrian Kempe: Kempe had a surprising first year with the Kings, a first full year that is. Kempe broke onto the scene around the mid way point, he tallied 16 goals and 37 points last year for the Kings. But coming into this year may be a little different. Kempe saw a lot of success due to Jeff Carter being injured and someone needing to step into that role. Well with Carter back and now the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk, Kempe will be a third liner, seeing less minutes therefore production may slid a little. I don’t think we see the same year out of Kempe unless injuries happen but we can expect a 25 point year out of Kempe it seems.

Clayton Keller 2018-19
Keller able to crack 30 goals during the 2018-19 season?

Clayton Keller: I sure hope no one thinks this kid is going to be riddled by the sophomore slump non sense. Keller is the number one scorer on Arizona and with the addition of Alex Galchenyuk it takes some pressure off the young winger. Keller had an unbelievable rookie season, winning rookie of the month one time, and being a Calder nominee. Keller tallied 23 goals and 42 assists in 82 games. At one point he got a little snake bitten and his production stalled, which is typical. Now with a year under his belt Keller will be even better next year, especially with some more serviceable forwards in the line up. Keller could easily notch 30 goals and 70 points next year, which I believe he will.

Brock Boeser: If it was not for the emergence of Matt Barzal last season this was going to be our Calder winner, Boeser broke into the league early and never stopped besides an injury. But the power forward, scoring right winger showed the NHL that he is capable of being an elite goal scorer and top 15 scorer in the NHL. Boeser tallied 29 goals and 26 assists in 62 games, had he played a full 82, he would have easily tallied 34 plus goals last year. Boeser even dealt with his line mates Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi being injured and still produced solid numbers. Boeser is going to be here to stay for a long time. I think it is with my best judgement and all can agree Boeser will tally 35 goals next year and 70 points.

NHL RookiesMatt Barzal: The Calder winner has a long road ahead of him, now being the face of the Islanders and wallpaper of many Islander fans phones. Barzal will need to topple that 85 point season and do even more! Barzal broke into the league and made a name for himself early on, after his 6 assist game and 900 multiple point games, everyone knew this kid was something special. Barzal’s elusiveness, speed and skating ability made everyone keep an eye on this kid when he was out there. Barzal tallied 22 goals and 63 assists last year. With John Tavares gone now and Barzal being the face of the Islanders, their power play one option and the all around go to guy there Barzal could possibly tally upwards of 85 points next season. It would  be tough but not impossible, I’d have to say a 80 point season is due out of Barzal next year.

Jake DeBrusk: DeBrusk in a sense came out of no where last season, he was not really a sought after prospect nor a big name, therefore when he started burying goals and finished with 43 points, more people knew about the Bruins left wing prospect. DeBrusk was drafted in the 1st round in 2015, making his first appearance in the NHL this past 2017-18 season. Playing alongside some top Bruin forwards really helped excel DeBrusk’s game along with some other prospects on the team. DeBrusk game really elevated this season. DeBrusk is slotted next to David Backes and David Krejci who if they both can stay healthy DeBrusk is bound for another 45 plus point season and a solid second year.



NHL: Flyers gamble on Nolan Patrick for forward depth

Nolan-Patrick-Flyers-2017-4This offseason, when the Philadelphia Flyers were gifted with the second overall pick in the draft, the team knew they were going to receive potentially an elite player in either Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick. When Patrick fell in their laps, the Flyers believed their forward corps would be immediately improved, as Patrick was always touted as an NHL-ready prospect.

Fifteen games into the 2017-18 season and Nolan Patrick has one goal and two assists for three points and a +2 rating

This is not to say in any way that Nolan Patrick is a bust. He’s an immensely talented and promising prospect. But relying on a first-year 19-year-old player to step in and produce right away is always a gamble, and right now it doesn’t seem to be paying off. This leaves the Flyers with an apparent issue in depth up-front, as outside of GirouxCouturierVoracek, the team is lacking significant scoring.

Luckily for the Flyers, that first line has been especially dominant, combining for 53 points this season. But that production is going to drop at times during the season, and alarmingly, the rest of the Flyers forwards have combined for only 46 points so far.

Philadelphia has been lucky that the production of the first line has helped them to a 7-6-2 record, but there’s little depth to turn to when that well goes dry. Unless Nolan Patrick really begins to hit his stride.

My 10 Thoughts For the 2017-2018 NHL Season

10 Thoughts

    1. Are the kids alright? With the emergence of the Toronto rookies last season all eyes are on the center of the hockey universe. This team has high aspirations and experts even putting them in cup contention. Will there be a sophomore slump for any of their rookies like Nylander, Marner, Matthews, Brown, or Hyman? Will any exceed their historical numbers last season. This is something I am keeping a keen eye on for the ’17-18 season.
    2. Goaltending is finally handled in Dallas. With an elite offense, and a quality defense, now add in Ken Hitchcock, will the singing of Ben Bishop be enough to push this team into a cup contender or will they flounder in the most competitive division in hockey? This Bishop storyline will be one to ponder throughout the season.
    3. The Eastern Conference Wildcard is something to look at not now, but down the road as we get to February. For me it is only that final wild card spot up for contention by 4 teams. Those teams include Carolina, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York Islanders. This is a race that will be tight all season and will be fun to watch.
    4. Which team is the surprise to finish in last place? For me it is the Kings. With an older team with not much depth they could struggle to get many wins this season and will be interesting to watch how close they finish to the basement.
    5. Jack Eichel will put up big numbers this year. I want to see if he can turn into that elite player and finish high up in the Art Ross race this season. Buffalo is a very interesting team to watch this season.
    6. I want to see how Vegas competes this season. I do not have high hopes for them, but seeing a new team is always a fun time and will be fun to watch how the city embraces the new team.
    7. The health of Steven Stamkos. When he is healthy, he is one of the best players in the league. With many injuries these last couple seasons, I want to see him stay healthy and believe he will be the biggest impact on how well the Lightning perform this season.
    8. Will we finally see a Canadian team lift the Stanley Cup? It has been 24 years since Montreal won in 1993, with a strong Edmonton and Toronto team, can the Canadian teams finally bring a cup to the Great White North.
    9. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ run for a third straight Stanley Cup. The Pens are once again expected to be a top team in the East, and with a strong lineup it is not out of the question that they can repeat again. This is something that has not happened since the Islanders won 4 straight from 1980-1983.
    10. Which rookie will make the biggest impact this season? I have my eyes on McAvoy for Boston but players like Patrick and Hischier could turn their franchises around for the better.10 thoughts


Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers have a very bright future ahead of them. According to thehockeywriters.com, the Flyers have the number one farm system in the NHL. With a strong core from Simmonds, to Giroux, to Provorov this team will be a strong team in a couple of years. Unfortunately, this may not come to fruition this upcoming season. After missing the playoffs last season with a majority veteran core, the Flyers will begin their youth movement this season. With players like Travis Sanheim (21), Sam Morin (22), Oskar Lindblom (21) coupled with other younger players who were on the team last season (Konecny and Provorov respectively), the Flyers are making a move to become a dominant force soon. One spot in which the Flyers may struggle this season will be with such a young defense core. With 4 of their starters under the age of 24, they may struggle with adapting to the league. It may be one more season until guys like Gostisbehere and Provorov get more experience under their feet and see true success. Another endeavor could be in net for the next couple of years. With goaltenders like Carter Hart and Alex Lyon still being another couple years away from being NHL ready, the Flyers are stuck with Brian Elliot and Michal Neuvirth, who are far from being a top goalie tandem in the league. If veterans like Giroux and Simmonds step up in scoring, get strong play from their young forwards and defense, and get around league average goal-tending this season, it could push the Flyers is into a Wild Card spot.

New Additions:

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Nolan Patrick: The Flyers lucked out immensely this past off-season with obtaining the number two overall pick and choosing Nolan Patrick. During this preseason Patrick has impressed Flyer fans with poise far beyond his years and appears to be a very strong leader, and two-way forward moving. Having him play with Simmonds on his wing could turn that second line into one of the most lethal second lines in the league. With both players having strong defensive games, coupled with some offensive flair can be a deadly combo.

Breakout Players:

Oskar Lindblom: Lindblom has impressed many fans and the organization with his scoring touch and strong style of play. Playing on a line with Giroux and Voracek can turn this rookie into a possible 20+ goal scorer with the ability to score up to 50 or more points

Nolan Patrick: Playing on a line with Simmonds and Leier will turn this line into more of a shutdown line rather than a reliable scoring line, yet there is that ability for them to be successful in the offensive zone. 40 points is not a far reach for Patrick in his rookie campaign with the wingers he is with.

Travis Konecny: Here is my outlandish belief that Konecny can make a HUGE jump in his game this season. I feel that 25+ goals and even 60 points if put in the right position to succeed this season



93 Points, Fifth in Metropolitan, 9th in Conference

NHL: NOV 27 Predators at Flyers