Ramblings: stay patient with slow starts; Returns and replacements for injuries; Appreciating Volume Gatekeepers (October 26)

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We’re a couple of weeks into the season and there are definitely some slow starts that I’m looking into, some of which I certainly didn’t expect to have to worry about so early.

Vitek Vanecek – Goalkeepers are the definition of fickle, and that’s especially the case in small samples. When that goalkeeper is on a new team and he has to deal with both of them getting used to a new set of defense along with the starter to get a new chance. However, Mackenzie Blackwood got shaken up the other night, and then Vanecek put in a decent performance against Detroit, which may be a sign the tide is turning.

Jonathan Huberdeau – Huberdeau’s points aren’t that far off his pace from last year, a couple of rebounds and he’s back. However, what is worrying is the rest of his numbers. His time on the ice has dropped to levels he hasn’t seen since his sophomore year a decade ago (less than 17 minutes per game). Hubs is also being used in a more defensive role than in previous years. He was starting 70% of his at-bats on the offensive end last year, and this year that number has dropped to 45%.

There is an adjustment period for players with new equipment, but especially when there is such a drastic change in usage and expectations. There will be a decrease from last season, and that may be especially true for shot totals and other peripherals. At least his partner Nazem Kadri has adjusted well. It probably won’t be long until those two team up in an effort to wake up Huberdeau, which should work as Lindholm’s line will likely remain the defensive responsibility, while a Huberdeau/Kadri combo would revel in all openings. offenses he could handle.

Kyle Connor – Winnipeg has been very inconsistent at the beginning of the year, and that has affected everyone in the lineup. Like Huberdeau, under the new coach, Coach Connor’s ice time and shooting rate have dropped slightly this year. He’s also shooting just 5 percent, three times less than his career average. He matches his shooting percentage to his career average with two extra goals and it’s pretty close to his usual self. There’s nothing to worry about here, especially with the easy schedule Winnipeg has for the next three weeks.

Pavel Buchnevich: The lingering injury that has kept him out of the lineup since the first game has been hard to watch, but Buch did the best he could in his only game so far. The problem is that when day-to-day injuries last longer than expected, they almost always end up being an underlying problem for the rest of the season, since the player decides to just play. The Blues also need the help as they haven’t put up much offense overall yet and have had one of the lightest schedules in the NHL to this point.

Rick delves deeper into Buchnevich in this week’s Forum Buzz. He also needs a few more questions for this month’s monthly mailing folder. To get the question from him, he can send a private message “rizzeedizzee” through the DobberHockey forums, or send an email to [email protected] with “Roos Mailbag” as the subject line.

Teuvo Teravainen: They already dropped it in one of my leagues, and I picked it up as soon as it came off waivers (the benefits of being up at odd hours trying to get a one-year-old back to sleep). He has been one of the most consistent wingers in the last five years, scoring at least 60 points in four of the last five seasons (the only one he didn’t score was a season interrupted by injury). .

This year he’s playing with the same linemates, with the same amount of ice time, putting up his usual shooting numbers, and his underlying numbers are in line with his usual outlook. The biggest problem is that he has yet to put the puck in the net in 16 shots. Like Kyle Connor, if he went back to his career norm for shooting percentage, there would be nothing to talk about here, since he would be on his usual 65-point pace.


Last night we saw some rookies take big chances because of some injuries, and these situations are worth keeping an eye on.

Miro Heiskanen missed the match with an undisclosed upper body injury. Nils Lundkvist saw his ice time jump, and he was on the ice last night during the biggest power play ice time among all stars. He didn’t record a point, but he still has three points from seven games, and if Heiskanen is out for an extended period of time, Lundkvist’s scoring rate should rise above one point every two games.

Ondrej Palat was also added late to the injured list, and we saw Alexander Holtz break into the top nine in his place. He couldn’t find the score sheet, but with his shooting and how dominant New Jersey’s offense has been this year, attacking opposition in waves, Holtz should fit in just fine.

Erik Haula took Palat’s place in the top lane, spending the game alongside Jack Hughes and the red-hot Jesper Bratt. Haula is still looking for his first point of the season, but he’s worth listing as long as he’s in that lane, and he brings a wide variety of peripherals to boot. He initially got an assist on Hughes’ goal last night, but then it was taken away. It’s just a matter of time.


Last night was Matt Grzelcyk’s third match since returning from injury. He has points in all three, despite not yet usurping Hampus Lindholm on the first power play drive. That unit has been absolutely dominant for the Bruins, and if Lindholm hangs on to that for another two months or so until McAvoy returns, then it’s worth having, and it may also be a cheaper DFS play in the short term.


In another injury return, Patrik Laine played in his second game of the season, returning a week earlier than expected. He didn’t have much of an impact on the game, but he’ll be ready for the upcoming games in Finland, and he’ll be a boon to the Blue Jackets as they look to break their big slump with man advantage. They are now 0-17, which is a big surprise considering the ability of their top unit and that, on paper, they have a solid second unit. It won’t be long down.


Alex Stalock put on another entertaining performance last night in the Blackhawks’ win. I’m not kidding, he’s the most entertaining goalkeeper I’ve seen in a long time. Very aggressive and always making himself seen when the puck is around him.

I’ve already added him in two leagues as he’s winning games and seeing a high volume of shots. He has been out of the NHL for a while now with some heart problems, but he looks healthy and in tip-top shape right now. He’s never stringed together two solid seasons in a row, but he does show up exceptionally for about 30 games every four years.

As someone who hates spending any kind of high draft capital to recruit a goalie, and refuses to give up a solid skater for an equivalent goalie, Stalock is exactly the kind of attractive goalie I love to ride for 20 games or so. until the next. comes the bright goalkeeper.


Speaking of goalkeepers who can run, Connor Ingram seems to thrive when he sees a heavy workload. That works well for Arizona, and as he adjusts to the team’s defense, look for him to get much more comfortable and put up a handful of performances in which he only allows one or two goals on 40 shots. However, his first start in which he allowed five goals on 29 shots is the other side of the coin, that’s the risk with every goalkeeper, though especially when you look at a guy who plays for Arizona (or Chicago for that matter). .


Fun read here about Phil Kessel breaking the NHL iron man record last night.


you can find me at Twitter @alexdmaclean if you have any questions or comments about fantasy hockey.

See you next wednesday!

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