Can you believe that today marks the first anniversary of this multiplayer blockbuster between Winnipeg and Columbus?
And believe it or not, Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic would still be very available on the trade market.
Some things never change.
Initially, it looked like the Blue Jackets were going to come off as gangbusters, especially the way Roslovic walked out of the gates. But then Pierre-Luc Dubois had a great offseason, came back in phenomenal form, and is currently on his way to career highs at every level.
WPG Pierre-Luc Dubois – GP 78: 25G, 24A, 49P, -9
CBJ Patrik Laine – 64 GP: 16G, 20A, 36P, -32
CBJ Jack Roslovic – 85 GP: 18G, 32A, 50P, -16
As you can see, it’s still too early to determine a winner.
In the meantime, we are still waiting for the first meaningful exchange of this season. Speaking of which, it’s been a turbulent time in Alberta lately.
1. Keep an eye out for the Edmonton Oilers who have reportedly stepped up their search for a goaltender in recent days. Braden Holtby, Anton Khudobin and Joonas Korpisalo are three names to watch. Be aware.
2. No, you should not trade Connor McDavid and/or Leon Draisaitl. Suffice it to say, you will instantly regret this decision. Bottom line, try to avoid being reactionary.
3. Make a move for John Klingberg. The Dallas defenseman has six points in eight games since his trade request was made public Jan. 7. For what it’s worth, the Swede could leave sooner rather than later. All eyes are on the Carolina Hurricanes.
4. It’s time for buy-time on Tyler Seguin. The 29-year-old has three goals and six points on a modest three-game point streak. He’s been looking great lately. Act quickly.
5. With Kaapo Kahkonen shining lately for the Wild, now is the perfect time to execute a buy-low on Cam Talbot. Even with Kahkonen emerging, I still think Dean Evason will give Talbot every chance to retain that number one spot.
The veteran could receive the call Monday night at home against Montreal.
6. Get Ville Husso immediately. The 26-year-old is on fire and has started pushing Jordan Binnington into trouble for some game time in St. Louis. So far in 2022, Husso is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout.
The Blues need to see what they have in Husso, he should become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
seven. I’m curious to see what the new Canadiens general manager, Kent Hughes, thinks. Are there any untouchables? What happens in the long term with Carey Price? Stay tuned, there are plenty of possible fantastic dominoes to take.
8. In Winnipeg, Andrew Copp and Cole Perfetti should gain responsibility now that Nikolaj Ehlers is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. It is considered from week to week.
9. Acquire Blake Wheeler. After missing just over a month with a suspected knee issue, the Jets captain returned to the lineup Saturday afternoon in Boston. All in all, the 35-year-old has had a tough season which should pave the way to get him for less than market value. However, this window could close quickly. Wheeler had 12 points in seven games before the injury.
ten. Some eligible wing replacement options to consider: Adrian Kempe, Clayton Keller, Viktor Arvidsson, Tyler Toffoli and Travis Konecny.
11. Honestly, I find it baffling that Alex Tuch is still held at less than 30% in standard leagues. As far as I’m concerned, he’s a go-to fantasy player and you need to act on it. In nine games with Buffalo, Tuch has three goals and 10 points. Don’t miss this value.
12. Pick up and stash Adam Henrique. The 31-year-old will travel with the Ducks on their five-game road trip and is expected to return to the roster midweek. He has six goals and 16 points in 24 games this season.
13. Put Quinton Byfield on your watch list. The Kings recalled the 2020 second overall pick last week. From the start, the 19-year-old skated on the third line as well as on the first unit on the power play. Watch closely.
14. Add Evgenii Dadonov. Playing on the Vegas front row with Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone, the Russian has picked up at least one point in six of his last seven outings (2 G, 5 A).
15. Can I interest you in a little Gustav Nyquist as a short-term stream? The Jackets forward has five goals and five assists in the last 10 games. Think about it.
16. Need help on the back-end? Evan Bouchard, Mike Matheson, Esa Lindell, Jaccob Slavin, Jared Spurgeon and Adam Pelech are all worth a try.
17. The NHL has released an updated schedule for the remainder of the regular season, which will now feature 95 total games between Feb. 7 and Feb. 22.
3 games – LAK, TBL
4 matches – DET, FLA, NYR, SJS
5 games – ANA, ARI, NJD, NSH, VGK, WSH
6 Games – BUF, CHI, COL, DAL, PHI, PIT, STL, VAN
7 matches – BOS, CGY, CBJ, MIN, MTL, NYI, SEA
8 games – CAR, EDM, TOR, WPG
10 games – OTT
This is definitely concerning information for those of you who own a lot of players from teams like Tampa and Los Angeles. Get ahead.
18. Meanwhile, the coming week is tentatively expected to feature a total of 53 games (January 24-30):
Monday: 7 matches
Tuesday: 8 matches
Wednesday: 5 games
Thursday: 10 matches
Friday: 5 matches
Saturday: 11 matches
Sunday: 7 matches
19. There are 13 four-game teams (ANA, BOS, CGY, CAR, COL, DAL, LAK, MTL, NYI, NYR, PIT, SEA, VGK).
When it comes to schedule strength, I like these three teams:
Games: Monday (ANA), Wednesday (@COL), Friday (@ARI), Sunday (@DAL)
Waiver looks like: Matt Grzelcyk, Erik Haula, Craig Smith
SN Fantastic Pool: David Pastrnak 3, BOS Goalkeepers 3
Games: Monday (CHI), Wednesday (BOS), Friday (@CHI), Sunday (BUF)
Waiver looks like: Valeri Nichushkin, JT Compher, Pavel Francouz
SN Fantastic Pool: LOC goalkeepers 3, Nazem Kadri 2
Games: Tuesday (ARI), Thursday (SEA), Friday (DET), Sunday (LAK)
Waiver looks like: Jeff Carter, Kasperi Kapanen, Brian Dumoulin
SN Fantastic Pool: PIT Guardians 3, Jake Guentzel 2
20. Nashville, Tampa and Toronto will only play twice, so it would be wise to avoid depth additions from those three teams.