If you missed out on either my draft kit or the early entries into my weekly series, you can find it all right here: Fake Teams Fantasy Hockey. A quick recap of last week's article: Mikkel Boedker and Trevor Daley slowed down which is unfortunate, but I remain high on Daley's long term outlook. Cam Atkinson got hurt and is currently day to day. Filip Forsberg was fine, but not exceptional and Sami Vatanen was the real winner of the week with solid production. Robin Lehner and Alex Stalock each got the game that I expected, but neither really turned the tables as I was hoping. Evgeni Nabokov got the two backup starts this week that I predicted and started off with a gem against the Flames before the Wild trounced him in his second start. Overall, not a good week for him, but at elast he got you two starts and a win? That's all I was really going for anyway, he was more a desperation start if you needed it. Henrik Lundqvist remains a slow starter and the door should not have shut on your opportunity to acquire him. Bid now. Rick Nash and a slow week as I expected and it might be a little harder to try and sell him now than it was last week. It hasn't been too long though, so try anyway, you should still get good dollar for him. From two weeks ago, Tyler Toffoli continues to rip it up. Pick him up if you're in one of the 32% of leagues where he remains unowned. If you do already own him, now might be the time to see what you can sell him for as his value has never been higher.
Week Three (October 27-November 2):
4 Game Week: Anaheim, Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg
2 Game Week: Florida, New York Rangers
All other teams at 3 games
You should go and get NHL Center Ice (if you haven't already done so) to properly enjoy the season's slate of games; trust me - it's worth the money.
Andrew Shaw - C - CHI (28% owned): It's been long enough now that I'm officially tired of being wrong with my Brad Richards preseason expectations. And I hate being wrong. I still think he'll be fine, but it's time to talk about Shaw who has taken hold on the second line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. It really should have been a bit more obvious to expect Shaw there I guess with the great postseason that line had together. I was just stuck looking at the shiny new toy I guess. Shaw hasn't done anything exceptional yet, but I believe he should be more widely owned if only because of who he's playing with. It'll pay off later.
Contributes in goals, penalty minutes, powerplay points
Can hurt you in assists
Nick Leddy - D - NYI (31%): Leddy was always buried on the depth chart with the Blackhawks, but he is getting far more opportunity as a member of the Islanders. Everyone has talked about this already which is why i'm surprised he's only 31% owned. He has a legit shot at 40 points this year and that should be more widely owned.
Contributes in goals, assists, shots
Can hurt you in plus/minus and powerplay points
Tyler Johnson - C/RW - TB (51%): Ok, i'm breaking an unofficial rule here as he's over 50% owned (but barely). Johnson is playing on the second Lightning line with Ondrej Palat and has quietly racked up assists in six straight games. Make him a priority add until this streak ends and potentially even longer than that.
Contributes in assists and shots
Can hurt you in penalty minutes
Jared Spurgeon - D - MIN (12%): Spurgeon has been one of the lesser known but better defenseman for the Wild in the last couple years. This could finally be his breakout year if Matt Dumba doesn't take away too much opportunity away from him. Spurgeon very quietly has 5 points and is a plus eight already this year. He has a four game week this week and is a good option for a lower end plug and play defenseman right now.
Contributes in goals, assists, plus/minus
Can hurt you in shots
Adam Henrique - C - NJ (35%): Henrique is a bit of a watch and see guy as he is being moved all around the Devils lineup, but is predominately on the third line. That said, he is off to a great start with eight points in eight games and has played top line center before. If your league has shorthanded points, you should definitely take the plunge.
Contributes in goals, assists, plus/minus, and powerplay points
Can hurt you in penalty minutes and shots
Tommy Wingels - RW - SJ (25%): Wingels is shooting like a man possessed (tied for the league lead) and is getting ample time on the top lines with the Sharks. Make him a priority add before the goals really pile on and he's no longer available in your league. Life is nice playing with Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture.
Contributes in goals and shots
Can hurt you in plus/minus
Chris Stewart - RW - BUF (13%): Unless your league is deep, don't add Stewart yet. Just watch and wait. He's a good candidate to be traded this year and if he plays on a better team, he could produce some great numbers for a free agent add.
Contributes in goals, penalty minutes, and shots
Can hurt you in plus/minus
John Gibson - G - ANH (40%): It may have been too early to write Gibson off. He went down to the AHL for some conditioning and a general tune-up, his idea by the way - just goes to show you how mature the kid really is, and came back up to play very well in his one appearance. Gibson is the goalie of the future for the Ducks and they'll want to give him some more opportunities. It wouldn't surprise me if we start to see the time share now that many expected in the preseason. Anaheim has four games this week and Gibson playing two wouldn't surprise me.
Antti Raanta - G - CHI (27%): I don't know how long Cory Crawford will be out, but I would expect that he should be back this week. Raanta at least makes a great play for the week as I expect the Blackhawks to ease Crawford back into the net. With four games this week and a back to back on the weekend, I'd expect Raanta to get two of the games still.
Mike Smith - G - ARI (78%): See if you can get Mike Smith off of his owner. He's a notoriously slow starter and Saturday's win over the Panthers might be the start of a roll. He'll be fine rest of season in Dave Tippett's system.
Hopefully there is enough here to help you through the week, but if not, here is a preview towards next week.
Week Four (November 3-9) Preview:
4 Game Week: Detroit, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Ottawa, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver
2 Game Week: Boston
All other teams at 3 games
My NHL Schedule:
The NHL Schedule has been revised for the rescheduled game in Ottawa. That was a tragic event in my nation's capital and my prayers go out to everyone that was affected. The revised schedule is attached here: 2014-15 NHL Schedule . Don't forget to change the time zone to your appropriate time zone. The one thing I ask of you is that you do not take my schedule and use it for your own personal gains. Please do not sell it, you can direct people here to find it, but do not sell it.
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