Welcome back to The Journey. So, how are we feeling? It's been three days of non-stop hockey and boy, does it feel great. As expected, the games have been fast-paced, the goals have been pouring in and most importantly, they have provided an abundance of entertainment.
With cap crunches and taxi squads in effect, we have also seen our fair share of prospects make their mark on the league, with a handful of them producing their first NHL points or wins (goaltenders).
Through three days, here is a list of prospects who have etched their names on the NHL scoresheet for the first time:
Kirill Kaprizov – 1GP, 1G, 2A
John Leonard – 1GP, 2 A
Nils Hoglander – 2GP, 1G, 1A
Ty Smith – 1GP, 1G
Dylan Cozens – 2GP, 1A
Alexander Romanov – 1GP, 1A
Vitek Vanecek – 1GP, 1W
We also saw last year’s highly anticipated first-overall pick, Alexis Lafreniere, make his NHL debut. He was held off the scoresheet, but saw 15:21 of ice-time and provided a hit, a block, and a minus-1 rating. He’s been skating on the club's second line in preparation for game two, so buckle up. It’s only a matter of time.
With fantasy leagues now off to the races, so are their waiver wires. This assures an influx of insanely early player hype, which always results in unholy amounts of add/drops and binge spending. Moves that owners usually end up regretting not soon after the fact.
With that in mind, here are some of the season's early stock risers to blow all of your cash on, if available.
Joel Farabee, LW, Flyers
Farabee's stock went parabolic and sent fantasy owners rushing for waiver bids, following a four-point (1g + 3A) season debut. He spent the game lined up with Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes and was a half-wall option on the second power-play unit – where he posted two of his helpers.
Naturally, he cooled off immediately with zero points during his second game, despite skating on the same line. Luckily, assuming there is no unforeseen drop-off, I envision his deployment to stick and he should provide a solid spike in production this season.