Ramblings – Early PP Observations for Each Team (Oct 18)



I hope you enjoyed the Fantasy Guide this year. Tons of updates once again, and I put through the last one on Saturday. That's a wrap for another year! Grab it here if you have a late draft.

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Those who bought the Guide, knew about my dark horse goaltender early in training camp. And Karel Vejmelka performed very well in his debut on Saturday. I hope some of you were able to take advantage of the early tip!


BREAKING: Nikita Kucherov’s injury Saturday looks to be serious and he may have surgery. Nothing official yet, but this could be a long-term thing. Keep an eye out for Kucherov news today. This is per Erik Erlendsson. But if Kucherov is out, the door swings back open for Ondrej Palat owners!


Just a couple of games into the regular season and at this point what I look at are the PP data and any opportunities therein. This isn't the time where the PP units are finalized, but those first couple of games you do get a bit of insight as to how the coach feels about his players and their potential roles. Mason McTavish getting on the first unit for Anaheim at the expense of Max Comtois, for example. Normally we don't see a rookie get thrown out there like that, so this tells me that McTavish isn't getting eased in – Dallas Eakins wants him to be a key part of the offense this year. To me, it lowers the likelihood that he gets sent down after he plays nine games.

Just little things like that, I use to form some early opinions. Here are some other observations:


The Coyotes are rolling four forwards and a defenseman, and Shayne Gostisbehere is the the defenseman. That means Jakob Chychrun is not. He gets the leftovers.

Just one game, but Matt Grzelcyk was off the power play altogether, in favor of Charlie McAvoy and Mike Reilly. Since Boston also uses four forwards and one defenseman, Grzelcyk's production potential has plummeted.

Zemgus Girgensons is getting solid PP time, knocking Vinnie Hinostroza out of the mix. Hinostroza was on that unit in preseason.

Juuso Valimaki hasn't been used on the PP at all. Calgary is another 4-1 team (forwards-defensemen) and Rasmus Andersson has been the main guy so far.

Tony DeAngelo has been out there for 83.7% of Carolina's available PP time. Rod Brind'Amour is all in with him, so we probably should be, too. That's over five minut