Ramblings: Niederreiter Scores Thrice and Preds Win Twice, Kunin, Valimaki, Addison (Oct 9)  

Ian Gooding

2022-10-09

The Nashville Predators have taken both games from the San Jose Sharks in Prague, winning Saturday's game by a score of 3-2. Both teams will fly back to North America, where they will resume their seasons later next week while readjusting to the time change.

Your way-too-early goal scoring leader is Nino Niederreiter, who scored three goals over the two games. In his first two games as a Predator, Niederreiter has been playing on Ryan Johansen's wing, so there already appears to be a good match. I "nearly" added Niederreiter in one league, opting instead for Philip Tomasino, who for some reason was a healthy scratch for both games. That shouldn't take anything away from Niederreiter, who so far appears to be clicking with his new team. Niederreiter might be that guy that gets added to a lot of teams as a result of this early-season success, but keep in mind that his 120+ goal pace is very much unsustainable.

Eeli Tolvanen, featured in this week's Journey as a potential deep sleeper, recorded points in back-to-back games. You could call him a post-hype sleeper as well, given the time it seems we've been waiting on him. He's already 23 or only 23, depending on whether you think the glass is half empty or half full.

Ex-Predator Luke Kunin also recorded points in back-to-back games, including a power-play goal on Saturday. Kunin has also been playing on the first line with Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier, taking the spot that the injured Alexander Barabanov had for some of last season. Kunin also saw some first-unit power-play time during the first game. He seems like a good option for the Sharks in front of the net because of his physical ability. He is definitely worth a flier in bangers leagues (223 HITS last season), as he is rostered in only 24% of leagues