Frozen Tools Forensics: Early Season Notables – Part 2

Chris Kane


The beginning of the season is an incredibly important time in fantasy. There is always a certain amount of roster turnover as players have fast starts, slow starts, or get better/worse deployment than expected. It is a time when attentive managers can really get an upper hand and turn a streaming spot, or dud draft pick, into a long-term hold. For this week we are going to follow up on some notable players from last week and review a few more. Next week we will return to more of our regularly scheduled programming.

This week on Frozen Tool Forensics: Early Season Notables Part 2.

Like last week we don't have a specific report we are working off of, more taking a look at changes in lines, flashes of production etc. in the early going. The goal is to identify if players are worth holding/grabbing, or if we should be cutting bait. We will be referencing the Player Profiles, using the game log, line combo, and career pages, while using rostered percentages from Yahoo. Also this is all based on Wednesday night games so I will undoubtedly miss some storylines from Thursday night. The usual caveat also applies here that we are dealing with small sample sizes, and deployment can change quickly.

First up: quick check in on last week's mentions

We started with a list of players who had piqued my interest. One week later here is your short and sweet update.

Ondrej Kase: Injured, drop or stash.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Two points and two shots in three games, not super interesting. Consider replacing.

Martin Necas: Five points and nine shots in three games, 18 plus total time on ice. Sign me up.

Dylan Strome: Low shot rates, but still top deployment – four points in four games overall.

Andrei Kuzmenko: Decreasing time on ice and shot rates, borderline streamer.

Reilly Smith: Keeping deployment and 17 shots in four games, hold.

Artturi Lehkonen: Hold, obviously.

The next group was the list of players who I was holding out for more data before recommending.

Connor Brown: Injured, drop or stash.