The betting favourite for this year’s Calder Trophy is back in the NHL.
Following a six-game stint (2 G, 3 A) in the American Hockey League, the Canadiens recalled Cole Caufield on Thursday. Shortly thereafter, the 20-year-old was held pointless and was a minus-3 in Thursday night’s embarrassing 6-0 loss to Pittsburgh.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint, but without question, Caufield has considerable ground to make up to even re-enter the rookie of the year discussion.
With American Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Detroit Red Wings boast not one but two legitimate contenders for the Calder. At this point, it’s pretty much Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider, and then everyone else. Also, don’t sleep on goalie Spencer Knight.
Next time you put together a roster for the Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool, you should consider rostering a rookie or two. They’re cheap and efficient.
Now to your questions:
To be fair, this question was asked before Caufield was recalled but my answer wouldn’t have changed either way.
Despite the fact that the winger has tallied one measly point – an assist – in 11 NHL games this season, I think you stay the course and hope for the best. It’s all about confidence with the youngsters, Caufield looked way more engaged on Thursday night than he did in the 10 games prior to kick off the season.
Mark my words: The production will come for Caufield sooner rather than later.
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Dependent on team needs of course, I think that’s a pretty fair one-for-one swap. Hughes should have no problem sticking as a top-10 fantasy blueliner and even if the Ducks do fall off a bit, Gibson’s numbers shouldn’t suffer too much.
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Prorated over 82 games, Gourde is currently on pace for 27 goals and 54 points. I still wonder who’s going to get him the puck, however. To answer your question, I do think he’s worth rostering in a 12-team banger league right now, but I’d have a short leash.
The waiver wire is your friend, never forget that. If Gourde can’t consistently do the job for you, don’t be afraid to move on.
I still think patience is the name of the game. After all, it’s a long season. You don’t want to drop him now only for someone else to pick him up and reap the benefits later, you know. Believe in the process; Fiala will get cooking eventually. He’s always been pretty streaky, just wait for the hot streak.
While the production hasn’t been there this season, Weegar covers enough categories to keep me interested for the time being. The Panthers are a buzzsaw, he’s bound to tally some residual points here and there. Slow and steady wins the race.
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I’m in the business of value hunting. If you want Campbell, you’ll have to buck up and probably overpay. As for Fleury, I still think we’re in a buy-low window for the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. Seeing as the Blackhawks are now up to four wins in a row under itnerim coach Derek King, you may want to act swiftly upon that. The window is closing.
At this juncture, I view Perunovich as more of a streamer option, especially with Torey Krug back in the fold. Sadly, there’s only one puck to go around in St. Louis, so don’t expect the 2020 Hobey Baker Award winner to light the world on fire just yet.
To answer your Zegras-or-Getzlaf debate, how do you not side with the captain right now? The Troy Terry attachment does it for me, that dude has been ridiculous so far.
Yes, on all three fronts. I think there are far more attractive options on the waiver wire, Zegras and Bratt being two of them. Have a look.
Personally, I think something has to give in Dallas, so I’d probably hold on to him. In general, the Stars have been a massive disappointment in fantasy hockey this season. To be fair, they’ve never really been able to score under Rick Bowness, which is bizarre considering the talent littered across that roster. For my money, they need to open things up like the Ducks did.
It’s close but I’d go with the Pettersson side, even though he’s been a big-time passenger so far this season. Of the four players, I think it’s fair to say that he has the highest ceiling. It’s a fair deal for both sides, I’m inclined to bank on a Pettersson bounce-back eventually.