Every Sunday during the NHL regular season, I’ll share my 20 Fantasy Thoughts. They’re based on the latest news, findings, trends and themes in the fantasy hockey world.
1. It’s early but you can’t help but chuckle at the fact that the most consistent producers from the Erik Karlsson and Max Pacioretty deals have been Chris Tierney and Tomas Tatar, respectively.
2. The 24-year-old Tierney has flourished in a top-six role for Guy Boucher’s squad playing on a line with rookie Brady Tkachuk and sniper Mark Stone. With Tkachuk now sidelined, insert Ryan Dzingel. Tierney’s domination isn’t sustainable but expect him to notch career highs this season.
3. Small sample size but Tatar is playing some of the best hockey of his career right now. Through seven games, the 27-year-old is operating at over a point-per-game clip (3 goals, 5 assists). Amazingly, he’s found consistent chemistry on Montreal’s top line with Philip Danault and Brendan Gallagher. Grab him!
4. After all that hype, can you believe that the San Jose Sharks didn’t get a goal from a defenceman until game eight? Karlsson has four measly assists so far. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer recently tweaked the power play units splitting up Karlsson and Brent Burns. Early returns — smart move.
5. To be fair, it’s been a slow start for the majority of the off-season’s big-time acquisitions. My advice: RELAX. No time to panic! It’ll come.
6. Speaking of Pacioretty, as if it couldn’t get any worse, he recently lost his centerman, Paul Stastny, for up to two months due to a lower-body injury. Pacioretty’s new linemates: Erik Haula and