Wednesday NHL Roundup!

Whooops! This’ll be the “a day late and a buck short” edition of the Roundup, I wrote it yesterday and forgot to post it. Still, last night saw a very light NHL schedule including a very irrelevant tilt between bottom dwellers Detroit and Ottawa. Everything still makes sense today.

Hell of a game this weekend between Edmonton and Winnipeg, a 0-0 tie decided in a shootout. Watching the game was really cool, lots of trading chances and very few whistles.  The Pacific Division has really gone from one of the toughest Divisions to play in to a good spot for up and coming teams to make inroads. Vancouver and Edmonton’s newfound relevance as well as Calgary’s Conference Championship last year are testament to the new opportunities out West.

Did you draft a goalie with a high draft pick this year? My condolences. The top of most goalie categories is reigned over by such household names as Carter Hutton, Phillip Grubauer and Darcy Kuemper. Based on preseason rankings and projections, top goalies Ben Bishop, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Sergei Bobrovsky have been crushing disappointments to anyone who burned a first rounder on them. I was all for overpaying for Vasilevskiy but he’s been mediocre at best. Bishop was grossly overrated from the start. Why would an injury prone guy on a bad team – albeit one with good defence – be the #1 or #2 ranked goalie? I lacked faith in Bobrovsky as well. Florida’s D was nothing to write home about and the team as a whole was far worse than last year’s incarnation of the Blue Jackets. I gave Frederik Andersen a pass because despite hideous GAA & Save % as he’s got the wins. One thing is for certain – whoever took Marc-Andre Fleury is laughing all the way to the bank.

This week’s waiver wire – well, if no one’s grabbed Carter Hutton then I guess now’s the time. You’ve missed his ridiculously hot start – 6-0 with 2 shutouts – but you know what they say! The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. In my most complicated pool there’s columns for PIM, hits and blocked shots. If you’re in one of those pools I humbly suggest you take a look at Brayden McNabb (VGK), Jake McCabe (BUF) or Ian Cole (COL). McCabe’s inflated stats may be tied to Buffalo’s hot start. Conversely, Cole was a late season revelation for me as he excels in all the ancillary stat categories.