Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch.
Every Friday we’ll provide an overview of some players whose stock is trending up or down. For the players whose stock has risen, I’m hoping there is a possibility they are available to you on the waiver wire. Accordingly, I will identify players who are at, or below, 50 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues.
For the players whose stock has fallen, I’ll pay less attention to ownership as it's likely they are rostered and you may be wondering if you should drop or trade them.
The article intends to help inform the valuation of a player based on their performance to date. Some players are worth more today than last week, and for others the opposite is true.
Jingle bells, batman smells, let's get after it.
All statistics from DobberHockey unless otherwise stated. This article does not include Thursday night's games.
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Stock Watch
Tanner Jeannot RW, Nashville Predators (25% rostered)
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Like several teams, the Nashville Predators have been hammered by Covid. The team had eight players in the Covid protocol before the league-wide pause this week.
As a result, players like Tanner Jeannot have been granted opportunities they might not otherwise see. In Jeannot's case, he's making the most of it. Throughout the season Jeannot has averaged 15:38 in ice-time with about 30 seconds of that coming on the powerplay.
Since December 10th, however, he's played over 17 minutes in every game. That includes a 24:10 marathon on December 16th and a 22:41 effort the following night. Over 22 minutes of ice time on back-to-back nights. His powerplay time was substantial over that span as well. Jeannot logged 3:52 and 5:06, respectively on the top unit. Yowza.
Jeannot has six points in his last five games. That's all fine and good. His real value comes from his ability to fill multiple categories. He has 92 hits in 30 games so far this year. He's logged more than three hits, in three of his last four games. That includes a six-hit effort on December 17th.
WE SEE YOU, TANNER JEANNOT pic.twitter.com/baTxK7mYJB
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) April 12, 2021
Jeannot also offers consistent shots and penalty minutes.
I have no idea what will happen with Jeannot's playing time once the season resumes after Christmas. At the moment he is a rare player who covers multiple categories. Jeannot is worth adding to your watch list, as his stock was firmly on the rise before the break.
Taylor Raddysh, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (3% rostered)
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Talyor Raddysh is a player with several caveats to keep an eye on. First, his ice time is all over the place. Since December 9th his minutes have ranged from 18:37 on December 9th to 9:43 on December 21st.
He's also playing on Tampa Bay's fourth line, alongside Boris Katchouk (gesundheit) and Riley Nash. In his first 20 games, he scored only one point.
The good news is he has scored eight points and logged 20 shots in his last 10 games. The best news is he is getting a ton of time on the Lightning's first powerplay unit. Since December 9th, he has played at least 2:15 on the top unit in every game, including a gargantuan 5:26 on December 11th and respectable 4:53 on December 16th.
Raddysh has only played 29 games in his NHL career, so it's hard to say what kind of player he is just yet. Raddysh scored 109 points as an 18-year-old in the Ontario Hockey League. Before his callup from the American Hockey League, he had scored 29 points in 27 games. According to DobberHockey's NHLe tool that equates to 50 and 43 points respectively at the NHL level.
Did you miss this last night?
— NHL (@NHL) December 5, 2021
Over the last 10 games, Raddysh has a 20 percent shooting percentage. That will certainly come down. His IPP of 52.94 doesn't seem unreasonable. So who knows what the future holds. I will say that as long as he's logging significant time on the Atlantic Division-leading Lightning, his stock will be up. At the moment, Raddysh is a great short-term ad.
Alex Tuch, RW, Buffalo Sabres (23% rostered)
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Did you know that Alex Tuch is only 25 years old? That blew my mind. It feels like he's been in the league forever. Tuch entered the league in 2016-17 with the Minnesota Wild, playing only six games. He followed that up with 78 games as a Vegas Golden Knight in 2017-18.
Tuch was shipped from Vegas to Buffalo as part of the Jack Eichel deal. He has yet to play a game as a Sabre due to shoulder surgery, which kept him out for five months.
Tuch was all set to make his Buffalo debut last week. But due to Columbus' Covid situation the Sabres' game was postponed. Tuch will now have to wait until after the Christmas break.
He will assume the right-wing role alongside Dylan Cozens and Brett Murray on Buffalo's second line. Tuch will also get some powerplay time, albeit on the second unit.
A power forward with some cash effect in his game, Tuch has scored 15 goals or more in three of the last four seasons. He reached the 20 goal mark in 2018-19. He provides peripheral category coverage in the form of hits and shots. Tuch will be leaned on heavily in the Sabres' top six and may see top unit powerplay time in the future.
His stock is up solely because he is back on the ice. It will be interesting to see what the first few weeks of play have in store for him. A return from shoulder surgery is no small task in the NHL. Particularly for someone who has a physical aspect to their game like Tuch.
However, he could provide sneaky multi-category coverage for fantasy managers should he return to form. His average ice time with the Golden Knights was just under 16 minutes a game. I could see his playing time exceed that in Buffalo. I'll be keeping tabs on Tuch, and you should too.
Kirby Dach, C, Chicago Blackhawks (16% rostered)
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Kirby Dach has seen significant time on the Blackhawks' top line this season. He's centered Patrick Kane and Alex Debrincat for the majority of his ice time. He's played with one or both of them for nearly 300 minutes thus far. His time away from both is almost exactly 147 minutes.
Dach is averaging 19:20 a night with 2:20 of that coming on the powerplay. With his anticipated plum deployment and strong linemates, expectations for Dach were high entering this season. He hasn't produced at the level fantasy managers (or the Blackhawks) would like him to. To date, he has 13 points in 30 games.
Recently Dach's minutes have decreased. He has failed to reach his season average mark in the last six games. His powerplay time is wildly inconsistent to boot. Some night's he gets over two minutes, while others he's scratched off the man advantage entirely.
The most damning bit of news for Dach is his recent demotion. He is currently out of the top six, centering the third line. His linemates are Dominik Kubalik (another stock-down candidate) and Philipp Kurashev.
Until his deployment improves, it will be hard for re-draft fantasy managers to get reliable value out of Dach.
Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues (88% rostered)
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We all know what Jordan Binnington is capable of. In 2018-19 his callup from the American Hockey League coincided with the Blues turning around their abysmal season and ultimately winning the Stanley Cup. That St. Louis team was and still is, one of the best hockey stories I've experienced as a hockey fan.
Binnington was an integral component of that team's success. In 32 regular-season games, he went 24-5-1 with a 0.927 save percentage. His quality start percentage (QS%) was an impressive 65.5 percent and his goals-saved-above-average (GSAA) was 14.44. Numbers of that caliber usually belong to goalies who are elite. In 2018-19, Binnington was certainly that. He started all 26 playoff games for the Blues that year.
He has always been a polarizing player. Capable of show-stopping saves, mind-blowing gaffs, and doing questionable things on the ice.
Here's a great save:
Jordan Binnington on this unreal save: "I got a text from my old man after the game that said 'You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for that'" https://t.co/XpW8RBXfzF
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 27, 2021
Here's a questionable thing:
A wild Binnington appears!
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 28, 2021
Binnington has never been able to match that amazing Stanley Cup season. And who could blame him? He was incredible. He posted a 30-13-7 record in 2019-2020. Respectable to say the least.
In the last couple of seasons, though, Binnington has had some rough patches. Since 2019-20 his QS%, GSAA and save percentage have dropped to career-low marks. This year, he is performing at a below league-average level. His QS% is 35.3 percent and his GSAA is -0.32. Those numbers are 42nd and 27th respectively, out of the 48 goalies who have played at least 10 games.
Binnington has posted one quality start and one game with a positive GSAA in his last eight outings. In five of those games, he has a save percentage lower than .900.
His crease-mate Charlie Lindgren has been eating Binnington's lunch as of late. In five games this year, Lindgren has five wins. His save percentage is 0.958 and his QS% is 80. I doubt the 28-year-old former Canadiens back-up maintains these numbers throughout his season. However, there is healthy competition in the Blues' net at the moment. Don't be surprised if Lindgren continues to eat into his playing time.
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