The first big trade of the season is done after the New York Islanders sent LW Matt Moulson, New York's 1st round pick in 2014 and New York's 2nd round pick in 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres for LW Thomas Vanek.
Vanek's value will be on the rise as he is slotted to take over Moulson's spot on the top line alongside John Tavares. He is in a good spot and has a great chance to excel with the Islanders. Moulson's value, on the other hand, will now decrease. He doesn't have the same star caliber players in Buffalo as he had in New York, players that will keep up his point totals from the last few years.
With almost 4 complete weeks of NHL action in the books, players are starting to find their scoring touch. Sidney Crosby continues to lead the NHL in scoring with 18 points in 11 games. Some players that you may not have pictured as top 10 in scoring, even this early in to the season are Islander's C Frans Nielsen (15) and St. Louis Blues C Alex Steen (15). Both players could still be available in your league, so check the wire.
LW/C - Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ) If you league counts PIMs then he is more than a gem. Dubinsky is currently owned in just 32% of leagues but he has five points in his last three games. He is extremely valuable because he is an all-around stat contributor.
C - Dave Bolland (TOR) Very similar player to Dubinsky as he is an all-around stat producer. Bolland has 10 points in 12 games this year for the Maple Leafs and is well on his way to career totals in points.
LW - David Perron (EDM) Perron has nine points in 12 games for the Oilers this season and his playing time is increasing. Perron has a three game point streak going as he has also recorded six shots in each of the last three games. It looks like Perron is getting comfortable in Edmonton, and he should be getting comfortable in your line-up.
LW - Pat Maroon (ANA) To use as few words as you need, he is a grinder that is playing alongside Getzlaf and Perry. He has four points in nine games this season but all for of his points have come in the last games. He is owned in less than 2% oh Yahoo! leagues so there is a good chance he will be available in yours.
LW - Michael Bournival (MTL) I personally really like this young guy. Bournival recorded 30 points in 69 games last year playing for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He will be staying up with the big club for the time being and making the coaches play him as he recorded all five of his points in his last five games. He, like Maroon, has yet to hit the wire-spree so get them while you still can and ride their inflation.
LW/RW - Lee Stempniak (CGY) Stempniak missed Saturday's game with Washington with a lower-body injury but he isn't expected to miss many more games. This versatile LW/RW has nine points in 10 games and will definitely give a boost to a struggling fantasy team.
C - Mikael Granlund (MIN) Granlund has been averaging over 16 minutes in the last couple games. His performance is definitely a reason for this. Granlund has five points in the last five games and is helping the offensively struggling Wild, who are second last in goals for in the Central Division.
RW - Alex Chiasson (DAL) Chiasson is pointless in his last three games, but it is still a good time to pick up this young guy. He had seven points in seven games last season for the Stars, and is off to a decent start with nine points in 12 games. One thing that I have noticed is that he is shooting more than last year. His 41 shots rank him at 21st spot in the NHL. Look for those shots to turn in to goals soon enough.
D - Radko Gudas (TB) Looking for someone to help you in the PIMs category. Look no further, Gudas is your guy. Not only is he showing that he can rack up plenty of PIMs, he is also showing that he can put some points on the board too. He has three points in the last four games.
D - Eric Gelinas (NJ) At just 22 years old, Gelinas has impressed the Devils coaching staff. He has two points already in his three games and he is averaging almost 20 minutes in the last two games. Expect him to get some more time with the big club. He is one to monitor with a close eye.
G - Josh Harding (MIN) Harding looks like he could very well take over starting duties once he can stay healthy. He has shown impressive stats so far this season and is definitely going to give long-time Wild goaltender N. Backstrom a run for his money. Expect Harding to take over by December.
G - Jhonas Enroth (BUF) After the Sabres dealt T. Vanek earlier this week, my initial thought was who was next to go? It has been clear for quite some time that the Sabres need to rebuild and that Miller could bring in a nice return. If Miller leaves any time this season, Enroth will be at a premium. He has shown the ability to steal games, and the Sabres know they have a starter in the waiting.
Thanks for reading! If there are any players you would like some advice about feel free to tweet me @phillipbeneteau