November 26, 2014



Lots of goalie talk and tips in today’s Ramblings, plus Atkinson, Klingberg (again) and more …


Cam Atkinson is completely snakebitten. He’s getting the shots and opportunities, but he’s either missing the net or it’s getting stopped. But hang in there Atkinson owners, it will come. After all – the guy has 36 shots in his last eight games, and that includes just one last night (and about 10 net misses). With Matt Calvert back in the lineup, Atkinson played with Anisimov and Gibbons. He’ll get going when Brandon Dubinsky returns.


I get the feeling that Jacob Trouba is starting to shake off the early season doldrums. Although three assists in his last three games is too small a sample to know for sure, and five points in his last 11 games is nothing to write home about – we did see this last year. I get the sense that maybe he’s just one of those guys who needs to settle into the routine and regiment.


Colin Wilson has five points in his last five games with his pair of assists last night. He’s playing with Craig Smith. The streaky Wilson is on a hot one – and he was just dropped in my league a few days ago (and in many leagues, I’m sure).


Oh boy. We know John Klingberg is on fire right now (I said this last ramblings, and I’ll keep saying – a must own, in all formats). But this goal is ridiculous. And it’s not like the Oilers needed a big neon sign saying “we need a goalie”, right? Here:




Love fantasy hockey, if only for the subtle changes that have massive impacts. Trevor Daley was a shoe-in for a big year. Probably 50 points. He was hot down the stretch last year and when Alex Goligoski stumbled to start this season, Daley was picking up the PP slack. His ascension was assured – there was a big enough sample size to go by – 13 games and 10 points this year, and 23 games (season and playoffs) with 18 points to end last year. That’s 36 games and 28 points. Good enough for me, especially when the hot young defenseman was sent to the AHL for what looked to be a year of experience similar to Sami Vatanen in Anaheim a couple of years back. Boy, has that ever changed. Now Klingberg has been called up and is this rookie phenom with eight points in eight games. He logs a ton of minutes