Ramblings: Lundqvist for Hart, Forsberg, Rexall Place (April 7)

Michael Clifford


Forsberg’s greatness, Lundqvist for the Hart, and a few Rexall Place memories

First off, I must say it’s a pleasure to be back for another summer here at Dobber Hockey. I have been posting weekly DraftKings articles throughout the winter, but today marks the return to semi-regular postings. That will include both here in the Ramblings, and in the Dobber Forums.


To be brief, for those that may not know me, a little introduction.

This season marked 21 years of doing some form of hockey pools for me, though more formal fantasy hockey pools have only been in my life for a little under 10 years now. I have written in several spots, though this year, I was doing daily fantasy (DraftKings/FanDuel) analysis for ProjectRoto, and weekly columns for RotoWire. I also had a season with Sportsnet, among writing here or there.

My writing style tends to be more research-oriented, though I will try to not get to math-y with these Ramblings. I find using applicable numbers is the best way to keep track of what is going on with each player around the league, and go from there with my own observations.


The question right now with regards to Filip Forsberg isn’t whether or not he’s an all-star, but just how good he can be?

At time of writing, Forsberg sits one assist away from a 30+ goal, 30+ assist season, at the age of 21. It is already his second straight 25+ goal, 25+ assist season, and back-to-back 60+ point seasons. Taken from Hockey Reference, this is a list of all the players since 2005-2006 to have at least two 25+ goal, 25+ assist, and 60+ point seasons through their Age 21 campaign. It is distinguished:

Aside from Sean Monahan – another topic for another day – the other eight players are bona fide superstars. It doesn’t really stop there, either. There is more to being a good player than simply putting up points over a couple seasons. In order to truly be considered a superstar, a player needs to make those around him better. Needless to say, Forsberg does that, too. This is over the last two seasons at five-on-five:

  • Mike Ribeiro with Filip Forsberg: +1.25 goals per 60 minutes, 57.5-percent possession; Ribeiro without Forsberg: +0.22 goals per 60 minutes, 55.4-percent possession.
  • James Neal with Forsberg: +1.68 goals per 60 minutes, 59.7-percent possession; Neal without Forsberg: +0.86 goals per 60 minutes, 51.9-percent possession.
  • Roman Josi with Forsberg: +1.05 goals per 60 minutes, 55.3-percent possession; Josi without F