Ramblings: Brady Skjei, Plus/Minus talk and some players of interest (Aug. 27)

Neil Parker

2016-08-27

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Brady Skjei, Plus/Minus talk and some players of interest …

 

Following the Brandon Pirri signing, and the recent criticism Mike and I have thrown at the Rangers not addressing their blueline, it's clear Brady Skjei is highly regarded. Additionally, Skjei is clearly viewed as a needle mover offensively.

No doubt, his skating ability will erase a lot of shortcomings — similar to Morgan Rielly as he entered the league. Skjei's plus-wheels will enable him to jump up offensively and create odd-man rushes.

Unfortunately, by most accounts, Skjei is still extremely raw offensively, which limits his upside as a fantasy asset. Still, he flashed nicely during the playoffs, and with offensively tilted minutes and zone starts, the rookie is a player to watch.

Another angle from the real-world perspective is New York has assembled nice assets and provided an opportunity to take a long look at Skjei and its blue line. If it doesn't jive, the Rangers are in a position to make a move for a rearguard without sacrificing the punch of their forward corps.

There is also a chance it is Dylan McIlrath who the Rangers have faith in, but given Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Kevin Klein all have enough sandpaper in their games, Skjei should break camp as the sixth defenseman.

 

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This was an interesting tweet:

 

 

It made me wonder about plus/minus. As a general rule, the statistic is panned for fantasy purposes. But, because it is used in plenty of leagues, including at one particular daily site, it's foolish to ignore it entirely.

Here's a quick breakdown of how random it is, though.

Over the past three seasons, only 67 times has a player scored at least 35 points and posted a plus-20 rating. No player has done it in each of the past three seasons, and only Tyler Johnson, Anze Kopitar, Chris Kunitz, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand,