Ramblings: Playoff Draft List is Up; Marchand to be Suspended? MacArthur Returns and more (Apr.05)

Dobber

2017-04-05

Ramblings: Playoff Draft List is Up; Marchand to be Suspended? MacArthur Returns and more (Apr.05)

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First: The free fantasy hockey game Dobbernomics is going to be full steam ahead for the playoffs. Sign up here to get notified when you can put your team in/start your playoff league. I’ll have a little competition going for DobberHockey too. Make sure you don’t miss it, but signing up here. Free!

Second: I worked my ass off on the 11th annual Playoff Draft List Tuesday and I got it done. I’ll of course update it Friday, Sunday and Monday… but in case you’re having your office draft early, you can pick it up here right now. Try different scenarios, or just use my list (included).

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I also owe you some rankings. This one snuck up on me, it was one hell of a (birthday) weekend. A very good weekend though, I had a lot of fun with family and friends, and then spent Sunday in full-on ‘Dad’ mode.

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Brad Marchand will be celebrating Boston’s clinching of a playoff spot by sitting in the press box. He’ll be suspended for this:

If Marchand gets two games or more, then his wonderful season comes to an end with 85 points in 80 games.

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David Pastrnak with two last night has 37 points in his last 31 games.

How Drew Stafford can play with a hot hand like that and not chip in the odd point really speaks to how his skills have wound down despite the rather youngish age of 31. Some players reach their prime early and then fall fast. I can’t really put my finger on how to identify that early. Because if you just wrote everyone off as peaking at 25 or 26 then you’d miss out on Marchand, Cam Atkinson and (I honestly believe next year) Chris Kreider to name a few. Maybe the 40- to 45-point players who struggle with a few injuries tail off quickly? Whereas the relatively healthy players who flirt with 55 points in their mid-20s have another gear? Just spitballin’.

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So I wrote off the Islanders for the playoffs, and of course the Lightning throw up a stinker while the Islanders keep rolling in front of