For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
This year, due to Dobber’s battle with cancer, he recruited Cam Robinson (of Frozen Pool Forensics fame) to pinch hit. The 15th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.
Gone – Ryan Murphy, Eddie Lack, Michael Leighton, Connor Brickley, Matt Tennyson, Danny Kristo, Jay McClement
Incoming – Justin Williams, Scott Darling, Marcus Kruger, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Josh Jooris, Jeremy Smith, Keegan Kanzig, Brenden Kichton
Impact of changes – Very few teams improved their squads to the extent in which Carolina did. The Hurricanes added impact pieces throughout their lineup starting with Scott Darling who appears set to take the reins in net after multiple disappointing campaigns from Cam Ward. Darling has fared exceedingly well in a back-up position with Chicago, posting a .924 save percentage in 2016-17 and a career mark of .923. Marcus Kruger will now anchor the defensive responsibilities down the middle and Justin Williams’ second go around in Raleigh will add veteran leadership and secondary scoring. Trevor van Riemsdyk will add solid depth to an already deep blue line. With the continued development of the team’s young core and the shrewd offseason additions, Carolina appears set to truly challenge for a playoff spot in 2017-18.
Ready for full-time – After four stellar seasons in the QMJHL, Nicolas Roy will make the jump to the professional ranks this fall. The powerful centre slid all the way to the fourth round in 2015 due to some concerns about his skating. Fast forward two seasons and his skating issues appear to be far in the rearview. Roy will battle in camp of a for a bottom six position, but with a full roster of proven NHL centremen its more likely he starts his career in the AHL. The 20-year-old has a very bright future. Read more about Roy here.