Ramblings: Granlund, Pesce Signings, Fantasy Hockey Mailbag (Aug 2)

Ian Gooding

2017-08-02

Granlund, Pesce Signings, Fantasy Hockey Mailbag

Dobber’s 2017-18 Draft Guide is now available! I’ve only had a chance to have a quick look through, but I can already say that the top-notch content that you’ve come to expect is in there yet again.

It’s amazing how we were all able to bring this together in spite of Dobber’s health situation. But I can tell you without reservation that you will find the usual rich fantasy goodness that you’ve become accustomed to in years past. This draft guide was not thrown together or watered down or missing key content. Sleeper picks, team-by-team player projections, keepers, and even a schedule breakdown are included, plus much more. All of which have been included to help you win your league.

If you have already purchased yours, you can open it from the Downloads page on the site (top right-hand corner of the home page). Then click on the link for the 2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Guide to open the PDF file in another window, or the 2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Draft List as an Excel spreadsheet. And of course, keep coming back to the Downloads page for the updates.

Of course, if you have yet to purchase yours, you can order it here.

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On Tuesday it was Mikael Granlund’s turn to get paid. He signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract with the Wild, avoiding arbitration. The cap hit works out to be $5.75 million per season, nearly doubling his $3 million cap hit from the past two seasons. This is the second major signing of the week for the Wild, who also signed Nino Niederreiter to a five-year, $5.25 million contract on Sunday.

You may recall that Granlund had his breakout season in 2016-17, which was his magical fourth full season in the NHL. After hovering between 39 and 44 points in his first three seasons, Granlund became a must-own in all leagues with 26 goals, 69 points, a plus-23, and 20 power-play points. At the heart of Granlund’s point total was a 12-game point streak during January and February when he scored 17 points (5g-12a).

Should we expect this kind of scoring from Granlund going forward? Some owners (like me) attempted to sell high during or following the point streak, as Granlund’s nearly 15 percent shooting was noticeably higher than his sub-10 percent career average. Should the shooting percentage fall to career norms with about the same number of shots, Granlund could be looking at just under 20 goals going forward. So I’ll say this much: Don’t bet on Granlund increasing his goal total again.

A move to the wing alongside fellow Finn Mikko Koivu seemed to make all the difference in the world, so Granlund should continue to experience success for the most part as long as Bruce Boudreau doesn’t mess with that line. The move to the wing also helped Granlund’s fantasy value, as he became eligi