Ramblings: Jack Eichel, Filip Forsberg, Dougie Hamilton and more (Aug 18)

Neil Parker

2017-08-18

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Here's a quick read on Jack Eichel discussing his underrated status among the league's new crop of young superstars. To pluck one note from the article, Eichel went on 26-game binder with 11 goals and 34 points late in the season, which should probably be considering his ceiling.

A high-ankle sprain to start the campaign limited Eichel to just 61 games, but he was a force as soon as he returned to action and never looked back. The young pivot approached a point-per-game campaign with 24 goals and 57 points, which actually topped his rookie numbers during despite playing 20 fewer contests.

Of particular note was Eichel's willingness to shot, as recorded an impressive 12.3 shots per 60 minutes, 249 total and 4.1 per game — all elite marks. Additionally, Eichel's 24 power-play points with the man advantage were a huge boost to his fantasy value. The Sabres added reinforcements during the offseason, and Eichel should continue to improve as he gets closer to his prime years. However, it might be difficult to show significant offensive growth considering how rare point-per-game seasons are in the modern NHL. Still, more of the same makes him an elite fantasy asset in all settings.

 

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Here is another quick read discussing Tuukka Rask's workload, and Boston's confidence in backup Anton Khudobin. The idea is that Rask is better suited to play 55-60 games, and that historically, his numbers have dipped and injuries have crept up when he plays too much. Khudobin is a serviceable No. 2 netminder, and while he's nothing more than a depth piece or streaming option in fantasy settings, keeping Rask healthy and effective for 60 games makes sense.

There aren't significant fantasy ripples here, but after posting a career-high 37 wins and eight shutouts, there's a decent chance Rask fails to come close to those marks in 2017-18. However, fantasy owners would take the dip in counting stats for better ratios, and that seems within reach. Rask's posted an identical .915 save percentage in consecutive seasons, so there is room for improvement, especially considering he's shown statistical decline following the All-Star break in both campaigns.

 

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Here are four more deep dives to read over.

 

Filip Forsberg

It was a horrible start to 2016-17 for Forsberg, as he scored just three goals with a 3.8 shooting percentage through the first 38 games of the year. However, he caught fire and recorded 28 tallies with an 18.7 shooting percentage over the final 48 contests of the campaign. The 23-year-old winger finished the season with 31 goals, 58 points and 234 shots while playing all 82 games f