Ramblings: Pastrnak and Little re-up, Micheal Ferland and more (Sept. 15)

Neil Parker

2017-09-15

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The big news Thursday was David Pastrnak re-signing a six-year, $40 million contract with the Bruins.

Pastrnak has been talked about a lot here recently, so there's no need to dig deep again. Additionally, more of the same is likely. Pastrnak's 13.0 shooting percentage from last season should be repeatable, and unless he sees a significant hike in ice time (17:59 per game last year), he's a good bet to post a 35-goal, 75-point showing.

Obviously, considering his talent and go-to role, there is potential for better numbers. However, he's currently ranked reasonably, so you don't have to aggressively target him at a point in drafts where he needs to improve on last season's production. He's a solid target after the top-tier scorers come off the board, and it's not out of the question to suggest that he's among them.

 

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Bryan Little also re-signed a six-year contract with an annual cap hit of $5.29 million Thursday.

Little is currently free in most fantasy settings, which is a little absurd. He's ranked 150th at Yahoo with an ADP of 173. He's also ranked 151 at NHL.com and 154 at ESPN with an ADP of 152.8. That’s the 43rd center off the board at ESPN and 97th at Yahoo.

Since the lockout-shortened season, Little has posted 0.76 points per game and is locked into a top-six role with power-play time. He's going to center two excellent wingers, and the Jets are a team on the rise. Center is a deep position, so targeting Little late enables gamers to load up elsewhere earlier in drafts without missing out on offensive numbers at the position.

It's worth noting that Little had been a pillar of good health through his first seven full seasons in the league, so a return to 75 games shouldn't shock anyone.

 

 

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Micheal Ferland is a player I'm interested in this season. If you've been around the past two summers, you'll know that he's a guy I've touched on annually. He's also someone I'm looking at for cavernous leagues. He re-signed a two-year deal and is expected to open the season with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau on the No. 1 line.

Ferland owns the upside to post a serviceable cross-category showing and is coming off his best NHL season. His shot is his best weapon offensively, and his rambunctious style will create space for Gaudreau and Monahan. The real profit potential is if Ferland can crack the top power-play unit. Last season, he averaged just 28 seconds of ice time per game with the man advantage, but is Troy Brouwer really a superior option?

Ferland's 0.95 goals per 60 min