Ramblings: Hockey is Back!; New Contracts for Eichel and Ehlers; Notes – October 5

Michael Clifford


We had real, meaningful hockey last night! Here are a few things I noticed watching the games that are relevant to your fantasy teams.


This is your friendly reminder (I forgot myself until the game last night) that Paul Maurice likes to use Adam Lowry on Winnipeg’s top power-play unit (the one with Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine). That means a few things for the Jets:

  1. In the absence of overusing one unit, it means the time is more spread out for both the forwards and the defencemen. That should ensure Nikolaj Ehlers will not get the bevy of PP minutes that his fantasy owners are hoping for.
  2. Jacob Trouba could be in for a double-digit power-play point season. Even if he only gets 45 seconds out of every two-minute power play, that would be a significant improvement over what he received last season. That bodes well for his overall production.
  3. If the team keeps using two d-men on the second unit, Tyler Myers should be able to chip in some points once in a while.

The Leafs shellacked the Jets, but one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked: Toronto went short-handed eight (!) times. That is usually not a recipe for success. Poor luck that Winnipeg couldn’t convert more often (or even once).

The Penguins gave up over 30 shots to a short-handed Blues team and obviously one game isn’t much to fret over, but there is something to keep in mind: the Penguins play at a very high pace. That means a lot of shots for (usually), but also a lot against. Murray could be a .920 goalie again this year and have a goals against average float between 2.40 and 2.50. For those in ratio leagues, just be prepared.

McDavid scored this goal last night, where TJ Brodie had a two- or three-stride lead on him when McDavid touched the puck. He never had a chance:



The Sabres locked up their franchise cornerstone on Tuesday night as they signed Jack Eichel to an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $10 million. This extension kicks in after the 2017-18 campaign and keeps the young centre under contract through 2025-26.

Eichel has 48 goals and 113 points in 142 career games. Ian Gooding wrote about this in his Ramblings yesterday if