Ramblings: Thoughts on Pulock, W. Karlsson, MacKinnon, Donato, Mrazek, Faulk and more (Mar 19)

Dobber

2018-03-19

Here is an interesting option for you down the stretch – Ryan Donato (scouting profile here). Too bad he’s on the Bruins, though. That’s a very deep team and certainly a tough roster to crack, especially when you see the likes of Danton Heinen fighting to stay in the top six. But on most teams Donato would make a quick impact after tallying 43 points in 29 games for Harvard in this his junior year. Donato ranks 71 on my Fantasy Prospects List but after turning pro and signing his ELC with Boston a year early, he moves up. He was their 56th overall pick in 2014. Donato is notable for making Team USA for the Olympics last month. He’s also Ted’s son. Remember Ted?

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Last year there were 48 players who tallied 20 PPPts (or more), and in 2015-16 there were 55. This season, so far, we’re at 42 with 31 more in range of possibly getting there (i.e. 17-19 PPPts). So I figure 60 players will get there. Not a huge increase. So I’m trying to figure out how four players are going to hit 100 points and nine or 10 are hitting 90. Best guess is that the players are cutting out the slashes due to the crackdown, combined with having a high-scoring expansion team (instead of a trap expansion team). The 5.92 goals per game this season marks the highest since the season coming out of the lockout (2005-06 at 6.16 goals per game). That’s great for fantasy hockey.

Up until 1993-94, every season was above six and even eight goals per game.

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The Hart Trophy is Nathan MacKinnon’s to lose. What he’s doing, with so little around him, is remarkable. And let’s not forget that he was doing so poorly for so long that fantasy owners couldn’t give him away. I have him in one of my keeper leagues and I was always getting low-balled. And even when I tried trading him for anything close to decent value, I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was willing to “sell low”, but just not as low as other owners were looking for. After 53 points last year and 52 the season before, he started this campaign with five points in 10 games. I was getting Tweets asking if I’d finally given up on him (I remained firm). Since then, MacKinnon has 84 points in his last 54 games! That includes the three he got on Sunday. MacKinnon also had 11 shots, moving him to four shots shy of his career high (251). FIFTH year magic!

MacKinnon is currently the hottest player in the NHL right now. Speaking of which, check out our NEW hot/cold player page. Pretty awesome, and Eric Daoust has a whole bunch more changes in store for Frozen Tools (formerly Frozen Pool).

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