Ramblings: Lots of goalie talk, Couturier, Guentzel, Zadorov, Bonino and more (Apr 23)
I broke ground last week on the 12th annual Fantasy Prospects Report. Picked out the players, selected the DobberProspects writer/scouts I want involved, and wrote over a dozen profiles. In the end, I’ll write about 180 of them myself. The research is always lots of fun. I was more out of touch than usual thanks to my recovery throughout October/November/December, do pulling up my sleeves and digging deep is refreshing. This Prospects Report, which will be out June 1, isn’t yet up for pre-order just yet, but on May 1 I hope to have this and the Keeper/Ultimate Packs up in the shop.
Another thing I really dove into was goaltenders for the Goalie Ranking. I think I found a better way to balance between backups, prospects and shared situations. It’s always tough, but these days even tougher. When a guy like Carey Price can destroy a fantasy team…then you know that goalies are not safe in fantasy hockey and there are probably too many categories dedicated to them in fantasy hockey. The goalie rankings will be posted Tuesday, since I have a lot of content to go up Monday already.
Alexandar Georgiev is a great goalie to roll the dice on for the short term. I believe Igor Shesterkin is a potential franchise goalie but he won’t be along for three years. So Georgiev has a three-year window to take advantage and steal some starts from a fading, aging goalie. Albeit a legendary one, but fading nonetheless. Georgiev could win that starting job on Shesterkin before Shesterkin is ready, similar to the way Jonathan Quick stole it from Jonathan Bernier a decade ago. If you remember, Bernier was the Golden Boy 11th overall pick and was supposed to be the next one…but Quick never let up. So Bernier’s skills eroded sitting on the bench until he was traded.