Every Sunday until the start of the 2018-19 regular season, we'll share 20 Fantasy Thoughts from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's "Daily Ramblings".
Writers: Michael Clifford, Ian Gooding, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
1. Josh Morrissey seems to be jumping up much more offensively than I remember through the regular season, in particular during the second round.
I’ve written on the young Jet in the recent past so I won’t dive in much more here, but the one thing holding back is across-the-board fantasy value will be the power-play minutes. He’ll be behind Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba (assuming he’s re-signed, which he should be), and Tyler Myers for one more year. Despite being able to put up very good peripheral stats, he won’t have a Byfuglien-type season just yet. Give it a few years, though. There is a lot of upside here in real-time stats leagues; over the last two years, he’s averaged 100 shots, 142 hits, 153 blocks, and 23 points.
As a 21- and 22-year old playing just 20 minutes a game. He should be handed more minutes next year which means more production in the hits/blocks category. (may10)
2. If a team needs immediate scoring help, Habs’ Max Pacioretty should be at the top of the list. He had a down year in 2017-18 that eventually ended with injury but he’s still one of the most consistent scorers of this generation with five consecutive 82-game seasons with at least 30 goals. The problem is his expected goals at five-on-five took a dip for the second straight year. Is that a product of trying to fit with Jonathan Drouin? Just a down year with Phillip Danault? He just never seemed to mesh with anyone this year. All the same, the Oilers should be familiar with trading low on a proven goal scorer who just had one bad year, but maybe they’re looking for someone with more term as Pacioretty is an UFA after 2018-19. (may11)
3. With Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner both 50-plus point scorers last season while dominating the power-play time among Leafs’ blueliners, I wouldn’t expect Travis Dermott to have a major impact fantasy-wise next season. However, if the Leafs decide to phase out 37-year-old Ron Hainsey (one year left on his contract), then Dermott might even be able to break through with some top-four minutes. Then there could be something there.
Because of his solid offensive upside, Dermott is listed as the