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. The Blues got a steal of a deal by signing Robby Fabbri to a one-year contract worth less than a million dollars. Just goes to show how much an injury can cost you, in this case financially. It was Fabbri’s second ACL injury and he hasn’t played a game for the Blues in 17 months. So, the risk is obvious. But, we all know how good he is and every one of us fantasy owners have him written – in permanent marker – into St. Louis’ top-six.
If he plays 80 games, he should flirt with 65 points. But, therein lies the problem – will he play 20, 40, 60 or 80 games? The Fantasy Guide that picks the correct amount of games will have the most accurate Fabbri projection. And there is no formula on earth that can do that, it’s just blind luck but that’s how us prognosticators get graded! That’s why I push the other features of my Guide – more than just projections. Anyway, with Fabbri you know what you’re getting, and I think his points-per-game in this improved St. Louis lineup will be around 0.8. He’ll start slow and finish strong. (july4)
2. The Chicago Blackhawks most recent first-round selection, Adam Boqvist, has signed with the London Knights of the OHL for next season. Boqvist was a high selection for the Knights in the 2017 Import Draft but decided to stay in Sweden last season. There, he ended up bouncing around between the top junior league (SuperElit), the second tier (Allsvenskan), and the top professional circuit (SHL). Boqvist struggled to gain traction in the pro ranks but dominated his age group at international events.
This move is terrific for London and OHL fans in general and for the Hawks. They get to have their top prospect marinate on the small ice, in a tremendous program, and close to the organization where they can have more influence. The 2018 eighth overall selection has infinite potential as a point-producing defender. He’s the type of player that Chicago is desperately searching for now that Duncan Keith’s tooth has gone long.
3. Whichever team Erik Karlsson ends up on (including Ottawa), the forward corps will all see a major boon. Just insert the top forwards from whatever team and assume they’ll each see a healthy uptick.
The same should go for the goaltenders, as well. While Karlsson gets tabbed as an offensive defenseman, that shouldn’t indicate that his defensive prowess is troubled. He possesses the puck at an extreme rate. The more your team has the puck, the fewer opportunities the opposition will have against. The 28-year-old has never posted a negative relative CorsiFor percentage at even-strength. In his previous four seasons, he’s clicked at three percent or higher. He’s