Ramblings: Bubble Keeper Week Continues; Janmark, Jankowski, Hamhuis, Little, Ehlers, and More – July 26

Michael Clifford

2018-07-26

 

Bubble week continues here at Dobber Hockey. All week, our writers have been discussing players that may or may not be keepers. You don’t need help figuring out that Jamie Benn or Victor Hedman are keepers, it’s the guys further down the list that can make or break a fantasy season.

I enjoyed the cage match piece from Rick yesterday, particularly his discussion of Bryan Little. I agree with Rick that 2017-18 was an aberration from Little and with no help coming in the off season down the middle, he’s back to his second-line role, likely between Nikolaj Ehlers (whom I’ll discuss later) and Patrik Laine. His PP production may not improve much, but if he can play 82 games again, he’ll improve on those 43 points. He should come a big discount in season-long leagues.

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I have a keeper league with some other fantasy hockey writers, one which is a cap league. We haven’t yet had to submit keepers but I have a couple key players due for raises in Ondrej Kase and Josh Morrissey. I really wish the teams would figure out their contracts soon. I don’t think either will be significant enough to price them off my roster, but I will have to wait and see what Morrissey’s number is. He can help a lot for peripheral stats like hits and blocked shots but I’m unsure the point production will be enough if he gets a substantial raise. 

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We have a little under a week left until the release of the 2018-19 Dobber Hockey fantasy guide! It has both articles and projections, which will be updated as the preseason progresses. There is a lot of information to get through so be sure to grab your copy from the Dobber Shop early!

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Mattias Janmark signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars for $2.3-million. There are probably a couple reasons for the one-year deal. First, Janmark missed all of 2016-17 due to injury, meaning he’s going into his age-26 season with just 154 career NHL games. Not really a lot to give a guy a long-term deal at that age. Also, Dallas has significant cap hits coming off after this season as the team will