Top 10 long-term projects (that didn’t make the Guide)

Tom Collins

2018-08-06

I’m sure many of you have now had a chance by now to peruse the 13th annual DobberHockey Fantasy Guide (buy it here).

If not, what are you waiting for? The best part of the guide is that is updated frequently. It’s already been updated with Jeff Skinner in Buffalo and Troy Brouwer out of Calgary.

Once again, I was lucky enough to contribute for the guide. My column was about players (non-rookies) who may take a while to break out but will be worth the wait. My original list had 45-plus names on it that I whittled down to 20 for the guide.

Consider this column a bit of a sneak peek. Here are 10 more players I didn’t put in the guide that will be fantasy assets, just not this season.

 

10. Tristan Jarry

Jarry has a long road in front of him to take over that number one job in Pittsburgh. And while improbable, it won’t be impossible. He played 26 games last season, and put up numbers comparable to starter Matt Murray. Murray is only signed for two more seasons and backup Casey DeSmith for one. Murray has proven in short career that he cannot be trusted to stay healthy (in March, I put Murray number one for the newest Band-Aid boy). If Jarry can post better numbers and stay healthy, he could usurp Murray two years down the line.

 

9. Nikita Scherbak

The Habs are desperate for someone who can put up points, so Scherbak fits into the long-term plan of the organization. The key word there is long-term. The Habs have a history of bringing young players along very slowly, either letting them waste away in the AHL or giving them 12 minutes a night in the NHL. Scherbak has improved every season in the AHL and had 30 points in 26 games on an awful Laval Rocket team last year, but had six points in 26 NHL games where he averaged 13:23 per game. Expect more of the same for at least a year or two.

 

8. Adrian Kempe

After a promising 2017-18 rookie season, Kempe had to be looking forward to taking the next step in 2018-19. Then the Kings signed left winger Ilya Kovalchuk, and Kempe is all of a sudden a guaranteed third liner instead of a second/third line tweener. Kovalchuk is only signed for three years, so it could take about four years before he can get to a top-six role. He’ll only be 25 at that time, so he’ll have plenty of time to make an impact at that stage.

 

7. Alexander Kerfoot

Kerfoot had a pretty good rookie season last year, posting 43 points in 79 games. That was buoyed by his 17 power-play points, but it’s important to note that he didn’t contribute in any other per