20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

Mario Prata


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. I’ve been a fan of Pierre-Luc Dubois since his massive leap forward with Cape Breton during his draft-eligible campaign. He’s a front-line pivot and just turned 20 years old. The 2018-19 season should see him enter the near-elite category. Thirty (30) goals and 60 points seem very doable and I wouldn’t blink an eye if he went off for 70-plus. Long term, he’s a threat to be a point-per-game player. Especially if CBJ can convince Artemi Panarin to hang around. Either that or have the guts to dish him for a big haul. (aug18)


2. Is Jesse Puljujarvi a victim of being drafted too high? Had he been drafted 12th overall in 2016 most fantasy owners would consider him a top prospect to own. Before his 20th birthday, he played his 93rd NHL game and scored his 13th career goal. What were you looking for, exactly? As I outlined in the Fantasy Guide, Puljujarvi took on much tougher minutes last season, possibly the toughest among forwards in terms of not seeing strict offensive zone starts and facing stronger competition. And he came away smelling like roses. What’s more, his 5on5 S% indicated that he was the victim of tough puck luck in terms of putting points on the board.

So, as a 19-year-old, he was one of the rare defensively responsible Oilers, and even though his teammates shot just 6.6 percent when he was on the ice, he still got 20 points in 68 games. I think he is a safe bet for 35 points this year and has an outside shot at 55. My long-term projections for him remain exactly where they always were and consider him a serious buy-low in keeper leagues. (aug13)


3. Jake DeBrusk has 60-point upside if he can get those top power-play minutes. If not, he could slide into the 45-50 range. More than anything, the point is I believe he’ll return a profit on his ADP, especially if he keeps improving those hit totals (he averaged one per game last year playing under 15 minutes a night). I can say with certainty that DeBrusk will be one of my most-drafted players this year. (aug16)


4. Mitch Marner versus Brayden Point? Wow…this one caught me completely off guard on Twitter last week when someone asked that, and I found the question very odd because the answer was so obvious. But when, I published my response it turns out that the answer really wasn’t obvious at all. There