Ramblings: Bergeron, JT Miller, Trocheck, & Hanifin (September 1)

Cam Robinson

2018-08-31

 

We’re getting close! Prospect tournaments are firing up next weekend. Rookie camps will follow that week. We're a mere two weeks until main camps open, and then we’ve got preseason action beginning about 30 seconds after that.

 

The long summer is just about over. That means fantasy drafts are heating up all over the place. I’ve been offering personalized rankings for managers, and business has been picking up. (If you’re interested, send me a message on Twitter). The next four weekends will be host to many a chicken wing and lottery pick.

 

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JT Miller begins his first full season in Tampa Bay as a real threat to increase his across-the-board totals. After the deadline deal from New York, the 25-year-old concluded his regular season by splitting time next to Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov on L1 and with Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point in the middle of the lineup.

 

Those 19 games bore out 10 goals, 18 points, and 45 shots on goal. Just six of those points came on the man-advantage, despite seeing 2:23 of power play time on the top unit. This appeared to be a match made in heaven for the Bolts and for fantasy owners. Until the playoffs came, of course.

 

In 17 postseason contests, his production dipped considerably. Two goals, eight points and just 32 shots on goal. Four of those points came on the man-advantage where his deployment shot up to 3:33 per night. As the team tried to get things rolling, he ended up on the third line with Gourde and rookie, Anthony Cirelli.

 

Coming into 2018-19, the questions are plentiful for the former 15th overall selection from 2011. First and foremost, is his position in the lineup and positional eligibility. Fantrax has him as a RW/C. Yahoo has him as a RW. Only ESPN has him as a C/LW option. Drafting him with the expectation that he mes