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. Word came down that Patrice Bergeron is on track to start the season with the Bruins after offseason groin surgery in June. This is the second consecutive summer that the 33-year-old has gone under the knife as he needed a sports hernia repaired last year. Bergeron will skip the team’s trip to China in mid-September but plans to appear in at least a couple of the domestic preseason contests.
Bergeron posted some incredible numbers in his 14th NHL season: 30 goals and 63 points in 64 games. His 0.98 points-per-game represented a career-high, as was his 13.4 conversion rate. The boost in production can be explained by a few causes. His centering arguably the most lethal line in the league with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak is at the forefront. His high conversion rate and a career-high offensive zone start time come next. Last season, Bergeron started 59.4 percent of his even-strength shifts in the fun end of the rink. A far cry from the typical 40 percent he was used to for most of his career. (sep1)
2. Robert Thomas is a curious player this year. There were some quotes back in July that Thomas could legitimately be the No.2 center for the Blues this year, or at least on a line with Ryan O’Reilly. I’m not bullish enough on him to believe he’ll do that but it sure did sound like he’ll have every opportunity to make the team out of camp. (aug28)
3. J.T. 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 the Rangers, the 25-year-old concluded his regular season by splitting time next to Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov on L1 and with