20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

Mario Prata

2018-09-09

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. Now, widespread fantasy hockey chatter is really only going to start kicking up now but it does seem like Johnny Gaudreau is kind of going under the radar. It depends on the type of league because his peripheral stats won’t be strong but in points-only leagues, he can easily sneak into the top-5 producers.

Gaudreau managed 84 points in 80 games last year and did so without a Calgary power play firing on all cylinders, a rotating cast at right wing, and Sean Monahan being cobbled together with band-aids and chicken wire. If that power play can be consistent all year, and someone like James Neal or Elias Lindholm providing a legitimate threat on the right side for the first time since Jiri Hudler, the sky's the limit points-wise for Johnny Hockey. (sep4)

 

2. Remember that Ryan Getzlaf was well over a point per game (61 points in 56 games) last year and did so without scoring a power play goal. (I discussed this last month here.) Should Ryan Kesler not be ready to start the year, or play at all for that matter, Getzlaf is going to probably be over 21 minutes a game again. There are reasons to be low on the Ducks but in a points-only format, taking a gamble on getting 75 games from Getzlaf seems like a good one to take. (sep4)

 

3. A Vancouver/Winnipeg NHL matchup during the 2018-19 season will no doubt favor Winnipeg. But for the prospects? How about an 8-2 win for the Canucks’ prospects this past week. Swedish duo Elias Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlen combined to score three goals and three assists. Pettersson and Dahlen are familiar with each other from the Timra system in Sweden.

I’ll expand on a question that I had on Twitter as to whether Dahlen will make the Canucks as Pettersson’s linemate. It probably won’t happen this season, considering that the Canucks already have enough forwards for six forward lines. Dahlen’s chances would have been much better had the Canucks not signed Jay Beagle AND