Ramblings: Rookie seasons for Pettersson, Zadina, Dahlin, and More – September 13

Michael Clifford



Training camp!

Teams will be starting training either today or tomorrow and that means we’re in hockey mode now. If you haven’t started your fantasy hockey research, the clock is officially ticking. Head to the Dobber Shop and get your copy of the 2018-19 Dobber Hockey fantasy guide now.


Last night was the televised season opener from Humboldt, Saskatchewan a mere five months following the tragic accident that claimed 16 lives. It was a moving evening and was handled very well by TSN. Let’s hope the families, team, and community can start to put the pieces together after such a devastating event.

Best wishes moving forward to all those affected. 


Everyone loves rookies! Those shiny new toys that are the Christmas presents of fantasy sports. What’s in the box? It could be anything!

Here’s the thing about rookies: there is a lot of randomness. Just look at 2017-18: Mathew Barzal had the best rookie year in a decade; Yanni Gourde had 64 points; Brock Boeser could have managed 35 goals on a bad team has he stayed healthy; Mikhail Sergachev cracked 40 points playing 15 minutes a game as a 19-year old defenceman. It’s not to say those things were out of the realm of possibility, as Barzal was always looked at as very talented, Gourde was underappreciated, those who scouted Boeser knew he had a lethal release, and Sergachev was highly-touted. But to expect any one of those things, let alone all four, is unrealistic.

It’s important to be realistic in fantasy drafts. Upside needs to be considered if everything goes right and that’s part of swinging for the fences in the mid-to-late portion of drafts, but picking players based on expecting that upside is a quick trip to 8th place.

With that in mind, I wanted to discuss this year’s rookie crop. I’m not going to discuss every rookie, or even most rookies; you should grab the