Ramblings: Fantasy Calder Candidates (Part 1), Ghost, Pettersson, & Tavares-Marner (Sept. 22nd)

Cam Robinson




We are in it now. Preseason games are well underway. Players are experiencing the dreaded invitation into the coach’s office and being handed their one-way ticket to the American League, CHL or to the unknown. Prospects and journeymen alike are already being pencilled in for monster seasons after looking good in a preseason tilt versus non-NHLers.


It’s truly the best time of year.


The fantasy drafting landscape is beginning to take form as well. Many have already drafted. The rest will be sitting down between now and next weekend to make their selections. This is the most important part of the fantasy season. Sure, your campaign can be salvaged through shrewd trades, clever waiver wire additions, even a surprise or two, but the draft is where most of the butter is churned.  


To quote Nice Guy Eddie “First things fuckin’ last”. Get your hands on Dobber’s Annual Fantasy Guide and the Prospect Report. The information in those documents will provide dividends that will last past this season. I like to go back and read of previous editions to refresh my memory on pedigrees of players and how the projections are turning out. Spoiler Alert: Many are turning out accurate.


Friday night was host to seven preseason games. None were overly exciting – as few preseason games are. Here are some news and notes though.


  • Mitch Marner and John Tavares looked dangerous once again. That should prove to be a match made in heaven. Tavares has consistently been a 30-plus goal threat but has never played at even-strength with a player who owned Marner’s vision. Expecting 40-goals from a guy who has never done it is asking a lot, but I doubt anyone will be surprised if it happens this season for JT


  • Carolina’s rookies both looked good tonight. Martin Necas centred a line with Teuvo Tearvainen and Warren Foegele. Andrei Svechnikov slid in beside Sebastian Aho and Valentin Zykov. There’s a better than decent chance the two youngsters play together on the second line once the season begins. Don’t rule out Svechnikov getting cosy with Aho long term though.


  • Ghost scored another one tonight. In typical Ghost fashion, he ripped the clapper from the point for the PPG. Unfortunately, he left the game after 40 minutes for “precautionary reasons”. A situation to monitor.




Friday bore witness to a swath of players landing on the waiver wire. None held any fantasy impact but there certainly were a few familiar names who once graced a fantasy roster or three.




You knew you weren’t getting out of here without me talking about Elias Pettersson and the excitement he’s been bringing this preseason. First, he all but ended Ryan Strome’s career via shame by breaking both his ankles earlier this week.