20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

Mario Prata

2018-09-23

Every Sunday, 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. I was targeting Cody Ceci as a potential sleeper two seasons ago but the Sens decided to groom him for a more defensive role instead, where he has failed to reach 20 points over the past two seasons. Now he’s expected to take on first-pairing minutes and could also add a few more points as a result.

If your league is deep enough and also counts both hits and blocked shots, then Ceci is an option. Ceci was the Senators’ runaway leader with 171 blocked shots and finished second on the team to Mark Borowiecki with 163 hits. Ceci has an outside chance of reaching 30 points, particularly if he earns additional power-play time because of Karlsson’s departure.

 

2. I didn’t give Martin Kaut much of a chance to make the Colorado roster this year, or even next, but it is looking as though the team really wants him to succeed quickly and they are giving him every opportunity to do so in camp. He’s played on the right wing on Colorado’s second line with Tyson Jost and Alex Kerfoot and is apparently doing well.

He’s eligible to play in the AHL this year and the belief is that he will be sent there but will be one of the first callups when injury strikes. Similar to the thinking with Mikko Rantanen back in his post-draft year when he played nine games with the big club and tore it up in the AHL.

 

3. I am much higher on Oscar Klefbom than most. I get that recency bias is a thing and Klefbom’s 2017-18 was miserable. He was also battling a shoulder injury that flared up before the season even started and nagged him most of the year. He looks to be healthy now, though, and is locked on the team’s top power play unit. If that Oilers PP can right itself, Klefbom is in line for 40 points with 200-plus shots. He’s a steal right now by his ADP. (sep20)

 

4. The only thing Jacob Trouba needs to be a top-30 defenseman is to stay on the ice. Health has been an issue for him in his young career, but if he can manage even 75 games, he can easily be a 30-point guy with strong peripherals even without top PP minutes. That type of player – and we can add guys like Colton Parayko, Ivan Provorov and Aaron Ekblad to the list – is valuable. (