Ramblings: Summarizing the Eastern Conference – September 28

Michael Clifford



It’s the final draft weekend of the season. Hopefully, you’re ready for your drafts. If you’re like me, when it comes to most things in life, everything’s being left to the last second.

I can’t stress enough how much the Dobber Guide can help in this respect. It gets the reader caught up on all the developments in camp, provides a simple draft list for different league formats, gives important line combinations, and a whole lot more.

In an effort to do my part, I want to give a crash course on players I’ve covered over the last several months. It will cover players I’m high on, players I’m not, and instances where I’ve changed my opinion. This will take a while, so I’ll do half the league for today’s Ramblings and half for tomorrow.

We’ll start with the Eastern Conference.


Boston Bruins

Yahoo’s new standard format reduces the value of Brad Marchand. He’s always been a player to rack up penalty minutes, not hits. Before drafting him late in the first round or sometime in the second, check your league settings.

Ryan Donato is the winger that could bring the most value of the non-top line options if only because it appears he has the inside track to the top PP unit. Jake DeBrusk is going to have a good year but his upside is capped due to power play concerns.

I am out on Charlie McAvoy this year given that he’s being drafted somewhere in the top-100. At that ADP, he absolutely has to be a 40-plus point defenceman with good peripherals. That’s a lot to ask.


Buffalo Sabres

I was cool on Jeff Skinner because my assumption was he’d be on the second line. He’s been with Jack Eichel almost all preseason and this has changed my projections. He has the tools and role necessary to be a top-25 forward almost regardless of format.

If you’re buying on Rasmus Dahlin, just read the section on Charlie McAvoy, and then realize he’s being drafted ahead of the Bruins blue liner. No thanks.

Count me out on Casey Mittelstadt, too.

The steam on Sam Reinhart is starting to get to be a bit much. I don’t think he busts at his ADP but I’ve seen him go inside the top-125 at times. Hard to return a profit there.

People seem awfully confident that Carter Hutton is going to make 5