20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

Mario Prata


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. There are always a handful of players that seem to force the coach’s hand and plays his way onto the team in preseason. Kailer Yamamoto definitely fits this bill. The 20-year-old saw himself on the fourth line or worse when camp opened and was all the way up to the second line with Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic early on this past week.

When I released my rankings a couple weeks ago, I wrote that I had Yamamoto playing half the season with Connor McDavid and one-quarter with Draisaitl. My expectation at the time was that he would indeed force the hand of coach Todd McLellan and not be relegated to the bottom-six and a pithy fantasy season. Yamamoto is, at worst, their second-most talented right winger and could be the breakout star the Oilers need to bring some scoring from the wings.

Power-play units could be a mess all year for the Oilers but I’m at the point where I feel confident that Yamamoto has not only played his way onto the team but into a scoring role at even strength. As I type that, it feels like famous last words. Don’t let me down, Todd. (sep27)


2. Jesse Puljujarvi has looked fantastic in preseason. Yes, I know, ‘it’s preseason’ but there’s no way the coaching staff hasn’t noticed, either. The issue is that Ty Rattie seems locked as McDavid’s right winger with Yamamoto or Tobias Rieder on the second line. Puljujarvi may be so good that he’s relied upon to bring scoring depth rather than as a running mate for one of the team’s top centers. (sep27)

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