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. Basically everyone on the Kings from the goalie on out has been a disappointment. However, Anze Kopitar was likely drafted in the second or third round and he’s not close to be even a top-100 player, let alone returning draft day value.
Where do we begin? Kopitar has zero power play goals and five power-play assists on the season. Last year, he had seven and 20, with five and 14 the year before. He’s a plus-2 where his plus-minus had been a plus-21 last year and generally a plus player for his career. With LA’s goaltending problems, though, and the team’s scoring issues in general, it’s a surprise his plus-minus isn’t worse than it is. His shot rate is down a bit from 2017-18 but well within norms for him, at least at five-on-five.
There are hopes for a turnaround, though. Kopitar’s production should pick up but he’s not an across-the-board contributor, so expecting much more than a top-100 player from here on out is a mistake. (dec18)
2. Flames’ Mark Giordano has been remarkably consistent. Back in 2014-15, he had 35 points in 38 games to start the season, so he’s done something like this before. But he’s 35 years old now and coming off a 38-point season. Who knew that getting rid of Dougie Hamilton would help him this much at this age?
In 2014-15, he slowed to 13 in 24 games before a biceps injury ended his season. In 2013-14, he had 43 points in 53 games, again showing a track record of similar production. That, too, was interrupted by injury (21 games, leg). His current pace is for 80 points and he is seeing a bit of puck luck, but it’s on the power play where he’s seeing the biggest spike. At 12 PPPts, he’s already surpassed last year’s 10 and is well on his way to a career high (currently 26). I think if he stays healthy, this is the year that Giordano tops 70 points. (dec17)