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. Where have all the Shayne Gostisbehere points gone? After going pointless in his last five games, he's on pace for just 31 this year. The 25-year-old led all blueliners in power-play points a season ago with 33. This year, he has eight through 45 contests. Ghost has just one power-play point (an assist on January 3) in the last 25 games. This, despite averaging over three minutes of power-play ice each night.

It boggles the mind. At this point, any hopes of a second-half turnaround are likely built on just hope. He’s proven to be an elite producer in two of his four season-long career. Here’s hoping he wakes up soon. (jan9)


2. Marc-Andre Fleury has been the low-key fantasy pick of the year. The 33-year-old is running away with the wins and shutouts lead and he does it all with a smile on his face. He's an easy guy to root for. (jan9)

Flower leads all goalies with 41 games played (all starts), which would put him on pace for 70 this season. With Vegas likely making the playoffs again, wouldn’t it be wise to rest Fleury more during the second half? Malcolm Subban has played in just eight games this season.

The driving force for goalies managing starts is the team’s starter being fresh for a long playoff run. The last starting goalie to win a Stanley Cup and play over 60 games in the regular season was in fact Fleury, when he led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2008-09 – a full decade ago. So, it’s worth it for teams with Stanley Cup aspirations to manage their starter’s minutes.

Just as we’ve adjusted (lowered) our GAA and SV% expectations for the increase in scoring, we might need to do the same for games played among goalies. In other words, 60 is the new 70. But it could even get to the point where 55 is the new 60. If goaltending starts are spread out more evenly among the starter and backup, then that could decrease the draft-day value of goalies relative to skaters. In other words, no more drafting Martin Brodeur in the first round because he’s a virtual lock for 70 games and 40 wins. (jan12)


3. Mat Barzal has 19 points in his last 15 games, leaving him just shy of a point-per-game pace on the season. Even with the Islanders’ focus on defense this year, Barzal is shining. He’s already one of the outstanding young stars in the game. It won’t be long until he’s mentioned in the same breath as all the stars in the game, per