Forum Buzz: Stone vs Malkin, Ranking Cs in a MultiCat, Ghost, Pettersson, & Dahlin

Rick Roos



Welcome to another edition of “Forum Buzz,” a column where I dissect posts from the DobberHockey Forums. Pretty much anything within the forums might be covered, other than trades (those usually will get their own separate write-ups on the site and are also covered in the next day’s Ramblings) and signings (those tend to be dissected in Alex MacLean’s weekly Capped column). With that out of the way, let’s get rolling!


Topic #1 – How can I convince another GM to trade me, Elias Pettersson and Rasmus Dahlin, but without me having to overpay for them?

In the forum thread, the poster had the luxury of owning the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, which is an enticing trade cog. Of course, as mentioned in the thread, Elias Pettersson and Rasmus Dahlin are likely to be recognized as among the most prized trade targets in keeper leagues. The question thus becomes how – if it’s indeed even possible – can one straddle the line between presenting a trade offer for them that’s both likely to be accepted yet won’t represent giving up too much.

First things first, if you want to get these players, you’re making a smart choice. With the exception of Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov, no player had a better production rate for a worse scoring team during 2018-19 than Petterson– as a rookie – for Vancouver. Plus, despite missing 11 games, Pettersson hit six posts and two crossbars, so his goal total could have easily been much higher. Pettersson also scored at a 25 PPPts full season pace as a rookie, and only two wingers have finished a rookie season with 25+ PPPts since 2000-01. As for Dahlin, he became the first 18-year-old since Phil Housley (36 years ago!) to surpass the 40 point threshold as a rookie, which is something only Bobby Orr had also ever done. Dahlin also excelled with the man advantage, tallying 20 PPPts, making him just one of five rookie d-men who had 44+ points and 20+ PPPts as a first-year player since 2000-01, with all but one of the other four being age 20 or older when doing so.

The problem is nearly any GM wh