Frozen Tools Forensics: Reviewing past Dobber prospects

Grant Campbell

2019-06-21

 

With the release of Dobber’s 2019 Fantasy Hockey Prospects Report, we will look at a few of the blue-chip prospects that could have an effect on existing roster players in the next year or two that might be on your fantasy rosters. Dobber Prospect Ranking in parenthesis.

 

Cale Makar (1D)

With only 10 playoff games under his belt, Makar put any doubts about his abilities to rest and Colorado fans are excited about the prospect of seeing him in the lineup for a full year next season. The players most affected will be Tyson Barrie and Samuel Girard. Barrie will be a UFA at the end of 2020 and will command more than $7 or 8 million AAV moving forward so the Avalanche will need to ask themselves if they wish to have both players fighting for PP time or can they fill another need in the lineup by moving Barrie. For next season, the short-term effect will undoubtedly take some points from Barrie on the PP as Makar gets more and more time.

As for Girard, if he is paired with Makar it has the potential to help his production at even strength as both players will start in the OZ over 60% of the time as they remain sheltered. Girard has gone from 10 to 18 ES points and could threaten to become a 35-40 point defenseman if he improves again.

 

Cody Glass (5)

If not for his 20 points in 28 games in the AHL regular season and playoffs, I would have Glass pegged for supplanting a regular on Vegas next year, but now I think it’s a foregone conclusion barring injury. Short-term it will be Cody Eakin the most affected with William Karlsson and Paul Stastny next in line. Glass will be a top-six center in the NHL, but when he cement that role is to be determined. There is a good chance that Glass will start his NHL career on the wing and ease into the center role. I can’t see Vegas wanting to pay Karlsson what he will get as a RFA, so perhaps they would entertain the idea of getting some pretty good value in return before that happe