The Journey: Underowned Prospects

Brayden Olafson


A friendly reminder to all that the 14th annual edition of the Dobber Hockey Fantasy Guide and draft list is available and flying off the digital shelves yet again! This publication is an absolute behemoth of a fantasy hockey resource that I am thrilled to have contributed to for the first time this year. The continually updated digital magazine features projections and detailed scouting reports across the league, and most importantly, it’s accurate!

As we transition out of the always entertaining draft analysis season, I want to shift the focus of The Journey back to a broader group of prospects. The hype of 17, 18 and 19-year-old players entering the next stage of the prospect world is exciting, however, it can sometimes pull attention away from equally deserving players. Today we’ll have a look at some players whose fantasy stock is on the rise, however, remain underowned in leagues. These players may have had quietly successful campaigns last year, or simply be looking up at a brand-new opportunity that some owners may have slept on in the summer frenzy. 

Now despite this list of players currently being under-owned, it’s important to retain a healthy perspective. Simply because they’ll been mentioned today does not necessarily mean that they should be claimed or drafted immediately (although in some cases they should). Take note of the names, and the factors that make them relevant, however, use an objective judgement to determine whether or not they will be a factor in your league.

Otto Koivula, NYI

Dobber Top 300 Forward Prospects Rank: 74          Fantrax Ownership: 36%

The Finnish AHL rookie made a strong first impression in North America a couple of strong years with Ilves of the Liiga. Playing overseas, the fourth-round draft-pick has been able to fly largely under the radar since his selection by the Isles in 2016, but his AHL success has been garnering significantly more attention. The rookie finished second in Sound Tiger scoring, despite a fruitless start throughout the month of October. His comfort level seemed to peak mid-season when he rallied for a five-game goal-streak at the turn of the year. At 20 years old, he’s proven his game at a higher level than Ivan Chekovich, the San Jose prospect who is ranked