Ramblings: Vrana’s Skill Vs. Opportunity, Marner’s Time Frame, & The Return of Wennberg? (Sept 4)

Cam Robinson



We are T-minus nine days until training camps open across the league. Fantasy draft dates are being set. Air B&B rentals are being obtained with the complete expectation of having to open a new account after the inevitable destruction occurs. I’m talking 1996 USA Olympics Men's Hockey team destruction. 

As you prepare to take down your friends this year, you’d better be armed with Dobber’s 14th Annual Fantasy Guide – now available en français! 


I’m raffling off a free guide via twitter as well




Fellow Associate Editor, Michael Clifford, aka Slim Cliffy, and I were chatting about Jakub Vrana recently. We’re in agreement that the former 13th overall selection is trapped in a box. 


The 23-year-old has witnessed steady improvements in both goals and points over his three-year career. That culminated with his 24 goals and 47 points a season ago. He accomplished that with just 14 minutes of ice – and only 68 seconds of that coming from the second power-play unit. Normally, we would project a young, skilled prospect who is clearly on the upswing to be given more responsibility and increased deployment. And we should see a little of that from Vrana in 2019-20 just not to the degree we’d like. 


Last season, Vrana’s most common linemates at even-strength were Nicklas Backstrom an