Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2019: Calgary Flames




Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Calgary Flames


For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 17th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.



GoneMichael Stone, James Neal, Dalton Prout, Mike Smith, Curtis Lazar, Oscar Fantenberg, Garnet Hathaway


IncomingMilan Lucic, Cam Talbot, Alexander Yelesin


Impact of changes – It’s possible that Talbot is an upgrade to Smith. It’s also possible that Talbot is a downgrade to Smith. It all depends on Talbot. Where is his head? Since he and his wife had twins a couple of summers ago, his game has been completely thrown off. It didn’t help that his Edmonton defense was like Swiss cheese. It’s hard to regain confidence and string together several good games in a row when you’re being peppered with shots. That won’t be the case with Calgary, which is a much stronger team. Now we can really see if Talbot has truly lost his mojo, or just misplaced it. Regardless, the Flames will be in good hands with David Rittich and at the very least Talbot will be a seasoned backup. But my opinion is that Talbot starts five of the first eight games, and how he does (and how the team does) will determine the split moving forward. Both goaltenders make the same salary so that will not be a factor. But coaches always bow to age and experience first. Always.

The removal of James Neal and replacing him with Milan Lucic takes the pressure off the coach. Now Coach Bill Peters can stop wasting ice time in scoring situations on Neal. Now he can use Lucic as a role player. I think the door opens a little for Austin Czarnik to possibly become a 40-point player with upside. The Flames have a strong third-line now with Andrew Mangiapane – Mark Jankowski – Czarnik. No more pressure to keep Neal in the top six, I’m sure Peters is comfortable with Lucic on the fourth line


Ready for full-time – Dillon Dube made a nice impression