Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2019: Carolina Hurricanes

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2019-09-05

 

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Carolina Hurricanes

 

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.

Enjoy!

 

GoneMicheal Ferland, Greg McKegg, Curtis McElhinney, Scott Darling, Calvin de Haan, Aleksi Saarela, Justin Williams

 

IncomingRyan Dzingel, Brian Gibbons, James Reimer, Erik Haula, Anton Forsberg, Gustav Forsling

 

Impact of changes – Last year in this spot I opined that the Hurricanes did not really resolve their goaltending issues. I had improved with McElhinney and Petr Mrazek over Cam Ward, but it looked both risky and marginal. Turns out I was partially right. It was a risk, but Mrazek and McElhinney weren’t so bad, particularly in the second half. They weren’t great, but they weren’t horrible. Mrazek, who is returning this year, had 23 Quality Starts (57.5%) last season, but seven of those were down the stretch in the final quarter. Is Reimer an upgrade on McElhinney? Based on last year – a resounding ‘no’. But historically Reimer has been better and at 31 he’s certainly younger. Once again, goaltendi