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.
Gone – Micheal Ferland, Greg McKegg, Curtis McElhinney, Scott Darling, Calvin de Haan, Aleksi Saarela, Justin Williams
Incoming – Ryan 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