Let’s catch up on some signings first. The Vancouver Canucks have signed RFA forward Nikolay Goldobin to a one-year, one-way contract worth $900,000. There was some doubt as to whether Goldobin would be back after scoring just seven goals and 27 points in 63 games, with some of those games missed as a healthy scratch with Travis Green questioning his work ethic.
Considering that Goldobin was given substantial minutes with Elias Pettersson and for the most part didn’t deliver, this will be an important season for his NHL future. Considering that the Canucks had added J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland during the offseason along with Tanner Pearson and Josh Leivo during the season, there will be less incentive for the Canucks to try the enigmatic Goldy in a top-6 role going forward. Because he will likely need those quality linemates to have any sustained success in the NHL, he should be ignored for fantasy purposes going forward. In other words, don’t expect a ton of scoring if either Brandon Sutter or Jay Beagle is his center.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Riley Sheahan to a one-year contract worth a reported $900,000. There’s a connection between Sheahan and Oilers’ GM Ken Holland from their days in Detroit
And guess what? The Sheahan signing has been updated in the Fantasy Guide, which you can now purchase in both English and French. That’s dedication to fantasy hockey.