21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata


Every Sunday, we'll share 21 Fantasy Rambles – originally 20 Fantasy Thoughts – from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's ‘Daily Ramblings’.

Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber


1. Remember when some people questioned whether Quinn Hughes was big enough to be effective? Well, we’re 33 games into his NHL career and I think he’s put those thoughts to rest. In the past 25 years, we’ve had exactly one defender record more points than Hughes’ 26 through their first 33 NHL games. That player is Cale Makar (in just 29 games played). Hell, we can go back even further and the list just keeps looking better:

Brian Leetch – 32
Nicklas Lidstrom – 30
Cale Makar – 28 (in 29 GP)
Quinn Hughes – 26

The quintessential play-creator for the Canucks, Hughes is feasting on the league’s top power-play unit. One that draws the most penalties in the league, as well, so the opportunities should continue to come along. The 2018 seventh-overall pick is getting better with each passing match. (dec9)


2. With Artemi Panarin leaving Columbus, we figured that scoring would be down among key Blue Jackets, especially Panarin’s most frequent linemates from last season. Those linemates according to Frozen Tools were Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson. While Atkinson has recovered after a slow start, Dubois is struggling with just three assists in his last 10 games. Dubois is only 21, so there are better days ahead. Yet, with the Jackets near the bottom of the league in offense, it will be difficult for him to replicate last season’s 61 points. (dec14)


3. During the summer a commenter asked why Shea Weber had not b