21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata

2019-12-22

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’.

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

 

1. Here’s something fun: Penguins'  John Marino didn’t start the year in the lineup with the big club and he didn’t register a point through his first 12 games, but his 15 points are more than those collected by both Kaapo Kakko (14) and Jack Hughes (13). Marino was averaging just under 17 minutes a game through those first 12 contests, too. In the 22 games since ending his pointless streak, he has 15 points and has often played more than 22 minutes a night. It’s pretty impressive stuff for a 22-year old rookie blueliner. (dec19)

 

2. When it comes to most valuable player in fantasy hockey leagues, it has to be tied into draft position. It might not be a consideration in the real world because teams don’t care how value is accumulated, but in fantasy, outside of some sort of keeper league, the only consideration for value is draft value. It’s not trades, or tryout slots, or signings. For that reason, it seems Darcy Kuemper is at least one of the top considerations. I would argue he’s the top player to have on your roster so far this year. (Ed. note: Kuemper will be out for at least a few games. He left last Thursday's game late in the third period with a lower-body injury.

Looking at other top goalies, there are problems. For Tristan Jarry, it’s that his exceptional performances are in a condensed timeframe; for Connor Hellebuyck, it’s an elevated goals against average because of the number of shots his team allows. Before Thursday’s disastrous outing – the injury and seven goals against – Kuemper had a .935 save percentage, GAA under 2.00, a pair of shutouts, and hadn’t gone more than two consecutive starts with a save percentage under .910, which means there hasn’t been an extended stretch of poor play. Add that he was probably taken as a late second, ear