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. Does Jonathan Huberdeau have as much fantasy trade value as Jack Eichel and Nathan MacKinnon? Hell no. Should he? I’m starting to think he should. This isn’t just a hot streak, the guy has been elite for five quarters now. He has 133 points in his last 106 games. MacKinnon has 134 in his last 105. You tell me. (dec30)
2. In his first three games in the NHL this season, Kailer Yamamoto has been placed on a line with Leon Draisaitl, so he’s being given real opportunity as opposed to being buried on a checking line and expected to make something out of nothing. So far it has worked for Yamamoto, who has scored a goal and an assist over those three games. Keep in mind that he’s no longer considered a rookie, given his 26 games over the last two seasons.
Size (5-8, 158) is a concern in terms of handling everyday life in the NHL, but smaller players are in an easier work environment now than they have been in the last 20-30 years. It’s not as though the Oilers are overflowing with talented scorers, so I’m going to say that the chances that Yamamoto stays with the Oil for good are better than 50-50. Not 100 percent (nothing ever is), but since only Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and perhaps Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have a higher upside, I like his chances. (jan4)