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’.

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


1. I wrote about Timo Meier  a few weeks ago about what’s going wrong/what went wrong this year. For that reason, I won’t dig in too much further here. Just rest assured I was wildly incorrect – I assumed another step forward and that has not been the case in any regard. He’s not having a bad year, being on pace for over 25 goals, over 200 shots, and nearly 200 hits. In banger leagues, and that’s going to play well (he’s rosterable even in shallow leagues in these formats).

One reason we always beat the drum of multi-cat performers like Meier is even if they don’t have great point totals, they can still bring value to a fantasy roster. He just won’t bring top-25 value this year and now I’m concerned about his next few years, given the general direction of the franchise. (jan23)


2. The league’s hottest scorer post-Christmas was scratched last Tuesday because of an injury. Artemi Panarin missed the Rangers’ crosstown match with the Islanders because of an upper-body injury. Panarin didn’t participate in the All-Star Game, as teammate Chris Kreider was selected to replace him. The Rangers don’t play until January 31), so the Bread Man will have plenty of time to rest. Since December 27, he has been the league’s top point-getter with 23 points (6g-17a) in just 11 games.

Panarin’s injury meant that Pavel Buchnevich was elevated to the top line and first-unit power play during that Tuesday matchup. He made the most of the opportunity, scoring a power-play goal while firing six shots on goal in 24 minutes of ice time – a jump of over eight minutes from his previous game. If Panarin’s injury is more than a short-term thing, then Buchne