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. The loss of Jake Guentzel is big, even if it hasn’t shown in Pittsburgh’s team results yet. This is a franchise that hasn’t been scared to make big moves in the past as they head into the final month of the season, and that they’re without their top winger for the remainder of this campaign should only thrust them into action.
To me, the obvious move here is to go acquire Tyler Toffoli. I imagine the asking price is high for him with Taylor Hall off the market, so it’s a matter of what Pittsburgh is to pay for him. Looking back to scoring wingers in previous seasons moved at the deadline – Mats Zuccarello and Gustav Nyquist – neither commanded a top prospect and neither commanded a direct first rounder (there were conditions that could turn a second into a first). If that was the case for those two, I can’t imagine Toffoli, who has 27 goals and 63 points in his last 134 games, commands more than Zuccarello or Nyquist, which would price him into Pittsburgh’s range.
Regardless, now is the time to acquire Toffoli. We know he’s almost assured to be moved and it’ll be toward a much better situation than the one he’s currently enduring. (jan28)
2. Jakub Vrana’s breakout season continues. He now has 23 goals and 44 points in 52 games on the season, and he’s doing that largely without top PP minutes while playing under 15 minutes a night. He’s a special player, and he’ll be a perennial All-Star now. (jan28)
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