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. Nikita Kucherov is on pace for 100 points and it’s somehow considered pretty meh.
This is a lesson to all you kids out there – don’t peak too early or your parents will expect high grades on all your report cards. It’s all about a nice steady incline. (Yes, I am a school teacher). (feb5)
2. There has been plenty of love spread around Quinn Hughes and his spectacular rookie campaign. But one area that hasn't been discussed much is that he's seemingly turning Chris Tanev into a potential fantasy target.
The long-time defensive defender has been matched up with Hughes for a healthy portion of the year. And as Hughes has ratcheted things up, so has Tanev, who's on pace for a career-high 28 points. He's always been a block machine, but this year he's already added a career-high in hits. Most importantly, he's been healthy for the first time in… well, forever. Nice timing as he approaches UFA. (feb5)
3. Speaking of quietly good years, how about Ryan Suter? As it stands, he's on pace for 58 points, which would be a career-high, having never surpassed 51 points before. He's already at seven goals, two off a career-high nine goals set in 2016-17.
Some of his peripherals have taken a hit as his ice time has gone down the year, but the point production (including 16 with the man advantage) has been very strong. He's never been a guy to rely on for peripherals anyway. I'm not sure how much he has left in the tank given he's 35 years old now, but it seems he's always underappreciated. (feb6)
4. Over the past month, I feel like I've written about Elvis Merzlikins so often in the Ramblings that I'm running out of Elvis jok