21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata


Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles – the original 20 Fantasy Thoughts – from our editors at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s ‘Daily Ramblings’.

Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, Dobber


1. All I'll say is that I completely agree with Dobber on his take with Jason Zucker (Dobber's thoughts on the Zucker trade  here).  He becomes a high-end option immediately if he can find prolonged chemistry with Sidney Crosby. He's shown the ability to put up a hit per game when he's playing 17-18 minutes a night, which makes him even more valuable in banger leagues. I mean, what if he just takes Jake Guentzel's minutes, both at 5-on-5 and the power play, and plays 19-20 a night? He still has to click with Crosby, but if he does, he's going to have a huge final two months. (feb11)


2. You could argue that the Penguins gave up too much for Zucker, but this is a team that has to live in the here and now while Crosby and  Evgeni Malkin are still productive. Plus the asking price for such a player will only increase as the trade deadline gets closer, so you can’t fault GM Jim Rutherford for getting an early start on the deadline-day craziness (or is that just a lot of hype now?) (feb14)


3. The Coyotes are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games and find themselves battling for a playoff spot. It will be extremely interesting to see what the club does with  Taylor Hall. I have a feeling they'll do all they can to get him to agree to an extension over the next few weeks. But if the product on the ice doesn't match up, you'd have to believe they'll dangle him out for another trade.

We can't put this on Hall though. Since being traded to AZ, he has 21 points in 26 games while averaging three shots per contest. If they do decide to keep him and still miss the playoffs, at least the chances of them jumping up and winning the lottery are exponentially higher. (feb12)


4. It was a couple years ago I got into an argument with Dobber. My argument was that Kailer Yamamoto (and also