Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles – the original 20 Fantasy Thoughts – from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
1. Connor Hellebuyck has been one of the most valuable goalies in fantasy hockey despite playing for a bad offensive team – remember, the Jets give up so many shots and so many quality shots that despite Hellebuyck likely being the top performing goaltender in the league this year, the team is firmly mid-pack by goals against at 5-on-5 – and unless he falls on his face in the next six weeks, he’ll likely finish the year as a second-round value, and that’s great.
The problem arises when he performs as just a good goalie and not a Vezina-calibre one, like, say, in 2018-19 when he wasn’t a top-10 fantasy goalie. I think there are valid concerns about his fantasy value moving forward until that blue line is fixed.
All that said, it’s hard to deny Hellebuyck’s impact this year. That the team is anywhere close to a playoff spot is largely because of him, and if that’s not worthy of MVP consideration, I’m not sure what is. (feb27)
2. Now that it seems like Tyler Toffoli can put up some amazing numbers with the Canucks, will he sign there this offseason? Unfortunately for Canucks fans, I don’t see this happening unless there’s some serious out-of-the-box cap maneuvering by GM Jim Benning. In other words, this could turn into another Anson Carter-type situation, where he leverages a big season from a major opportunity with the Canucks to a lucrative contract with another team where he loses value. This is more of a fearless forecast than anything, rather than an evaluation of Toffoli’s ability. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what happens. (feb29)
3. One guy that interests me from the Kings is Adrian Kempe. Combined with the fact that he could very easily be on his way to his first 20-goal season in one of the worst scoring environments in the NHL while playing largely with complete unknowns, it should be obvious why I am kind of excited for Kempe's future. Add in that he can bring a good level of hits and PIMs, and I think there’s a solid fantasy contributor in the wings here.
The problem, of course, is his team. As of right now, if you’re not on the top line with Anze Kopitar, you have little hope of fantasy relevance. Gabe Vilardi could be a nice piece, but we all know his injury history and as of right now he’s still just a prospect. Ditto for Rasmus Kupari,