21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata

2020-03-22

Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles 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. Nick Suzuki is quite clearly a notch or three ahead of Jesperi Kotkaniemi these days in Montreal. One finished his sophomore season in the American League, the other was pushing for that third spot on the Calder ballot.

But if you put a gun to my head over who I think will be the best player in their prime, watch out now, because I'll be picking Kotka.

Don't forget that this kid is quite literally, a kid. He was the youngest player in the league in 2018-19. This year he was 19 for all his action. And will continue to be so into June. He has all sorts of potential and a great deal of time to get there.

Suzuki is great, and I'm tickled to own him in a dynasty. But don't sleep on the 2018 third-overall selection. His bust out may yet be down the line, but it's coming. (mar18)

 

2. Speaking of the Habs, their top prospect, Cole Caufield has decided to return to the University of Wisconsin for a sophomore season. The 15th overall selection from 2019 had a standout freshman season at UW. He co-lead first-year players with 19 goals. He led the way in shots (140) and shots-per-game (3.89). His 36 points in 36 games were third.

From a developmental standpoint, going back from another NCAA season is just fine. He was always supposed to be a two-year wait. From a fantasy perspective, it’s less ideal in non-dynasty setups. I myself have Caufield in a league that’s dipping down to 15 keepers. I drafted him with the full intention of keeping him. I also thought he’d turn pro and be on the Habs top PP next year.

Decisions decisions. (mar18)

 

3. The two true-freshmen ahead of Caufield on that scoring list are Colorado’s Alex Newhook and Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras. We haven’t heard what their plan is for next year, but I think there’s a decent chance they both turn pro. If they do, their impact next year will be very limited, but their upside remains high.

I had Zegras and Newhook ranked fifth and sixth respectively last June. Points just seem to follow them around, albeit in many different ways.

 

4. Zegras is a bit undersized but plays an overly feisty style – almost too feisty at times. He’s also a premier distributor. We’re talking about elite levels of creativity and precision. He can dish it with the best of them.

Meanwhile, Newhook has the speed and skill combination that makes opposition coaches game plan against and fans drool. First of all, it was a travesty that