21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata


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. How many forwards in the NHL right now are capable of 50-goal seasons? Each player is theoretically capable of such a campaign, but there are really only a couple dozen players we could look at and realistically envision 50 goals in a regular NHL season.

We’re not going to waste internet ink talking about guys who’ve done it (Alex Ovechkin and Leon Draisaitl) or guys that may have done it this year had the NHL season not ended (David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews). Hence, below are a few, while the rest can be seen here (for Mike's take), and here (for Cam's). (apr7)


2. Alex DeBrincat: Ice time is a big factor in players being able to reach 50 goals and DeBrincat still has a ways to go before he gets to the 20-minute mark every night, but that he’s played at least 17:30 in each of the last two seasons is a good start.

There’s also not much depth on the wings here. Of course, there’s Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, as well as an emerging Dominik Kubalik, but Saad rarely gets PP time so if he’s chewing 13-14 minutes a night at 5-on-5, it’s not an issue for DeBrincat. As for Kubalik, well, one season doesn't make a player. And eventually, age is going to catch up to Kane. Assuming the 2020-21 season is some sort of modified season, we’re going to get to DeBrincat’s age-24 season once Kane gets to his age-33 season. It’s really not hard seeing DeBrincat’s ice time going up and Kane’s going down in the meantime.

DeBrincat shoots about as much as elite scoring talents like Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, and Steven Stamkos, has already posted a 40-goal season, isn’t even in his prime yet, and should see his ice time increase over the next 2-3 seasons without much competition outside of Kane. He had a down year in 2019-20 with just 18 goals, and I think it’s very much worth going to see what he’d cost in a dynasty league right now. (apr7)