Forum Buzz: Mining for Talent, Goalie Decisions, Aho, Laine, and Mantha

Rick Roos

2020-04-15

Welcome back to Forum Buzz, where I peruse the DobberHockey Forums and weigh in on very active, heavily debated, or otherwise relevant recent threads, reminding everyone how great of a resource the Forums are, especially now that the season has been suspended. Nearly anything might be covered here, other than trades and signings, which usually will get their own separate write-ups on the main site and are also covered in the next day’s Ramblings, or questions specific to salary cap issues, which is the domain of Alex MacLean’s weekly Capped column.

As a reminder, you can access the forum thread on which the question is based by clicking on the “Topic” for each question.

 

Topic #1 – Which two of Patrik Laine, Mikko Rantanen, and Sebastian Aho should be kept in a league where the skater categories are G, A, Pts, +/-, PIM, and PPPts and the starting lineups consist of 2C, 2LW, 2RW, and 2 UTIL?

 

A year ago this would've been a slam dunk keep of Aho and Rantanen, what with Laine coming off a season of 50 points in 82 games and looking less like the budding superstar many pegged him to be. But for 2019-20 Laine not only was on his way to his best point per game output of his career but he also more assists than goals. The latter is significant, as before Laine had almost two goals for every assist during his career, leading to concern he might turn out to be a threat for 40-50 goals per year but no more than 30-35 assists, c