Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
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1. I think now is the time to pry Kyle Connor away from his owner. We’re about to head into that magical fourth season and his progression has been as steady and impressive as can be. Yet for some reason, I feel like his perceived value remains lower than his actual impact. The perfect recipe for a potential buy-low.
His shot rate is up amongst the league-leaders, sitting 10th overall at the time of shutdown. But here’s where it gets really interesting. Of those top 10 shooters, only Brady Tkachuk has more shots from the high-danger area. Connor’s 91 shots from within 15 feet of the net are second in the league and speak to his ability to get into the home plate area with possession as he’s not a prototypical ‘netfront’ guy. He’s just a player who knows how to nose his way into opportunities.
With the minutes – both at even-strength and on the PP already secured, the mid-high teens' conversion rate established, and the juicy QoT, there’s little reason to believe he won’t up his goals, points, and shot rates once again next season. I’m calling for a career-best season in 2020-21. (apr22)
2. Sticking with the Jets for a moment, don’t forget about a couple of their young Finns in Kristian Vesailanen and Sami Niku.
I know there were some who figured Vesailainen a potential early star, but don’t let the ‘disappointing’ first two seasons in North America sway you away from some nice upside. He’s a power forward who will turn 21 this June. He may take a bit more time, but he remains the type of talent who can occupy a top-six job and produce some across-the-board numbers.
Meanwhile, Niku already has an AHL Defender of the Year award under his belt as well as a swath of NHL games to acclimate. The Jets are a team with a ton of moving pieces this summer. Josh Morrissey