So Gary Bettman was unable to convince the GMs to hold the draft in early June. Yet. This is unexpected. Bettman is the man who kept the entire group in lockstep during lockout after lockout. He stubbornly kept a hockey team in Arizona, even after a rich person offered an overpayment for the team, and then pre-sold season tickets in Hamilton! When Bettman wants something, he gets it. But so far…not this. We are still working towards a June 1 release date of the Fantasy Prospects Report, but I would rather it go out later if the draft is later. So I will leave last week's paragraph here, because it still stands:
I will have an announcement officially announcing a release date for the 13th annual Fantasy Prospects Report next Monday in the Ramblings, on Twitter and on Facebook. I am awaiting the NHL's decision about when their draft will take place, and I believe that decision is forthcoming this week. My guess is that there will be a draft in June, and I will have more on that further below.
I try not to go to this well too often, because it could be a long, painful pause in our fantasy hockey season. But it's been a few weeks since I last did this, so I went to Twitter this weekend for your Q's…
A close call here and great question (although there is no downside for getting the answer wrong, IMO). The Coyotes love Soderstrom and feel he's NHL-ready or very close to it. He has great upside and is a right shot in an organization that has Oliver Ekman-Larsson (left) and Jacob Chychrun (left). I don't like how Chychrun was always getting hurt after being drafted – and then Soderstrom gets hurt last season. Not the organization's fault and probably just a fluke, but I'm wired to see patterns like that.
Seider, drafted five spots ahead of Soderstrom last year, also has great upside. At just 18, he slid right into the AHL seamlessly and I have no doubt that he can do it again in the NHL. He is a right-shot defenseman and so is Filip Hronek. For that reason, I go with Soderstrom. If Detroit ends up with Alexis Lafreniere it makes this opinion