Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
1. It seems as though we are one step closer to the NHL returning:
@NHLPA: The NHLPA Executive Board has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format, subject to reaching an overall agreement with the League on resuming the 2019-20 season: http://ply.rs/Ql6850zOjtv
You’ve probably seen the potential matchups by now. You’ve probably also given some thought to who will win between, say, Montreal/Pittsburgh or Vancouver/Minnesota. I won’t make any predictions today, since we still have hundreds of miles to travel before this gets the official go-ahead and the puck drops on the first matchup – assuming the fragile health situation allows. Yet, since baseball is being played in South Korea and soccer is being played in Germany, there is growing hope that the proposed 24-team tournament can work in North America. (may23)
2. In my fantasy league, my acquisition of Evgeni Malkin bumped Sam Reinhart down my center depth chart, perhaps to the point in which he became more of a spare part (my other centers were Aleksander Barkov, Mika Zibanejad, Brayden Schenn, and Eric Staal). Now before you say: “I would easily play Reinhart over Staal and/or Schenn,” remember that before the pause Reinhart had been held without a point in his last eight games. That definitely factors in when I make roster decisions of who to start or sit.
What happened over those eight games? Reinhart’s Frozen Tools Player Calculator said that he still played an average of over 20 minutes over that span, including being on the ice for 70 percent of the Sabres’ power-play minutes. On a Sabres’ team that isn’t overflowing with scoring options, Reinhart still spent over 70 percent of his even-strength minutes with leading scorer Jack Eichel. Yet, Eichel himself crashed and burned over that span, recording just a single po