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'.

Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber


1. As part of the Fantasy Prospects Report, I always gather every contributor’s Top 50 list of players they would draft in points-only keeper leagues – only players who have not yet played a regular season game in the NHL. This list also includes the draftees for that year, and defensemen get credit for double their anticipated goal total (to better balance with the forwards, otherwise it would just be a list of forwards). Here are some interesting notes, observations and back stories that I’ll share:

– Everyone had Alexis Lafreniere first on their list. Numero Uno. Unanimous.

– A lot of the writers this year had Alexander Khovanov, a Minnesota prospect, as a backup player (either 51, 52 or 53). I’m a fan of his upside, and I also like the way the Wild is looking in terms of allowing prospects opportunities over the next couple of years. So I had him 28th on my list. But I guess the other contributors felt he wasn’t quite appealing enough to put in their actual Top 50, yet he was too good to ignore completely, so he was on a lot of backup lists. Myself and Pat Quinn (DobberProspects Associate Editor) had him rated the second-highest to Dave Hall, who had him 27th.

– I had the following players rated higher than anyone else: Grigori Denisenko (5), Vasili Podkolzin (6), Nicholas Robertson (7), Nils Lundkvist (8), Philip Tomasino (11), Victor Soderstrom (15), Jakob Pelletier (25), Jan Jenik (35).

– I was the only person to have Matt Phillips on my list (my usual small, skilled player bias), and I was one of just two people to have Pierre-Olivier Joseph on my list. I was one of three people to have Sasha Chmelevski and Jeremy Bracco (ahem) on my list. (jun15)


2. Robertson: Very high upside and a natural when it comes to high shot volume. I also don’t think the wait time will be very long. The Leafs will need him and his rookie contract sooner rather than later.

Lundkvist: I think the only thing holding Lundkvist down on everyone else’s list is the fact that