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. Call me crazy, but I'm ready to take an extra-long look at some young players in playoff pools this summer. The youth factor cannot be overstated in this bizarre world we're living in. The young kids maintain their fitness easier. They're less likely to pull groins, hamstrings, or abdominal walls. They're bouncy and full of unbridled enthusiasm. They haven't been burdened with all of life's bumps in the road.
So, some of the players that we'd normally look at to breakout next season, should have a decent chance of pushing that timeline up a tad.
I'm talking about Anthony Cirelli, Jake DeBrusk, Denis Gurianov, Adam Gaudette, Alex DeBrincat if Chicago can get hot. Players who won't necessarily waltz into top line, top PP roles, but who have the talent and pop in their step to maybe find a way as the rounds move along. Hell, I'd even watch out for a kid like Noah Dobson or Adam Boqvist to snake a top PP gig on the blue line.
Respect the youth this spin around the Cup. (july15)
2. Speaking of the upcoming 2020 playoffs, I expect the most impact fantasy-wise will be with respect to goalies. There’s already been rumblings that teams might not reflexively go with who was considered the #1 (or 1A) goalie during the season, and instead let Phase 2/3 determine the netminder who gets the nod.
Given this, who do I think are most vulnerable? Mainly guys who weren’t clear-cut #1s by the time the season ended, like, off the top of my head, Philipp Grubauer, David Rittich, Petr Mrazek, Pekka Rinne, Mikko Koskinen, Elvis Merzlikins, and Devan Dubnyk. That’s a lot of names! I’d even add guys like Semyon Varlamov and Ben Bishop, although in both their cases it shouldn’t have a spillover effect into 2020-21 due to their contract sizes. For the others I named though, there could be repercussions into 2020-21; and if you’re in a league that allows trading right now, I might consider dealing one or more of those I named if you think they’re vulnerable to getting passed on the depth chart by a hot playoff goalie. (