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. Whether you like it or not, and whether they deserve it or not, both the Penguins and the Oilers will be in Monday’s draw for the first overall pick. Or to put it another way, arguably the NHL’s two biggest names in Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid won’t be competing in the 16-team playoffs. And one of these two may have a future star to play alongside next season! (aug8)
2. Okay, this is not how to watch hockey. On Friday, I turned off the Toronto-Columbus Game 4 after Boone Jenner scored to make the game 3-0 with under six minutes to play. (My son wanted to play a game, which I needed to give my full and undivided attention to because neither of us knew the rules… And yes, I thought the Leafs were fallen yet again.)
So, when I saw that Toronto won the game 4-3 in overtime, I seriously thought it was a typo! Give me a hard time if you want, Leafs fans. Yet I’d be willing to bet that most of you were ready to pack it in at that point, too. I had seen my fill of the “Leafs are too soft” analysis on social media by that point. Does that still hold true if the Leafs win Game 5 on Sunday (tonight)?
In case you missed it, William Nylander, John Tavares, and Zach Hyman all scored with under four minutes to play and Frederik Andersen on the bench, and then Auston Matthews scored 13:10 into overtime. I mentioned to a Leafs fan that I know that I felt his team deserved better after Game 3. I bet he’s still picking his jaw off the floor after this one. (aug8)
3. I should acknowledge Cam Talbot, who made some impressive saves and exceeded expectations overall in the Flames-Jets series. Talbot finished the series win with a 1.55 GAA and .944 SV%, including a