21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata

2020-08-16

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. One thing I wonder about is if the Rangers will draft Alexis Lafrenière with their first overall pick. There are prospect people – our Cam Robinson being one of them – who have Quinton Byfield over Lafrenière on their board. The team also has Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider, two left wingers, under contract for most of the upcoming decade.

The Rangers have a glaring hole down the middle that they’ve been plugging with Ryan Strome, and they have hope for Filip Chytil being that guy, but that spot needs an upgrade. Do they entertain adding Byfield instead of Lafrenière? Teams have gone a bit off the board in the last couple seasons with high picks to draft for need, like Montreal with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Detroit with Moritz Seider. Could the Rangers do something similar? We’ll have to wait and see. (aug11)

 

2. As Cliffy pointed out in the Ramblings last night (just above), I’m one of the only public evaluators out there who have Byfield in the pole position on my draft board. It’s been that way since December and it won’t be changing ahead of the actual event in the fall.

The thing is, if Pittsburgh, Toronto, or Edmonton landed lucky, it’d be a slam dunk for the left-wing, Lafrenière. But NYR is in a slightly different position. They have Panarin leading the left-flank for the next six years. They just extended Kreider for seven seasons on LW2.

Meanwhile, they have a true number one center in Mika Zibanejad and then a patch job of pivots. You slide a potential unicorn down the middle with Panarin, Kaapo Kakko, Kreider and the rest of the wingers and you’re dancing in the moonlight. Now, this isn’t to say the Rangers couldn’t slide the right-handed