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. I think Nick Suzuki is poised to top 65 points next year, or at least come close. He had 32 points in his last 51 games during the season, and was – most of the time aside from a couple of quiet games – Montreal’s best forward during the playoffs.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi started out the playoffs and play-in with a splash, but kinda faded away towards the end. But he proved that he’s ready to stay in the NHL for good. The points may take a couple of years though. (aug24)
But let’s be honest: Montreal had zero players reach 25 goals this year and no one outside their top line reached 20. They also did not have a single player reach 15 power-play points. That should kind of drive home just how offensively challenged this team is.
This team needs gamebreakers. Every successful team has them. The closest a recent Cup team would have gotten without a true game-changing player is St. Louis, and even then, Ryan O’Reilly is comparable to Patrice Bergeron and Vladimir Tarasenko is a top-end scoring winger. Suzuki, if all breaks right, might be an O'Reilly in the making. Cole Caufield, if all breaks right, might be a Tarasenko in the making. Those are still maybes, at the moment. I do think Suzuki looks every bit the future No.1 center the Habs need, and that’s a great thing. But they need help on the wings, and they likely need more than Caufield. (aug26)
2. An interesting tidbit from Jeremy Rutherford over at The Athletic. In his piece about Alex Pietrangelo‘s future, he says the belief is that Petro asked for less than what Roman Josi got (eight years at roughly $9.1M per) but that St. Louis hasn’t offered anything abo