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. How high can Anton Khudobin's fantasy value get in a keeper league? The best comparable is Tim Thomas, who didn’t become an NHLer until he was 31. He was nearly 32 when he stole the job from Andrew Raycroft and he was 33 when he started putting up elite fantasy numbers. Thomas was an elite fantasy goaltender from 2007 through 2012. So from age 33 through 38.
Khudobin has been a backup for forever. But he’s been an elite backup for two seasons now. If the Stars manage to sign him to large dough, then they’ll be trading Ben Bishop no question. But whoever signs Khudobin will be signing him to be their starter, despite his never playing more than 45 games in a season (he did play 54 games in 2010-11 in the AHL/NHL combined).
I’m sure more than a few teams would be willing to sign him and push to get 55 starts out of him. I think Khudobin’s age and his track record as a backup makes him acquirable in most leagues – for a price. But I feel good about that price being worth paying, within reason. (sep21)
2. I put together a preliminary list of trades I think make sense in exchange for Patrik Laine. Please note that there would likely be other pieces involved on either side, either for cap or trade balance reasons, it's just what the trade would be centered around. Assuming the Jets are looking for a young, cost-controlled top-6 center or top-pair defenseman, here are six targets:
Again, more would need t