21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Mario Prata

2020-10-11

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 mentioned that I would wait to move him up the Top 100 Roto Rankings. I’m willing to give him a small boost with his signing. There’s potential top-5 goalie value with Robin Lehner, particularly if Marc-Andre Fleury leaves. If Fleury sticks around, he would likely cut into Lehner’s workload and could even force a 50-50 if Lehner were to struggle. Lehner is used to that arrangement from his time with the Islanders, Blackhawks, and Golden Knights (during the regular season).

Interestingly enough, Lehner’s two highest games-played totals are both with the Sabres in 2016-17 (59 GP) and 2017-18 (53 GP), which was before his career took off. So should Fleury leave, Lehner would be given a larger workload than he has over the past two seasons. The playoffs gave us a small sample that he has a good chance of being able to handle 50+ games over a season, though.

 

2. Playoff hero Anton Khudobin decided that his heart was in Texas after all. The Stars re-signed their backup goalie (should we still call him that?) to a three-year contract with a $3.33 million AAV. The 34-year-old Khudobin tested the market briefly, but decided on a place that would likely have been better for his fantasy value anyway. Imagine if he took the money and went to a team like the Sabres or the Red Wings.

As for that backup/starter thing, I think this signing is a real hit to Ben Bishop‘s fantasy value. Bishop is already injury-prone as a Band-Aid Boy trainee who I think Dobber will upgrade to certified. I’d be willing to pencil Khudobin in for 40 games, which makes him a poor man’s Tuukka Rask if his ratios don’t drop off dramatically from the 2019-20 regular season. As much as he was noticed by a wider audience during the playoffs, his regular-season ratios (2.22 GAA, .930 SV%) were actually better than his playoff numbers (2.69 GAA, .917 SV%). Much of that may have to do with the level of competition in the playoffs, as you may recall that the Stars had series against sharp-shooting Colorado, Vegas, and Tampa Bay.

Another note: If you’re a keeper owner waiting on