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 Jake Oettinger but let down by today’s news, you may receive your break if Seattle chooses whichever goalie is unprotected between Bishop and Khudobin. (oct10)

 

3. This news perhaps flew under the radar, but Bryan Little will reportedly not be able to play in the 2020-21 season. At this point, his career has to be in real jeopardy. This news is all the more reason for the Jets to re-acquire Paul Stastny. This is an important