Ramblings: Danault’s improvements; Johansen’s incoming rebound; Tomasino; Kakko; Necas – October 22

Michael Clifford

2020-10-22

There will be a brief discussion on one of the Nashville centres a little later, but it's worth talking a bit about their current winger situation, too. Both Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson had down years (for different reasons) and there just isn't a lot to speak of offensively beyond that with Granlund and Smith gone. They need help, and hopefully the help comes in the form of Philip Tomasino and Eeli Tolvanen. About that first name, a curious little tidbit:

 

 

As Mr. Bastin of On The Forecheck states in a subsequent tweet, teams normally don't announce the numbers of players who won't be on the roster. If Tomasino can step in as a second-line winger, this is a huge win for the Preds. Regardless, it's good news for dynasty owners. They may get a new player in their lineup in short order.

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There will be a little discussion on Phillip Danault later, and one thing I noticed researching that: he has never been given significant PP minutes, even as he's turned into an elite passer. You know who else didn't get significant PP minutes until literally Claude Julien's last year in Boston? Brad Marchand, at the age of 28. This seems to be a pattern from the coach.

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A second ECHL team, the Norfolk Admirals, announced yesterday they won't be returning for the 2020-21 season. There are some NHLers that eventually come out of the ECHL, so this could be a wrench into the development plans for some. More as this develops.

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Shot assists is an important stat for fantasy owners to know. Work done on passing years ago by Ryan Stimson and his team found that the sequence of passes prior to a shot is an