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, Brennan Des (subbing for Cam Robinson), and Dobber
1. The Blackhawks are a team with 30M tied up in over-30’s for next season. Almost all of them with term. Yes, they have Kirby Dach, Alex DeBrincat, and Adam Boqvist. Those three should form a nice nucleus moving forward. But this is an organization with one of the poorest prospect pools in the game.
If you’re going to rebuild, it’s going to be a long haul at this point. May as well dish Patty Kane, right? Well, crazier things could happen. And if I’m a Kane owner (which I am) then I’m looking forward to that potentially coming to fruition.
Get him out of dodge and off to a contender for the next few seasons. He remains magic and has that rare triple-digit upside. He could still manifest it in Chicago while they turn the page, but it’ll be a lot more difficult.
On the flip side, if the GM’s words trickle down to the coach’s brain, then we should see those previously mentioned youngsters witnessing their deployment ramp up. That’s great news for owners.
Moral of the story: Chicago will be an interesting, albeit poor, team next season. (oct21)
2. After a slow start to 2019-20 (six points in 19 games), Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of the hottest players that could have been on your waiver wire at one point, scoring 17 goals and 30 points over his last 30 games. We will never know how impressive that season truly could have been, since he missed 21 games due to injury.
Bjorkstrand’s point increase wasn’t just luck. Instead, he was a player who was finally receiving his opportunity. The departure of Artemi Panarin helped, as did even longer injury time to Cam Atkinson. Between 2018-19 and 2019-20, Bjorkstrand’s ice time increased by over five minutes per game, including an increase of over a minute per game on the power play. Although he scored three goals with no assists in ten postseason games, the near-half season point-per-game stretch should be a sign of continued success.