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. Mika Zibanejad‘s problem is he’s coming off a season where he shot 19.7 percent after having never surpassed 13 percent before. Artemi Panarin is an all-world talent to have on the wing but almost no one repeats near-20 percent shooting. (Shout out to Alex Tanguay. That guy had eight seasons shooting at least 20 percent. Maybe it's a bad idea to introduce an exception to my own argument.) Not that I think Ziba will fall on his face; I bet my projections (when done) will have him as a point-per-game player. He just won’t be as valuable as Jack Eichel, for example. (nov13)
2. As great as Drew Doughty has been, there are significant concerns about his immediate fantasy hockey future. He has seen his ice time decline for five straight years and he turns 31 years old in a month.
This is a player with a lot of wear on his hockey frame: he came into the NHL his draft year of 2008 and immediately played 23:50 a game! By 2014-17, he was playing anywhere from 27-30 minutes a game and from his rookie year through 2018-19, he never missed more than six games in a season. In that span, he became just one of three players since 1998 to amass at least 24 000 minutes of ice time through their age-30 season. There is also an extra season’s worth of games (84) via the postseason.
There are a lot of miles here, and though the Kings are on the rise, they’re still a couple years away from putting anything together. I’m not keeping a guy for two years to see if he’s still good in his mid-30s while hoping the team improves around him. Too many moving parts for a decaying player. I’m out. (nov12)
3. I got a question about a points-only keeper question between Evgeni Malkin or Mark Scheifele.
Malkin has played 70 games once since the 2013 lockout. We all know the injury history. We also know a couple years ago he said he re-dedicated himself to conditioning, and after a three-year span from 2014-17 where he averaged 1.06 points/game, he’s averaged 1.22 per game over the last three years.
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