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 had a question posed to me on Twitter the other day. It was a tough one so I figured I’d spill a little ink on it here.
@tdubbswpg: What side do you pick for a points only keeper league, no positional requirements?? 1) Pettersson (Van); 2) Lafreniere (NYR) and Dach (Chi).
These types of deals always give me pause. On one hand, if you’re a team in a rebuild or are trying to fill out a deep roster, nabbing two extremely exciting young players is awfully tempting. You fill a center and wing spot with future high-impact talent. That said, Elias Pettersson is the best player in the group.
I think realistic point upsides for the three are as follows:
My gut says to hold onto Pettersson. However, if you believe Lafreniere can be a triple-digit guy (which isn’t out of the question) then you make the swap. But if we’re thinking that’s the case, I’d make the argument that EP is more of a 110-point upside character. Sorry, tdubbs, I don’t have a perfect answer for you this time around. (nov18)
2. I just saw this interesting question about keeping Nikita Gusev or Jack Hughes over at the DobberHockey Forum. The respondents seem to advocate keeping both Devils over Tomas Tatar, which I can get behind especially if you’re looking beyond the coming season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Montreal 2019-20 scoring leader Tatar outscore both players in 2020-21, even though both Devils possess higher upside.
3. Don’t expect a huge breakout from the 26-year-old Damon Severson from what he has produced already. But if he can secure the Devils' PP1 role in 2020-21, then there are signs that he could be onto the first 40-point season of his career. Keep in mind that Severson might not hold the spot long term, as 2018 first-rounder Ty Smith could make his Devils debut this coming season. Smith was nearly a point-per-game player (0.98 PTS/GP) in 240 WHL games, so he possesses a higher long-term ceiling than Severson.
4. With just 13 points in 36 games in 2019-20, Alexandre Texier may not grab your attention in upcoming fantasy drafts. Yet there are signs that the 21-year-old might be in for a bigger leap in 2020-21 and that he would make a solid deep sleeper.
During the postseason, Texier’s most frequent center was first-liner Pierre-Luc Dubois, with either Oliver Bjorkstran