Welcome back to this week's installment of The Journey. It has been a hot minute since I last provided an update on any of Dobber's Rankings, mainly because the movements have been rather insignificant. Well, that all changes today. Dobber recently dropped updates for all three positions, and I will be happily spending the next few weeks diving into some of the list's top movers.
Here are the updated rankings for your reference:
Seeing as it has been since March – also known as the time before COVID, which now seems like an eternity ago – I have decided to start between the pipes. Here are a few names that have made moves among the most recent Dobber Rankings list.
Collin Delia, Blackhawks – (March: 21 – November: 10)
The Blackhawks have officially been dwindled to the bare bones in regards to their goaltending situation. With their seasoned veteran Corey Crawford now out of the picture, the reins will be handed to two unproven backup options. Delia, 26, will split the season with Malcolm Subban, and your guess is as good as mine as to who will come out on top as the breadwinner between the two. Neither of which have yet to showcase any spectacular play among the NHL ranks as of yet, so, do not count out the prospect of Delia overriding the tandem as the go-to option between the pipes. It's certainly a coin flip at this point.
Playing in the AHL, Delia had a respectable 2019-20 season, especially considering his club (IceHogs) sat in the basement in regards to offensive statistics. He finished with a 16-13-2 record, to go with a 2.66 goals against and .912 save percentage. The numbers were by no means spectacular, but worthy to be granted an opportunity to show his stuff at the top level.
Despite his potential to become a number one, or at the very least, the better half of a tandem, I would certainly tread lightly. The Blackhawks show obvious signs of future struggle, and both netminders could endure some very real growing pains throughout the year. If your league penalizes goals against heavily, do your best to stay clear.
Daniel Vladar, Bruins