Ramblings: Chrismas wish list in the East and West – December 24

Michael Clifford

2020-12-24

Christmas Eve! Happy holidays to everyone out there and for those who observe Christmas, that day is almost here. As is tradition, I'm going to do a wish list for today's and tomorrow's Ramblings. I typically do this every year but given the unique situation we're in, I thought it'd be worth a little change up. This year, I'll be making a Christmas wish to every team for something in the fantasy hockey realm. Yeah, most Christmas prayers go unanswered most years and I sure don't see why this year would be any different, but maybe we can get a few, as a treat.

I am going to go team by team, over half today and nearly half tomorrow, and we'll start with the East and West divisions. Here is the first half of a Christmas wish list from yours truly to each of the 31 NHL teams.

 

East

Boston

Can we get a full season from a healthy Ondrej Kase, please? This guy has been on the cusp of a breakout for a couple years but injuries have kept him to just 85 regular season games over the last couple seasons. With David Pastrnak likely out for at least a month, there could be some prime scoring minutes coming Kase's way. As always, he needs to stay healthy to get those minutes so please, pretty please, a healthy season, yeah?

 

Buffalo

For the love of all that is holy, why are we just taking Jeff Skinner off the top PP unit as if he's not a multi-time 30-goal scorer earning $9M a season? He has been one of the best goal scorers in the league for a decade and Victor Olofsson is the slam-dunk trigger-man on the top PP unit? Not that I don't also think that Olofsson will be PP1, I am just stunned at the speed with which Skinner, a legitimately great goal scorer, has been shunned like he has the pox. Can I get people remembering how good he is, please?

 

New Jersey

I am at the point where I need Nico Hischier to really become A Thing, if only to save my personal credibility. Really though, I have been really high on him since his draft and thought he would be pushing for 70-point seasons by now. That won't happen this year but he is in his fourth season and will be 22 years old for the campaign. I really would like for him to start making good on the promise he's shown over the last five years or so.

 

NY Islanders

Though he managed 18 goals and 39 points in 68 games last year, this is probably going to be the breakout year for Anthony Beauvillier. Not a point-per-game breakout or anything, but over a 60 points/82 games pace. He has slowly been improving each year in the NHL and the fact he's playing 17-18 minutes a game means we can rely on him for over two shots and one hit per game.