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. Keep in mind that neither Kirill Kaprizov nor Alexis Lafreniere should be the first rookie drafted in single-season leagues. Even though Igor Shesterkin already made his debut in 2020, he played only 12 regular-season games and is thus still considered a rookie.
Shesterkin went early in the fourth round in my mock draft last weekend with an ADP of around 40. He’s expected to be the Rangers’ starting goalie, so he will likely have a much greater impact on fantasy teams than Kaprizov or Lafreniere. (dec26)
2. Kirby Dach‘s injury is unfortunate both to Team Canada and the Chicago Blackhawks. To anyone saying that he shouldn’t have been playing in the World Junior Tournament, young players need to play, and there haven’t been a lot of opportunities for them to do so in 2020. Yes, there’s an NHL season ahead for Dach, but a player could get injured playing in junior hockey, the World Juniors, or the NHL. You can’t bubble wrap these guys when what they really need is experience.
As for Dach’s fantasy value in NHL leagues, keeper owners should be thinking longer-term than the upcoming season anyway. Dach’s ADP in Yahoo leagues is about 160, so your chances of finding an adequate replacement on the waiver wire are very good, even if you had him pegged as a potential sleeper. (dec26)
3. More under-the-radar than Dach’s injury, the Blackhawks are also expected to lose Alex Nylander for four-to-six months after undergoing knee surgery. In terms of who could step up with the losses of Dach and Nylander, you may recall that the Hawks acquired Brandon Pirri from Vegas back in late September. Pirri has to score in order to stay in an NHL lineup, but this could be exactly what he needs. Pius Suter, who led the Swiss League in scoring last season, might also receive a longer look at training camp. (