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. Not to draw much from a handful of WJC tournament games but it really does look like Bowen Byram is ready for the NHL. The problem is that Colorado is one of the very few NHL teams with too much defensive depth Cale Makar, Ryan Graves, Sam Girard, and Devon Toews are a lock for the lineup. Erik Johnson and Ian Cole are still around. They also have Conor Timmins. That is legitimately great depth.
Also, there’s the ELC factor. If Byram burns a year this year, he will come up for his second contract at the same time Nathan MacKinnon is UFA. Between now and then, they have a handful of secondary players coming up, plus captain Gabriel Landeskog and Makar. It would likely behoove them to delay Byram’s ELC, especially where they don’t really need him. (dec31)
2. Still with the Avs, if you’re asked to list the top 5 goalies in the NHL, chances are you wouldn’t think of adding Philipp Grubauer to that list. Yet in fantasy leagues, wins are the name of the game. Grubauer should get plenty of those, since he plays for a team that is among the short list of favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
A key reason that Grubauer is not among the elite is that he has never played 40 games in an NHL season. This has a lot to do with the fact that he has been a backup for the majority of his NHL career, but staying healthy has also been a big challenge. Pavel Francouz (ADP 110.5) is being drafted in a lot of leagues for those reasons, as there’s a chance he could end up playing more games (and thus earning more wins) than Grubauer. (