Ramblings – Emerging stars Farabee and Zacha, DeBrincat surges, and what to do with Taylor Hall? (Feb 29)

Dobber

2021-03-01

We're getting close. We're getting close? Yep, we're actually getting close. It still seems strange to be working on the Midseason Guide already, but here we are. Out on March 12 – if you bought the Ultimate Fantasy Pack or have the Gold/Platinum subscription then you will already have access. It's a great way to reset your opinion on player values, and set firm goals for your fantasy squad. Lots of moving parts in the NHL this year…

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The Rangers are my favorite team of the future right now, but man are they in shambles right now (mostly through no fault of their own). Imagine on January 12 if you looked into the future at the February 28th game. You'd see Anthony DeAngelo banished to the Taxi Squad because of his mouth and temper. You'd see Artemi Panarin sitting at home likely because of politics involving his home country. You'd see Kaapo Kakko getting scratched because of COVID protocol. Mika Zibanejad has six points in the first 19 games, and Alexis Lafreniere has just four (including an assist Sunday). Nuts!

I wonder what return the Rangers can get for DeAngelo. The team is plenty loaded up for offensive talent in all areas. But what if they got a good defensive defenseman for the left side, or a top faceoff man for the checking line (nobody on the team is above 48% right now for FOW). And then next year the addition of Nils Lundkvist, who is playing fantastic in the SHL right now, will be the final piece this team needs to move to contender status? Especially if you consider both Kakko and Alexis taking a step forward?

I don't know what's going on with Colin Blackwell, but the fringe NHLer is making himself a fantasy-worthy option right now. With Panarin and Kakko out, Blackwell was