21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-03-07

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, Alexander MacLean, and Dobber

1. Now in the last year of his entry level deal, Drake Batherson has taken a huge step forward. The signs were there last year; all he needed were some better linemates than Artem Anisimov and Vadislav Namestnikov. Over two shots and more than 1.5 hits per game add some excellent peripheral production. He’s not just a sell-high either, as his underlying stats balance out to about level production. If he gets up into the 19-minute range with Brady Tkachuk and Josh Norris, the three of them see their value continue to rise. (mar3)

2. Adam Boqvist has learned enough from the press box and is applying that knowledge on the ice now. He’s getting trusted with more ice time, too. Three of his last four outings topped 19 minutes – he hadn’t seen that much ice time before that. He has five points in his last four games, with two of those coming on the power play. Obviously if he can consistently do this then he becomes a top fantasy own. Boqvist owners have been waiting for this, and to be honest it didn’t look like this would be the year. (mar1)

3. Ilya Sorokin has settled in and it actually didn’t take all that long. Sure, it’s early March, but he’s had just seven starts. He recorded shutouts in back-to-back games recently, though those games were 12 days apart. Semyon Varlamov has had a hell of a year, though. Vezina-caliber so far. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. In the end, when it comes to Varlamov though, an injury should decide things. It always does with him. (mar1)

4. While it's been nice seeing the Cam Atkinson Jack Roslovic Patrik Laine line reunited, it means that Oliver Bjorkstrand is stuck with vets like Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno, which is one step up from having you at center and myself on the other wing. I often say that Bjorkstrand is good enough to make his own points no matter who he plays with, but I guess there really are limits to such a statement.

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