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. At a certain point, you (we, me) need to just take a stand on a goalie. It was fair to assume that Vancouver wouldn’t be very good defensively this year, but goalies from average-to-poor defensive teams have good fantasy seasons all the time.
Last year, Connor Hellebucyk and Darcy Kuemper were examples of this. Hellebuyck is an elite goalie, sure, but Kuemper had less of a track record over more years. Even MacKenzie Blackwood, who is probably the best comparable goalie here.
Braden Holtby was a guy we knew with relative certainty was not a true starter. We had no idea about Thatcher Demko. We still don’t, really, but we have a better idea now. One bad week can undo a lot of good work, but more of this and he’ll be in the running for the Vezina. Demko being a starter would be a welcome thing in Vancouver, presuming they can get him under the cap. Either way, sometimes we just need to believe in the goalie and take a chance. (mar18)
2. Jake Oettinger has looked every part the young starter that the Stars hoped he could be when they used a first round pick on him back in 2017.
The 22-year-old netminder has another year left on his entry-level deal, but with both Anton Khudobin and Ben Bishop signed through to 2023, the path to future starts isn’t clear. However, with Bishop coming off of hip surgery, Khudobin not putting up much of a fight right now, and the Seattle draft coming up as well, it might be sooner than you think that Oettinger takes over for good. (mar17)
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