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. My opinion on what Adam Fox can do continues to rise. Entering the league I felt like he was capped at the high-50s. That’s still great, but it didn’t take me too long to think he could one day get to the mid-60s.
On the season, he has 31 points in 35 games. Going back to last year he has 42 in his last 44. That’s enough for me to push that upside upwards again. On this team, if he stays healthy I feel like he can hit 75. I had recently rambled about how only a few special defensemen have the talent to reach 80, specifically singling out Fox as one who probably couldn’t. My, how much has changed in two months. I definitely stand corrected. (mar29)
2. I am not sure exactly what Eeli Tolvanen will be at the NHL level but one thing that is drawing me to him is his finishing ability. Not that it’s a huge surprise – our own Dobber Prospects profile illuminates his shot and his release as two of his top qualities. However, there is always a difference between doing well at lower levels and having it translate to the NHL.
Tolvanen has 11 goals in 37 career contests, but he’s taking just 1.6 shots per game this season. That is not near enough. I do think that’s something that climbs as he ages, though. He has more goals than assists in his AHL career (36 to 35) and landed over three shots per game in the AHL last year.
You are probably going to see Nashville be very patient with him and maybe even Philip Tomasino. This is a franchise that just got burned on the Kevin Fiala/Mikael Granlund trade and probably won’t be quick to pull the trigger on another trade with a good young player who struggles briefly. I am excited for Tolvanen’s future, but that future is entwined with potential Filip Forsberg/Viktor Arvidsson trades. He may not have much talent around him for long, particularly among fo