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. There were significant concerns about Minnesota’s centre position this year, especially after Marco Rossi was lost for the year. That made me nervous about Kevin Fiala‘s production, and those nerves were justified, as he had just 11 points in his first 20 games. In his last 28 games, he has 28 points, to go with over three shots per game. That is despite playing under 17 minutes a night and often with Ryan Hartman as his centre. What could he do next year with Rossi as his centre? Fiala is truly a special offensive talent and it’s nice to see him turn his season around. (may6)
2. With two assists on Friday, Filip Hronek snapped a six-game pointless drought. Hmmm, I could have used those assists last week before my team got eliminated in head-to-head. Anyway, with Detroit having mercifully played its last game of the season yesterday, Hronek finished as the team leader in scoring with 25 points, while no other active Red Wing had more than 20 points. Hronek led the Wings in scoring while finishing with a sub-40-point pace over a full season.
3. Someone suggested recently that I should move Joe Pavelski out of the Top 100 Roto Rankings because he was slowing down after an unexpectedly strong start. He wasn’t going to keep up with nine goals and 17 points over his first 12 games for sure. On Friday, Pavelski scored two goals and added two assists with a plus-5, giving him his third four-point game of the season and first since early February. Pavelski now has 24 goals and 50 points in 54 games, so he's not going anywhere.
4. The main beneficiary of Alex Ovechkin‘s absence from the lineup (now about two weeks) has been Daniel Sprong, who now has six goals in his last seven games. Currently he’s on what should be considered the Capitals’ top scoring line with Nicklas Backstrom and Anthony Mantha. Sprong is also seeing time on PP1, which would have a lot to do with no Ovechkin or Evgeny Kuznetsov in the lineup.
5. In case you missed it, Anthony Beauvillier has 21 points in his last 24 games. A total of 13 of these points are goals, including five over his last six games. Remember