21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-05-16

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

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1. We probably wouldn’t have known how strong a goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is if Petr Mrazek hadn’t missed two months with a thumb injury. No goalie who played as many games as Nedeljkovic (23) had a lower GAA (1.90) or SV% (.932), yet he’s still had to split starts with either Mrazek or James Reimer.

In last weekend’s The Journey, Colton Pankiw ranks Ned third behind the more often discussed Kirill Kaprizov and Jason Robertson. I believe Ned deserves to be in the discussion, but I don’t think he should surpass either forward because he’s played less than half of his team’s games. The best seems yet to come for Ned, though. With Mrazek and Reimer both UFAs after the season, Nedeljkovic could very well be the starter for one of the league’s strongest teams as early as next season. (may15)

2. Our writers and other experts through the DobberHockey website have provided their first-round picks as well as their early Stanley Cup predictions. Check them out here. I’m sticking with the Stanley Cup Final prediction that I made before the season (Colorado over Tampa Bay), which isn’t something that I always do. (may15)

3. Mika Zibanejad Pavel Buchnevich Alexis Lafreniere : The way that Lafreniere fit in with this scoring line late in the season makes his prospects for next season appear particularly promising. Lafreniere’s splits by quarter show gradual improvement as he has gained more NHL experience. In spite of logging what appears to be the equivalent of low-end second-unit power-play minutes, Lafreniere did not record a single power-play point all season. More power-play time and better conversion will surely help the 2020 first overall pick’s numbers next season. (may9)

4. Just as Lafreniere, the most-recent Draft’s first overall pick, ended his season on a high note, the third-overall pick recorded his first NHL hat trick (and first multi-goal game, for that matter) late last week. Tim Stutzle enjoyed a beauty of a game with three goals (one on the power play), a plus-3, and five shots. Stutzle had entered that matchup with just one point in his last six games, so as much as the 19-year-old has a high ceiling, he’s not necessarily consistent eno