Every Sunday, we 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 Grant Campbell (subbing for Dobber this week)
1. It has been a wonderful run for the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise that spent most of the 2010s being elite but not able to get over the hump. This is truly one of the best franchise runs of the modern era and though they may lose a handful of guys in the offseason, most of this core is returning.
They will have to rebuild the depth as guys like Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow leave, plus whoever else in free agency and in necessary trades for cap purposes. But most of their top-6 and their entire top-4 are all signed for next year, plus Andrei Vasilevskiy. This is reminiscent of the Penguins teams of 5-6 years ago, where they just rebuilt their depth around their stars every year. With Tampa’s drafting/developing ability, they should be able to swing it.
Oh, and Vasilevskiy took home the Conn Smythe. I thought it should have been Nikita Kucherov but this isn’t the fight to pick. (july8)
2. BTW: Josh Anderson is good, especially when he’s fired up. Anthony Cirelli is a clutch player, Patrick Maroon wins cups, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Carey Price have been absolutely lights-out in stretches, and Alexander Romanov is going to be an excellent offensive defenseman for the Canadiens. Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, Mathieu Joseph needs more ice time. (july7)
3. If you’re looking for a hint at who Buffalo goes with at first overall during the NHL Draft, I have heard a lot of little rumblings that William Eklund is a very real possibility. It also sounds like most of the 2021 class is expecting to play at least one more season wherever they are (Europe, NCAA, etc). Something to keep in mind if you're hoping for any kind of immediate impact from this class. There might not be much at all to pick from.
If you want the best hints at who those players might be though, you need to get yourself the 15th edition of the Fantasy Prospects Report. It is available now for download! (