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 Dobber
1. We truly had ourselves a Free Agent Frenzy, didn’t we? Last year didn’t see much player movement, while this year it didn’t seem to slow down for about the first six hours. Myself, Dobber, and Ian were around for the day giving out our instant analysis on the signings (and trades!) that went down. They can all be viewed here, while all our Ramblings are archived here. (july29)
2. What about Detroit’s top-6? I wrote about newcomer Pius Suter but didn’t write about their lineup. For the first time in several years, they could have two competent scoring lines, and maybe even a semblance of a third line? What about…
Jakub Vrana – Dylan Larkin – Filip Zadina
Tyler Bertuzzi – Suter – Robby Fabbri
Vlad Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne
That isn’t… terrible? Not-terrible is a step forward for the Wings, and that actually looks like a decent top-6 to me. At least one that can threaten to score every time it steps on the ice. And if Lucas Raymond shows up, that’s a whole other dimension.
I like the direction the team is going here. Lots of good, young players all over the place. Give them time, but it seems on the right track. (july29)
3. Jaden Schwartz heading to Seattle is interesting. He was hurt a fair bit last year but had 50-point seasons three of the four years before that. He was getting lots of ice time then, which is another possibility here considering the depth chart behind him is Brandon Tanev and Calle Jarnkrok. If Jaden Schwartz is playing 18-19 minutes a night, which includes top PP time, on a line with Yanni Gourde and Jordan Eberle? I think 20 goals and 50 points is well within reach for him again, and he can go beyond that. Just remember he doesn’t bring much for peripherals so his value swings wildly between leagues. (