Ramblings: Raanta/Andersen in Carolina; Jaskin’s Upside; Ceci’s New Opportunity – August 3

Michael Clifford

2021-08-03

We have finally reached the offseason. It took to the long weekend in August, but we finally reached the offseason. Honestly, this past season is just one giant blur. I was looking through some of my old tweets the other day for a specific tweet from this season and remembered the time Ralph Krueger, the not-yet-fired Buffalo Sabres coach, took to Twitter on a burner account to defend himself. That happened fewer than five months ago! Just an absolute blur of a season.

I do believe that training camps start in about six weeks' time, so we don't have a lot of offseason runway to work with. Remember that if you want a head start on the year, we have our Prospects Guide available in the Dobber Shop. There is a ton of information in there from current depth charts, future projections, player profiles, and a bunch more.

We will also have some team breakdowns between now and the start of the season here in the Ramblings. There was a lot of movement over the last couple weeks and we are going to do our best to sort it all out and make sense of it for you guys.

And, as there is every year, the Dobber Fantasy Guide is on the way. Dobber is working on it tirelessly and we're all chipping in our parts as well. Normally, the offseason affords him more time to assemble it, but this season just doesn't offer that. Keep an eye out for it in the near future.

Let's start looking ahead to next season. I want to talk about some guys wearing new jerseys that I'm very excited about from a fantasy perspective. This could be because of an offseason trade, their move up the depth chart, signing with a new team, or a host of other reasons.

Nick Ritchie

The Bruins not qualifying Nick Ritchie and letting him walk seemed a bit odd. He had 15 goals in 56 games last year playing second/third-line minutes and was decent defensively. He seemed to mesh on the top PP unit as well, something that struggled at times for Boston in 2021. But they let him walk and shored up centre depth with Tomas Nosek and Erik Haula instead. He signed in Toronto where he now has a lot of upside.

Ritchie's big issue in Toronto is the depth on the wings. If we assume that Marner/Nylander are in the top-6 and Alex Kerfoot plays the wing instead of centre, they have the following in contention for the other top-6 wing spots: Kerfoot, Ritchie, Mikheyev, Kase, Bunting, Simmonds, Robertson, Amirov. The last two on that list are long shots, but the role is there if they grab the brass ring in training camp. All this is to say there are at least six guys fighting for two spots. Everyone else will be in the bottom-6. There is a huge, huge difference playing 13 minutes a night at even strength with Tavares/Nylander and playing 11:30