Ramblings: Dvorak, Petersen, and Jack Hughes; Comtois; Batherson/Norris – August 5

Michael Clifford

2021-08-05

Sometimes when I need inspiration for these Ramblings, I go through our Frozen Tools to look for players that may be of interest to the readers. Generally, this is through our most-viewed tool which can help us identify who is a popular player at any given moment. However, I also dig into some other of our analytical tools as well to see if anyone just pops out at me.

Here are some guys that have been popular searches recently.

Christian Dvorak

I can probably guess why this guy is a popular Frozen Tool search. He has been rumoured recently as heading to Montreal in a trade, with a sprinkling of potentially Boston as well. Both of those teams lost a key centre in the offseason and didn't really replace him; Jake Evans and Erik Haula are not replacements for Phillip Danault and David Krejci. It is the offseason and whenever two important franchises have trade interest in a player, they show up in our Frozen Tool lists.

This is an interesting player at this moment in time. Dvorak is three years younger than Danault and his AAV is about $1M lower per year than his as well. He also is making less than Krejci would get on a short two-year deal, as well as being considerably younger. He has a reasonable contract (under $4.5M a year), is in his prime, and his contract expires before he turns 30. For any team that believes they're in their Cup window, this type of player makes sense.

But what can Dvorak do?

He is probably better offensively than we think. From Evolving Hockey, he was near a full standard deviation above average driving offence, which is pretty good considering how bad Arizona was: