21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-08-08

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

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1. Jack Hughes is absolutely one of the most fascinating players in the fantasy game, and real world, this season. Some of his non-boxcar stats were phenomenal this past year:

– His offensive and defensive impacts were roughly one standard deviation above average or better, putting him in the 80th percentile at both ends; he was above-average in high-danger passes as a 19-year-old on a non-playoff team;

– His primary shot assist and shot rates were both well above average, comparable to Kevin Fiala and Mikko Rantanen;

– His carry-in percentage on zone entries was 78 percent, just a shade behind Connor McDavid‘s and Brayden Point‘s 79 percent (Corey Sznajder Patreon here for all this data).

He had just a tremendous season doing everything but racking up massive point totals. I think the problem just boils down to his linemates. Not that they’re terrible, but McDavid plays with Draisaitl, Rantanen plays with MacKinnon, and Point plays with Kucherov (Fiala… has to do a lot of heavy lifting for Minnesota). Those guys are all playing with other elite offensive players. If Hughes is playing with Andreas Johnsson? Or Jesper Bratt? Not quite the same.

Hughes certainly looks to be a superstar on the rise, but I don’t think that the team around him is quite there yet. He will have a good season, I just don’t think in eight months we’re looking back at a 90-point season and wondering how we all missed it. He is capable of that, but he doesn’t have the line mates to make it a reality just yet. (aug5)

2. Perhaps the best free agent of the rest, Tomas Tatar signed with the Devils for two years at $4.5 million per season. Mike took care of the