Ramblings: Quick Observations on Eight Teams – NSH, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, PIT, SJ (Aug 13)

Ian Gooding

2021-08-13

The Jets and Andrew Copp avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.64 million extension. In a shortened season, Copp set career highs in both goals (15) and points (39). In other words, he was very quietly on a 58-point pace. That's not bad for a player who received spurts of top-6 icetime, but whose most frequent linemates in 2020-21 were still Adam Lowry and Mason Appleton. With Paul Stastny back with the Jets for another season, Copp might be back on the third line.

My one lasting memory of Copp last season: His four-goal game against the Canucks on March 24. His main linemates in that game were… Lowry and Appleton. Sometimes you don't need to play alongside the big guns to be successful.

Slater Koekkoek is returning to Edmonton. The Oilers re-signed him to a two-year contract with an AAV of $925,000. Koekkoek was held to just 18 games because of a broken collarbone. He should compete for a spot on the third pair.

Even though we're still in the thick of summer (and another heat wave where I live), the Keeping Karlsson podcast keeps on rolling. In their latest episode, they announce that registration is open for the KKUPFL (Keeping Karlsson Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League). As well and as per usual, they also discuss a few of the latest happenings around the league. You can also listen on your favorite podcast provider.

The Fantasy Guide will be ready on Saturday! Pre-purchase yours at the Dobber Sports page.

As I mentioned last weekend, I helped write some of the team-by-team information in the Fantasy Guide. Along the way I picked up a bit of interesting information on each team, which I'll share with you here. I didn't construct the rosters like Dobber did, so no rants from me about how the Leafs have signed 37 forwards to fill 13 roster spots. These thoughts might be random, but I'll try to keep them fantasy relevant while not reiterating what I wrote in the Fantasy Guide.

I'll only discuss teams that I wrote about here, hence the coverage on only the lower half of teams sorted in alphabetical order. I may come back to the other teams later, possibly after I read through the Fantasy Guide.

Nashville

Dobber mentioned that with Ryan Ellis gone, Mattias Ekholm could receive more power-play time. Ekholm has nowhere to go but up in that department, scoring just two power-play points in 48 games last season. Ekholm is also in a contr