Ramblings: Players Worth Noting & Fading for 2021-2022 (Aug 18)

Alexander MacLean

2021-08-18

The 2021-22 DobberHockey Fantasy Guide dropped on Saturday, and I've had the chance to skim/read through it once now, and I am on my second run-through with a finer toothed comb now. There's too much information to digest in just one sitting or one read-through, so I typically try to get through it a few times before draft season.

With the guide comes the start of trying to organize my thoughts for the season, and sorting out which players I want to target, which I want to fade, and what market inefficiencies there may be that I can try to exploit (I'll get to those next week). Some of these are general thoughts, others are relative to what Dobber has in the guide, but overall it's just how I start to organize how I can optimize my offseason/preseason buying and selling.

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Some players I am buying:

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jack Roslovic – The pair on Blue Jackets have flown under the radar for a while, and Dobber is reasonable with his projections in the guide. However, I think they have another gear above what they are projected for, and out from under John Tortorella, their ice time should start to see a bit more of an offensive slant. The power play should also prominently feature both players, which would be a boon to their overall numbers, as they only had a combined 16 power play points last season, and the unit only clicked at a 15% success rate. I'm taking the over on both for the 69.5-point threshold.

Pavel Buchnevich and Robert Thomas – This pair may not be linemates, but they are both favourites of mine, and have point-per-game upside, with the very realistic potential to hit at least 70-points this coming season. For Thomas that would more than double his pace from last year's injury plagued season, but it would only be a 40% increase on his previous campaign, which is right in line with the usual breakout season amount. Oh, and guess what, he hits his breakout threshold 30 games into the season, and should have some even more skilled linemates this year. Meanwhile for Buchnevich, it would actually just be a continuation of his pace from last season. I dove into it a bit more last week, but he's someone that you can't be caught sleeping on at the draft table.