21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-08-22

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. Bits from my Top 50 Calder Trophy Picks article in the Fantasy Guide:

– Player I haven’t seen on many lists but is high up on mine: Jeremy Swayman (4th)

– Biggest surprise (high): Alex Barre-Boulet (7th)

– Most interesting entry: Alex Nedeljkovic (8th) is there even though he finished third in voting last season. That’s right, he’s still rookie-eligible!

– The caveats: Owen Power (10th), Matty Beniers (26th) and Kent Johnson (30th) each get removed from the list if they commit to Michigan – but each move up the list higher if they turn pro. (Note: This week, Power confirmed that he's headed back to school)

– Biggest surprise (low): Nicolas Robertson (39th) – Toronto lineup too deep for him to make the team, let alone make an impact.

– The ‘who the hell is that’ entry: Logan Thompson (49th) – Vegas goaltender had a huge season last year and Robin Lehner gets hurt often. I don’t think much of Laurent Brossoit. (aug16)

2. I’ll be perfectly honest: I am having a tough time finding much interesting about the Ducks this season. Trevor Zegras? Sure, although I don’t think he’s going to blow the doors off this season because the pieces around him aren’t there, at least not yet. And we know about how important having the right linemates is. The Ducks had the league’s lowest-scoring offense (2.21 GF/GP) in 2020-21, and they’re not making any massive upgrades for the coming season. I might be tempted to let someone else reach for Zegras and Jamie Drysdale in single-season leagues. Keeper leagues, different story, of course. (aug20)

3. Patrik Laine is on my Do Not Draft (high) list. Yahoo Fantasy just opened for business (more on that in a future Ramblings), and they have him ranked at #151. Remember when we were talking about him possibly being as valuable as Auston Matthews? His value has sunk like a stone, and I’m not sure it bounces back in a huge way in Columbus. Nothing against