Dobber’s offseason fantasy hockey grades – Carolina Hurricanes
For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Gone – Brock McGinn, Warren Foegele, Dougie Hamilton, James Reimer, Petr Mrazek, Jake Bean Alex Nedeljkovic, Jani Hakanpaa, Cedric Paquette
Incoming – Derek Stepan, Alex Lyon, Antti Raanta, Josh Leivo, Ethan Bear, Tony DeAngelo, Ian Cole, Frederik Andersen
Impact of Changes – It was a complete overhaul in net and there was significant turnover on the blue line. With goalies, the impact is always uncertain. Raanta comes in as one of the top goalies in the league by a couple metrics over the last three seasons like fourth by WAR/60 and 14th by overall save percentage. That isn't bad, though there are other metrics that can help predict future performance, like high-danger save percentage, where he performs poorly. Regardless, he goes to a better defensive environmen