21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-08-29

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. Stop being impatient when it comes to trading Jack Eichel. Buffalo fans, of all people, should be praying – praying! – for the trade stalemate to drag on well into December. Even if it means him sitting. The longer this goes, the better the return.

Dynasty owners of Eichel and Vladimir Tarasenko need to hold tight. No panic trades. Hang in there. A time will arrive when their trade value will be high. That time is not now. I own Tarasenko in one league – and it’s the waiting game. I went through this before with Sidney Crosby and his massive concussion problems. Obviously waiting it out paid off. Talent is talent. At the very worst, the player becomes plagued by injuries similar to Peter Forsberg. But as you know, Forsberg certainly had his high-value seasons. (aug23)

2. I don’t have doubts Conor Garland can score 30 goals with the Canucks in the right situation. The question is if he’ll get 17 minutes a night playing with Bo Horvat and on the second PP unit, or 19 minutes a night playing with Elias Pettersson and on the top PP unit. With Horvat, Pettersson, Miller, and Boeser likely locks for the top PP unit, I have my doubts. That isn’t going to kill Garland’s value, but I think it takes 35-goal upside out of the equation. At this point, if he’s not top PP, 30 goals are his upside, not a reasonable expectation. (aug27)

3. Andrei Svechnikov will rebound from last season, but it’s a matter of whether that rebound is going from 20 goals/82 games to 25 goals/82 games, or all the way up to 35 goals/82 games.

Svech’s issue last year was at 5-on-5. He shot 7.1 percent, a career-low, and had a 58.3 percent IPP, also a career-low. He also saw a career-low in shots/60 minutes despite having a shot-attempt rate much in line with his career. It seemed he genuinely just missed the net more, and I have to think that’s randomness in a weird, shortened season more than anything else.

Moreover, according to Corey Sznajder’s data, Svech was third among Carolina forwards in primary shot assists per 60 minutes, and that’s on top of all the shooting data we just posted. He is a true threat both with and without the puck, and that’s what makes him different than, say, a Patrik Laine.

The upside for Svech is immense and he’s just starting to scratch the surface. He had a down year in 2021 and that’ll make him relatively cheap at the draft table come September. The 21-year-old has more upside in a hits league than a non-hits league, but he coul