Fantasy Mailbag: Cap Options, Timing Rookie Impact, Ekblad, Marchand, Point, Garland vs. Bjorkstrand & More

Rick Roos


Welcome back to another edition of the Roos Lets Loose monthly mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions by giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question(s) answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it/them to me and as well as the details you should provide when sending. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included in the mailbag, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.

Question #1 (from Dave)

I'm guessing this year's draft class won't make an immediate impact in 2021-22. So which players from the last few drafts do you expect to shine this season and challenge for the Calder?

First off, winning the Calder doesn't always go hand-in-hand with being the best in fantasy. Either way, let's take a look at the top fantasy rookies over the past decade to see when they were drafted.

SeasonTop Scoring Rookie Forward, Plus Draft Year#2 Scoring Rookie Forward, Plus Draft Year#3 Scoring Rookie Forward, Plus Draft YearTop Scoring Rookie Defenseman, Plus Draft YearRookie Goalie with the Most Wins, Plus Draft Year
2020-21Kirill Kaprizov (2015)Jason Robertson (2017)Josh Norris (2017)Ty Smith (2018)Vitek Vanacek (2014)
2019-20Dominik Kubalik (2013)Victor Olofsson (2014)Nick Suzuki (2017)Quinn Hughes (2018)MacKenzie Blackwood (2015)
2018-19Elias Pettersson (2017)Brady Tkachuk (2018)Andreas Johnsson (2013)Rasmus Dahlin (2018)Jordan Binnington (2011)
2017-18Mathew Barzal (2015)