Ramblings: Mittelstadt, Farabee Sign; Players Being Drafted Too Low in Yahoo (Sept 3)

Ian Gooding

2021-09-03

The Sabres have signed Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year contract with an AAV of $2.5 million. Mittelstadt finished fourth on the Sabres in scoring with 22 points in 41 games. That may not seem noteworthy, but he finished the season with nine goals and 17 points of the final 22 games of the season.

Mittelstadt's fantasy value definitely improved under new coach Don Granato, although he received additional opportunity because Jack Eichel wasn't in the lineup. Before Eichel's season-ending injury, Mittelstadt averaged just over 12 minutes of icetime (when he was in the lineup and not on the taxi squad). After Eichel's injury, Mittelstadt averaged nearly 17 minutes.

Even though Buffalo will probably be a tire fire of a team, someone will have to take on scoring line responsibility. Even if Eichel is not traded, he may be out of the lineup anyway if he undergoes neck surgery. That could vault Mittelstadt up to the top line and secure first-unit power-play minutes. As a result, Mittelstadt has deep sleeper potential. He doesn't even appear on the Yahoo ADP list, so I'd have to think he'll be available at around pick 200 if your draft goes that deep. Just beware of plus-minus, which will probably be an issue for any Sabres regular.   

The Sabres also signed Henri Jokiharju to the exact same contract as Mittelstadt (three years, $2.5 million AAV). That leaves Rasmus Dahlin as the only Sabre RFA yet to sign.  

The Flyers have signed Joel Farabee to a six-year contract with an AAV of $5.0 million. Farabee has one year left on his existing contract worth $925,000 before this new one kicks in. Farabee led the Flyers with 20 goals last season while finishing fifth in overall scoring with 38 points.

A total of 17 of Farabee's 20 goals were at even-strength, which was tied for 15th in the league in that category. One look at that stat would suggest that Farabee could benefit from additional power-play time. Although the Flyers' first and second power-play units don't vary in icetime as much as other teams' units, Farabee was mainly used on the second unit. I'm not sure how this will all shake out, but contract decisions on Claude Giroux (one more season) and James van Riemsdyk (two more seasons) could affect Farabee.

It's also worth mentioning that Farabee started the season with 24 points in 25 games, but finished with 14 points in his last 30 games. He was playing in his second NHL season, so some inconsistency is expected. Farabee has a 170 ADP in Yahoo, behind or around names such as Calle Jarnkrok, Yegor Sharangovich, and