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
1. Drake Batherson is a dual threat. Last year, his primary shot assist rate and personal shot rate put him in the same company as names like Alex Tuch and Pavel Buchnevich. As a rookie, those aren’t bad names to be comparable to in terms of playmaking and shooting. It is only one shortened rookie season, but like Josh Norris, it seems to be a continuation of the play he showed in the minor leagues. This could be confirmation bias in a way, but I do think they’re just two good offensive players that are getting better and better with each passing month. For a deep dive, follow the link… (sep7)
2. Filip Chytil role. @ColinSNewsday: GM Chris Drury talking to reporters today, says Chytil and Barron are viewed as centers coming into training camp.
That is both good and bad news for Chytil. The good news is that he’ll get first crack at the 3C role, something that the Rangers need desperately for him to fill competently. The bad news is that excludes him from ever playing with guys like Zibanejad and Panarin at even strength, and that means not nearly as much upside as someone like Lafrenière. This probably has more impact in the real game than it does in the fantasy game. (sep10)
3. Rick Roos talked about Jared McCann in his column yesterday. He dropped a poll to see how many players who played around a 60-point pace last year could do so again this year, and McCann is one of them. Obviously, I don’t think McCann will be able to do it and he doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of votes on Roos’s poll. Only five of 30 respondents (when I wrote this) had him on the list of 60-point possibilities. Maybe he comes in at a good draft price? (sep9)
4. Last week I talked about Oliver Wahlstrom potentially being the RW1 on the Island. I outlined why, but I didn’t include Kyle Palmieri, because I figured they wouldn’t have the room to sign him. Well, they did sign him, and they’re nearly $4M over the cap. I figure that means we’ve seen the last of Johnny Boychuk.
It seems people are down on Palmieri, but this guy averaged 30 goals every 82 games for five years, had one down season driven by shooting percentage, an