Geek of the Week: Bubble Keeper Week Considerations

Scott Royce

2021-09-12

After a quick summer break, Geek of the Week is back for another fantasy hockey season, and DobberHockey is officially kicking things off with Bubble Keeper Week. All throughout this past week, various columnists from the site have been going over players who you may need a little convincing or coercing on. Who is that last keeper forward or keeper defenseman that can help give you the edge heading into this season. These aren't home run picks, but more speculatory options that may have higher ceilings than some of the other options you are considering. So without further ado, let's take a look at a few guys I think could make an impact this year. 

Max Domi– CBJ (C/LW) 

2020-21 Stats: 54 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 PTS, -18, 99 SOG, 15 Hits, 15:13 ATOI

The 2020 season was largely a season to forget for the 26-year-old forward. After posting a couple respectable seasons in Montreal, the Habs opted to ship out Domi in exchange for winger Josh Anderson. The trade gave the Habs some more size and grit while Domi would be headed to Columbus to play under coach John Tortorella. While Torts has been a very accomplished coach in the NHL, playing under him is not always conducive to offensive success and Domi's fantasy relevance last season really took a hit. Tortorella likes his teams to be structured and defensively oriented above all else. He expects his forwards to play a hard, two-way game. Much like his teammate Patrik Laine, Domi saw his offensive production go way down to a meager 0.44 points per game. 

Coming into the 2021-22 season, Domi has a lot to prove, and it should be noted he will start the season on the IR as he is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Your best option may be to stash him on the IR if you can, as he will be missing at least the first month of the season. He will need to hit the ground running when he makes his return.

The Blue Jackets will be led by Brad Larsen, who previously served as an assistant coach under John Tortorella. It will be interesting to see if he sticks to the same philosophies as Torts, or if he opts to open things up a bit more to get more offense out of the forwards. The Blue Jackets forward corps is relatively crowded, and with the additions of Jakub Voracek and Sean Kuraly, Domi will have to perform well once he returns to solidify a spot in the top