Ramblings: Markström, Werenski, Forsling, Larkin, and More; Donato Signs – September 14

Michael Clifford

2021-09-14

We have been going team by team here at Dobber, rounding up the offseason changes from each team and what they mean. They are all available here and we're getting towards the end of the list. It did give me an idea for a Ramblings, though: one player from each team that I am targeting in drafts. So, that's what we're going to do across my next three Ramblings. We will pick one player from each roster that I am high on and a brief description into why. We'll do about a third of the league today and finish the rest across my next couple Ramblings. They could be guys picked at the top of a draft, or a deep sleeper. The descriptions will be brief, as I tend to, er, ramble. Let's get to it.

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Anaheim – Max Comtois: While the talent surrounding him remains a concern, he had over 180 shots+blocks in 55 games in what was effectively his rookie season. He should hover around 16-17 minutes a game this year, which'll help peripherals. The power play should improve as well, making him a real threat for 20+ goals. He'll have much more value in multi-cat leagues, but Comtois is entering his age-23 season and the team is turning a corner in a weak division. He should catch your attention.

Arizona – Dmitrij Jaskin: The problem with Jaskin in his first NHL stint was offence, not defence. Defensively, his impacts were among the best in the league. He just couldn't bring much offensively, either 5-on-5 or on the power play. Well, 69 goals in 117 KHL games later, and maybe he figured out that offensive dimension. He averaged 192 hits every 82 games from 2014-18 and now might be a legitimate goal scorer? Yeah, we'll be buying him at the draft table.

Boston – Linus Ullmark: Over the last three seasons, Ullmark's high-danger save percentage is middle-of-the-pack, ahead of names like Varlamov and Gibson. He also posted a positive wins above replacement – on Buffalo, mind you – than Carter Hart. He isn't an elite goalie, but he's going to a very good team, and he should have the starter's role for at least half the season. The concern about Jeremy Swayman is real, but until Rask returns, Ullmark is no worse than a 1B, and I think he can be very good away from the Sabres.

Buffalo – Jeff Skinner: I'm going to be honest and say I just don't have a lot of interest in the Sabres this year. The team has been gutted,