Dobber’s offseason fantasy hockey grades – Vegas Golden Knights
For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Gone – Cody Glass, Ryan Reaves, Tomas Nosek, Nick Holden, Marc-André Fleury
Incoming – Evgenii Dadonov, Nolan Patrick, Sven Baertschi, Brett Howden, Laurent Brossoit
Impact of Changes – The most notable change is obviously in net. Fleury won the Vezina Trophy last year, voted the top net-minder by the league's general managers. He helped the team to the third round but he's now in Chicago, where he'll be their starter. The team brought in Brossoit, who was a great backup in Winnipeg. I wrote about Brossoit not long ago and talked about the tandem with Robin Lehner. He could have some solid fantasy value… Other than the net, the team overhauled their depth. Glass seemed to be treading water, or even drowning, so he gets swapped for Patrick, who was in the same situation in Philly. I don't think it's a meaningful swap for 2021, but could be more impactful down the road. Both guys need time to iron out their issues. Both Dadonov and Baertschi will likely start in the bottom-6, which mitigates their fantasy value. However, both have top-6 offensive skills so either could be an injury away from very meaningful minutes. Also, the team has a penchant for splitting PP time, and both could see useful PP minutes. They are targets in deeper leagues, though Dadonov's cap hit could be tough to stomach in cap leagues. It should be noted that they did get rid of some of their toughness for a bit more skill. The team has had their issues scoring consistently, particularly in the postseason. It seems the losses of guys like Nosek and Reaves, and introduction of guys like Dadonov and Baertschi, is an attempt to get this team more scoring depth. If it works out, it could mean more spread-out ice time. We'll see.
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