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. I get why Adam Fox is going as a top-3 or top-5 defenceman in fantasy leagues. He’s coming off the Norris win, he has paced for 58 points/82 games with the Rangers, he’s only 23, and the team is an offensive dynamo. The one thing people are leaving out of their analysis is this: he doesn’t hit. He has 58 hits in 125 career games, or like 40 a season. That is a big, big problem. Last year, Fox played to a 70-point, 34-PPP, plus-28 pace per 82 games, and was just inside the top-10 defencemen in fantasy. Think about that if you draft Fox as the fourth defenceman off the board. Think about him putting up 10 goals, 70 points, 30 PPPs, a plus-30 rating, and losing value on that draft pick. That is the impact of putting up so little in an entire category when we’re talking about the absolute elite draft picks.
Remember that he does put up a lot of blocks so that can help, but when we’re talking about the upper-crust of blue liners, a balanced attack is almost always what’s needed. Fox can’t really bring that so just beware about over-drafting him. I absolutely love him and his situation, there are just certain things he doesn’t do. It’s just the way it is. (sep24)
2. Early notes from Oilers’ camp: Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman were placed on a line with Connor McDavid. Hyman was given the long-term free agent deal this offseason, so there’s no surprise that he’s on the McDavid line. Puljujarvi’s most frequent center last season was in fact McDavid, so that shouldn’t be a huge shocker either. Continued use on the McDavid line is a good sign for Puljujarvi as he continues his development, though.
Puljujarvi has played 194 career games, so the 6-4 forward has a way to go before he hits the power forward breakout threshold of 400 games. Although he was drafted five years ago, he has never played more than 65 games in a season. So as Oilers fans can attest to, he’s been a project in the true sense of the word.
“Pool Party” is only 14 percent rostered in Yahoo leagues as well, so there’s a good chance he’s available on your league’s waiver wire in case he hits his stride before Game 400. Patience has been key if you’ve