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. Anyone looking for a guy that, at the end of the season, we’re all like “ah, should have seen that one coming?” How about Travis Konecny? He averaged 26 goals, 56 points, 41 PIMs, 179 shots, and 81 hits per 82 games for three seasons before taking a step back in 2021. Things went all kinds of wrong for the Flyers but they had a relatively full offseason and he’s on the top line with Couturier early in camp. Would anyone really be shocked if he broke out for a 30-goal, 100-hit season as he hits the age of 24? He is also going quite late in drafts but I have him roughly as valuable as a top-100 player. (sep30)
2. I don’t usually waver from the opinions of team beat writers, who are a lot more familiar with their respective teams than I am. But I will say this: Although it’s entirely possible that Jeremy Swayman will start the first game of the season over Linus Ullmark, remember to follow the money.
Ullmark was signed for four seasons at $5 million per, while Swayman has two more seasons on his entry-level contract. It’s a similar situation to Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight in Florida. In single-season leagues, the goalie to draft higher is still the one with the contract. Even if Swayman takes the reins early, I’m still confident that the Bruins won’t leave a newly minted $5 million per season investment on the bench while throwing their younger goalie to the wolves so quickly. (oct2)
3. Could the addition of Dougie Hamilton really improve New Jersey’s offense as a whole? It’s only the preseason, but the Devils dropped seven goals on the Rangers on Friday nights. In his preseason debut, Hamilton recorded two assists while taking five shots on goal. Fun fact: No Devils player took more shots on goal than Hamilton last season (180), and it wasn’t particularly close. Jack Hughes was the closest at 142. The move to New Jersey won’t necessarily help Hamilton’s fantasy value, but expect Hamilton to help the New Jersey offense considerably. (oct2)
4. Brady Tkachuk has an ADP of 25 on Yahoo, and I’ve seen him go much higher than that in drafts. I know his scoring doesn’t keep up when compared to other similarly-drafted options, but he’s being drafted this high because of his dominance in two other categories (SOG, Hits). If you draft him, you’ll want to make sure you have enough scoring from your other high picks. Putting off goalies until later helps with that, as does choosing forwards with my first four picks. (