Ramblings: Drouin bouncing back, Backstrom’s impact on Ovi, Lankinen overvalued, and more (Oct. 4)

Michael Amato


It's that time of year where line combinations and power play units should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's impossible not to get excited about the prospect of some of them. One such intriguing combo was in Montreal, where Christian Dvorak, Josh Anderson and Jonathan Drouin were paired together earlier this week in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and exploded for a combined nine points. Drouin has the possibility of being a great bounce-back candidate this season if he sticks with that group and will likely be off the radar in many drafts after taking a leave of absence late last season.


Kevin Lankinen is getting a lot of love in drafts right now and I'm not sure why. The Chicago netminder currently sits ahead of the likes of Sergei Bobrovsky and Tristan Jarry when it comes to ADP and it makes little sense. Chicago will likely play Fleury a ton and few goalies are more durable, meaning Lankinen shouldn't have a ton of value. There's also the issue of how much improved the Blackhawks will be even with all their offseason additions.


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I thought there was an outside chance Ilya Mikheyev could've had some short-term fantasy in the first couple of weeks of the season if utilized in Toronto's top-six, but that's not looking like the case. Mikheyev got a good look and a bunch of playing time early in the preseason and his problems with finishing remain. Despite a handful of glorious chances, he couldn't find the back of the net. I wondered if general manager Kyle Dubas might have promised Mikheyev some time with either Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner or John Tavares and William Nylander to try and reassure him after his trade request, but even then, I can't see Mikheyev being productive. He's a solid NHL pl