Geek of the Week: Intriguing Players Heading Into the 2021-22 Season

Scott Royce

2021-10-10

With most drafts just about in the books at this point, we are only a couple more sleeps away from real, meaningful NHL hockey! Over the past three weeks I've been covering players who found themselves on new clubs heading into this season, but this week I am just going to highlight a few players that I'm high on, or at least intrigued by as we get set to drop the puck on the fantasy season. Let's take a look!

Jason Robertson – LW (DAL) 

2020-21 Stats: 51 GP, 17 G, 28 A, 45 PTS, +13, 127 SOG, 28 HITS, 16:33 ATOI 

While Kirill Kaprizov was in the spotlight (rightfully so) and named the Calder Trophy Winner last season, Robertson quietly put together an insanely strong rookie campaign of his own. He surprisingly made the team out of camp, and when injuries began to rear their ugly head in Dallas last season, Robertson showed he was up to the task of stepping up and filling in.

Robertson found himself playing alongside another young up-and-comer Roope Hintz. The two found chemistry rather quickly and really gave Stars' fans a reason to be excited for their future. What I find most impressive about Robertson's 45 points last year was that only six of them came while on the man advantage. Now just imagine if you put him on the top power-play unit this year alongside a returning Tyler Seguin

Last season saw Robertson achieve almost a point-per-game pace. While I think he could possibly get there again, especially with more special teams time like I mentioned, I am curious to see how the sophomore holds up through a full 82 game campaign. Also, I think a decent goal for him this year could be to try and get his shot rate up just a touch. He averaged 2.5 shots per game last season which is fine, but you'd like to see that number go up, especially since he doesn't offer a whole lot in the other peripheral categories.

Overall, I think Dallas could be a very solid squad if they can stay healthy this season. They have a nice mix of veterans and young blood and if everyone can stay relatively healthy, I really like how they stack up on paper. If they get rolling, I'd imagine Robertson will be a big part of that equation. On Yahoo his ADP is 90.9, which puts him as an early eighth-round pick in a 12-team draft. I think that is a bit early for my liking, only becaus