I hope you enjoyed the Fantasy Guide this year. Tons of updates once again, and I'll keep going through today and Tuesday. And if something major happens during the games Tuesday night or Wednesday, I will go in and give bonus updates! Grab it here. I stayed up late Sunday doing a lot of updates, and didn’t get through everything I wanted to do. So I’ll be plowing through it all Monday morning. The rosters get finalized, so I want to be on top of those. I did pretty well this year in projecting rosters, I must say, but there’s bound to be a few surprises.
For my francophone readers who prefer to read their gold in their native tongue, we have a translated version of the Guide and the updates are not even a day behind – often within a couple of hours. You can order your French version here and please share with any of your francophone pals – without solid support in this venture we couldn't continue it, but so far support has been tremendous. Just keep it up!
Rick Roos will have his Fearless Forecasts tomorrow as he does every year before the season starts. This will be Rick's 10th season as a writer here on DobberHockey. Let's give some props to Rick! A very thorough and meticulous fantasy hockey writer, I think everyone would agree on that.
As is always the case, taking in the training camp news and preseason action brings prospects to our attention. Some for positive reasons and some for negative. Here are the prospects who made the biggest impact – one way or the other – on me…
Note: this is not to say that others didn't make an impression. Many did, but I expected it. Such as Nils Lundkvist – he's been great, but I fully expected that. He even leapfrogged Zac Jones. But I think very highly of Lundkvist and others like him, so I am not including those players here. These are only the players I'd move up or down my lists by quite a bit.
Let's get started.
Alexander Volkov, ANA Down
I didn't have high hopes for Volkov. I didn't think he was the next big thing. But I thought there was something there and if he could prove himself as a second-liner and put up points in the low-40s then he could build on that in future years. But to not even make the team? Stick a fork in him!
Karel Vejmelka, ARI, Up
I love this sleeper pick enough to scoop him in one keeper and one dynasty. Originally drafted by Nashville in 2015, he wasn't signed until Arizona signed him as a free agent in May. He beat out Josef Korenar for the backup goalie job. At 25 he is the right age for a goalie to make his mark in the NHL. And listed at 6-4 (though some sources say 6-3), he is prime goalie size. But the thing I like the best? He's behind Carter Hutton. I can't think of a better (i.e. really bad) goalie to be behind. The only problem is – will Arizona win 25 game