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. The Kings might be best known for their prospect riches at this moment, but their veterans reminded us that their time isn’t quite over yet if their season-opener against Vegas was any indication. Anze Kopitar, who I thought fell further in drafts than he should have, scored a hat trick while posting two assists to go with a plus-3 and seven shots. Perhaps due to age, Kopitar’s ADP was 86 in Yahoo leagues, so I gladly scooped him up in one league. He helped me win a championship in that same league last year, so I’m not prepared to write him off because he’s 34 and the Kings aren’t loaded with offensive talent (yet).
Drew Doughty also had a game, scoring a goal while adding three assists with a plus-2. At age 31, Doughty probably has a lot of wear and tear. Yet I still like what he brings to the table in multicategory leagues. Even if his ADP was just outside the top 100, I still like Doughty as a top 100 roto option. (oct15)
2. If you notice a Jacob Peterson being added in your league (as I did recently by the league’s Stars fan), it’s because he was playing on one of Dallas’s scoring lines beside Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz. He made good on that, scoring a goal along with first-unit power-play time in 16:35 of icetime. Peterson might warrant an add in deeper leagues at this point, but he might be one of those players that you’ve never heard of (2017 5th round pick) that could make some noise in fantasy leagues. He is currently 0% rostered in Yahoo leagues and 5% rostered in Fantrax leagues.
3. Although Canucks' rookie Vasily Podkolzin didn’t see as much time on the top line as sophomore Nils Hoglander, Podkolzin managed to score his first NHL goal on Friday. Because Travis Green decided to play his top six a lot more than his bottom six in this game, Podkolzin was held to just seven minutes. I like his two-way game and his overall keeper value, but I don’t think you need to pick him up in single-season leagues. For more on Podkolzin, see his Dobber Prospects profile. (oct16)
4. Alex Barre-Boulet, who was claimed off waivers earlier this week from Tampa Bay, made his Kraken debut Thursday and recorded an assist in nine minutes of ice time on a line with Alex Wennberg and Joonas Donskoi. He’d been a point-per-game player for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL for the past three seasons as well as a 100+ point scorer in the QMJHL,