Ramblings: Early Thoughts on Stamkos, Garland, Gurianov, and Others; Weber Update – October 21

Michael Clifford


At this point of the fantasy season, there just isn't a whole lot to talk about. There are a handful of injuries and line changes across the league, but we have lots of columns here at Dobber Hockey that cover those things. We have Ryan Sheppard covering line changes in his 'Lining Up' columns and Brennan Des pores over all the relevant injury news in the 'Injury Ward'. And anything that pops up daily is often covered here in the Ramblings by one of the editors.

In that sense, I just want to go over some stats. At this point of the season, though, nothing is concrete. A lot is also noise; things like expected goals, in a sample of a couple games, can be greatly influenced by something as simple as a flurry of shots in a scramble. There are other indicators we can look towards, though, for some performance in shot attempts and ice time.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 10 teams had played four games. Those 10 teams were Seattle, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Toronto, New York (R), Chicago, Vancouver, Dallas, and Anaheim. That seems like a good mix of teams. Upper-end rosters, injured rosters, a couple bad teams, both East and West. Here is one fact, about TOI or shot attempts, about a player from each of those 10 teams.

Seattle – Jordan Eberle and Jaden Schwartz

In the early parts of the season, the top-line wingers are both hovering around 20 minutes a night. Eberle hasn't been anywhere close to that ice time since his Edmonton days, when he was pacing for 25 goals and 60 points every year. The last time Schwartz played over 19 minutes a game was 2017-18 and he had 59 points in 62 contests.

These guys won't be point-per-game players, but they have zero goals and three assists in five games combined. They're sure to be dropped in some leagues, but Yanni Gourde has returned, and players skating 20 minutes a night anywhere should probably be rostered. This team played five games in three time zones in eight days to start the season. Give them a break.

New York Rangers – Alexis Lafrenière