The Journey: Top 50 Fantasy Prospect Defensemen – Risers and Fallers

Hadi Kalakeche

2021-10-23

Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.

This week, we'll be taking a look at the blueliners that have shifted around in Dobber's top-50 points-only dynasty league defense prospects ranking, which came out right before the start of the season, which includes only one prospect on the rise, and many that have dropped in value due to not being retained for their respective teams' opening night rosters.

First and foremost, I wanted to note that there will be some talk about different prospects' multi-cat value, but the main theme of today's discussion will follow that of Dobber's ranking, which is points. Although points are far from the only value defensemen bring to the table, points-only leagues are honestly just really fun, and are an easy way to get your beginner friends involved in the world of fantasy hockey.

There are some very interesting prospects on many teams' rosters who are great immediate-value pick-ups, and some even more interesting prospects biding their time in lower ranks until their time comes. Let's start with the only prospect that drastically rose up the ranks:

Risers

Moritz Seider, RD – Detroit Red Wings

Seider jumped from 12th to 4th right on time for the start of the season, as the prospect made the team's second pair next to Nick Leddy. This ended up being a smart move, as the prospect already has three points in his first three games of the NHL season, and has not looked a hair out of place against NHL competition. The collective gasp that followed the Red Wings' selection of Seider at 6th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, above the likes of Dylan Cozens and Trevor Zegras, has now somehow dissipated, and Steve Yzerman looks no less than a mastermind with his jump on the prospect.

(A quick reminder that our old colleague Tony Ferrari, bless his soul, was extremely high on Seider. Most had him near the 20th pick, while Tony was a large part of him being ranked in the early teens on DobberProspects' draft rankings often throughout the year.)