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. I was concerned in the offseason about Steven Stamkos having two short offseasons, given his injury history. He had also seen his shot rate slide in recent seasons. Well, he was leading the Bolts in shot rate going into Thusrday and he found himself inside the top-20 league-wide. If he can maintain this shot rate, it would be his highest in five years.
With Kucherov injured, the team needs Stamkos to turn back the block a bit. Seven points in four games with 16 shots is a good start. More of this and he could have a special fantasy season once again. I love when guys prove me wrong. (oct21)
2. Dawson Mercer, who scored his first career NHL goal last week, broke camp with the team after coming in with very long odds to make the team. He’s a riser from his draft year, a very smart player, and one that should carve out a long and productive NHL career. He doesn’t have quite the same ceiling as a Cole Caufield or a Trevor Zegras, but he could see a couple seasons around the point-per-game mark. (oct20)
3. I want to mention Ryan Ellis‘ excellent start to the season. I managed to target him in a couple of leagues after saying a few times through the summer that landing with the Flyers was going to be great for him. He’s an underappreciated offensive threat after playing in Josi’s shadow for so long, but he has a floor of 40 points and a ceiling of 65. With the added firepower of the Philly forwards, it’s looking like he could push for 60 even without being deployed with the top power play unit. (