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: Michael Clifford, Alexander MacLean, Michael Amato, and Dobber
1. It has been a remarkable start to the season for Anaheim’s Troy Terry, perhaps one of their forgotten prospects. While not a true prospect anymore, really, he has fewer than two seasons of games played and just turned 24 in September. If he could find his trajectory as a prospect again, there could be something here for Anaheim for the long-term.
Well, he has 19 points in 14 games, a surreal feat considering his career-high is 20 points, which he should top any day now. Of course, whenever a player has an unbelievable start like this, we need to dig under the hood to see what’s going on, and what we can expect moving forward.
What stands out immediately is Terry is shooting 33.3%. There is obviously a lot of pullback coming for Terry, but most of it is through goals. The bonus here is he’s earning a lot more ice time of late, skating over 20 minutes a night over his last six games. Any pullback in rates can be somewhat offset by the raw increase in ice time.
All this is to say no, he most likely won’t be a point-per-game player this year. A 60-point player is within reach with his ice time though, so as long as they keep skating him as a first liner, there’s no real reason to trade him unless the offer is excessive. (nov11)
2. Oliver Kylington was on the Frozen Tools popular profiles list last week thanks to a six-game point streak. I can’t put my finger on what is specifically driving these numbers, as Kylington is receiving under 20 minutes of ice time per game and virtually no power-play time. It could be pure talent, as Kylington has demonstrated some offensive upside at the AHL level and seems to be impressing with his two-way play this season. (nov7)
3. Nick Suzuki recorded just one point in his first five games, but things have certainly changed of late. The Canadiens' forward has been on an incredible tear recently, posting nine points in the month of November alone. This run includes four multi-point games in his past five and Suzuki is averaging more than four shots per game over this stretch.
These are all great signs for a player on a team that looks to be in for a rough year. Sometimes when a team is heading for a bad season the offensive numbers of a player like Suzuki can drop as well, but that doesn’t appear to be the case where the young center is concerned. (nov13)
4. Alex Ovechkin moved into fourth on the all-time scoring list Friday, but this year he’s piling up the assists too. The Washington Capitals forward currently has 12 assists in 14 games and his ratio of goals and assists is 50/50, which is much closer than it’s been in recent years.
Ovechkin hasn’t even recorded 20 assists