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 always seem to have a big miss. This year it’s Dawson Mercer. Ugh. Terrible. Probably my biggest miss in a decade. I didn’t have him making the team, I didn’t have a projection and I didn’t even have him as an option in the Guide's prospects box to make the team. The 2020 18th overall pick I had still a couple of years away. And even when he had a fantastic training camp, I still didn’t make room for him on the roster. At the end of camp it was clear that he was going to make the opening roster – even then I thought he’d be sent down after three or four games.
I can be too stubborn at times and this time I am eating a lot of crow. I should have put him on your radar, at the very least, but I failed to and I failed you. I am sorry. This one I am kicking myself over. I pride myself when I find you steals, but I do take the misses hard.
So, Mercer has 13 points in 17 games and he’s on the team to stay as a key part of the top six. His current pace is between 60-65 points and I think he gets 50-55. The great thing about his numbers this year is that just one point is on the power play. When that part gets going, it should balance out a lot of that 5on5 S% market correction. Right now, Mercer is flying on a line with Andreas Johnsson and Jesper Bratt. The chemistry there has the other two linemates going as well. (nov15)
2. Nazem Kadri is a popular Frozen Tools search at the moment because he is riding an eight-game point streak. More recently, he has eight points in just his last three games, including two assists on Friday. With Nathan MacKinnon on the shelf, Kadri is cashing in with first-unit power-play time, recording six power-play points in just his last four games. Start him with confidence while MacKinnon is out and perhaps even longer on this stacked Avalanche team that is finally rounding into form with four consecutive wins. (