21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-11-28

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

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1. Anyone under, say, the age of 25 could be forgiven if they don’t remember that there was a time we all pined to see Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin play together. We knew it would never happen, so we had to wait for things like the All Star Game, which could never replicate what we would get in a game.

We are getting to watch Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl play together, though. And while the better parallel might be if we got to watch McDavid and Auston Matthews on the same team, we have to stop expecting perfection and appreciate goodness.

One of my bigger misses  in fantasy over the years is Draisaitl (along with Kyle Connor and Andrei Vasilevskiy). I never thought he’d turn into a perennial 50-goal, 100-point threat, even with McDavid there. If he could get 30 goals and 70 points, that would be a good season. I was clearly wrong about that, and being able to watch two elite offensive talents work together in their primes is something I don’t want to miss.

Whether the Oilers win Cups or not, for me, is irrelevant. I know that’s not the case for most people, but it’s unfair to put those expectations on those players with management. It’s like blaming Mike Trout for the Anaheim Angels never having postseason success. It is a team game for a reason.

We still get to watch McDavid and Draisaitl play every second or third day, and that’s just swell to me. (nov24)

2. I thought New Jersey would slide after Jack Hughes' injury but two things happened: Dawson Mercer emerged as an immediate middle-six center with high-end puck skills, and Nico Hischier returned with a vengeance, looking like the top-line center he’s supposed to be.

Those two things can’t be stressed enough. Think back six weeks: this was a team that was going into the season with Hughes, from whom everyone expected a breakout, but then Hischier was returning from serious injury and Mercer was getting a nine-game tryout. In a different universe, Hughes gets hurt and this falls apart. But major credit to both Mercer and Hischier as those two have been key cogs in New Jersey’s strong start.

What does this team look like when Hughes comes back? It’s a scary thought. (