Ramblings – Thoughts on the Blue Jackets; the Blackhawks scramble for goals, Doughty, Durzi, Hart and more (Dec 06)



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With two goals last night, 21-year-old rearguard Adam Boqvist now has eight points in his last seven contests. He finally seems to be healthy, and fully settled in with his new team. The Blue Jackets are employing a three-forward/two-D power-play system so now Boqvist is seeing plenty of PP minutes alongside Zach Werenski. The problem with him so far in his young career has been staying healthy. It seemed as though every time he got rolling, an injury would strike. Tremendous upside – needs play 75 games. I wouldn't bet on that happening until it actually does.

Justin Danforth is a name to watch. He's not getting the ice time or PP time to warrant picking up right now, but he's taking advantage of what minutes he does get. As a 5-9 player who is overcoming tremendous odds, you just know that he's knocking on the door of the Dobber Darling fraternity. I hope somebody lets him in!

Here is what I said about him in the Fantasy Guide:

Danforth is a 28-year-old, small (5-9), skilled winger that was never drafted. He was the ECHL rookie of the year in 2018 after dominating that league. After not getting much of a chance in North America (size bias), he crossed the pond and ruled the Finnish league. But it wasn't until he joined the KHL and had 55 points in 58 games that he finally garnered some NHL attention. He won a spot with Team Canada at the Worlds (one goal in nine games) and a contract with Columbus. A boom-or-bust prospect, likely a bust (unfortunately), but for sure worth keeping tucked away in your back pocket if you see his name appear on the scoresheet.

I projected six points in 18 games and a 10% sleeper for 45 points. Right now he's playing with fellow newcomers Gregory Hofmann and