21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-12-19

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. COVID continues to rear its ugly head over both sports and the world in general. Postponing games can’t be an easy decision. There are the business reasons, which are obvious (no gate revenue). Perhaps a pause is needed until after Christmas in order to stop the COVID spread, but will the COVID situation be any better after the holidays? It’s possible that we could be looking at an even longer layoff, if the graphs showing the rapid spread of the omicron variant in other parts of the world play out in North America. Either way, just be prepared for an early holiday break from everything NHL. It sucks, but that’s the situation that we are in. (dec18)

2. Friday had no shortage of news, as Paul Maurice suddenly announced his resignation as the Jets’ coach. Earlier in the day I wrote the Fantasy Take. We didn’t have to wait very long for the Dave Lowry era to begin, as the Jets faced Washington on Friday. 

The even-strength lines appeared to be put into a blender when compared to the last three game lines, but the power-play lines didn’t appear to change at all. That’s bad news for those hoping that Nikolaj Ehlers would receive an instant power-play upgrade, as Ehlers remained on the second-unit power play. The good news is that Ehlers recorded assists on both Jets’ goals and took seven shots in 19 minutes of icetime. He might get his promotion another day. (dec18)

3. Evan Rodrigues was a throw-in in the trade that sent Conor Sheary back to Pittsburgh for Dominik Kahun at the 2020 deadline, but he has been much more than that for the Penguins. Facing the Buffalo team that traded him away, Rodrigues continued his breakout season with another goal and nine shots – six of which he took in the first period alone. Rodrigues has 23 points in 29 games (a 65-point pace), which includes seven points and a plus-6 in his last five games. Rodrigues also leads the injury-depleted Penguins with 98 shots. (