Ramblings – Rodrigues and Barabanov – Real Deal? Also Gaudreau, Fox, Kadri and more (Jan 03)



Midseason Guide will be out January 14. Eleven days! This Guide comes with your Ultimate Fantasy Pack or Gold/Platinum subscriptions. It does not come with the Keeper League Fantasy Pack nor the Silver subs. You can pre-order it here.

Those who bought the Midseason Guide last year would have had a heads-up about Arvid Soderblom. He was listed in the KHL/Europe section where I list free agents of NHL interest. Chicago snapped him up…and he got the start on Sunday.


Cue the Mika Zibanejad music?

In 2019-20 he had 17 points in his first 17 games. Then he finished with 58 in 40.

In 2020-21 he had 11 points in his first 26 games. He finished with 39 in 30.

In 2021-22 he had 21 points in his first 28 games. He finished with…? Well, so far it's at nine points in five games. But I think it's a safe hunch that he'll close out his next 50-odd games with something significantly more than 50-odd points. He scored a hatty on Sunday against Tampa Bay.


Adam Fox now has 73 points in his last 72 games.

Mikhail Sergachev started off at a nice clip but has just a single point in his last nine games. He worked well with Victor Hedman (obviously) and with Cal Foote. But tied to Andrej Sustr (as he was on Sunday) or Zach Bogosian isn't working out.


NHL COVID protocol is starting to look like a lottery of sorts. Each day I wonder if all the players that I own in my three leagues will escaped that day's dreaded "announcement". I was unable to sneak through the New Years' weekend, as I lost Artemi Panarin last minute. He can take his seat beside Oliver Bjorkstrand, Mike Hoffman, Roman Josi, Tomas Tatar, Josh Norris and Mike Matheson – other members of my teams on the protocol.

Fortunately, if there are no symptoms, the isolation period is now just five days thanks to the NHL's new rules.

There is a good list/tracker of players on COVID here.


Sam Bennet