Ramblings: Midseason Guide Ready! Huberdeau – Bennett – Duclair Line, Roto Rankings Risers and Fallers (Jan 15)

Ian Gooding


The Midseason Guide is now available for download! If you've ordered it already, go to the Downloads section on the Dobber website. Then you'll see a link for both a spreadsheet for midseason projections and a PDF for the midseason guide itself. I'll let the tweet below do the rest of the talking.

Florida is known as a place where retired people move to so that they can enjoy their golden years. It's also been a place where several players discarded by other teams have not just found new life, but also taken their games to a whole new level. Those players put on a show on Friday as the Panthers trounced the Stars 7-1.   

Less than one calendar year ago, Sam Bennett was being healthy scratched by the Flames, seemingly destined for a fourth-line career path. That experience is now well in the rear-view mirror for Bennett, who netted his second hat trick of the season to go with an assist and a plus-5. Since being acquired by Florida at last season's trade deadline, Bennett has picked up 36 points (including 20 goals) in just 38 games. Not a bad return for a second-round pick.

At one point Anthony Duclair couldn't find an NHL home, his ears ringing from John Tortorella's comments that he didn't know how to play. With his 15th goal of the season, Duclair is now tied for the Panthers' goal lead. Duclair also picked up two assists and finished the game with a plus-6. That's the highest plus-minus total from one game this season. Since joining the Panthers, Duclair has accrued 60 points in 72 games, including 28 points in 29 games this season. Take that, Torts!

During the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, Carter Verhaeghe averaged less than 10 minutes per game on the eventual Stanley Cup champion Lightning. He just wasn't going to get an opportunity with a lineup as set as the