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
1. It isn’t much of a stretch to say that Nazem Kadri was the first-half fantasy MVP. He is currently a top-10 fantasy option and considering where he was drafted before the season, his value is through the roof. He has more assists (41) than games played (40), and then we get to the fact he’s on pace for nearly 40 goals. It has put a 100-point season in reach, which is just absurd considering he has one 60-point season to his name, back in 2016-17.
We would naturally assume a lot of pullback, and the team is shooting a career-best 12.6% with him on the ice at 5-on-5. That is high, and will come down, but the team is also generating a career-best in shots and expected goals with him on the ice. There will be pullback, but I don’t see him falling off the map. (feb1)
2. We have half a season to go but it would be foolish not to mention what an absolute star Jonathan Huberdeau has been this year. He leads the league in points, and it’s an unbelievable accomplishment. Not only is he doing that in a league with Connor McDavid, Nikita Kucherov, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, and Auston Matthews, but he’s doing it without playing much at even strength with Aleksander Barkov.
Honestly, not much to say here. I want to see Huberdeau grab the Art Ross Trophy this year, if only to change things up from the usual winners over the last five years. That Florida team is something else to watch. (feb1)
3. It isn’t as if Juuse Saros has the perfect peripherals or anything, though a 0,927 save percentage is truly superb. It’s that he leads the league in starts and has maintained a top-5 save percentage in the league while doing so. With the Central having a few pretty good teams, Nashville could have been in real tough with anything approaching league-average save percentage. They are 12 points clear of Dallas, which gives them a comfortable lead, but Dallas does have some games in hand. All this is to say: without Saros playing as much as he has, and as well as he has, this might not be a playoff team by the end of the year.
Nashville has Yaroslav Askarov on the way as a first-round pick. Saros also on