Ramblings: Rask Retiring; Ottawa’s Defence; Goalie Grumbling & More (Feb 9)

Alexander MacLean

2022-02-09

The Olympic Men's Ice Hockey kicks off this morning, and to get all you insatiable fantasy geeks your cheat sheet on who you should be keeping an eye on, Peter Harling has you covered. He dives into a whole bunch of NHL relevant prospects that are going to be covered in the games. Just like the world juniors, this might be a great time to pick up one or two of them, and see if you can flip them in a couple of weeks when their names are all over and their value peaks. Rinse and repeat, every year.

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Unfortunate news for Rask that he doesn't get to go out under his own terms. For his fantasy owners, it's now time to hope that Swayman is still available in your league, otherwise you may have to go fishing in the FA pile. There should be a few names worth looking into though. Mike Smith is back healthy again, and though his ratios may not be great, the volume and wins should come. Phillip Grubauer has been excellent of late as Seattle settles in to play within their identity. Pavel Francouz has two shutouts in his last three games to go along with wins in his last seven appearances. He's splitting time in the Avalanche crease with Darcy Kuemper right now. All three could bring some value and may be available on the waiver wire or cheap on the trade market.

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If Mercer was playing with a better offence and getting even low-end of what an average NHL forward sees for lucky secondary assists, he would be up to 30 points already through 47 games. That luck may turn around pretty quickly, and with the Devils starting to gel a bit more overall, in shallower leagues he's