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. Frozen Tools Forensics writer Chris Kane profiled 4th Year Breakout players in his article this week. The most prominent name on that list is Andrei Svechnikov, who is over the point-per-game mark (47 PTS in 45 GP) for the first time in his career.
We haven’t had to wait that long for Svechnikov to blossom. He has scored 20 goals three times in his career, and he even came close to a point-per-game in the shortened 2019-20 season (61 PTS in 68 GP). He’s already keeping quite the company with what he’s accomplished so far.
@StatsCentre : Most career goals by a Russian-born NHL’er before their 22nd birthday:
108- Ilya Kovalchuk
98- Alex Ovechkin
9- Pavel Bure
81- Andrei Svechnikov
80- Evgeni Malkin
69- Sergei Samsonov
51- Alexei Yashin
Still with the Canes: Frederik Andersen has not had a really bad start since November 30. (Leafs fans may remember that he had a bunch of them last season, particularly in March.) Since that last RBS, Freddie has a record of 15-2-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .926 SV%. His quality start percentage (52.6%) could be higher, but there aren’t many better options if you need a win. He is currently tied with Andrei Vasilevskiy for the league lead in in that category (26). (feb19)
2. Mats Zuccarello continues his unbelievable run. Over his last 13 games, Zuccarello has 10 multipoint games. Certain players seem to find great chemistry with another player, and that’s what’s happening with Zuccarello and Kirill Kaprizov. Those two players have been glued to the hip (literally, not figuratively, because they’re actually skating all over the ice) both on evens and the power play. Over that multipoint stretch, Zuccarello has piled up 23 points in 13 games. I wasn’t a big fan of the Zuccarello signing when it happened (AAV $6 million), but it seems to be paying off right now.
Kaprizov isn’t doing so badly himself right now. Since December 20 he has 28 points in 16 games. He’s also vaulted his way into the top 10 in NHL scoring (61 points in 45 games). (feb19)
3. Under Dominique Ducharme in 2021-22, Cole Caufield scored just one goal in 30 games. Under Martin St. Louis, Caufield has four goals in four games, including his game-tying and game-winning goals on Thursday. The obvious take would be to assume that the 5-8 St. Louis would have a soft spot for the 5-7 Caufield, but a sudden increase in Caufield’s ice time did not happen right away. After averaging between 13-14 minutes in his first two games under MSL, Caufield was bumped up to 18 minutes on Sunday before logging a season-high 21 minutes on