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. The Jeff Skinner comeback season continues. Skinner scored another two goals in the Sabres’ 5-4 win over Minnesota, giving him goals in back-to-back games. Skinner also fired seven shots in this game, giving him 13 shots over his last two games.
A one-time high-volume shooter (six consecutive seasons with at least 200 shots), Skinner is once again in the top 20 in the league with 177 shots so far. He’s back to taking over three shots per game after dipping to below two shots per game last season. He’s also back into the double-digits when it comes to shooting percentage. The advanced stats (13.0 SH%, 9.0 5-on-5 SH%, 2.6 PTS/60) suggest a bit of regression, so don’t be surprised if the goal scoring tails off somewhat over the final quarter. Yet he’s shown enough this season to make his way back into the fantasy conversation. (mar5)
2. Igor Shesterkin is a machine right now. Since the calendar flipped to 2022, Shesterkin has a 12-2-1 record with a 1.67 GAA and .950 SV%, with 14 of his 16 games classified as quality starts. The Rangers are 19th in the league with 2.93 GF/GP (I thought they’d be higher), so they owe a ton of their success this season to their netminder. He’s definitely in the Vezina discussion and could even be fantasy hockey’s most valuable goalie by the end of the season. (mar5)
3. Patrik Laine has 15 goals in his last 15 games. Should you try to trade Laine while he’s this hot? Even though he’s known as a sharpshooter, he is shooting at over 20%, which is higher than his career average of around 15%. He is back to taking nearly three shots per game, which is closer to his career average than the < 2 SOG/GP from last season. He’s had luck on his side, but he’s also helped his own cause. He’s not a must-sell high, but don’t budget for a goal per game the rest of the way. (mar5)
4. Because of his prior praise for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Alex Ovechkin has seen his reputation take a major blow recently. With everything going on in the motherland, it will be interesting to see if Ovie’s on-ice results are affected.
Does he bury himself in his play and even become extra fired up, or does this situation start to get into his head and he becomes rattled? Obviously, he’s a competitor and you don’t want to bet against him. It is worth mentioning that the Capitals have a higher concentration of core Russian players than the average NHL team, which could also be something to w