Ramblings: Josi’s Career Year; New Contracts for Francouz, Pavelski & Ristolainen (Mar 16)

Alexander MacLean

2022-03-16

One thing I have realized in house-searching in the Toronto area is that Fantasy Hockey actually can prepare you very well for a lot of real-life scenarios. Need to submit an offer, haggle on price, and know when to cut bait on a house? Trading has you covered. Need to know how to do research under the hood, manage schedules, and reading the fine print? I have learned all these things and more just from being a fantasy manager in competitive leagues with some other great managers.

On the flip side, in real life if you're better with spreadsheets, sales, or research, then play to your strengths in fantasy hockey as well.

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Michael Clifford gave his take on the Tyson Jost/Nico Sturm trade here, and while I mostly agree with him that there isn't a lot of shifting of the fantasy landscape as a result, I do wonder whether there's a chance that Jost gets a bit of a look in the top-six with the Wild. The former first-rounder really hasn't shown a lot of offensive upside at the NHL level, however, Frederick Gaudreau really shouldn't be a sure thing to stick with Kevin Fiala and Matt Boldy, while Ryan Hartman is slowing down of late. Hartman may still be a good fit with Kirill Kaprizov on the top line, but his grip is loosening, as his shot rate has dropped in each quarter, his scoring is down from Q2 to Q3, and his ice time has dropped from 20 minutes per game to just 18 in that same span.

There's no guarantee that even if Jost gets an opportunity on one of the top two lines that we would be able to thrive there, but as Hartman, Gaudreau, and countless others have shown us over the years, sometimes you just need the opportunity.

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For the second time this season, and the 25th time in NHL history, a goalie has posted a shutout in his NHL debut. This time is was Erik Kallgren's turn as the Auston Matthews-less Maple Leafs blanked the Stars. Kallgren stopped all 35 shots he faced, and has bought the Leafs a brief r