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 was quite the week in the NHL as far as trades are concerned, even if the NHL’s trade deadline day itself wasn’t as busy as in some recent seasons. Dobber had you covered all on his own on Monday and did a fantastic job breaking down all the fantasy takes for the relevant deadline deals. You can find all the trade impact pieces linked here, while the complete list of deals leading up to this year's trade deadline is here.
The first big name to be moved on Monday was Marc-André Fleury, who was sent from Chicago to Minnesota. The Wild then sent Kaapo Kahkonen to San Jose in a separate trade for Jacob Middleton. Dobber had his breakdown of these trades here. In fact, kudos to Dobber on the job he did yesterday, as things got busy towards the end of the day.
Fleury has had a very up-and-down season this year, as he’s been known to do, on a very up-and-down Chicago team. The Wild clearly needed to make a change in net but it was surprising to see this one go through. This probably kills any value Cam Talbot had for the rest of the season.
I am very interested to see how Kahkonen fares in San Jose. That team has completely fallen apart defensively this year and it’ll be very hard for anyone to look good back there. Not sure how it gets better in the next year or two, either, given the absurd costs of the many anchor contracts they have. He may get some run as a true starter, but it may be behind a very bad team. (mar22)
2. On Monday, Dobber also commented on some more minor deals via his weekly Ramblings:
Ottawa trades Nick Paul to Tampa Bay for Mathieu Joseph. Joseph is solid return. He just turned 25, kills penalties, and has upside in the low 50s if he can play with skilled linemates. Whereas Tampa gets a huge forward (6-3, 224) who gets similar production but is decent for faceoffs. Paul has been a strong defensive forward this year. Compare the two players here.
3. Prospect Jack McBain was traded by the Wild to Arizona for a second rounder. This is a great spot for him because the Coyotes are not a deep team – and that includes their farm system. Here is McBain's scouting profile. He dominated the NCAA this year (his senior year).
4. Marcus Johansson has been traded by Seattle to Washington. The last time he was in Washington, he set his career high (58 p