21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

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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. Do yourself a favour next year and don’t draft goalies early. We went into the season with the undeniable top-four of Andrei Vasilevskiy, Connor Hellebuyck, Robin Lehner, and Darcy Kuemper. Only Kumeper (4) and Vasilevskiy (8) are ranked in the top 15 of standard Yahoo leagues (W/GAA/Sv%/SO). Jakob Markstrom is number one, and he was drafted outside the top 100, same with Tristan Jarry at number six, and Jeremy Swayman at number 10.

Then there’s the headache for those of us that drafted any of Jack Campbell, Vitek Vanecek, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Vasilevskiy. All of them have been absolutely awful in the second half, and they are killing fantasy seasons. In two of my dynasty leagues I am running identical tandems of Pavel Francouz and Karel Vejmelka, and they’re putting up better numbers than those high-end names right now. Goalies are random to begin with, and then the good ones that get played more get tired down the stretch, or they get injured. The investment risk is just way too high for it to be a viable strategy in the long-term year over year. (apr13)

2. Carey Price made his long-awaited season debut on Friday, which happened to be his first game since last season’s Stanley Cup Final. Given his recovery from knee surgery and his personal struggles, the main takeaway should be that he has made it back to the Canadiens’ lineup. The game score shows Price stopping 17 of 19 shots he faced but taking a 3-0 loss to the Islanders. Price did shut out the Isles over two periods, which is a positive if you’re looking for a reason to use Price in what’s left of the season. (apr16)

3. This week, I documented the recent struggles of Andrei Vasilevskiy. Sure enough, the Lightning will be bringing back Brian Elliott for one more season as Vasilevskiy’s backup, signing him to a one-year extension at his current cap hit of $900,000. With the Bolts gearing up for the playoffs and two more pairs of back-to-backs, don’t be surprised to see a little more of Elliott down the stretch, which would make him a sneaky waiver-wire pick