Ramblings: Preseason Predictions on Fiala, Tolvanen, McCann, Meier, and More; Updates on Lehner, Kadri, and Pastrnak – April 19

Michael Clifford


We've nearly reached the end of both the fantasy and regular seasons. Most teams have somewhere around 5-7 games left, the East is completely wrapped, and at least half the West (if not more, depending on how we view Edmonton's lead) is wrapped up as well.

For anyone that is still in need of some waiver wire help, but sure to check out Andrew Santillo's 'Looking Ahead' column. He breaks down which teams and players on the upcoming schedule are ones fantasy owners need to lock in on, or avoid. There is also the Dobber Schedule Planner to help fantasy owners map out which players can be used on which days, in order to maximize games played.

I wanted to take some time to go over some preseason predictions made in these Ramblings. Some misses, some hits, but there are always lessons to be taken away. Or, usually there are lessons, anyway. Sometimes it's just an injury that throws a wrench in everything.

Neal Pionk and Shayne Gostisbehere (article here)

Here we have one hit and one miss.

Pionk has been in and out of the top PP role this season with a lot of minutes going to Josh Morrissey. His real problem is a four-year low in shooting percentage at 2.3%. If he shoots his three-year average of 3.7%, we can add a couple goals and maybe he gets into the top-20. Regardless, I thought top-20 would be his floor in hits leagues and it very much was not.

Conversely, Shayne Gostisbehere hit the 40-point mark a month ago and has an outside shot at hitting 50 points with a little hot streak. This has nothing to do with fantasy but I do find it funny the Flyers dumped his contract so they could add Rasmus Ristolainen, and then extended Risto. Ghosts's plus/minus hurt, but that was expected.

Kevin Fiala

My hope was that he would be a 30-goal, 60-point winger with three shots per game. He cruised past