21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-04-24

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 Michael Amato (subbing for Dobber)

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1. Another hockey legend left us on Friday with Guy Lafleur passing away at the age of 70. Few hockey stars captured the kind of emotional connection that Lafleur had with fans. You could easily picture him skating down the ice with his long-flowing hair, ready to score a goal for a Canadiens team that dominated the 1970s.

Lafleur’s time predates that of the DobberHockey website, but the fourth-year theory for projecting when a player’s breakout occurs can be traced all the way back to Lafleur. The story making the rounds is that Lafleur emerged as the star we know when he decided to ditch the helmet after his first three seasons. However, his breakout from simply good to elite happened right on time in Season 4 – the 1974-75 season. 

1971-72 : 73 GP, 29-35-64
1972-73 : 69 GP, 28-27-56
1973-74 : 73 GP, 21-35-56
1974-75 : 70 GP, 53-66-119

Lafleur’s 53 goals and 119 points in 1974-75 was his first of six consecutive 50-goal seasons and 100-point seasons. During those six seasons, the Habs won four Stanley Cups.

If you’re not old enough to remember Lafleur during his prime years with the Habs, perhaps you can recall his ‘unretirement’ in the late 1980s with the New York Rangers and then the rival Quebec Nordiques. It seemed strange seeing Lafleur in a blue jersey instead of the iconic Canadiens bleu, blanc et rouge, but at least it gave us a look at a hockey superstar for those who missed it the first time.

Adieu, Guy. RIP. (apr23)

2. Robin Lehner will reportedly undergo season-ending surgery to repair a lower-body injury, although coach Peter DeBoer denied that report on Friday. Lehner has had a rough season with 23 wins, a 2.83 GAA, .907 SV%, and a negative GSAA (goals saved above average). Lehner was drafted on average at 19.5 in Yahoo drafts, so even without the injury he’s been one of the biggest busts in fantasy leagues this season. This is a classic example of why choosing a goalie early in a fantasy draft is risky (another shoutout to the Zero G strategy).

I’ll probably be hanging on to Logan Thompson for the rest of the season. The Golden Knights play only four more games this season. If Lehner is in fact done for the season, Thompson should start at least three of those four games, as there are back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. (apr23)

3. Playing in their second game of back-to-back nights on Friday didn’t slow the Minnesota Wild. Not only did Kevin Fiala extend his point streak to nine games, he also picked up five assists, a franchise record for one game. Over his past nine games, Fiala has a staggering 21 points, including nine goals.

Fiala is once again turning up the heat in the second half, scoring 53 points over his last 40 games compared to 29 points over his first 38 games. Last season the split was also very pronounced with 29 points over the last 28 games after just 11 points over the first 22 games. By my r