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. With the exception of todayès Seattle/Winnipeg makeup game, the NHL's regular season has ended. Here are your playoff matchups:
Florida vs. Washington
Carolina vs. Boston
NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Toronto vs. Tampa Bay
Colorado vs. Nashville
Calgary vs. Dallas
Minnesota vs. St. Louis
Edmonton vs. Los Angeles
The fun starts on Monday. The Florida Panthers have won the President’s Trophy with the league’s best record. The Montreal Canadiens will finish with the best odds for the lottery draft. (apr30)
2. You can now officially start preparing for your playoff pool. As is the case every year, you can grab the Interactive Playoff Draft List to help you plan your team. Set your own bracket to organize, or use Dobber’s picks. Head over to the Dobber Sports store to purchase yours or to find out more!
If you would like to set up a simple playoff pool with some friends or work colleagues, the free box pools might be for you.
Also, look for the writers to weigh in on their Stanley Cup and first-round picks later today. If you’d like some tips on picking teams and players, I encourage you to read Mike’s playoff breakdown in Thursday’s Ramblings. (apr29)
3. In order to prepare for the playoffs, the Panthers rested a whole bunch of regulars for their last game of the season on Friday and it showed, as the Habs won by a score of 10-2.
Cole Caufield had an outstanding game, recording his first career hat trick to go with a plus-4 with nine shots. After a slow start, the Habs forward finished his rookie season with 23 goals and 43 points in 67 games. Although Caufield’s production slowed down later in the season (aside from this game), you probably already know how his season took off after Martin St. Louis was hired as coach. It’s difficult to know what the state of the Habs will be going forward with all the injuries they had this season after a trip to the Stanley Cup Final last season, but Caufield himself has a very bright future. (apr30)
4. If there was a Conn Smythe Trophy for the fantasy playoffs, that award might have to go to Steven Stamkos. The Lightning center finished the regular season with a hat trick, giving him multiple points in each of his last nine games. Over that span he has racked up 26 points – nearly three points per game over the past two weeks!
Stamkos finishes the season with 42 goals and 106 points, which turned out to be his first 100-point season at age 32. He’s also reached 40 goals six times. Remember when he appeared in just one game in the playoff bubble when the Lightning won the Cup? It’s easy to write players off when they’ve had significant injuries. Hopefully you didn’t trade