Ramblings – Profiling 18 ‘Bubble’ Keepers, Marchand vs. DeAngelo, and more… (May 9)



It wasn't a great year for me for fantasy hockey, as I didn't win either of my dynasty leagues, nor my keeper league (keep 12). But the keeper league was the real disappointment because I was in the top three midseason and it was pretty much me another guy chasing first place who had a huge lead. The 'other guy' ended up catching him and winning by a decent margin. I was frustrated because nobody was replying to trade offers other than the 'other guy'. It was just easier to deal with him, hand him the win, and retool for the future. But I almost decided to quit that league altogether. I think I've been in that one for about 12 years and other than a three-year run of championships, I've ended up second and third a lot. A lot. But this issue with the bottom half of the league not replying to trade offers at all, or weeks later, has been beyond frustrating and I was at the end of my rope. But I think I'll stay on for another year because of some players I own who have emerged as keepers.

Already had them heading into 2021-22 (6):

Nathan MacKinnon, C, Kevin Fiala, W, Victor Hedman, D, John Carlson, D, Seth Jones, D, Connor Hellebuyck, G

Drafted late (1):

Jesper Bratt: How did I get him in the 10th round? Amazing. Right now, I consider Bratt a 70-game guy (he just played 76 but his track record still has me playing it cautious with my expectations), but I think he can get 80 points in those 70 games. He began the season pointless in five games, so he had 73 in his last 71.

Acquired (Trade) (2):

Clayton Keller: I gave the second-place guy the win by handing him Morgan Rielly, Tyson Barrie, Mikael Granlund and Sergei Bobrovsky for basically Thomas Chabot, Nicklas Backstrom and Clayton Keller, though there were other pieces but those were the only three I would consider keeping as part of my 12. If you recall, Keller had just six points in 16 games to start the season. But the Keller we have all been waiting for has finally arrived – he ended with 57 in 51 games before suffering an injury that ended his season at the end of March. Very excited about what a full season from Bratt and Keller will bring, and those two are the main reasons I decided to stick with it. I'll just have to try to win with the understanding that trades are pr