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. What can you say about Carter Verhaeghe during these playoffs? There was some concern that he wouldn’t be able to play in Game 6 after he missed the morning skate. Yet, not only did he suit up, but he also scored the overtime winner to advance the Panthers to the second round for the first time since 1996.
Verhaeghe also chipped in an assist on Claude Giroux‘s goal, giving him 12 points (6 G, 6 A) over the six-game series. Entering Saturday, he was in a tie with Connor McDavid for the playoff lead in points. If the Panthers advance deep into the playoffs, many winning playoff pools might include Verhaeghe. Perhaps he flies under the radar with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau the main attractions on the Florida roster, yet Verhaeghe has been on a 60-point full-season pace over his two seasons for the Panthers. (may14)
2. The Hart Trophy talk this season was as vibrant as any in recent memory, maybe as far back as the Taylor Hall MVP season. There were many great campaigns across the league, from goalies to defensemen to forwards. It seemed likely Igor Shesterkin and Auston Matthews would get nods, but the third spot was wide open. Or, at least it seemed that way. The actual finalists: Matthews, Shesterkin and Connor McDavid, as voted by members of @ThePHWA.
Not much argument from me here. There are cases for guys like Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Roman Josi, and to a lesser extent guys like Jason Robertson, Cale Makar, and Patrice Bergeron. But, again, no real argument from me on the finalists. (may13)
3. The Calder finalists for rookie of the year were released on Wednesday. As also voted by @ThePHWA: