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. In a game where your best players have to be your best players in order to win, Connor McDavid was exactly that in the Oil's series-clinching Game 5 win against the Flames. Even in a game where he was admittedly terrible, McDavid came through at the right time. He continues to stack up the points, having earned multiple points in 10 of 12 playoff games along with an eight-game point streak.
But Don’t forget about Leon Draisaitl, who has five consecutive 3+ point games while battling an ankle injury. If not for the exploits of McDavid, the Draisaitl story would receive a lot more attention. The Edmonton twin towers are far and away the playoff scoring leaders with identical stat lines (7-19-26).
Calgary needed more from 6×6 free-agent signing Jacob Markstrom, who allowed at least four goals in each of the five games against the Oilers in the second round. That’s a single-game negative GSAA for each of the five games, which also works out to an .852 SV% for the series. We’ve seen better from Markstrom in the playoffs, specifically two seasons ago in the bubble with the Canucks (78.6 QUAL% in 14 GP).
Now it’s time for the McSeries. McDavid. MacKinnon. Makar. Buckle up. The fun starts on Tuesday. (may28)
2. Brad Marchand is expected to need six months to recover from surgery on both hips. That recovery timeline puts his availability at around late November of next season. With that in mind, fantasy teams should plan for Marchand to be out for at least the first month of the 2022-23 season.
Also keep in mind that Patrice Bergeron hasn’t decided on his future, so the Bruins could be without two-thirds of their top line to start the season. That could have a real impact on David Pastrnak‘s value, particularly early in the season. If Bergeron retires, the Bruins should be in the market for a free agent center like Nazem Kadri or Evgeni Malkin.
I have Marchand in a keep 4 league and had been leaning toward keeping him, so this will make a difficult decision even harder. I am keeping Pastrnak in another league, but I will also lower my expectations a little. (may28)
3. It has been a couple weeks since they were eliminated but the Minnesota Wild not advancing to the second round kind of stung for me. I thought they had the depth all over the roster to challenge all the top teams in the Western Conference, Colorado included.
They were unceremoniously dumped in six games by St. Louis, and now they have a lot of tough cap decisions to make, namely Kevin Fiala. He is due for a big raise and because of their