21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

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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. The 2022 playoffs have shown us the best of Filip Chytil. The 2017 first-round pick entered Game 2 with five goals over his last three games playing on the recently-formed Kid Line with fellow first-round picks Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere. These three players have all been burdened with the high expectations of being first-round picks – particularly the latter two as higher first-round picks. Because the Rangers already have many more established options on their forward lines, ice time has been an issue for all three. Kakko was the only one of the three to average more than 15 minutes per game during this past regular season.

Chytil is certainly helping his cause for additional playing time. Yet if the Rangers can’t find a way to better fit him in, he is at least building his trade value. For example, here in Vancouver, Chytil’s name has popped up in rumors as part of a package for J.T. Miller. Acquiring the former Ranger would be a major step in the team’s quest for a Stanley Cup. (june4)

2. Canucks fans can’t be totally blamed if they’re not sold on Chytil, though. After all, he has posted the following point totals over the last four seasons: 23, 23, 22, 22. It’s understood that his games played totals have been 75, 60, 42, and 67 – not really full seasons, but still not enough for fantasy teams (1% rostered in Yahoo). Even though he has been more noticeable during the playoffs, Chytil’s first 12 playoff games consisted of two goals and an assist. In other words, he’s never had a full-season pace of more than 43 points over his four full NHL seasons. The recency effect is something to be aware of.

If Chytil isn’t traded, there could still be a top-6 opportunity for him with the Rangers next season. Ryan Strome is set to become a UFA, so the Rangers might have to move on from him. If Lafreniere and Kakko can become anything close to the future stars they were expected to be, the Rangers could have a productive scoring line for years. Chytil is only 22, so there’s still plenty of time to build on that. (june4)

3. The Boston Bruins haven’t had a very long offseason, yet it has already managed to go from bad to worse. From Kevin Dupont (@GlobeKPD): More Bruins surgeries today: Grzelcyk, shoulder – out til early Nov. McAvoy, shoulder  out til early Dec. Reilly, ankle – should be OK for training camp.

Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk were 1-2 in terms of total power-play ice time and power-play points among Bruins defencemen last season. McAvoy in particular is a major loss, as he is their best defenceman. He far and away led Bruins defencemen in points (56) and all Bruins players in ice time (24:40). Assuming he recovers in time f