21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-06-12

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

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1. The Lightning are again heading into the offseason over the cap, and even though they don’t have a full roster, they already need to shed $2M. That means we’re looking at someone else being shipped off to solve the cap issues.

Looking at the core of the team, there aren’t a lot of options if they want to keep the gang together while shaving off enough money. Alex Killorn appears to be as good as gone, with his $4.45 million price tag, and without a locked spot in the top-six. Killorn however doesn’t have much more upside though even if he does get traded. He was up over 18 minutes of ice time per game for the first time in his career this past year, and put up a career high in points and power play points, shooting 15%. Unrestricted free agent Ondrej Palat is actually where you might want to look for the increased production with deployment on a new team. His 70-point pace from 2020-2021 could be reachable on a top line next season, which is where he should likely end up as a good option in the second tier of wings in free agency.

Assuming Killorn is gone, but the rest of the roster remains relatively untouched, Ross Colton stands to be one of the benefactors of the extra open ice time in the top six, but even more importantly, he should see time with the top power play unit. After the big three up front and Victor Hedman on the back end, it comes down to Corey Perry, Anthony Cirelli, and Colton for the last spot, and though Perry may have the history, Colton has shown well there down the stretch. (jun8)

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2. Nikita Kucherov posted a 1.47 points-per-game average in the regular season and is at 1.35 for the playoffs. All the talk about McDavid and MacKinnon, we don’t hear enough about MaKucherov. In the series against the Rangers, Kucherov became the sixth player in NHL history to record 20 career games of at least three points in the postseason. The others: Wayne Gretzky (59x), Mark Messier (30x), Jari Kurri (28x), Denis Savard (21x) and Jaromir Jagr (20x). (jun6)

3. The general opinion of people that I talk hockey with (not necessarily from a fantasy perspective) seems to be that the Oilers need to move on from Mike Smith. Although Smith can look like a world beater at times, it’s those gaffs resulting from his tendency to take risks that stand out. During the first two rou