21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-06-26

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. If Valeri Nichushkin is the darkhorse Conn Smythe candidate on the Avalanche, then Ondrej Palat fits that description for the Lightning. Palat leads the Lightning with 11 playoff goals, while he is second on the team to Nikita Kucherov with 20 playoff points. Moreover, Palat also leads the Lightning with 18 even-strength points, as he wasn’t bumped up to the first power-play unit until late in the second round and has just one power-play point since the first round. Palat is benefitting from a team-high 23.9 SH%, while no other Lightning player has a shooting percentage higher than 15%. Yet as long as Palat is scoring, he will be on the top line with Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.

One downside of multiple Stanley Cup runs is that free agents become more difficult to retain. Like Nichushkin with the Avalanche, Palat is improving his stock as he continues to score in the playoffs. Palat’s overall production actually declined this season (0.64 PTS/GP) compared to last season (0.84 PTS/GP) and he is now on the wrong side of 30, but general managers have a short memory on free agent frenzy day anyway. Both Palat and Nichushkin could make it impossible for their respective teams to re-sign, but that’s a problem for another day. Both teams have a Stanley Cup to try to win. (jun25)

2. Some injury news:

Joel Farabee underwent disc replacement surgery and is expected to require 3-4 months of recovery time. Depending on recovery time, Farabee could miss at least the start of training camp and worst-case scenario the start of the season. This is the same surgery that Jack Eichel underwent after his trade to Vegas, and Eichel was back in action three months after the surgery, which would be positive news if Farabee is on your roster. However, Eichel and Tyler Johnson (also three-month recovery) are the only two players believed to undergo the surgery, so that estimated timeline still has a very low sample size.

Chris Kreider has undergone surgery to remove a small bone fragment from his wrist. The timetable for his recovery is 2-4 weeks, so he should be ready to start training camp on time. (jun25)

3. Some coaching news:

According to Frank Seravalli, the Chicago Blackhawks are hiring Luke Richardson to be their next head coach. Richardson has paid his dues with over a decade of experience between working as an NHL assistant coach and AHL head coach, so it is nice to see him rewarded with a head coaching opportunity. The Blackhawks are about to endure a tough slog these next few years with the Patrick Kane and