Ramblings: Examining Fantasy Upside For Ty Smith, John Marino, Jeff Petry, and Mike Matheson – July 20
Yesterday in these Ramblings, we discussed the impact of free agency and signings on either the acquiring team or the team losing a player. There has been some recent movement in the league that I haven't touched on yet and is important to get to. For that reason, we'll be talking about a lot of defencemen today, specifically Jeff Petry, John Marino, Mike Matheson, Ty Smith, and the impacts for their new and old teams.
Let's start with the guy I think is among the most interesting young blue liners in the league and that's Smith.
Going 17th overall in the 2018 Draft would necessarily scream "can't-miss prospect" but Devils fans and fantasy owners alike were really excited about Smith getting to the NHL. His puck-moving and skating abilities were touted by just about everyone that ever saw Smith play. His rookie season saw some risky play, as his controlled zone exits were above average, but his failed exits per 60 minutes were below average (from Corey Sznajder's tracking data Patreon):