21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-07-24

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, Michael Amato and Dobber

For anyone who wants to read on the individual impacts from the recent trades and free agent signings, we covered a couple dozen moves over the last week or so here.

1. Things are looking up again for Elias Lindholm. Despite losing 2/3s of arguably the best line in hockey last year, getting Jonathan Huberdeau and his 85 assists from a season ago as a consolation prize isn’t too bad. A top unit of Huberdeau/Lindholm/Tyler Toffoli should still be very fruitful for the Calgary Flames and there’s a decent chance Lindholm is once again a 40-goal scorer. What once looked like a disaster for Lindholm’s fantasy value suddenly has a lifeline. (july23)

2. You could make an argument that no other playing benefited more from another last year than Matthew Tkachuk, as he had a career year and scored 100 of his 104 points playing with Gaudreau. I think it’s reasonable to expect Tkachuk will probably face at least a 25-point dropoff in production, probably sliding him down draft boards. He may have even gone as high as the second round if Gaudreau had re-upped when you also factor in Tkachuk’s shots and hits production, but now I’d say you’re looking at closer to fourth and fifth round value.

3. Now that Patrik Laine has re-upped with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is 50 goals too unreasonable of an expectation for him next season? Playing with Johnny Gaudreau, who notched 75 assists and was the league leader in even strength points last year, is only going to make Laine that much more formidable. With all due respect to Laine’s past teammates, Gaudreau is probably the best talent he’s ever played with and Laine’s fantasy value is officially at an all-time high.

It's also going to be very interesting to see who gets the coveted center spot in-between the two. Jack Roslovic may have the inside track on the role, closing the 2021-22 campaign wit