Ramblings – Why Huberdeau’s a Better Dynasty Own than Marner or Kaprizov (for now)… (Aug 08)

Dobber

2022-08-08

OUT NOW!

I released the Fantasy Guide on Thursday, that's right – a day early. Fixed two or three typos Friday, updated some RFA signings and a couple more typos on Sunday. So already updated twice. I don't like having a single thing wrong in this Guide. The best person to have putting together and updating a Guide is someone as obsessive as I am. You've seen it for 17 years. Pick up the Fantasy Guide here and immediately download both the PDF and the spreadsheet.

Also added Sunday – an update to the schedule article, adding a chart comparing teams that play on light days. Fantasy owners have found that one invaluable and we now have that in this year's Guide.

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Fantasy Hockey Geek also has this year's projections in the system, so have at it!

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One player that caught my eye while doing the Fantasy Guide was Damon Severson. Yes, I knew he had a good year. And yes, I knew he picked it up after Hamilton was sidelined. But after Hamilton returned, Severson was still seeing 2:50 in PPTOI per game (from February 24 onward) and had 19 points in 32 games overall – that's a 49-point pace. That's a great number while Hamilton is in the lineup. In all, Severson picked up 42 points in the last 60 games (a 63-point pace) after starting off slowly. He played primarily with Ty Smith during that first quarter of the season and that dragged his point totals down. Sometimes playing with a young player who isn't great in his own end will drag the veteran's totals down, as it did here.

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I was always a fan of the underdog Mason Appleton. Not as a potential star first-liner being held back, but as a potential mid-60s second liner. Drafted 168th overall, he was a high-scoring college player although never quite a point-per-game guy. He took quickly to pro hockey though, posting 66 points in 76 games as an AHL rookie for Manitoba. And that is what caught my eye. I also liked how he – a former sixth-round pick, mind you – wo