Top 10 ‘Long-Term’ Players That Didn’t Make the Guide

Tom Collins


Each year, I pen a column for Dobber’s Fantasy Hockey Guide (get this year’s guide here), focusing on 20 non-rookie players who won’t do much this year but will be awesome in a couple of years. 

When I start writing a column like this, I usually come up with a list of 50ish names and start whittling it down to the 20 you see in the guide. However, there are still plenty of names that would qualify, so consider this a sneak peek into the guide. 

The thing with this kind of column is that it takes a few years to know how successful it’s been. When I wrote a similar column for the 2018-19 guide, there were some misses (Aaron Dell and Josh Ho-Sang probably being the biggest ones) and some who peaked that very season (Max Domi and Alex DeBrincat). However, most of them panned out if you were patient (some names that were included were Pavel Buchnevich, Jakob Chychrun, Joel Eriksson Ek, Philip Grubauer, Travis Konecny, Anthony Mantha, Timo Meier, Juuse Saros and Dylan Strome). There are also a couple of players we’re still waiting on (Jesse Puljujarvi and Pavel Zacha). That’s a pretty decent success rate and was probably one of my most successful endeavors for the column. 

Below are a bonus 10 players that didn’t make this year's guide. 

10. Alex Formenton

Dobber covered Formenton in a ramblings in late July (I’ll let you read those ram