For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Gone – Mark Jankowski, Drake Caggiula, John Hayden, Arttu Ruotsalainen, Will Butcher, Mark Pysyk, Colin Miller, Ethan Prow, Dustin Tokarski, Aaron Dell, Michael Houser
Incoming – Ilya Lyubushkin, Kale Clague, Jeremy Davies, Chase Priskie, Eric Comrie
Impact of Changes – With the sale of Jack Eichel, Buffalo embraced the rebuild and subsequently did not move out any major pieces save for depth players. Likewise anyone that is incoming to the team was brought on to replace those roles.
The most significant impact is likely to be Eric Comrie who signed a 2 year $1.8 million contract and should slide in as a 1A or 1B option to Craig Anderson. This situation should provide him with a career high in starts and he has the potential for more, however on a rebuilding Buffalo squad he will likely not reach that potential here.
Ready for Full Time – Buffalo may not have brought in many players to affect change but it will be their prospects who can make a significant impact to the team. Owen Power signed on with Buffalo in April and played his first eight games at the end of last season. Every indication and prognostication says that Power is ready for the big leagues and so he should hit the ground running, although do temper expectations given that he is a defenseman and it is his rookie