It's time for another set of Bubble Keeper Week ramblings. I play in a few keeper leagues of varying depth, and I'll talk about a few of the decisions here first.
In my one cap league, it's a deep setup where 24 teams keep 30 players each, split between our pro and minors. I'm in contention and our keeper deadline already passed, so I will take you through that. There ended up being a few veteran players that were options for my last couple of pro spots. I made a couple of trades to make the decision easier, but at one point I was left with two spots for Corey Perry, Scott Laughton, Jonas Brodin, and Mike Reilly. Not the most inspiring set, but they all have reason to be optimistic about them heading into this season.
With Ondrej Palat gone from Tampa, there is a lot of power play time that should open up for the Bolts, and Corey Perry often found himself mopping up extra man-advantage time when injuries struck during the last two seasons. He has experience on the top unit, and provides a different skillset than the other finesse guys there. He may be 37, but he still puts up a point every second game, one hit per game, two shots per game, and explodes for some big PIM games every once in a while.
Scott Laughton is a younger player than Perry, but he provides a lot of the same cross-category contributions, albeit at a larger cap hit. It's still a bargain though with him locked in at $3 million for each of the next four years. The points aren't quite there consistently though for Laughton, but he does have one year at a 45-point-pace, and likely the upside for 50 with the right linemates and minutes. The issue is that with Kevin Hayes and Sean Cout