Ramblings: Bubble Keepers Toffoli, Kylington, McCann, Perron, Johansen (Aug 20)

Ian Gooding


Last week I listed several bubble keeper players that I have to decide on by the end of the month. You can read more about these players here. I have the option as to whether to keep those players because they fell under a certain number of league points and were on the final year of their auction contracts. I haven't completely made up my mind on these players yet.

This particular league is an auction league, which don't seem to be as common in fantasy hockey as they are in other fantasy sports, such as baseball. This league is unique in that when we bid on a player, we have to offer term (between 1-5 years, with limits on 3-5-year contracts) as well as dollar amount. So the "final year" isn't the same as the final year of a player's real-life contract. In other words, it's not a league that uses real-life salary cap amounts.

Today, I'm going to write about five players on my team that accumulated enough points to go to free agency. Not players that were way over the number of league points, but just a little bit over. In many league formats, they might qualify as bubble keepers. My focus will be about what went right for the player and their chances for repeated success this coming season.

Tyler Toffoli

Toffoli probably didn't expect to be traded from the Canadiens, a team he signed a four-year free-agent contract with during the 2020 offseason. The Flames signed him for scoring depth, but they didn't seem to use him as much as they could. Over 37 games with Calgary, Toffoli averaged 15 minutes per game with his two most frequent centers being Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan. Still, he managed to score 23 points in 37 games, which would work out to a 50-point pace over a full season.

The Flames' offseason moves should help Toffoli in a big way. When the Flames acquired Toffoli, they had been stacking their top line with Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and Elias Lindholm. Now that Gaudreau and Tkachuk are out and J