Rambling About Some Prospects, Montreal’s Goalie Sitch, and More… (Aug 22)




I released the Fantasy Guide on August 4, and the last update is August 19 with the Carey Price news. Pick up the Fantasy Guide here and immediately download both the PDF and the spreadsheet. This week I plan to put in the team goals-for projections/rankings now that Nazem Kadri has signed.


Mason McTavish dominated the WJC so thoroughly, that I bumped up his NHL readiness as well as his upside. I don't do this with too many players, as it is only one tournament, but he really stood out as a complete player with an elite offensive touch. You may have noticed he jumped up into the Top 10 in the recent Fantasy Prospect Rankings. In the Fantasy Guide I predict he makes the team (80% certainty) and posts 39 points. But I may need to add him to my sleeper section for 50-plus. He looks every bit as capable of doing it as Trevor Zegras did last season. If the two play together, you can probably lock that in.

The other Duck who starred in the tournament – Olen Zellweger – was an offensive dynamo for Team Canada. But with the roster that the Ducks have right now, there is no way he makes the team this season. Next season (2023-24), however, he's a lock – John Klingberg and Kevin Shattenkirk will be gone.


I'm impressed with Joakim Kemell, who finished second in WJC scoring. But I still tend to hold down Nashville prospects in terms of their arrival times. Let's look at some key draft picks over the past decade:

Kevin Fiala, drafted 11th overall in 2014, 'arrived' as a fantasy player in 2017-18…and didn't seriously arrive until 2019-20. The wait time there was five years before he was a pro-team player on most fantasy rosters.

Eeli Tolvanen, drafted 30th overall in 2017, still hasn't arrived as a true pro-team fantasy player.