Ramblings: Marchand’s Return; Top-Line Marchessault; Sharks to Target & More (Aug 24)

Alexander MacLean

2022-08-24

With Paul Stastny signing yesterday, Michael Clifford wrote about both his outlook and that of a few of the remaining UFAs. It got me thinking about whose value in fantasy we may see shift over the course of the rest of the offseason. Be it trades, signings, possible lineup matches, or injury news both positive or negative, there's still lots to shake out ahead of your drafts. Let's try to get ahead of some of it:

I feel like I've discussed the Bruins more than any other team this offseason, but it is for good reason. There's a lot of fantasy discrepancies going on there.

Yesterday we did get some clarity as to what the top-six might look like to start the year.

Not really a surprise, but interesting to see the plan confirmed at this point. That being said, what it looks like for game one of the season is a whole other matter. What might throw the biggest wrench into that lineup? A sudden infusion of a top-line LW available.

That's right. I'm wondering whether Marchand could be in the opening night lineup. Marchand was given a six month timetiable after his surgery in late May, meaning his timeline would bring him to late November for his anticipated return. However, doing a little bit of research, it seems that after four months of rehab following the procedure, the patient can ease back into their usual routine, with it often taking 6+ months for someone to feel back to normal. March