21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-08-28

Every Sunday, we share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.

Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Alexander MacLean and Dobber

1. Once upon a time, Anthony Mantha was one of the more heralded Wingers Of The Fantasy Future that we had in the NHL. From 2017-2020, his age-23 through age-25 seasons, he averaged 28 goals, 227 shots, and 89 hits every 82 games. This was for a very downtrodden Detroit franchise that was emerging from the Datsyuk/Zetterberg era and rebuilding (poorly).

Fast forward a couple years and after a down season split between Detroit and Washington, followed by an injury-plagued 2021-22 campaign, and it seems like all the hype is gone. There is still a lot to like here, so follow the link ahead, as we deep-dived into what we might be able to expect from Mantha this coming season. (aug26)

2. One interesting competition we have that will have fantasy implications is that battle between Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittelstadt for the second-line centre role in Buffalo. The team is rebuilding nicely but still does not have the depth to have a scoring third line. The top-4 winger mix will be Jeff Skinner, Victor Olofsson, Alex Tuch, and (likely) Jack Quinn. Those are four talented scoring wingers. After that, we’re looking at Peyton Krebs, Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Asplund, and so on. Not bad players by any stretch, but not the top-end scorers further up the lineup.

Down the stretch last year, Buffalo used Mittelstadt often with the likes of Tuch and Olofsson on that second line while Cozens was on the third line with the Asplunds and Okposos of the world. When looking at what they did through the whole season, though, it’s hard not to give Cozens a lot of credit. For the complete analysis, ple