For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Gone – Martin Jones, Oskar Lindblom, Keith Yandle, Mike Yeo (Coach)
Incoming – Justin Braun, Adam Brooks, Tony DeAngelo, Nicolas Deslauriers, John Tortarella (Coach)
Impact of Changes – Philadelphia's current look is awfully similar to last year's. Mind you, I would be tempted to add Claude Giroux's and Owen Tippet's names to the above lists, as their trade, which arrived quite late last season, definitely impacts the Flyers' fantasy value this year compared to the last. Well, mostly Giroux's. Indeed, after a quiet offseason (barring the DeAngelo trade), it can be quite confusing to determine which direction the Bullies are taking. Their roster still has veteran names spread throughout it that could be highly valuable to contending teams, while the blatant lack of depth (especially in their forwards group) paired with an uncertain goaltender tandem makes it hard to envision them finishing higher than they did last season.
Nevertheless, from a fantasy perspective, as mentioned above, only Giroux and DeAngelo cause a real impact within the team. The former captain's departure should certainly shock wingers such as Joel Farabee, James Van Riemsdyk, Travis Konecny or Cam Atkinson. That being said, all of these guys had a terribly underwhelming season, so it would be actually catastro