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 Grant Campbell, filling in for Dobber
1. The Vancouver Canucks have decided not to trade J.T. Miller after all, instead signing him to a seven-year extension worth $8 million per season. Cap leaguers should consider the new contract a very reasonable cap hit, even if it is a significant raise over his current $5.25 million cap hit.
Miller finished this past season with a career-high 32 goals and 99 points (1.24 PTS/GP), which was 31 points clear of the next-highest-scoring Canuck. Although trading him for future assets might have been the better long-term play, Miller is arguably the most valuable Canuck at the moment and a necessary part of any plan they have to contend now.
Over his three seasons in Vancouver, Miller has more points than any other Canuck, and it’s not even that close : 202 GP – 74 G – 143 A – 217 PTS. (sep3)
2. Now that we know that Miller is staying in Van City, we can more easily project his point total. For the first time in his career, Miller took 200 shots in 2021-22. In addition, take away the shortened 2020-21 season and he has reached at least 100 hits over his past six seasons. Pushing for 100 points again might be a reach, but at minimum we should expect at least a point per game plus the previously-mentioned peripherals. He’s a top-20 option in the Roto Rankings, and Vancouver has proven to be the right environment for him to continue to create those type of numbers.
During Bubble Keeper Week, I mentioned that Miller is my centerpiece keeper on one of my keeper teams. To summarize why, he was a top-10 scorer while being tied for third with 38 power-play points while finishing in the top 50 with 171 hits. In other words, he currently holds elite status in multicategory leagues.
As far as Canuck-related ripples related to the Miller signing, just a reminder that Bo Horvat is on the final year of his contract (more on Horvat below – I wrote that part before the Miller signing, but I don’t think much changes for Horvat this season). I don’t think much changes as far as the Canucks’ plans to sign Horvat, as he is their captain and he has played in Vancouver for his entire NHL career. The Canucks are coming up on Sunday in the Offseason Fantasy Grades articles, whe