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.
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Gone – Dylan Coghlan, Evgenii Dadonov, Oscar Dansk, Mattias Janmark, Max Pacioretty
Incoming – Byron Froese, Adin Hill, Michael Hutchinson, Phil Kessel, Sheldon Rempal, Shea Weber (contract)
Impact of Changes – There's circumnavigating the salary cap the way that Tampa Bay has seemingly mastered and then, well, there's the Vegas Golden Knights. This is what happens when getting too creative can ultimately hurt what you'll be able to do. Let's start with the departures, and the first that jumps off the page will be the loss of Max Pacioretty, who was dealt along with Dylan Coghlan to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations. When healthy, Pacioretty can score in bunches which the Knights will surely miss, and for fantasy value on a loaded Hurricanes club the projections for Pacioretty only improved. Now knowing that he will miss at least six months recovering from Achilles surgery, his average draft position has dropped significantly as he is not expected to take the ice until around the All-Star break.
The Knights also traded