21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-09-11

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. There are a handful of prominent restricted free agents left to sign with their teams, among them Jason Robertson in Dallas, Rasmus Sandin in Toronto, Barrett Hayton in Arizona. One of them, Kirby Dach in Montreal, was locked up for four years last Wednesday.

This doesn’t seem like a bad bet from the Habs. If he lives up to his potential, those four years could be a great value for the team. If he doesn’t, it’s not a huge average annual value that will cripple their cap space beyond the 2022-23 season. It also gives Dach a bit of security and gives him the chance to cash in huge four years hence.

Dach has an important year ahead of him. He basically lost a season to his wrist surgery in COVID 2021, breaking it at the World Juniors and then, it appeared, rushing back to the regular season. He had shoulder problems in 2021-22 and was subsequently traded. He really hasn’t been able to show his potential for a couple years now.

As for the offensive upside, there was a good article by former AHL coach Jack Han about Dach’s reluctance to use his size to his benefit in the opponent’s zone. Standing 6-4 and over 200 lbs (depending on your source), using that size should be a staple for him when dealing with defenders 1-on-1. If he can start to protect that puck and driving the net, good things should come for him.

He basically lost a year of development, was playing for an awful Hawks team, doesn’t turn 22 years old until January, and has just 152 regular season games to his name. There is more growth to come and if he can tap into that offensive potential, a very good two-way center is yet to come as well. He has to prove it first, but he’ll have lots of opportunities to do just that on a rebuilding Montreal team. Just don’t expect much fantasy goodness yet. He hasn’t been a big goal scorer/shooter at any level, so he could end up more valuable in the real world than in the fantasy game. (sep8)

2. The salary cap has put the squeeze on teams trying to add supporting players, so we are starting to see more players being added on a professional tryout basis. Three veteran NHLers were able to land PTOs on Friday:</