21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2022-09-18

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. Whether it is the first step in major player personnel changes or simply pressing the reset button, the Winnipeg Jets have decided not to have a team captain in 2022-23, removing the captaincy from Blake Wheeler. The 36-year-old Wheeler has two seasons left on a contract that pays just over $8 million per season, so he won’t be an easy player to trade despite the obvious trade rumors.

[Fantasy Take: Bowness Going to Winnipeg]

In an effort to market himself to other teams, could Wheeler potentially be motivated by this decision? Players like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Dustin Brown weren’t negatively impacted after having to give up their C’s. Brown managed to rebound scoring-wise after some subpar seasons by his standards, while Thornton and Marleau were still able to be effective point producers. Wheeler has had a very consistent 0.92 PTS/GP page over each of the last three seasons, but at his age his production isn’t likely going to increase.

Back when I completed my first mock draft of the offseason, I observed Wheeler to be a potential draft-day bargain. As it stands, Wheeler is still being drafted outside of the top 50 right wings in Yahoo, behind the likes of Vasily Podkolzin, Filip Chytil, the injured Tom Wilson, Artturi Lehkonen, and Kirby Dach. Wheeler’s Fantrax ADP of 136 is more reasonable, but he’s still a potential value pick in that league provider, too. (sep17)

2. If you have Nils Lundkvist as a potential rookie sleeper for the coming season, you may want to change your plans. The 22-year-