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 Dobber
1. Nathan MacKinnon signed an extension that makes him the highest paid player (based on cap hit) in the league next season. His new cap hit will be $12.6 million, and that’s still going to be a very fair number for him in fantasy leagues. My projections had an extension coming in for him above $13 million per year, and with the cap expected to rise quickly, this deal may not even age poorly as it hits the last few years. In the meantime, Colorado’s depth may take a bit of a hit in the short term, but then again they have never really overpaid their depth players, and they have some young players ready to step into larger roles.
Accepting a cap hit just $100,000 more than the current highest paid player in Connor McDavid is also the kind of one-upmanship that we get with uber competitive players like MacKinnon. (sep21)
[BTW: Alex MacLean published his Top 200 skater rankings for salary cap leagues just today. Goalies will be out tomorrow]
2. At Leafs camp on Friday, Adam Gaudette was skating on the second line with John Tavares and Mitch Marner, and he is expected to receive power-play reps during camp as well. Gaudette is a former Hobey Baker winner who at one time was pegged to be the Canucks’ third-line center of the future (33 PTS in 59 GP in 2019-20). Yet he fell out of favor in Vancouver and was traded to Chicago for Matthew Highmore during the COVID-shortened season and the next season was claimed off waivers by Ottawa.
In spite of two relatively subpar seasons, Gaudette is a strong skater who has averaged second-unit power-play time throughout his career. At 25 years of age, Gaudette is at least being handed a golden opportunity, although I’m not rushing to add him in any league yet based on this recent development. If he’s still there on opening night, then I might be more easily persuaded. (sep24)
3. The Canucks appear to be spreading out their scoring to create a top 9. Offseason additions