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. With the season around the corner, it’s time for some predictions and in the spirit of generating some discussion, we are going to skip the milquetoast selections and go with some spice. Here are some hot takes for 2022-23:
Patrice Bergeron Does Not Reach 60 Points:
This isn’t that extreme considering he reached just 65 points in 2021-22 but he is still being drafted highly in a lot of leagues. His ADP on Underdog Fantasy is a top-15 center, and ahead of names like Roope Hintz and Elias Pettersson. Especially now with Jason Robertson signed, Hintz could be one of the better multi-cat values to go inside the top-100 this season (more on that later).
But back to Bergeron, the reason this feels like a hot take to me is how highly I’m seeing Boston ranked in a lot of spots. The Athletic has them as a 104-point team, HockeyViz as likely a high-90-point squad, and Evolving Hockey has them at 108 points. There are range of outcomes to consider but a lot of smart people I often read all seem very high on them. If Boston is, say, a 105-point team, it would stand to reason that a big part of it is a stellar two-way performance from Bergeron. Combine that with his high-ish ADP in some spots, and it seems a lot of people are very bullish on Boston.
My personal view is the injuries make things way too uncertain. I have discussed it ad nauseum so there’s no reason to re-litigate it all, but my contention is that these severe injuries are going to impact this team much more than anticipated. It will only take a few months to see this unfold so buckle up. (oct7)
2. Neither Matt Boldy nor Marco Rossi Hit 50 Points:
One offseason change that I think is being kind of hand-waved is the loss of Kevin Fiala. Over the last three seasons, he had a h