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. One game was all that it took for Patrik Laine to hit injured reserve. The Blue Jackets winger is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks with an elbow sprain. Laine was injured in Columbus’ Wednesday opener against Carolina. Obviously the Laine – Johnny Gaudreau magic that was expected to occur will now have to be put on hold, while Boone Jenner stock will probably fall a bit.
The player elevated to the CBJ top power-play unit after Laine left the game was… Justin Danforth! In spite of coach Brad Larsen’s comments that Danforth’s first-line spot alongside Gaudreau is “in pencil,” Danforth was handed 20 minutes of ice time and first-unit power-play duties on Friday. Not exactly what we’d expected when we forecasted the Jackets, but players come out of nowhere every season. That’s part of the fun. Given Friday’s encouraging boxscore, I’m a little more interested in Danforth than I was prior to this game. That being said, Danforth will undoubtedly be on a short leash if he can’t take full advantage of this opportunity while Laine is out. (oct15)
Danforth recorded just 14 points in 45 games last season, although 10 of those points were goals. He’s a 29-year-old undrafted 5-9 forward who has spent some time in the KHL and ECHL, so he arrives with virtually no pedigree (and a potential nice story.) (oct14)
2. The Flyers have signed Travis Sanheim to an eight-year, $50 million extension. For those in salary cap leagues who need to plan ahead, this works out to a raise of just over $1.5 million per season.
This signing doesn’t have a ton of implications otherwise in fantasy leagues. To give you an idea, Sanheim was just 2% rostered in Yahoo leagues this past Thursday. From a real-life hockey perspective, the number of 7-8-year deals seem to be on the rise, with this signing and the Mattias Samuelsson contract yesterday showing as two examples of non-star players landing the big term. Teams are taking a bet that these defensemen will progress as hoped and that the cap hit will be a bargain on