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. It’s fun to see the great players add new elements to their games, and continue to evolve in their dominance. Sidney Crosby had a similar period a few years into his career, when he started shooting more (peaking at 3.9 per game), and suddenly became a Rocket Richard contender. Entering Saturday action, Connor McDavid, with 15 goals in as many games, was doing the same thing, up to 4.0 shots per game this season and 3.9 last year. The difference this year though is that he was shooting 25%. Crosby in his peak year shot 20%, and McDavid last year shot 14%, which is close to his career average of 15%. At best, McDavid plays 82 games, shoots 3.9 times per game, and scores on 20% of them, which would put him at around 80 goals. At worst, he tails off to his career average shooting percentage, and the volume drops a bit, putting him into 50-goal territory. If he’s healthy all season though, I would be surprised if he didn’t at least hit 60. (nov9)
2. My expecta2. My expectation was that the Golden Knights could be a bubble playoff team in 2022-23, so long as key guys like Jack Eichel and Mark Stone stayed healthy. To this point, they look much more than just a bubble playoff team: their 13 wins (tied with Boston) lead the league. Not only do they look destined for the playoffs, but they look like genuine Cup contenders in a topsy-turvy Western Conference.
The big story is obviously Logan Thompson. Injuries to Robin Lehner and Laurent Brossoit forced the 25-year-old into a starting role with just 20 NHL games of experience. To date, he’s posted a .934 save percentage, fifth among all goalies with at least five starts. Keeping up anywhere close to this level will make Vegas a force in the West.
Eichel’s resurgence is also a big story here. He has 19 points in 16 games and is now skating more per night with Stone on his right wing. With the Misfits line providing secondary scoring, Eichel-Stone are proving a formidable top duo.
Staying healthy has been big for this team. Jonathan Marchessault