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. Whether or not you like analyst Craig Button, he had a big take about Bo Horvat this past week, saying Horvat was done in Vancouver. Now, a lot of people immediately took that a step too far, thinking he’s going to be traded tomorrow. While it’s not impossible, it’s as close as you can get. I think what Button is alluding to, is that Horvat’s negotiations have not gone well, and may force Vancouver’s hand by opting for free agency. If the Canucks are not in the playoffs come March and the trade deadline, then there’s a very serious discussion to be had about whether he gets traded at that point or not.
If he does get moved, Horvat is the kind of player that could turn almost any playoff team into a very real threat to go all the way. He scored again last night, adding two assists, and bringing this season’s point total to 20 in 17 games. His underlying numbers really aren’t far out of line either. The shooting percentage is a touch high, but it’s only an extra goal or two that he has added as a result. He has grown into a point-per-game center that will win 1000 faceoffs and adds over three shots per game. There aren’t many of those around. (nov16)
2. You were able to take a rest from your doubts about Thatcher Demko, at least for one game. Demko made 37 saves in a 4-1 Canucks win, which was just his second win of the season. Demko had posted just one quality start prior to Friday, and this was actually his first game (in 12 GP) where he has allowed fewer than three goals. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where Demko and Spencer Martin have alternated starts over the Canucks’ last 10 games. I’m not at the “drop Demko” point yet, and Friday’s start certainly showed shades of Demko from last season in a game where the Canucks were outshot. You may want to keep him on your bench for the short term, though, as the Canucks have some tough matchups ahead against Vegas (x2) and Colorado next week. (nov19)
3. Eric Comrie, who has grabbed the starting goalie job for the Sabres, is expected to be sidelined for several weeks. That leaves