Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: Dahlin vs. Hughes vs. Fox; Possible Busts; Kuzmenko; Chabot; Ovechkin; Montour & More

Rick Roos


Welcome back to another edition of the Roos Lets Loose monthly mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions by giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question(s) answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it/them to me as well as the details you should provide when sending. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included in the mailbag, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.

Question #1 (from DobberHockey Forums)

I'm in the later stages of a rebuild and now focusing on my goaltending. I like having handcuffs (e.g., I own Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark) but I realize this is not always possible, plus in my league we start two goalies but both cannot be from the same team. My most important goalie statistic is wins, meaning the team matters in some cases as much or more than the specific goalie. Long story short, if I wish to compete as early as next year which goalie should I target from this list: Filip Gustavsson, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Cam Talbot, Jesper Wallstedt, Anton Forsberg, Cayden Primeau?

This is an interesting list, as it runs the gamut from a grey beard in Talbot, to a not so young goalie who only last season started to have an impact in Forsberg, to three youngsters in the NHL whose fates in the next few seasons could range from starter, to back-up, to out of the NHL in Gustavsson, Luukkonen, and Primeau, to another who's yet to even play in the NHL in Wallstedt.

Talbot is a UFA to be; however, he would be 36 before the puck drops for 2023-24 and I'm not sure he could get a starting job for a team next season when there will be other similar UFA choices in terms of age and perceived skill level like Semyon Varlamov</