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Dobber, Ian Gooding, Mike Clifford and Cam Robinson take turns providing daily ramblings. They cover a wide range of topics including the latest hockey developments as well as some deeper thoughts to help you with your fantasy hockey teams. You can be assured that when you wake up in the morning there will be a new rambling on the main page ready for you to indulge.

Eastern Edge: Fantasy hockey takeaways – Part 3

By |2020-06-02T18:28:35-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

In this week’s Eastern Edge, I’ll continue highlighting important fantasy hockey takeaways for each team in the Eastern Conference. I tried to include information from the 2019-2020 campaign that may be forgotten during this extended offseason. Hopefully, these reminders will be useful when NHL action eventually resumes. This is the third of five* installments, where [...]

Ramblings: Looking at the major awards – June 2

By |2020-06-01T21:08:47-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Sunday night I was able to hop on the Steve Laidlaw Podcast with, you guessed it, Steve Laidlaw. More recent readers may not remember him, but he was an associate editor here at Dobber for many years, and with the recent, let’s say, downtime we’ve been experiencing, he started his own podcast. We talked about [...]

Ramblings – How the NHL’s ‘No New Contracts That Include 2019-20’ Rule Gives Some Teams an Edge (June 1)

By |2020-06-01T00:13:54-04:00June 1st, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Announcement: The Fantasy Prospects Report (13th Edition) will be released on Friday June 12. I have decided to go ahead and release this on that date because I didn’t want to delay the announcement any longer. If the Draft is on June 26 then you will be able to use this with plenty of time [...]

Ramblings: Top Plus Minuses – Slavin, Nichushkin, Chara (June 1)

By |2020-05-31T01:44:21-04:00May 31st, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the fantasy impact of the NHL’s return to play plan. I’m not just promoting it because I wrote it, but also because we at Dobber Hockey would like you to look at it if you have to make a decision about your fantasy season. If [...]

Ramblings: Top Frozen Tools Searches – Fiala, Nugent-Hopkins, Thomas (May 30)

By |2020-05-30T00:39:14-04:00May 30th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Hello, hope you’re doing well. Here is Evander Kane’s interview with ESPN First Take, where he discusses his take on the recent events in Minneapolis: Good on Kane for using his voice to encourage star athletes to speak out against racism not only in the sports world, but also society at large. Akim Aliu’s [...]

Ramblings: Low Plus Minus – Athanasiou, Hronek, Labanc (May 29)

By |2020-05-29T00:44:27-04:00May 29th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

In case you missed it, I wrote about the NHL’s return to play plan. This article was intended as a follow-up to Dobber’s article from March on the NHL season being paused. Developing a contingency plan to finish a season that was cut short because of a pandemic wasn’t something we expected to do when [...]

Ramblings: NHL’s Return to Play; injured players; Kaprizov; Bjugstad surgery – May 28

By |2020-05-27T23:37:30-04:00May 28th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Gary Bettman had a virtual press conference on Tuesday to announce parts of the NHL’s Return to Play plan. Readers can head to to read up on the playoff format, the draft lottery, and a few other details about the RTP. Anyone who has read my Ramblings knows where I stand on this. I [...]

Ramblings: Young Defenders On The Rise, The Playoffs Are Coming! And So Is Alexander Holtz (May 27)

By |2020-05-26T22:13:32-04:00May 26th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

The big news in the world of hockey is the Return to Play directives have been decided. And along with them, the draft lottery and time of the draft. Hallelujah!  The league officially welcomed in the 24-team ‘post-season’ plan which will feature 16 squads battling it out in a best-of-five series to earn the right [...]

Ramblings: New phase for NHL return; playoff format; future Wild Card games – May 26

By |2020-05-25T12:57:59-04:00May 26th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

We’re starting to get some details about the NHL roll-out for playoffs. We saw the 24-team format (in some manner) get approved last week while the actual protocols for returning to practice are starting to leak out. Readers can just flip through this tweet thread from Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston for more details. Limited contact, a [...]

Ramblings: Crawford a Play-in Threat? Larkin Still Top 100? (May 24)

By |2020-05-24T01:12:30-04:00May 24th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

On the new website, you may have noticed that the Dobber 2020 Playoff Draft List is now available. Go ahead and preorder yours. It will be available for download once playoff dates are announced. So if Dobber has the Playoff Draft List for sale, the playoffs must be a go. Right? We still don’t know [...]