Hockey Rambling

Rambings: Jordan Weal, Shea Theodore and deal analysis (June 23)

by Neil Parker Jun 23, 2017, 2:07 am

  Jordan Weal is going to go Jonathan Marchessault on the NHL next season … if he lands in the right spot. A team should -- and probably will -- sign Weal to a modest salary …

The Dobotomy

Fantasy Breakdown: The Vegas Golden Knights Roster - Defensemen and Goaltenders

by Dobber Jun 22, 2017, 2:40 pm

Further to my post earlier today on the forwards (read it here), here are the defensemen and goaltenders for the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas loaded up on defensemen with the strategy that they would use them …

The Dobotomy

Fantasy Breakdown: The Vegas Golden Knights Roster - Forwards

by Dobber Jun 22, 2017, 1:48 pm

This year’s expansion process is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Prior expansion teams were selected without worrying about a salary cap. They didn’t have Cap Friendly to run through hundreds of mock scenarios. They …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Jordan Eberle Traded to New York Islanders for Ryan Strome

by Michael Clifford Jun 22, 2017, 12:26 pm

Two players with seemingly worn out welcomes in their respective franchises were traded for each other on Thursday afternoon. The long-rumoured Jordan Eberle trade occurred, with the Edmonton right winger being shipped to the New …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Expansion Draft: Western Conference Teams

by Ian Gooding Jun 22, 2017, 8:34 am

Breaking down team by team how the expansion draft affects the Western Conference team by team The Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft on Thursday was a unique event in that it had an impact on every …

Capped

Capped: Analyzing the Vegas Golden Knights

by Alexander MacLean Jun 22, 2017, 7:41 am

The Vegas team selection was very entertaining, however the excitement was actually spread out over the course of the afternoon (if you were paying attention). The NHL really has to figure out how to deal …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Expansion Draft; Marian Hossa's Future; NHL Awards - June 22

by Michael Clifford Jun 21, 2017, 11:00 pm

Late Tuesday night (or early Wednesday morning), some rumours started swirling around social media that Marian Hossa would be out for the 2017-18 season, and possibly had played his final NHL game. The genesis here …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Age and Fantasy Success Part 1: Defensemen

by Rick Roos Jun 21, 2017, 7:52 am

At what age does a defenseman's production typically peak? While doing offseason evaluations and preparations, one of the biggest questions/concerns among poolies is when a player they own will peak (or whether he’s already peaked). Avid …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Let's Go To Vegas, Hossa, Doan (June 21)

by Ian Gooding Jun 21, 2017, 12:34 am

Let's Go To Vegas, Hossa, Doan, plus more... It’s the eve of an event that I’ve eagerly been awaiting all season. Players will be flying into Vegas while the hockey world holds its breath. Who will …

Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson - No. 148 - How You Drouin?

by Elan Dubrofsky Jun 20, 2017, 3:45 pm

  Welcome to another summer series episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast! Before we get to the content, you might have heard that our friend Darryl Dobbs (aka Dobber) recently announced that he has been …

Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge - Something’s Bruin

by Russ Jun 20, 2017, 11:05 am

  Heading into last season, the Boston Bruins were looking like a team in transition. The shelves appeared relatively barren of prospects with only a dented can of SpaghettiOs sitting at the very back of the …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Looking at UFAs and Being George McPhee (June 20)

by Neil Parker Jun 20, 2017, 4:10 am

  Here is a quick run through four upcoming unrestricted free agents.   Kevin Shattenkirk   Things obviously didn't go as planned in the playoffs for Washington, and Shattenkirk wasn't a perfect fit with the Capitals. However, he was still …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Top 10 Trade Candidates with Fantasy Implications

by Tom Collins Jun 19, 2017, 11:00 am

Many fantasy general managers were disappointed with the lack of NHL trades this past weekend. Not only were we expecting plenty of movement, but a player’s value spikes tremendously immediately after a deal. Now that the …

The Wild West

2017 Offseason Outlook: Nashville and Chicago

by Kevin Wickersham Jun 19, 2017, 8:23 am

Leading up to the NHL Entry Draft we’ve been examining each Western Conference squad’s offseason priorities, emphasizing points-only pool production with some peripheral considerations, and highlighting potential breakout candidates. We started in the cellar points-wise …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Expansion Lists; Ryan Kesler; Cory Schneider; Jordan Eberle - June 19

by Michael Clifford Jun 18, 2017, 11:00 pm

On Sunday, all 30 NHL teams currently with rosters submitted their protected lists for the Expansion Draft. A few notes on this before delving into some important names: Vegas has reiterated a few times that just …

20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

by Mario Prata Jun 18, 2017, 9:00 am

Every Sunday this off-season, we'll share 20 Fantasy Thoughts from our writers at Dobber Hockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's "Daily Ramblings". Contributors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford and Neil Parker   1. Nathan Beaulieu heads …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Vegas Freeze, More Habs/Bolts Trade Talk (June 18)

by Ian Gooding Jun 17, 2017, 11:59 pm

Vegas Freeze, More Habs/Bolts Trade Talk, plus more... UPDATE: The expansion draft protection list has now been released! View it here.  What a day it was. We saw a mini-flurry of deals before the pre-expansion draft trade …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Mike Smith Traded to the Calgary Flames

by Michael Clifford Jun 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

The Achilles’ Heel of Calgary’s 2016-17 season was undoubtedly their goaltending. Chad Johnson did what he could early in the season, but his play trailed off, and Brian Elliott was infrequently able to capture the …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Nathan Beaulieu Traded to the Buffalo Sabres

by Michael Clifford Jun 17, 2017, 2:27 pm

Among the names rumoured to be on the block heading into the trade freeze before the expansion draft was Montreal Canadiens defenceman Nathan Beaulieu. He was indeed traded by the Habs to the Buffalo Sabres …

The Journey

The Journey - Fastest Rising Forward Prospects (June 2017)

by Michael Clifford Jun 17, 2017, 10:00 am

The Journey examines Dobber’s Top 200 Forward Prospects List, and assesses the fast risers in the June rankings. Clayton Keller takes over the top spot in this month’s rankings and there is a ton of …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Arizona Coyotes Acquire Nick Cousins

by Michael Clifford Jun 17, 2017, 7:00 am

What was expected to be a busy day trade-wise in the NHL ended up being a slow one, but we did get one deal. It was a relatively minor deal, but a trade nonetheless, as …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Drouin; Despres Bought Out; Oilers Performers - June 17

by Michael Clifford Jun 16, 2017, 11:00 pm

Despite the apparent likelihood of Jonathan Drouin being traded this offseason, it’s still jarring when seeing a player that young, with that much upside, being shipped out of town. We know the reasons why, but …

Frozen Pool Forensics

Frozen Pool Forensics - Potential Breakout Players: Part 1

by Cam Robinson Jun 16, 2017, 11:45 am

  Boy that went quickly; another season completed and another Stanley Cup victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not too shabby considering they were without their top defenseman in Kris Letang. Kudos to the Pens, but now …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Habs-Bolts followup, Scott Darling's breakout and more (June 16)

by Neil Parker Jun 16, 2017, 1:05 am

  First, if you missed Mike's coverage of the Jonathan Doruin-Mikhail Sergachev deal or Phil Housley being announced as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, check those out:   Montreal-Tampa deal Buffalo Hires Housley   ***   A few quick notes on …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Tampa Bay Trades Jonathan Drouin to Montreal for Mikhail Sergachev

by Michael Clifford Jun 15, 2017, 5:20 pm

Rumblings had been there for days (weeks?) that Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin would be traded to Montreal, with the likely return including Alex Galchenyuk. Those wouldn’t be the only pieces of the deal, but they …