Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Pastrnak, Draisaitl's Contract, and the Winnipeg Jets - August 17

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

One thing that is prudent when your work and thoughts in fantasy sports are distributed through social media is to take rumours with a large grain of salt. Most never come to fruition, some do …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match: Offseason Preparation Part 1

by Rick Roos Aug 16, 2017, 8:23 am

Believe it or not, it’s now been more than two months since the Pens hoisted the Stanley Cup, which also means we’re just eight short weeks away from opening night of the 2017-18 NHL season! …

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Ramblings: Centers that Aren't Really Centers, Vrbata in Florida (Aug 16)

by Ian Gooding Aug 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Centers That Are Not Really Centers, Vrbata in Florida, plus more... First, some quick news items for the day. Hobey Baker award winner Will Butcher is expected to make his decision in a week about which team …

Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge - Isle Be Back

by Russ Aug 15, 2017, 11:11 am

  The New York Islanders missed the playoffs last season. On the positive side of the ledger, they replaced head coach Jack Capuano with Doug Weight, a change that was applauded by every Isles fan outside …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: More Dylan Strome, Colin White, Corey Crawford, Nazem Kadri and more (Aug. 15)

by Neil Parker Aug 15, 2017, 3:47 am

  Here's a quick quote about Dylan Strome's training camp from new head coach Rick Tocchet, "I don't' want him to come in and think we're going to stick him on the checking line and play three …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Fantasy Hockey Top-10: Disappointments for 2017-18

by Tom Collins Aug 14, 2017, 11:20 am

Every fantasy season is going to have its own set of disappointments. Some disappointments are injury related. Other disappointments come from trading away an underperformer before he breaks out. But the most common disappointment is when …

The Wild West

Wild West: Top-10 Right Wings for the 2017-18 Season

by Kevin Wickersham Aug 14, 2017, 8:54 am

First let me apologize for not getting back to some of you via Twitter and other formats. I’m in a very rural locale visiting family and then will be relocating for a few months, so …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Viktor Arvidsson, Alec Martinez, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Fantasy Success - August 14

by Michael Clifford Aug 13, 2017, 11:00 pm

A couple of Ramblings ago, I discussed a few players that were busts in the fantasy game last year, why they were busts, and the lessons that can be learned from those players. As always, …

20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

by Mario Prata Aug 13, 2017, 9:30 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. Wayne Simmonds turned …

Geek of the Week

Geek of the Week: Wingers

by Scott Maran Aug 13, 2017, 9:20 am

Milan Lucic's contract may be questionable, but what about his fantasy value? We’ve already gone through last year’s best fantasy goalies and defensemen so the only thing left is the forwards, right? I was originally going …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Mock Entry Draft, Explaining Connor Hellebuyck (Aug 13)

by Ian Gooding Aug 12, 2017, 11:37 pm

Mock Entry Draft, Explaining Connor Hellebuyck, plus more... For those of you in keeper leagues that have some sort of entry draft format, you may be interested in the following draft results from my keeper league. …

The Dobotomy

Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades - Los Angeles Kings

by Cam Robinson Aug 12, 2017, 11:30 am

  For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. This year, due to Dobber’s battle with cancer, he recruited Cam Robinson (of Frozen …

The Journey

The Journey: Looking Back at the 2016 NHL Draft - Part Three

by Kevin LeBlanc Aug 12, 2017, 8:42 am

In this week’s Journey, we complete a three-part series looking back on the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Part Three outlines the 10th-1st selections, and recaps each prospect’s post draft seasons and where they are on …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Theodore and Schmidt; Ovechkin, Carlson, and Oshie - August 12

by Michael Clifford Aug 11, 2017, 11:00 pm

Looking back to the expansion draft, one of the more discussed situations was what would happen with the Washington Capitals. I think most people expected one of Philipp Grubauer or Nate Schmidt to be on …

Frozen Pool Forensics

Frozen Pool Forensics: Vincent Trocheck

by Chris Liggio Aug 11, 2017, 12:11 pm

  There’s been a lot of turnover in Sunrise, Florida during the offseason and when looking at the roster, there appears to be a need from someone to step up and fill a scoring void. One …

The Dobotomy

Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades: Florida Panthers

by Cam Robinson Aug 11, 2017, 9:40 am

  Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Florida Panthers   For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. This year, due to Dobber’s battle with …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: News from Russia, Ducks Blue Line, Coyotes Youngsters and more (Aug. 11)

by Neil Parker Aug 11, 2017, 3:33 am

  After being called out for propping up the Cats in Tuesday's Ramblings, it was fitting that Florida was included in Sean McIndoe's list of five teams that could be this year's Avalanche. His assessment of …


Capped: Team By Team Buy and Sell - Part One

by Alexander MacLean Aug 10, 2017, 7:59 am

Two years ago, Chris Pudsey took a walk through each NHL team, plucking one player that you should be trying to get onto your fantasy team, and one player you should be trying to get …

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Ramblings: Martin Jones, Dylan Larkin, Alex Steen, and Fantasy Busts - August 10

by Michael Clifford Aug 9, 2017, 11:00 pm

At the risk of sounding like a freshman humanities student that just finished their first philosophy course, much of life is about continuing education and learning from mistakes. It is simplistic, and oft-repeated, but nonetheless …

The Dobotomy

Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades - Edmonton Oilers

by Cam Robinson Aug 9, 2017, 8:21 am

For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. This year, due to Dobber’s battle with cancer, he recruited Cam Robinson (of Frozen …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Bo Horvat; the Sedins; Loui Eriksson - August 9

by Michael Clifford Aug 8, 2017, 11:00 pm

Throughout the summer, I’m going team by team and reviewing the relevant fantasy performances from the 2016-17 season. Next in line is the Vancouver Canucks. It was obviously a tough campaign for Vancouver and their fans. …

Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge - Ranger Danger

by Russ Aug 8, 2017, 10:46 am

  The New York Rangers made some pretty big personnel changes this offseason. Up front, gone are top center Derek Stepan, Brandon Pirri and Oscar Lindberg. On the blueline, stalwart defensemen Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Aaron Ekblad, Alexander Nylander and more (Aug. 8)

by Neil Parker Aug 8, 2017, 3:40 am

  Aaron Ekblad declared himself 100 percent healthy last week, which is a huge positive for the Panthers. Despite Florida's surprising lack of offseason additions to its forward ranks, the defense corps is impressive. That blue …

The Wild West

Wild West: Best Centers in the West for 2017-18

by Kevin Wickersham Aug 7, 2017, 8:16 am

Just which centers are best for fantasy depends on your league. It’s a very close call for many. Sometimes top scorers have poor plus/minus, penalty, hits or blocked shots stats rendering them less valuable in …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Nazem Kadri - August 7

by Michael Clifford Aug 6, 2017, 11:00 pm

Throughout the summer, I’m going through each team alphabetically to review the relevant fantasy performances in 2016-17, and what that could mean for 2017-18. The next team on the list – at the risk of …