Chara, Subban, and Yandle retreat; MacKinnon’s new contract; Drafts Targets Past Pick #100 (September 21) – DobberHockey

Yesterday, in the space of an hour, we had retirement announcements for three excellent defenders in the last two decades, with Zdeno Chara, Subban PKY Keith Yandle everyone hanging their skates.

Chara leaves as the all-time leader among defensemen, a 2011 cup winner and virtually insured for the Hall of Fame. Yandle leaves as the NHL’s Iron-man record holder and having led an extremely successful career as a point producer from the blue line. In the meantime, Subban PK he retires at just 33 years old, with back injuries that robbed him of the explosiveness that defined his game in the early years, culminating in a Norris Trophy.

All in all, a huge chunk of recent hockey history came to an end yesterday, and as fans and fantasy GMs, we can all appreciate how much these three brought to the game through their terrific careers.


Nathan Mackinnon he signed an extension that makes him the highest-paid player (based on salary cap) in the league next season. His new salary cap will be $12.6 million, and it will still be a very fair number for him in fantasy leagues. My projections had a spread for him above $13 million per year, and since the cap is expected to rise rapidly, this deal may not even age bad as it hits the last few years. Meanwhile, Colorado’s depth may take a bit of a hit in the short term, but then again, they’ve never paid their depth players too much, and they have some young players ready to take on bigger roles.

Accepting a cap hit just $100,000 more than the highest-paid current player in Connor McDavid it’s also the kind of superiority we get with super competitive players like MacKinnon.


the scandela frame injury news (hip surgery, out at least six months) means there’s a little more opportunity for scott perunovich to hold onto the third matchup spot on the left side, however, Nikko Mikkola has the bigger contract and will give him a nice push. Perunovich could still be a good low buy early in the year if he starts off slow.


Last week I did a preliminary rundown of all the top 100 players and how I feel about selecting them to start ordering my rankings for the year. In the end, I promised to cover some of my key guys that I’ll be looking at outside of the top 100, so let’s get right into that.

Again, I’m going to run past fantrax ADP to organize the players from the beginning, as it is a much better base than Yahoo. All of my leagues include hits, shots, and power play points with some value variance, among a few other stats. I’ll take those base stats into consideration along with a primary focus on points.

range 101-200

Vicente Trocheck (ADP – 127): The new Rangers center has an easy route to becoming a top 50 player in multi-tier leagues, as he should now be on the top power play and playing alongside him. artemi panarin in all situations he should push his point total higher than ever in Carolina.

boone jenner (153): Another multi-cat stud, but also…

michael bunting (156): Bunting was a top 100 player last year, and since he’s no longer a “rookie” now, he could even see his ice time increase by more than 16 minutes per game, which could bring both his total points as excellent peripherals. , higher still.

jakob chychrun (170): He may be drafted higher than this in a lot of leagues, and the fact that he has injury issues and a short history of scoring success may scare some of you, but at this point in the draft there will be no defense on the board with more immediate advantage than Chychrun, guaranteed. You win your leagues with picks like this, and if they go off, well, you haven’t lost that much anyway.

tanner jeannot/Seth Jarvis/pavel francouz: I’ve talked quite a bit about these three in the last few months. They’ll be on quite a few of my teams this year, and I’ll all be taking them before their ADPs at 170.

Matthew Beniers (179): Abbreviated success in the NHL, frontline center, well insulated with quality two-way wingers. Another one of those upward selections that could serve you very right.

Ryan O’Reilly (182): On the flip side of the Beniers option, we have the safe 60-70 center with two shots per game (though limited in the other peripheral columns). Whichever way you decide to go, the bottom line is that you can easily fill centers closer to the 200 pick, so unless you have a top three pick, think carefully about whether you need that center you’re considering in the part higher. -100 this year.


Jakub Voracek (210): Can I interest you in a 65 point winger who is about to give 25 power play points and you can have him after you pick 200 because nobody likes Blue Jackets?

david krejci (223): Here’s another one of those back centers that you can have. The year will start between taylor room Y David Pastrnack. Those two dragged Erik Haula to be a points-per-game player at his center, so Krejci should have no problem keeping up regardless of age or year out of the NHL.

Nino Niederreiter (234): Maybe there’s a little bit of the Preds home run in me shining through here, but I’m looking for him to play more than 16 minutes a game for the first time since his 53-point campaign in 2018-19 (split between MIN/CAR) . He is also likely to play alongside the passing center first in Ryan Johansen, and will be locked in the top six all year. Oh, and he also had 119 hits last year and joins the team that hit the most overall last season.

I know Cliffy just wrote about Nino yesterday and how he’s in a battle with Eeli Tolvanen for the LW2 spot, but I think we are more likely to see Tolvanen fighting with his young partner Philip Tomasino for the position of RW2.


rosscolton (348): Colton may only have 109 NHL games under his belt, but depending on how playoff games factor into the breakout threshold, he may be less than a half-season away from his jump in production. Last year he had 40 points while playing less than 13 minutes a game, and this season there is an opportunity to get extra time on the ice with the top six due to injuries and offseason departures. A jump to 55 points would be in line with breaking him, but that may end up being more second-half pace than full-season pace. Racking up 200 shots and 200 hits wouldn’t be out of the question with the added ice time either.

Alexander Holtz (390): There’s a top nine spot for Holtz on the wing this year, and in the past year he’s looked increasingly ready to stay in the NHL. With some excellent passers on the team, Holtz and his ability to throw the puck into the net from just about anywhere should have an easier time adjusting to being a full-time scorer at the NHL level.

dylan cozens (426): This feels like one of those excellent post-hype shoots we all feel we should have seen coming. the previous 7the The overall pick could be a fixture in the top six this year that has more back end support and a little more scoring ability on the wings as well. especially with Peyton Krebs and Jack Quinn were hoping to make an impact, the doors are open for Buffalo’s youngsters to really take over the offensive side of the puck for the team.

Well, there you have it. The rest of the key guys that will probably be on my watchlist/queue to realistically get drafted into my fantasy teams.


If instead of preparing for the draft, your head is still in the clouds from the offseason thinking about your rebuild and what it will look like in three years, then maybe this article is more to your liking:


In the meantime you can find me at Twitter @alexdmaclean if you have any questions or comments about fantasy hockey. See you next wednesday!

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