Prospect Ramblings: Explaining my Top 10 Keeper League Prospect list (Jun 16)

Paul Zwambag

2016-06-16

2016 Prospect Report Cover

The offseason is here, but the ramblings continue…

With the Dobber Prospect Report available now. I am going to ramble/defend my Top 10 keeper league prospect list that can be found in the prospect Report, along with the next 40, as well as a group of writer's lists. (Any prospect who hasn't played a single NHL game)

1

Patrik Laine

In fantasy hockey, there are very few left wingers with Laine's talent. He is going to impress from the very first game in the NHL. He is fitting into a team that is much better than a second overall pick usually starts their career with. Winnipeg won the lottery move from sixth overall to second.

2

Auston Matthews

Matthews is a generational talent, but the centre position is so deep in fantasy hockey, that I moved him down from his NHL mock draft first overall position to second on purely being a centre. If he was a winger he would be back at the top of the list. Position value is key in keeper leagues, especially at the top of the drafts.

3

Jesse Puljujarvi

Columbus has been rumoured that they are willing to move down in the draft this year. Puljujarvi could use his size a little bit better, but once he figures that out, he will be a dominant presence in every zone, he also brings incredible hockey sense and is a terrific setup guy. His injury could be scaring the Blue Jackets front office, but how can Kekaläinen pass on a fellow countryman who has an NHL level shot.

4

Mitch Marner

Marner is in a tough spot here, so many different opinions of being NHL-ready or back to the OHL for another year. He dominated at every level (regular season, playoffs, Memorial Cup). Returning to London could mean leading his team to back-to-back OHL Champs and MC champs and becoming an impact player at the World Juniors. What are the chances Leafs keep him after the nine game mark this fall?

5

Kyle Connor

Connor signed his first contract with the Jets in April, he will not be relied upon to carry his team in offense, but can learn the NHL game from a second or third line roster spot and still put up points as a rookie. Connor is an incredible skater who possesses top end speed. Like Laine, Connor comes to a team with already top talent surrounding him. Should fit in nicely with this Jets roster.