Prospect Ramblings – First goals and Looking back on our Prospect Draft (Nov 20 2016)

Hayden Soboleski


A plethora of first NHL goals and reflecting our our scouts' Prospect Draft in this Sunday Ramblings…


Because I have a soft spot for the topic, I want to open this Ramblings with some NHL firsts. These kids worked incredibly hard to get to the NHL and are now being rewarded.


Vincent Hinostroza got his first NHL goal) against the Canucks last night, working hard to get his own rebound.

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In his first NHL game, Drake Caggiula also got his first NHL point last night – a beauty assist against the Stars.

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Mikko Rantanen finally has his first NHL goal, he has looked good so hopefully this opens the floodgates.



Kevin Labanc netted his first NHL goal this week as well. This is why you always put the puck on net fast.



Pontus Aberg showed us his wrister for a memorable first NHL goal of his own:

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pontus Aberg shows off his wrister for his first career NHL goal. <a href="">#Preds</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mark Harris (@MCHisTweeting) <a href="">November 18, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Less flashy but still just as important – William Carrier deflected home his first NHL tally.

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Hindsight is always 20/20, but its good to look back on what we've done to realize our strengths and avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Prior to the season, I posted Ramblings covering the DobberProspects Fantasy Hockey League (DPFHL) – an incredibly deep pool that included a thorough prospect draft. You can find the draft lists in my old Ramblings HERE. I thought I wold take a look back at this draft list and see who are standing out so far as draft steals (in my opinion, its too soon to call anyone a dud).


As a recap, here'e how the first round shook out for our scouts:

1: New Jersey Devils – Auston Matthews 13: Buffalo Sabres – Matt Murray
2: Montreal Canadiens – Jesse Puljujarvi 14: Arizon Coyotes – Christian Dvorak
3: WInnipeg Jets – Patrick Laine 15: Chicago Blackhawks – Matt Barzal
4: LA Kings – Mitch Marner 16: Columbus Blue Jackets – Zach Werenski
5: Florida Panthers – William Nylander 17: Colorado Avalanche (via CGY) – Thatcher Demko
6: Washingston Capitals – Dylan Strome 18: Ottawa Senators – Nick Ritchie
7: San Jose Sharks – Matthew Tkachuk 19: Calgary Flames (via COL) – Jon Gillies
8: Tampa Bay – Sebatian Aho 20: Toronto Maple Leafs – Shea Theodore
9: Dallas Stars – Kyle Connor 21: St. Louis Blues – Stephen Johns
10: Pittsburgh Penguins – Mikko Rantanen 22: San Jose Shaks (via CAR) – Timo Meier
11: Edmonton Oilers – Pierre-Luc Dubois 23: Minnesota Wild – Pavel Zacha
12: Vancouver Canucks – Ivan Provorov 24: Nashville Predators – Jakub Vrana


– Getting Laine third overall was ridiculous, but in the long term Puljujarvi may narrow the current gap in dividends on that move. 

– There's no way Werenski would fall to 16th if this draft were repeated today, this was an excellent pick that I know all of us in that area of the draft order were hoping we could make. 

– Lots of picks expected to have immediate impacts haven't done so yet, so owners selecting Strome, Barzal, Theodore, and Vrana may be slightly disappointed at this point in the season. Long-term these owners probably wont regret anything, since these are very talent players and solid picks.


Onto the second round:

25: Nashiville – Brett Ritchie 37: Vancouver – Jakub Chychrun
26: Minnesota – Mikhail Sergachev 38: Edmonton – Jake Bean
27: Carolina – Clayton Keller 39: Pittsburgh – Travis Sanheim
28: St. Louis – Julius Honka 40: Dallas – Brandon Montour
29: Toronto – Lawson Crouse 41: Tampa Bay – Travis Konecny
30: Columbus (via COL) – Esa Lindell 42: San Jose – Tyson Jost
31: Ottawa – Mike Matheson 43: Washington – Ryan Pulock
32: Calgary – Brock Boeser 44: Florida – Logan Brown
33: Columbus – Alex Nylander 45: LA – Anthony DeAngelo
34: Chicago – Olli Juolevi 46: Winnipeg – Michael Dal Colle
35: Arizona – Colin White 47: Montreal – Juuse Saros
36: Buffalo – Oliver Bjorkstrand 48: New Jersey – Malcom Subban*


– Travis Koneckny is the obvious steal here and would probably go in Round 1 in retrospect. Immediate production and looks like a lock to stay in the top-six for a long time.

– Mike Matheson is another absolute gem here in terms of immediate production, our Managing Editor Peter Harling gets to gloat about that pick.


As for the later rounds:

– I snagged Jimmy Vesey in the 3rd round which I am very happy with so far, as well as Connor Brown in round four who paid dividends earlier this week

– Joel Erikson Ek also fell to the 3rd round, but looks to have NHL-ready hockey senses already

– Anthony Beauvillier was taken in round 4 by our ever-shrewd Pens scout and Associate Editor Mark Allan


There you have it, even us nuts who spend most of our days following and scouting fantasy hockey leave room to sneak the occasional diamond in the rough past us, which is just fine by me. What's the fun in drafting if everyone already knows the future?



As always, thank you for reading and best of luck in your fantasy leagues of all sorts.

Hayden Soboleski






Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Zayne Parekh 9.0 8.0
Gabriel Eliasson 6.0 2.0
Tory Pitner 5.0 5.0
Charlie Forslund 5.5 4.0
Liam Danielsson 5.0 3.5
Timur Kol 4.0 5.0
Viggo Gustafsson 4.5 5.5
Marcus Gidlöf 6.5 3.0
Kim Saarinen 6.0 4.5
Gian Meier 4.0 5.0