Prospect Ramblings: Mid-Season Guide Gems (Jan 15 2017)

Hayden Soboleski


Digging for gold in the Dobber Mid-Season Guide in this Sunday Ramblings…



The annual DobberHockey Midseason Guide was released on Friday, giving fantasy nuts like us a wealth of information for scooping up value that often goes under-the-radar in the second half of the year. From looking at who could be seeing call-up duty to who will speed up or slow down, the guide just keeps on giving. I thought I'd give our loyal DobberProspects readers a team-by-team taste of what can be found in this wonderful publication. I strongly recommend checking out the full Guide which is absolutely jam-packed with information – you can check it out HERE – but especially for our DobberProspects readers, here is a preview of half the league:


Anaheim: "Shea Theodore went into the Christmas break a team low minus-9 but also boasting an unlucky 950 PDO. With a little more puck luck, Theodore should not only score some more points but be less of a plus/minus liability."


Arizona: "A player to keep an eye on is Perlini: he‘s collecting points and has most recently moved up to the top power-play unit. The problem is that he, Doan and Holland have done absolutely nothing at even strength. Perlini and Doan had some success with Dvorak but that experiment appears to be dead."


Boston: "Torn ligaments in his foot cost Vatrano much of the first half. He returned to play just two games before the Christmas break. Remember, Vatrano was a shot-producing beast during his rookie campaign averaging 2.53 SOG per game. Look for similar production the rest of the way."


Buffalo: "Nicholas Baptiste, RW/C – Up and down between the Sabres and Rochester Americans in his sophomore pro season, Baptiste had just two goals and no assists in his first 12 NHL games while staying near a point per AHL game with an emphasis on goals, because he thinks shoot before pass. Not a really fast skater, the 205-pounder compensates with sound positioning, and is a strong puck-carrier. He's a good bet to be recalled down the stretch, likely on the wing unless Buffalo centers keep getting hurt. The former midget and junior captain has intangibles."


Calgary: "Trending Up: Ferland is having a season in which, by the numbers, is slightly above last year. A mild improvement. But the numbers indicate that his production would get a boost simply from better puck luck. Those who own him in leagues that count hits will be happy to see some added assists forthcoming…"


Carolina: "Pesce barely saw any power-play