Prospect Ramblings: Mid-season Guide Gems (part 2)

Hayden Soboleski


Combing through the second half of the Dobberhockey Midseason Guide in this Sunday Ramblings…


Last week I gave readers a glimpse into the first half of the DobberHockey Midseason Guide – an invaluable tool released recently that will give all fantasy owners an edge as the season starts winding down. Mike Reilly being recalled by Minnesota? That was predicted in the Midseason Guide. Jordan Subban in Vancouver? Yep. Jujhar Khaira in Edmonton? Of course. Nashville's waiver pickup Brad Hunt? Yeah there's a profile on what to expect from him in there too (albeit in the St. Louis section). DobberHockey and DobberProspects writers have your back when it comes to your fantasy hockey leagues and we put out the content to prove that we are ahead of the game. I highly recommend getting your guide sooner rather than later to get the most out of the 160-page almanac.


It wouldn't be very fair of me to provide sneak peeks of only half the teams featured in the guide, so this week I'll provide some tidbit for the second alphabetical half. These ones are on the house:


Los Angeles: "Adrian Kempe, LW – The tools are all there for Kempe. He has size, speed, above average skill and works hard in all areas of the ice. However, the point production for a player of his talents has not quite materialized yet. The adjustment to the straight lines of the North American game is in progress but more time is needed."


Minnesota: "A spike in usage on November 25 has sparked an offensive surge from Jason Zucker that includes an increase in shot volume. He fired 33 SOG in 14 December contests, an average of well over two per game. Zucker is on pace for 148 SOG but should finish closer to 175 if the December pace continues."


Montreal: "Lehkonen and Carr see closer to 40% offensive zone starts but they also see the opposition‘s weaker lines. Lehkonen helps to drive possession though, while Carr has posted a -5.7 relative Corsi."


Nashville: "Trending Up: Sissons (5.6%), Fiala (5.7%) and Subban (6.3%) are the three lowest regulars when it comes to 5on5 SH%. It implies that had the pucks been going in at the regular rate then their point totals could have increased by as much as 40 percent."


New Jersey: "Surprisingly, college alum Miles Wood leads the Devils on highest quality of competition faced (albeit in limited action). That explains why he has a team-low relative Corsi of -8.5. He put up solid numbers for Boston College in his one year there (35 points in 37 games). Seeing him being used in such a difficult role bodes well for his future potential as an NHL regular."


Long Island: "Prince started the year with three two-point efforts in his first seven games and has cooled off significantly since. Simply put, he is getting third-line minutes and the Islanders lack the secondary scorers to help Prince stay on the right path. His numbers to date, including three points in four games to end 2016, hint he is one hot streak away from looking like a fantasy-relevant player."


New York: "Ryan Graves, D – Graves is one of the fastest risers in the Rangers system, and is currently playing his way into a potential call-up in the not too distant future. The young defenseman has shown a propensity for putting pucks in the net, finishing his final junior season with 15 goals, and his first professional season a year ago with nine. This season for Hartford, Graves is on pace to finish with double digit goals, and upwards of 40 points. Given that the Rangers have traded a good amount of their prospects and draft picks in recent seasons, it's good to see one of their middle round selections with the trajectory towards an NHL roster spot."


Ottawa: "Despite being a total non-factor offensively thus far, Ceci should not be forgotten just yet. He had 26 points last year with 18 of them coming in his final 42 games, good for a 35-point pace. He has seen a massive increase in overall ice time this year and is also seeing more time on the power play. Keep an eye on him as h