DobberProspects Fantasy Mailbag: April Edition

Cam Robinson

2017-04-18

DobberProspect’s Fantasy Mailbag

April Edition

 

Another regular season complete and another fantasy season in the books. Maybe you won, maybe you didn’t, but that won’t change your insatiable thirst to get a leg up on your competitors. Now is the time to start digging into the coming pool of draft eligibles, and scouring the various pro and junior circuits looking for the next young player to break through early and often.

 

With those searches come questions, and each month we at DobberProspects will do our best to answer those questions.

 

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Question: “In a Points-Only, keeper league setup, who do you prefer between Thomas Chabot and Charlie McAvoy?”

 

Answer: The clash of the top defenders from this latest World Junior Championship is an oft-asked question.

 

Chabot is a terrific two-way defender who has put up significant numbers in the QMJHL the last three seasons. He has a propensity for showing up in big games, possesses the size, speed, smarts and vision to be a solid all-around pro with a nice offensive upside. He’s a lefty, which bodes well for his potential of climbing into a top pairing role with Ottawa next to Erik Karlsson.

 

However, his path is not so clear in gaining a foothold on the prime ice for the Senators. Dion Phaneuf is the lefty on the second power play unit and the top unit is often home to the four forward, one defenseman scheme. Chabot is a fantastic player and those guys usually find a way to earn their ice and produce some numbers but I’m not certain we’re looking at a premier fantasy asset down the line. A safe bet to be a solid own, however.

 

Meanwhile, Charlie McAvoy is already showcasing his talent in the NHL playoffs this spring with the Bruins and is turning heads. He, too, owns all the tools to be a minute-munching all-purpose defender who can run a man-advantage or break up zone entries with the best of them.

 

His path towards primo ice is far clearer, though. McAvoy is already seeing time on the top unit with incumbent Torey Krug on the shelf for a few weeks. This mini-audition at the most crucial time of year will go a long way in earning the respect of his mates and coaches as he heads into his rookie campaign in 2017-18.

 

Like Krug, McAvoy is a right-handed player but is a clear threat to the former’s position as the team’s top option from the backend. For that reason alone, I’m taking McAvoy.


 

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