Prospects Ramblings: Prospects from the Combine, Calder Cup and recent signings

Peter Harling


It is Prospect and draft guide season! The DobberProspects team is proud to release the 11th annual edition of the DobberHockey Fantasy Prospect Report. This is only my second time contributing to the guide and this time I contributed all the draft eligible profiles and charts and rankings.

If you have purchased the guide in the past, you know what to expect. If not, here is an idea:

Top 50 charts – a consensus ranking of the top 50 prospects to never play a NHL regular season game.

Top 25 goalies – compare Dobbers list to senior writer Jason Banks

Team prospect profiles – 30 teams top prospects and what you need to know

The top 100 2017 NHL Draft prospects profiles – The who’s who for the 2017 draft

2017 NHL draft charts – Top goal scorers, best power forwards, top playmakers and much more

Top 25 2017 Draft forwards – Compare Dobbers rankings to mine

Here is a sample of some of the draft profiles

Conor Timmins, RD (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)

Timmins may be one of the closest to ready for NHL defencemen from the ’17 draft. He missed the ’16 draft by a few days so he is one of the older players, he plays a consistent two-way game and brings some intensity to the defensive end of the ice with his high compete level. He is a very smart player who reacts and reads plays well. He is an elite puck mover and can drive transition and run a powerplay as a puck distributor. At 6-1 he plays above his size as he can deliver big open ice hits and clears traffic in front of his goal. With two NHL drafted defencemen who are older on the Greyhounds roster ahead of to start the year, Timmins was the top defenceman by seasons end.

Upside: Physical offensive defenceman (Ryan McDonagh) 10-25-35 +60 PIM

Ostap Safin, RW (HC Sparta, CzechU20)

Safin is a hulking winger that played all over the Czech league levels, and represented the Czech at the Hlinka and U18. Not only does Safin have ideal size, he has excellent skating and offensive skill. His hockey sense is also good, but at times can take a dumb penalty. There are some concerns about his compete level and commitment to defence. Safin is a true power forward that can go through players, drop his shoulder and drive the net hard. He is a handful along the boards and in the cycle, but can also read plays and make creative and skillful passes.  

Comparable (Milan Lucic) 20-30-50 +80 PIM


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For those of us in deep keeper leagues this is an important time of year to pay attention to the transaction page of Elite Prospects. Lots of important prospects, both drafted and undrafted, sign contracts and make the move to North America. Some play in the AHL, some in the NHL, and some of those can have a fantasy hockey impact. The last few years some players to stand out include Artemi Panarin, Alex Radulov, and Nikita Zaitsev to name a few.

Top of the list so far this year is the Vegas Golden Knights signing of Vadim Shipachyov. At 30-years-old he is far from a rookie or prospect, but still a player likely unowned in your fantasy league and one you should be able to dra