Prospects Ramblings: There Is No Off-Season In Fantasy Hockey

Peter Harling

2017-07-18

There is no off-season in fantasy hockey and with hockey prospects, with the majority of NHL Development Camps wrapping up the focus shifts to some upcoming tournaments.

Before we move on, let’s look back first. The Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs dev camps are over and Russ Cohen, Mike Augello and Anthony Mingioni share their takeaways from their camps on the season ending episode of the Off The Post Podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, our friends at Fantrax have recently launched a new fantasy podcast network with the top podcasts in all the major sports including hockey. I am pleased to announce that both the Dobber podcasts DobberProspects Radio and Keeping Karlsson are part of this prestigious network. You can still find both shows on all the regular places you are currently listening, but now we are on Fantrax more of your competition may be listening.

One more podcast note for you, I was recently invited by Guy Flamming to guest on the latest episode of the Pipeline Show to talk all things DobberProspects and the podcast. You can catch my segment at the 40:42 mark but if you don’t subscribe to the show I highly recommend it, TPS is one of the best podcast shows and has great guests.

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Looking back at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft now, some of the top prospects have been signing their ELC’s. What does this mean for their fantasy value?

The sooner to sign prospects from the draft are typically the ones most ready to play in the NHL, and therefore should be contributing to your fantasy stat line sooner than later.

That said; don’t expect all the players that signed to break the NHL this fall. Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick are the most likely to play in the NHL this year.

Don’t be surprised if 31st overall pick Klim Kostin makes a strong push, he was the first signed player from the draft and in my interviews at the draft I asked some pretty in the know media such as Bob McKenzie, Russ Cohen and more who could be most NHL ready outside of Nico and Nolan and they were all quick to say Klim Kostin. You can hear all the interviews in episode 25 of DobberProspects Radio

The other prospects signed that now have a chance of making the NHL inc