Prospect Ramblings: Depth transactions & Mid-season Guide Gems

Hayden Soboleski




Last week, the DobberHockey team released the annual Mid-Season Guide. This is an essential tool for gaining a tactical edge in the second half of the fantasy season, including info on schedules, historical risers and fallers, stats on who is under-and over-performing, and of course – profiles on prospects likely to receive call-ups.


Just in case you’re still a doubter, here’s a sneak peek at some of the prospect insights you get in the guide:


Troy Terry, RW
After having an outstanding college career, Terry was poised to come to Anaheim and produce immediately. After failing to hit the scoresheet in six games with the Ducks, Terry was demoted to San Diego. He instantly regained his confidence by scoring at least one point in his first 11 AHL games and has not recorded a point in only four of 26 games played. He is foremost a playmaker, showing tons of poise with the puck and creating space that helps him find open teammates. He is also an underrated shooter, as he has a heavy and accurate shot. Depending on what Anaheim does with Jakob Silfverberg at the trade deadline, he could see a call up with big minutes and should be in the top-six next season.
DobberHockey Prospect Ranking: 16
Short-term Potential: (10-2-5-7, 6 PIM)


Chychrun had a strong finish to the first half of 2018 with four points in his last seven games. Be weary, though, as he also holds the distinction of seeing Arizona‟s largest drop off in production from the first half to the second half of 2017-18.


Kamenev was the lowest on the team for relative CorsiFor% and he was so sheltered that his bubble had to be removed so that the chart could be shifted to fit the rest of the players and make them legible. Not a great impression this year for the youngster.


Kotkaniemi’s projected total by year-end? 46, thanks to a second-half boost.


For the purposes of this chart, Ho-Sang has only played 10 games. But his usage is ridiculous. A defensive specialist out there for defensive zone draws against the toughest opponents? Even more ridiculous is that he takes that situation and creates chances in the opposing zone with them. With better zone starts and linemates, he could be a special player.


Francis Perron, LW
After a disappointing rookie AHL season and an even worse sophomore campaign, it seems a change of scenery was exactly what the doctor ordered for Perron. He has rediscovered the scoring touch he had in junior, leading the AHL Barracuda in points through the first half at nearly a point-per-game and been named to the AHL All-Star Team. He is especially dominant on the manadvantage and has locked down a spot on the top unit. If injuries lead him to a temporary position on a Sharks‟ unit with top scorers around him, he has the potential to be a game-changer.


Kadri has also seen a bit of tough puck luck, as has Dermott. Those two are worth keeping an eye on in the second half.



For the rest, you’ll have to check out the guide for yourself >>HERE<<



There have been a few depth moves this week, here’s  quick recap of the prospects involved:


Joe Blandisi is now a member of the Penguins organization. He’s had streaky NHL luck before, and Penguins do occasionally turn AHL scorers into NHL moneymakers. Watch his linemate situation, he could be worth a flyer.


After a truly disappointing season, Tyson Jost has been demoted to the AHL. Not a good turn the high-pedigree center, but we’ve already seen with Strome this season why patience is important in fantasy. 


Denis Gurianov has been called up by Dallas. Their lines are currently in a blender, which means he could very well end up on a line with Seguin or Benn or Radulov, which would be fantasy gold.


As the shake-ups keep coming and injuries hit, Max Jones and Troy Terry have both been recalled by Anaheim. Just like Gurianov-watch above – keep an eye out for who gets minutes with the big boys, who can still score despite the team sinking.





Trevor Moore put his name in the running for nicest first-NHL-goal of the year with this rush:


Michael Dal Colle has his body and stick in the right place for this excellent deflection:


Kevin Rooney follows up the play perfectly to end up alone in front:




CJ Smith new that a review wasn’t necessary for his first:


Lawrence Pilut didn’t want Smith to have all the fun, and got one in from the point for his first in the same game:


Saku Maenalanen uses his big reach and big body to make his first NHL goal a good one:



Thanks for reading, as best of luck clinching a fantasy playoff position as the All-Star Break approaches!

Hayden Soboleski






Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Colby Barlow 8.0 9.5
Ville Heinola 6.5 8.5
Dylan Coghlan 4.5 7.5
Oskar Magnusson 6.5 4.0
Patrick Guay 7.0 5.0
Brandon Lisowsky 6.5 5.5
Nick Malik 4.5 1.0
Kyle Jackson 6.0 5.0
Viktor Persson 6.0 2.0
Jeremy Langlois 6 5.5