We have a few more weeks to go in the NHL, but in the Canadian Junior Leagues its finally playoff time!
To kick off the coverage, here’s a rundown of the prospects to keep an eye on as fantasy risers/fallers in the WHL first round match-ups:
Prince Albert Raiders vs Red Deer Rebels
Ian Scott (TOR) continues his breakout season in the crease, but a disappointing playoffs could temper the hype.
Brett Leason (2019 Draft Eligible) and Noah Gregor (SJS) will lead the offensive charge, with help from Cole Fonstad (MTL).
If healthy, Alex Alexeyev (WSH) is the type of d-man whose stock could skyrocket from a strong all-around performance.
He’s not considered a top prospect just yet, but after his 102-point season keep an eye on Brandon Hagel (CHI) who will turn pro next season.
Saskatoon Blades vs Moose Jaw Warriors
Jett Woo (VAN) will be be trying prove he’s ready for pro after signing his ELC recently, and is currently a fantasy riser.
Josh Brook (MTL) has been a riser all season, and big-minute d-men have the chance to look really, really good in the playoffs.
It’s hard to gauge pro-readiness when an over-ager is playing against younger competition, but big playoff performances would do wonders for Justin Almeida (PIT) and Tristin Langan (undrafted).
Brayden Tracey (2019 Draft Eligible) could boost his draft position with a good run, while Kirby Dach (2019 Draft Eligible) is already expected to be a very high pick, so has more to lose from a poor showing.
Kamloops’ cinderella run continues with a potential goalie controversy. Dylan Ferguson (VGK), returning from injury, will try and make it an easy decision.
Griffen Outhouse (undrafted) has been a rock in net for a few years and never got signed. He has one more shot to peke some pro interest.
Everett Silvertips vs Tri-City Americans
Connor Dewar (MIN) has not stopped scoring goals and his SOG numbers are out of this world (over 5-per-game). Let’s see if he can keep this going in the playoffs – he’s an under-the-radar fast riser this season.
Kyle Olsen (ANH) is still looking to regain our trust after his huge drop in production from 2016-17 to 2017-18, despite a big, big rebound this campaign.
Spokane Chiefs vs Portland Winterhawks
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (LAK) didn’t have the impact he wanted in the NHL at the start of 2019-20. His WHL season has been strong, but he needs to dominate to convince us he’s as close as he looks.
Ty Smith (NJD) is going to have his hands full against some top scorers, but handling top competition breeds top d-men.
On this episode: Pat is joined by Ben to discuss prospects in the Metro Division who have a chance to make the roster to start, have cups of coffee, or may be up after the trade deadline. This talk is to help fantasy hockey GMs decide on prospects to add, watch or invest in for […]
On this episode: Pat is joined by Ben to discuss prospects in the Central Division who have a chance to make the roster to start, have cups of coffee, or may be up after the trade deadline. This talk is to help fantasy hockey GMs decide on prospects to add, watch or invest in for […]
Pat is joined by writers of the Fantasy Hockey Prospect Report for Dobberhockey to discuss our top 50 prospects from when the report was originally released in June. Purchase the Fantasy Prospect Report here: https://dobbersports.com/product/dobbers-2023-fantasy-hockey-prospects-report/ Curtis Rines (@curtis_rines), Associate Editor and writer for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Dobberprospects Hayden Soboleski (@soboleskih), Senior Writer and […]