BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 15: Dylan Cozens #24 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up before playing in an NHL game against the Washington Capitals on January 15, 2021 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images
Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings and excuse my hiatus last week, I forgot to warm the week of hockey pools starting I can be virtually unreachable! I had only four season pools this season while taking care of my two keeper leagues. Feels a lot better cutting down from nine to six.
Like everyone else I have been watching as much hockey as possible to start the season (I swear I always burn myself out mid-year as I go to extreme to start!). Perhaps not like everyone though, I have been attempting to watch a lot of prospects play their first season, well and Devils games. Before you ask, yes I did manage to get Jack Hughes very late in all pools.
My #GootTweet of the week returns as well!
In the three games AL has no points, five shots and a few hits. The Rangers have kind of been a mishmash to start as the coaching decisions have been odd to start. AL is at least getting good line mates with his most frequent being Gauther and Chytil, and I like the set up of that line. He has seen time with Panarin and Strome as well (evident in the game versus the Devils) but he has not really stood out as of yet. This would likely be attributed to the depth on the wings the Rangers possess (he is averaging 14 minutes per game) but I cannot help but think a proper training camp, or perhaps WJC play, could have really helped him take off to start. Right now, he is difficult to spot on the ice but that should change as the season wears on.
At least on a positive note, if he has a poor first season he should be attainable in keeper leagues. I say that as I tried to get Hughes all of the last off season to no avail, but people do know I am a Devils fan so I get overcharged. In yearly leagues I would drop him and wait until he starts to produce more frequently instead of sitting, holding and waiting.
Additional, thought/note: If Lafreniere and Stutzle both have poor point performances this season, will we start to see an end to top picks immediately being put in the NHL? There were good arguments to not have Jack Hughes play in the NHL last season and perhaps more teams will send them overseas for a year if they are on