Kaprizov and Merzlikins sign; Training Camp Battles in the West (September 22) – DobberHockey – .

Kaprizov and Merzlikins sign; Training Camp Battles in the West (September 22) – DobberHockey – .

Elvis Merzlikins has signed the same extension as his teammate Oliver Bjorkstrand, which means a cap of $ 5.4 million for the next five years. This gives him the advantage in the fold over Joonas Korpisalo, just because of politics. He’s someone who might get a little more discount than your average starter on draft day, but he also has a few more risks than your average starter.

According to my numbers, Merzlikins was projected at $ 4.1 million if he signed an extension at this point. It seems like it’s a little too high right now, but with a little more workload, there’s no reason Elvis can’t play this chord. Things could be a little more difficult in the first two years, but Columbus should be a little lower in the standings in the short term.


Kirill Kaprizov has signed a new five-year contract with the Wild.

The deal carries an AAV of $ 9 million, which is a bit higher than I expected (almost $ 8 million). It’s worth it though, and it’s ushered in a new wave with the Wild where they’re finally fantasy-relevant again. Look for Kaprizov to push 90 points this year, although unfortunately for some poolies he doesn’t offer much in the peripherals department.


Training camps start today! The offseason is officially over.

Looking at the training camp battles, there are opportunities for big peaks in fantasy production. Sometimes when a wing spot on the front row is up for grabs, none of the players in contention seem to have much fancy appeal, but one of those players gets a big bump. Getting ahead of these and knowing which bets are best to make with your late picks is how you can win leagues. You can lose leagues in the early rounds of a draft, but you don’t win them there. These are the middle and end rounds where you win the year, so let’s take a look at a few of those battles. I will have my opinion on the Eastern teams next week.

Canards d’Anaheim

Josh Mahura is ready for the NHL, but the Ducks have six defensemen under contract with the NHL, and they will find a place to field Jamie Drysdale. Mahura can compete with Drysdale for time on the power play and scores points everywhere he goes. With 20 points in 28 AHL games last season, he brings something the Ducks have been missing for quite some time. With Drysdale on the right side, Mahura positions himself as a puck carrier on the left side behind Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm. His only other competitors on the left side are Jacob Larsson and Kodie Curran. Neither of them are more than NHL defenders anymore, so there is an opportunity for Mahura to jump to the NHL level and start producing already.

Arizona Coyotes

Dmitrij Jaskin’s return already puts a question mark in the lineup, and considering it’s unclear how the team plans to fill the middle position after trading Christian Dvorak, and it looks like the front lines are all set already. for the mixer. Anyone who ends up playing with Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller could be in contention for a career season, unless they break that pair, in which case whoever ends up with Kessel should be the one with the most points. Jaskin has the chatter that follows him, making it look like he’ll have the first crack at a prominent location, but don’t count the towering Lawson Crouse, or any number of young guns.

The Coyotes have a bunch of skilled forwards that could make the team a protected offensive role. Recent draft pick Dylan Guenther would be a bit of a surprise, but he also has the highest potential. Matias Maccelli and Jan Jenik are also expected to be on hand, and it should be noted that Jenik is projecting itself as a solid, fantastic multi-category option.

In defense, there are also some young people. Ilya Lyubushkin is an underrated option for multi-category leagues, and if he plays every game he could give Radko Gudas a run for his money in the hitting department. The puck moving Victor Soderstrom, Conor Timmins and Kyle Capobianco will look to find opportunities behind the excellent Jakob Chychrun and the one-dimensional Shayne Gostisbehere. There might only be two of them to make the squad, but all of them have bright spots once they become full-time NHL players.

In the Crease, Carter Hutton acts as a Josef Korenar-style pylon who sees many departures and provides massive savings to fantasy owners who can live with bad ratios. The dark horse here is Ivan Prosvetov, as Arizona’s highest upside down goalie in the system, and nearly NHL ready at 22. Another year in the AHL would probably serve him best, but with Korenar – he has played 10 career NHL games – and an injury – inclined Hutton in front of him, there’s not much in his way. Good luck guessing who hits 40 starts here.

Flames de Calgary

The Flames signed a one-sided deal with Connor Mackey, making him their team’s sixth defenseman with one of those contracts, and making him look like he was the favorite for the final spot alongside the five starting players. . However, the Flames then went out and signed Michael Stone and Erik Gudbranson, creating a traffic jam that Mackey will have to overcome. Prominent European Johannes Kinnvall is also in the mix, but his two-pronged deal puts him behind the eight ball. If you’re looking for PIMs then you can’t go wrong with Gudbranson or Mackey winning the last slot, although Mackey could see second unit power play time while Gudbranson would rack up a few extra hits and blocks.

Blackhawks de Chicago

The Blackhawks have been rebuilding themselves on the fly for a few years now and appear to be back in the playoff race, especially with Jonathan Toews returning to the roster after a year away (he apparently looks in the best shape of its life elsewhere – surprise, surprise). The forwards ranks seem pretty defined, however, and the team once again have some stability in goal for the first time in a few years. In defense, NCAA signing Wyatt Kalynuk did well with his cup of coffee last season, but he has competition in the form of Riley Stillman and Caleb Jones.

Out of the three, I only own stocks of Stillman in one league because he’s a very cheap guy to own in cap leagues that count peripheral stats. Jones and Kalynuk are more in the puck-moving mold, but neither will likely have much whimsical value, even if they play every game.

Stars de Dallas

The situation for the skaters in Dallas seems relatively straightforward, but they have four NHL goaltenders, and I guess they’re not going to start planning to split the games between them. This means that there are only 82 games to share between them. Ben Bishop’s health is still in question, so he may not have an immediate impact on the squad’s plans. Anton Khudobin is the start who should carry the biggest load, and it’s hard to believe that anything he does at training camp will have an effect on his early start to the majority of games and around 50% of the matches. team matches of the season. .

The complication comes in the form of free agent Braden Holtby, and Dallas wouldn’t have brought him in without knowing he would play a role at the NHL level. This means outstanding rookie Jake Oettinger is unlikely to earn a spot in the crease no matter how hard he plays in camp; and it will show well. Among Dallas goaltenders, he has the highest potential, and he may even be the best today. Even last season, he was a few steps ahead of Khudobin:

Minnesota wild

With Kirill Kaprizov’s contractual situation in the rearview mirror, there are a few rookies to watch out for. Marco Rossi, Matt Boldy and Calen Addision will all make excellent cases to be a part of the squad. There’s not much room for Addison, but her dynamic ability to execute a power play would serve the Wild well. Perhaps more importantly, Marco Rossi could be a big part of the solution to the Wild’s central position. He’s ready for the NHL right now, and despite his stature, he’s going to win more puck battles than he loses because he’s built like a tree trunk. He’s good, and there’s a plethora of skilled winger options around him. If his fitness is back after a long battle with the complications of Covid, then he’s one of those rare rookies who could push for a point per game from the start. He could have a similar impact to Jason Robertson or his teammate Kaprizov.

Nashville Predators

The Predators, like the Wild, are looking to have a bit of youth in the lineup. There are a few young forwards who will take on the veterans under the notoriously flaunting head coach John Hynes. Eeli Tolvanen and Cody Glass will fight for the first six minutes, while top prospect Philip Tomasino battles for a spot on the list. The three should be the next wave of attacks in Nashville, and sooner rather than later.

Tomasino, following last year’s AHL success, is looking to raise his level to the NHL level. He’s less sure to succeed than Marco Rossi above, but he could have a similar advantage over the next few years.

Cracking the Seattle

The Kraken are a giant pot of training camp battles. They have additional players in every skater position, and over the last couple of weeks, they’ve just brought in more instead of traded. It seems like they’re really pushing to make sure everyone has to fight for a spot. The squad is going to be really interesting to watch, as there will be some surprises on who ends up higher in the roster than expected.

The usual nine wingers like Calle Jarnkrok, Colin Blackwell and Mason Appleton are some of the names to watch out for who could deliver an unexpected offensive punch if deployed as top-six options.

Vegas Golden Knights

Newcomers to Vegas will add spice to the advanced ranks. Nolan Patrick will ensure that Chandler Stephenson can’t be content with his role as the top line, while Evgeni Dadonov and Mattias Janmark will challenge Reilly Smith for time in the top six and in one of the power play units.

Dadonov can actually be a great choice on the second row with Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson, knocking down Smith at a third goal row with Patrick and Janmark (or Alex Tuch when he’s healthy). The top six will be the best place in Vegas, however, so keep an eye out for who the weird men are.


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