11 Calgary Flames players appear on Matt Larkin’s top 300 player fantasy ranking
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By Ryan Pike18 days ago
Folks, it’s nearly training camp season! And with training camp season comes the inevitable start of prep for fantasy hockey fans! Over at Daily Faceoff, our pal Matt Larkin has poured over the league’s rosters and prepared his early top 300 fantasy player rankings.
And 11 Calgary Flames players receive mention within that top 300.
Larkin provided a pretty lengthy explanation at Daily Faceoff. We won’t reprint the whole thing, but two segments of his multi-part intro seem particularly relevant:
(b) The rankings are for redraft leagues and based on the following stat categories: goals, assists, plus-minus, shots, power-play points, hits, blocks, wins, goals-against average, saves, save percentage and shutouts. Players who offer production across a variety of categories, such as J.T. Miller and Jacob Trouba, get major boosts. So do goaltenders who log heavy workloads and can compile beefy counting stats, such as the perennial workhorses Connor Hellebuyck and Juuse Saros.(d) Upside is everything, especially in early editions of these rankings. I am notoriously harsh on the boring veteran types who get 40 to 50 points a year in their sleep, such as Jaden Schwartz. You’ll see some rookies who aren’t even guaranteed to make their teams ranked higher than the Schwartz types. Why? Because the boring vets can be found on the waiver wire at any time unless you play in a 32-team league. Use your late-round picks on upside plays.
With that said, here are the Flames players mentioned on Larkin’s list, along with snippets of selected players:
99. Jonathan Huberdeau
From 115 to 55 points. The drop is absolutely astounding. He just can’t be that bad again in 2023-24, especially without Darryl Sutter around to play him at his off position for the first 50 games. Surely ‘Huby’ can rebound to the 70-point range?
103. Elias Lindholm
110. Nazem Kadri
121. Jacob Markstrom
He’s still capable of being a top-10 fantasy netminder again if the Flames don’t sell off any more pieces before the season starts. Markstrom needs to start strongly, however, with Dan Vladar and elite prospect Dustin Wolf breathing down his neck.
160. Rasmus Andersson
172. MacKenzie Weegar
190. Andrew Mangiapane
Shooting percentages over his past four seasons: 15.6, 19.8, 18.9, 9.3. Incredibly unlucky last season. Even if he doesn’t rebound to score 35 like in 2021-22, 25 feels like a reasonable ask.
213. Dillon Dube
215. Mikael Backlund
237. Noah Hanifin
300. Dustin Wolf
He’s clearly one of the best two or three goalie prospects in the world. But he’s blocked by not one but two veterans at the moment. Can’t rely on Wolf unless the Flames trade Vladar. Stash-worthy, though.
Do you agree or disagree with Larkin’s assessment of the Flames’ players (and their relative merits compared to other NHLers)? Let us know in the comments!
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