Sven back for another article! Hope you guys enjoyed your Christmas/New Years holidays. We are only ten days away from puck drop on the 2021 season!
I personally have never played in a Dynasty league before, but it’s my understanding that it’s equally as important to consider the player’s future potential as it is to look at their past production. I am under the impression that players like Alexis Lafreniere and Tim Stutzle will be taken in the first round of everyone’s drafts. I’m also going to assume that previous first round up and comers like Bowen Byram and Ville Heinola are taken as well. With this in mind, here are five prospect picks to consider for your dynasty league!
Elmer Soderblom (RW/LW)
This guy sticks out to begin with, being a 6’8” 240 pound forward. Then, he pulls off not one but TWO net-front between-the-legs goals for Sweden at the WJC this year. From that moment I was on the Sodeblom hypetrain, but let’s look a little deeper into it…
He is a Detroit Red Wings sixth round pick in 2019. The Red Wings are notorious for finding these late-round European gems and letting them develop either overseas or with Grand Rapids (AHL). Next, he was one goal shy of 30 last season in the Swedish Junior league, and has seven games under his belt this year with his SHL club, Frolunda. Playing against men will allow Soderblom to work on his footspeed and adjust to the professional pace.
Do I see him making the NHL next season? Nope. But he is definitely a later round player to target for existing leagues. I have a feeling he’s going to turn into another one of those Detroit phenoms.
Jason Robertson (LW)
Robertson is a 2017 second round pick of the Stars. Though a lot of hype here in Ontario is surrounding his younger brother Nick and his bid to make the Leafs roster, Jason has found himself with a pretty significant opportunity deep in the heart of Texas. Robertson impressed the organization with 47 points in 60 games last season with Texas (AHL), and with Tyler Seguin out for much of the season, there is a vacancy at #2RW where veteran Joe Pavelski played last season. 2018 first rounder Ty Dellandrea may be in the running for this spot as well, but I truly believe that Robertson is further along in his development and capable of producing with the big club.
This means he will likely be skating with Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz, two breakout players for the Stars the past two seasons. This could make for an impressive rookie campaign for Robertson, and given how long ago he was drafted he should slip under the radar in your dynasty league.
Egor Sokolov (LW)
Sure, Sokolov was an over-ager playing in the QMJHL, which usually makes for a big year. Still, this guy’s numbers absolutely jump off the page. With 46 goals and 46 assists in just 52 games last season for Cape Breton, the Senators truly got a steel at 61st overall this past draft. Shortly after October 6, Sokolov signed his ELC and will likely be a Belleville Senator (AHL) this season. There are still some things he needs to work on, but a 6’4” goal scorer isn’t someone you have fall into your organization’s lap very often. I would love to see Sokolov with the big club at some point this season, if not next season.
Dustin Wolf (G)
Our first goalie in the article, Dustin Wolf is a Flames seventh rounder in 2019. Though he has had to share the net with Panthers’ first rounder Spencer Knight, he has looked in check through two WJC appearances for team USA. Wolf posted a microscopic 1.88GAA with Everett (WHL) last season. The last goalie to come out of Everett? Carter Hart, ever heard of him?
Though Markstrom and Rittich will hold down the fort for the time being, the 2001 born Wolf will hopefully pay off in the coming years. He’s worth taking a flyer on.
Cal Foote (D)
Oldest son of former NHL stud Adam Foote, Cal was Tampa’s 14th overall selection in 2017. Coincidentally, they also drafted his younger brother Nolan, before shipping him to the Devils in the Blake Coleman trade.
There are a few reasons why I like Cal Foote going into this season. First, given the shortened season and Covid risk teams will likely travel with seven if not eight defencemen. Second, slated at five and six on Tampa’s CapFriendly depth chart are 30-year-old Jan Rutta and 31-year-old Luke Schenn. These are two capable NHL dmen, but I can’t see them suiting up for all 56 games. Let the kids play!
Much like the Red Wings, Tampa is one of those teams that likes to let their draft picks marinate in the minors with their excellent program in Syracuse (AHL). Foote was right around 30 points in each of his two previous seasons, meaning there is some offensive upside to his game (it’s also hard to ignore his 70 points in 60 games his last WHL season). I see Foote drawing into the lineup and potentially playing a significant role if there is an injury to Mikhail Sergachev or Erik Cernak.
That is all for now! This is something that can easily be monitored throughout the season, so if you guys liked this article I can easily take another look sometime soon. There were a few more players I wanted to cover, but would like to wait for the WJC recency bias to die down.