Darryl Dobbs

Darryl Dobbs kicked off the Fantasy Pool Look column for thehockeynews.com back in 2002 and has now contributed over 1000 articles, mailbags and monthly rankings. In 2005, Dobber parlayed his love of the frustrating game of fantasy hockey into his own website, dobberhockey.com, and has since contributed to the Sports Forecaster and Puck Daddy. In 2007, Dobber made the move to do this "job" full time and hasn't looked back. The Stratford, Ont., native now calls Pickering, Ont., home, and tries not to talk too much about his keeper-league teams with his wife and two young girls.

Fantasy Pool Look: Coyotes and Capitals off-season outlooks

Darryl Dobbs
Mike Ribeiro

It’s the 12th annual off-season look at each team from a fantasy hockey standpoint. Every year I run through the teams alphabetically – but switch starting points. This year I’m doing something different and reviewing the teams in reverse order of regular season finish. Next up, the Arizona Coyotes and the Washington Capitals

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Fantasy Pool Look: Devils and Predators off-season outlooks

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It’s the 12th annual off-season look at each team from a fantasy hockey standpoint. Every year I run through the teams alphabetically – but switch starting points. This year I’m doing something different and reviewing the teams in reverse order of regular season finish. Next up, the New Jersey Devils and the Nashville Predators. Read more

June keeper league fantasy player rankings

Darryl Dobbs
Steven Stamkos (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Need to know who to pick up in your keeper league? THN.com fantasy expert Darryl Dobbs lays out the top 300 players in the NHL based on their potential-points value.

Ratings are a reflection of a player’s trade value in keeper league fantasy hockey pools. They reflect a player’s predicted points, historical points, injury risk, playoff value, power play time, and long-term potential.

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Fantasy Pool Look: Hurricanes and Maple Leafs off-season outlooks

Darryl Dobbs
Sekera Lupul

It’s time for the 12th annual off-season look at each team from a fantasy hockey standpoint. Every year I run through the teams alphabetically – but switch starting points each year. This year I’m doing something different. I’m reviewing the teams in reverse order of regular season finish. This week it’s time to tackle the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Carolina Hurricanes
Pending UFAs – Manny Malhotra, Radek Dvorak, Joni Pitkanen, Ron Hainsey, Mike Komisarek, Brett Bellemore, Justin Peters, Mike Murphy, Chris Terry

Pending RFAs - Aaron Palushaj, Zach Boychuk, Jiri Tlusty, Andrei Loktionov, Drayson Bowman, Nathan Gerbe

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Fantasy Pool Look: Islanders’ and Canucks’ off-season outlooks

Darryl Dobbs
Alex Edler (Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

It’s time for the 12th annual off-season look at each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint. Every year I run through the teams alphabetically – but switch starting points each year. This year I’m doing something different. I’m reviewing the teams in reverse order of regular season finish. This week I find myself a little surprised at how early I’m doing these two. I don’t think anyone expected the Islanders and Canucks to finish anywhere close to 26th and 25th (respectively). Either one of these teams could bounce back in a huge way in 2014-15. Or not…

New York Islanders

Pending UFAs – Radek Martinek, Evgeni Nabokov

Pending RFAs - Aaron Ness, Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan, Casey Cizikas, Anders Lee

Looking to add –
The Islanders needed, first and foremost, some stable, quality goaltending. They addressed that need with the acquisition and subsequent signing of Jaroslav Halak. Whenever Halak is healthy, he’ll get the start. He gets injured frequently, so that could mean only 50 starts, but it could also mean 65 or more if he can beat the bug.

Next up, the team could use a full scoring line. Are Ryan Strome and Anders Lee ready to take on those kinds of minutes? If so, and with a healthy John Tavares back, perhaps the Islanders can get by. Thrive even. But it couldn’t hurt to kick tires on a scoring winger such as Mike Cammalleri, Milan Michalek, Marian Gaborik or Jarome Iginla. Read more

Fantasy Pool Look: Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames off-season report

Darryl Dobbs
Kevin Westgarth & Oscar Klefbom (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

It’s time for the 12th annual off-season look at each team from a fantasy hockey standpoint. Every year I run through the teams alphabetically – but switch starting points each year. This year I’m doing something different. Let’s review the teams in reverse order of regular season finish. So you knew it wouldn’t be long before I tackled the Alberta teams. It just so happens that they finished 27th and 28th in the league in 2013-14, so here we go…

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May keeper league fantasy player rankings

Darryl Dobbs
Crosby & Malkin (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Need to know who to pick up in your keeper league? THN.com fantasy expert Darryl Dobbs lays out the top 300 players in the NHL based on their potential-points value.

Ratings are a reflection of a player’s trade value in keeper league fantasy hockey pools. They reflect a player’s predicted points, historical points, injury risk, playoff value, power play time, and long-term potential. Read more

Fantasy Pool Look: Eight under the gun players for 2014-15

Darryl Dobbs
Patrik Berglund

We’ve seen enough signs from these players to know they can do it. In fact, some of the players listed below have already done it. But at the end of 2013-14, fantasy owners were found wanting. In some cases, there was hope for good things to come after what has pretty much been years of waiting. In other cases, the player took such a big step back that you wonder if he’ll ever recover.

Here are eight players who will either fulfill (or re-fulfill) their promise…or else they’ll reinforce their rather low window of production

Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues
After a 47-point rookie season and then posting 52 points in his third year, Berglund was well on his way to fantasy-hockey stardom. But stumbling to just 95 points in his next 208 games, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound Berglund has fallen off the radar of most fantasy owners. Expectations are low, to the point that if he were to reach the 60-point mark in 2014-15, poolies would fall out of their office chairs in shock. But that’s exactly what he needs to do if he’s going to be taken seriously in fantasy circles and I don’t believe he can do that on a deep St. Louis team that can look to a dozen other players for offense.

Derick Brassard, New York Rangers
At 26 years of age, Brassard has been around the league long enough to have established a range of production. His career high is 47 points and he has tallied between 41 and 47 in three of the past four years. His chemistry with Mats Zuccarello – which really took off around late November – suckers me into thinking that 60-plus points is still doable. If Zuccarello takes another step into stardom, which certainly looks promising, he’ll pull his linemates along with him. If we don’t see this next year, then it’s safe to conclude that he really has peaked. As I’m sure 90 percent of poolies have already concluded. Read more