Welcome to another summer series episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast!
Before we get to the content, you might have heard that our friend Darryl Dobbs (aka Dobber) recently announced that he has been diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder. In support, we encourage our listeners to sign up for their national bone marrow registries, or otherwise support bone marrow and blood donor programs. It only takes a few minutes-- Canadian listeners can follow this link to Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch program, and American listeners can head over to Be The Match.
Elan and Brian begin this episode by parsing another offseason blockbuster in Montreal, considering whether the change of scenery will be a boon or bane for Jonathan Drouin, and what the short- and long-term prospects for Mikhail Sergachev look like in Tampa. They also argue over whether Mike Smith can deliver on the hopes thatthe Calgary Flames have for him.
They then move on to share a couple quick thoughts on the expansion draft protection lists released today, scratching their heads over the choices of a couple teams in particular.
For the rest of the show, the guys pick out some of the most pleasant production surprises of the 2016-17 campaign, and dig in to figure out whether they can do it all over again next year. The discussion includes a Bruin with a knack for scoring, a newly elite centreman in the Pacific, a pair of forwards outdoing Minnesota's scoring reputation, a defenseman who just needs an opportunity, and a goalie returned to stardom in the Metropolitan.
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Players discussed on this episode include Jonathan Drouin, Mikhail Sergachev, Mike Smith, Alexander Radulov, Alex Galchenyuk, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Loui Domingue, Petr Mrazek, Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas, David Pastrnak, Mark Scheifele, Mikael Granlund, Eric Staal, Justin Schultz, Kris Letang, Sergei Bobrovsky, Viktor Arvidsson, Jeff Skinner, Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wennberg, Anders Lee and more.