It’s July 10th, so what is it time for? A nap, maybe? Nope. Instead, Sportsnet and ESPN have filed sets of power rankings and fantasy power rankings, respectively.
Sportsnet’s Luke Fox figures that it’s not too early to assess teams’ off-season moves…
Steve Yzerman has taken a more patient approach to his first summer with his new/old franchise than we imagined. His big free agency purchases were 35-year-old Valterri Filppula and 27-year-old Patrik Nemeth (two years, $6 million each). Eleven Red Wings are set to come off the books in 2020. That should be the Summer of Stevie, when the full-scale renovations begin.
(we’ll ignore the fact that Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Bertuzzi all require raises as restricted free agents in 2020)
And ESPN’s Sean Allen lists fantasy hockey player rankings–250 of them–via specific team-by-team criteria:
Detroit Red Wings: A patient rebuild will give emerging fantasy assets such as Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Andreas Athanasiou another chance to advance their position. The same is true for less-proven commodities like Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen and Evgeny Svechnikov. … Who is going to play the point on this power play? The Red Wings have no new options and Dennis Cholowski‘s nine power-play points topped the squad last season.
As such, Dylan Larkin cracks the top 50 player rankings at 41st overall, Anthony Mantha follows at 130th, Andreas Athanasiou is ranked 216th, Tyler Bertuzzi is ranked 226th, and Michael Rasmussen is ranked 238th.