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Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy’s resident fantasy hockey ‘expert’ since 2009.

At this point, 40 players are on pace for 80 points. Let’s assume that it’s not 1984 and this won’t happen. In some cases, this won’t even be close. Here are some current point-per-game players as October comes to an end, who will be lucky to get 55 points this campaign:

Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets – Foligno’s upside is very similar to his dad’s. And although Mike had an 80-point season, that happened in the 80s – an era in which 70-point players were considered fourth-line checkers. Adjust for the era and Nick is probably going to be a 55-point player. When he returns from his “stinger,” his numbers will start to slow when Boone Jenner and the rest of the walking wounded get back.

Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings – Nobody’s doubting that Pearson is going to have an amazing year. Just not 80-point amazing. Without the chemistry with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, he was probably destined for 40 points. With those guys, Pearson should clear 50 and possibly 55.

Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs – A favorite whipping boy for Toronto fans, Bozak has long been labeled the misfit of the top line. Meanwhile, he has 69 points in his last 82 games and boasts a 54.8% win percentage at the dot. So I’m a Bozak backer. But that doesn’t mean I think he’ll get 80 points, or even 70.

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