10 Players To Avoid In Your Dynasty Fantasy Hockey League
Last week I mentioned about which players could help out your fantasy team in the late rounds. This time we want to tell to you which players to avoid if you can. These players you should avoid whether it’s because of possible injuries to these players or they are basically not reliable. These are the kind of players fantasy owners get upset about and either cost them a spot in the playoffs or winning the championship.
10. Rick Nash, Forward, New York Rangers: Rick Nash is known for scoring goals and he is completely useless if he isn’t. Nash scored 23 goals and recorded 15 assists in 67 games last season with the Rangers. His plus/minus was 9. The Rangers had one of the best offenses in the NHL last season, but the offense is going to go south this season. Nash is 33 years old and whenever he plays in a big game, he can never deliver. Nash is going to score less goals this season.
9. Corey Crawford, Goalie, Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford is 32 years old and his glove side is weak. He will probably play in 60 games this season as long as he stays healthy. My issue with him is he is prone to being lite up every time he goes between the pipes. Crawford isn’t steady and he doesn’t have Scott Darling to bail him out anymore. Anton Forsberg is unproven at the NHL level. Crawford’s record last season was 32-18-4 in 55 games with a .918 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA, along with two shutouts. Crawford wins a lot of games because of his offense and not of his actual play. He might win 25 games, but his save percentage could be lower and his GAA might go up.
8. Kris Letang, Defenseman, Pittsburgh Penguins: Kris Letang has an history of injuries and at some point he will probably get hurt again. He also doesn’t have the same offensive firepower he used to. In 41 games last season, Letang scored five goals and recorded 29 assists last season. His plus/minus was 2. Letang has a habit of pinching the corner and it causes the other team to score goals. This is why Letang has some -4 or -5 games. Justin Schultz has taken over his spot on the number one power play unit.
7. Keith Yandle, Defenseman, Florida Panthers: Yandle signed a big contract with the Florida Panthers before the 2016-2017 season. He wasn’t all that spectacular last season and Yandle won’t be again this season. He scored five goals and recorded 36 assists last season. His plus/minus was -6. Yandle will probably put up the same number, but he will frustrate fantasy owners.
6. Robin Lehner, Goalie, Buffalo Sabres: Lehner actually got better as the season progressed last year, but he isn’t going to be very reliable when it comes to fantasy. In 58 games played last season, his record was 23-26-8 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA, along with two shutouts. Chad Johnson is backing him up again this season and Johnson could very well play 30-40 games depending how bad Lehner is. Johnson actually played decently last season. In 36 games with the Calgary Flames, his record was 18-15-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 GAA, along with three shutouts.
5. Ryan Ellis, Defenseman, Nashville Predators: Despite Ryan Ellis playing well for the Nashville Predators in 2016-2017, Ellis will miss 4 to 6 months with a lower body injury. He is still recovering from offseason surgery. In 71 games last season, Ellis scored 16 goals and recorded 22 assists. His plus/minus was 17. It is a big risk if you decide to draft but is probably better to leave him off your roster. I don’t think it is necessary to waste a roster spot for an injured player for most of the fantasy season.
4. Bobby Ryan, Forward, Ottawa Senators: Bobby Ryan played well in the postseason for the Ottawa Senators, but he wasn’t all that special in the regular season. In 62 games, Ryan scored 13 goals and recorded 12 assists. His plus/minus was -3. The Senators were offensively challenged for most of last season and it will continue once again this season. Bobby Ryan is 30 years old and he won’t be a very good long term option in fantasy. Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman would be better options to choose from.
3. Henrik Lundqvist, Goalie, New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist seems to get injured time and time again every single year. He is 35 years old and Lundqvist hurt his knee after a hockey tournament in May. In 55 games last season, his record was 31-20-4 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.74 GAA, along with two shutouts. Lundqvist will probably get hurt again sometime this season. His numbers will continue to decline. Ondrej Pavelec will be his backup this season. The Rangers defense doesn’t help out Lundqvist sometimes either and he is slow to saving certain shots that he would have saved in the past.
2. Claude Giroux, Center, Philadelphia Flyers: Giroux is one of the most talented players in the NHL, but can’t seem to put it all together. He lacks leadership and Giroux isn’t even the best player on his team anymore. Why do you think the Flyers drafted Nolan Patrick? Patrick will be the captain of this team in the near future and Giroux might be traded sooner rather than later. Giroux was healthy for all 82 games last season for Philadelphia. He scored 14 goals and recorded 44 assists. His plus/minus was -15. 44 assists is good for fantasy, but he should be scoring more goals and Giroux isn’t. He also doesn’t motivate his teammates enough either.
1. Petr Mrazek, Goalie, Detroit Red Wings: There is a reason why the Detriot Red Wings decided to leave Mrazek unprotected in the NHL expansion draft. He is a headcase and his talent is going to waste. Mrazek should be starting in Detroit over Jimmy Howard, but he isn’t. In 50 games last season, Mrazek’s record was 18-21-9 with a 3.04 GAA and a .901 save percentage and one shutout. The only reason why Mrazek saw more games than Howard last season was because Howard was injured. Howard’s numbers were better than Mrazek’s. Howard’s record was 10-11-1 with a .927 save percentage and 2.10 GAA , along with one shutout.