Early Impressions of Fantasy Hockey – Eight Players Down

Since everyone except the St. Louis Blues has played at least three games, we really get a hint of the haves and the have-nots. It’s not about overreacting to crumbling assets and giving them the rushing boot in a panic fit; There is a big difference between the early and the former. And there’s no reason to be reckless in making instant adjustments, as a small handful of semi-famous fantasy players seem largely irrelevant. this is season.

resources: goalkeeper depth chart | injuries | schedule | How to watch on ESPN + | Subscribe to ESPN Fantasy Hockey | Download the ESPN Fantasy app | daily fonts


Jimmy BenF, Dallas Stars (55.5%): Sounds like the end of an era, right? Having worked as a valuable fictional asset with Dallas for years, the 33-year-old now appears firmly established in a supporting role with the stars. Averaged 13:39 in a six-bottom slot, Benn has two shots and two hits to display in three games.

Until he stops his sleds for good, the 14-year-old vet will be one of the toughest strikers to play against, but his most productive years are clearly in rear view. Even if the fantasy leagues are deeper, I’m already shopping around for another skater to replace Ben.

Jack RuslovichF, Columbus Blue Jackets (49.8%): behind Bon Jenner And the Cole Selinger, Ruslovic is already an early singles position in relation to the first six players on the Blue Jackets team. And his new (experimental) position in the #1 power game doesn’t feel chiseled in stone either. No doubt the 25-year-old will come out of that slack early in the season and start contributing, but to what degree?

Unless your fantasy league is far from the beach, there are more exciting players with a lot more upside available. At least take a look. Roslovic led 45 points in 81 games with Columbus last season.

Shane WrightKraken, C., Seattle (44.2%): Not this year, not yet. Not in reworking fantasy tournaments. Recording about six minutes per game on Kraken’s fourth streak, credited with a single hard-to-detect pass, Wright could return to Junior shortly after Halloween.

The organization does not want to break the child’s confidence and he needs to play. Especially after losing opportunities due to COVID over the past two years. (Should he instead be as competitive in the AHL as the teens who cut their competitive teeth in college or Europe? Take that with CHL.) Even if Wright could stay in Seattle, his production would be limited.


It’s never too late to sign up for ESPN Fantasy Hockey! Create or join a free league today over here.


Juraj SlavkovskyF, Montreal Canadiens (9.4%): Skating on the Habs fourth streak, Slafkovsky has zero points through four competitions, averaging no 11 minutes/game. There is already talk of sending this year’s first comprehensive draft to the Palace, where he could play a more prominent role. And frankly, if coach Martin St.

A gem of a breed for future seasons, Slafkovsky may not have much to offer this year’s fantasy directors. Not anytime soon, anyway.

Owen PowerD, Buffalo Cypress (72.4%): Let me assure Buffalo fans everywhere, and I wholeheartedly agree that the Force will be a great asset on the Sabers blue line for years to come. It’s not there yet, especially as a fancy commodity. Not outside of ESPN.com’s deepest leagues. Give the boy some time.

Vince DunnD, Seattle Kraken (50.9%): A pair of power plays assists through five contests isn’t enough to stoke loyalty outside of tournaments that are more than just scoring goals (even then, a little disappointing, isn’t it?). Dunn doesn’t hit as often, block shots, or even shoot the puck at the net as often as you’d like, limiting his potential in a more thorough fantasy competition.

Inside the Kraken hangar, give your fellow blueliner Adam Larson Considering – if it hasn’t been talked about already – be sure to look outside of Seattle for more all-around fantasy punches.

John GibsonJ., Anaheim Pt (65.8%): It was ugly. After the opening duck game against the visiting Kraken – where he still conceded four goals – Anaheim’s No. 1 was a total fantasy. While the team as a whole deserves its fair share of blame, Gibson didn’t look great either. Sit him on the bench for now, starting with Thursday’s road tilt in Boston, and then reevaluate. Having a goalkeeper who bleeds fancy points often doesn’t help. Quite the opposite.

This is not a case of packing some patience (for now) with a strong network manager, on a good team, and getting off to a wobbly start – like Marc-Andre FleuryAnd the Jeremy Swaymanor Thatcher Demko. Ducks can often struggle this season.

Pavel FrancosJ., Colorado Avalanche (39.7%): Alexander Georgiev He is the No. 1 grid guard of the avalanche. There was some spirited discussion before the season up to that point, so it’s worth explaining.

That doesn’t mean Georgiev will be the starting goalkeeper two months from now, or even two weeks, or that Jared Bednar will be fiercely hostile to tandem in 2022-23, but the gig is the ex-keeper he would lose out for now. So managers with limited positions on the roster, most of us, might instead choose to swing with another slightly more dangerous candidate, on a not-so-bad team, who would go to game More than the most used backup in Colorado. At least until/if Georgiev fumbles and Francos starts stealing more starts.

Leave a Comment