OTHER STRUGGLING FORWARDS
Beyond that list, other guys who are struggling top forwards are Eric Staal (mainly that hideous -13 rating), Zach Parise (is he totally healthy?), Jeff Carter, Alexander Semin and Ilya Kovalchuk. Most, if not all, should “figure it out” but it’s disheartening to lose almost a month of production from expensive draft picks.
Here’s a quick look at some blueliners who are making their fantasy owners blue.
Drew Doughty – The contract holdout was a red flag, and to be honest, last season didn't consistently show off his best work. Hopefully he’ll get it together once he bounces back from his injury issues, though.
Lubomir Visnovsky – The speedy scoring D played over his head in 2010-11, so a little drop-off was to be expected. He’s likely to regain value, although his days of being a true elite might be short lived.
Alex Goligoski – Originally, my guess was that Sheldon Souray was stealing too many of his PP minutes. Maybe “Studly Wonderbomb” is indeed taking some of that time, but Goligoski hasn’t been very productive in the post-Brad Richards Era. The Dallas Stars are getting their points outside of the power play anyway, so “Gogo” might be in the same “serious downgrade” pile as Lubo.
Tyler Myers – Getting Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff in the mix will help Myers’ development, but it won’t make him a big difference maker on D.
Niklas Kronwall – I cannot believe I’m even saying this, but maybe finally getting his big contract will make him snap out of his funk.
When it comes to the high-end goalies, the smart move is to stick with guys like Roberto Luongo and Carey Price even if it’s uncomfortable in the early goings. If it makes you feel better to add some goalie insurance – especially if it’s that goalies backup, like Cory Schneider in Vancouver – then just do it.
The only truly worrisome case of a legit guy (to clarify, Steve Mason isn’t legit) is Ilya Bryzgalov. He’s in a new system, his confidence is waning and his backup was the number one last season. I don’t think Breezy’s totally hopeless in the big picture, but fantasy owners might be forced to navigate some treacherous waters with the talented Russian in goal.
Nick Spaling is day-to-day with a lower-body injury … Daniel Alfredsson will miss at least a week with his concussion issues. (Click here for the full list.)