The first week and a half of NHL hockey is over with, and some players and teams have surprised us all out of the gate, but some players who were top players in the league last year are really off to a slow start.
- Brent Burns: Burnzie, where have you been man? The Sharks would not mind if you woke up and played like a top defenseman in the NHL and top 15 scorer in the league anytime soon. Right now with four games played, Burns has ONE assist, -6, one power play point, 18 shots on goal(SOG) and five hits, yikes. I’ll let you in on a secret, if I were you and owned Burns, I’d trade him, his value is still astronomical and the name is appealing plus you could easily get a two for one in this situation. Just some advice take it as you want.
- Max Pacioretty: This guy will struggle all season I believe after taking a look at Montreal for the first five games, their offense has been bad, really bad. Pacioretty will probably break open for a big week here and there but if Montreal continues this Pacioretty worries me. On the season, he has one goal, zero assists, -1, zero power play points, 18 SOG and four hits.
- Ryan McDonagh: The Rangers as a team have struggled enormously and McDonagh is feeling the effects of the team’s struggles, as he has been basically irrelevant to your team and roster. McDonagh right now has one assist, 12 SOG and six hits, simply not enough, but give it time, once the Rangers wake up so will McDonagh.
- Cam Talbot: After letting up four or more goals in back to back appearances, Talbot has struggled from the start but it’s early and Edmonton has not played well in front of him, therefore you have to throw him on this list after his expectations coming into the year. Not a start many fantasy owners wanted from Talbot. Through four appearances, Talbot has one win, twelve goals against, a 3.96 goals against average and a .880 save percentage. He’ll turn it around though.
- Alexander Radulov: When coming to Dallas he was slotted to play with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn assuring his production to increase, well we are only five games in but Radulov has yet to register a goal and has two assists on the year. The Stars offense has not looked great but production needs to increase from him. He also only has 12 SOG and one power play point, give it time but if Radulov does not score before the end of October, I’m little worried about him.