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My Top-Ten Most Disappointing Fantasy Hockey Players of 2018

Man, you came into the draft licking your chomps. Thinking I am going to be steal this guy, he is going to be MVP caliber, my star, my bread and butter and boy have things gone south for you. Here are my top-ten most disappointing fantasy hockey players.

  1. Evgeny Kuznestov, where has this guy been lately. Kuznestov was solid in the first month and a half but has slowly fallen off the horse. He came into the year ranked 27, and is now ranked 113. Kuzy has just 8 goals and 29 assists on the year with 15 power play points.
  2. Anze Kopitar, when are fantasy owners going to see some consistency in this guy? Had an almost Hart Memorial trophy year last year and now is in the bottom of the barrel again. Kopitar has 13 goals and 18 assists (31 points) with 7 power play points.
  3. Ryan Getzlaf, time may be up for the big, power forward Getzlaf. A one-time superstar has slowly fallen off the ranks of the NHL. Getzlaf had some hope coming into the year, but has not lived up to projections. He was ranked 54 coming into the year and is now ranked 144. Getz has 10 goals and 21 assists (31 points) with 4 power play points.
  4. Drew Doughty, a down first half for Doughty so far, a Norris trophy winner, All-Star and top-paid d-man in the league can not be producing 25 points 40+ games into the year. Not to mention he is a 2nd-3rd round pick. Doughty was ranked 58 coming into the year and is now ranked 204. He has 4 goals and 21 assists on the year with 12 power play points.
  5. Shayne Gostisbehere, another rough year it seems like for Ghost. Someone who resurrected the Flyers season two years ago has been very sub par. The Flyers are waiting for the 2015-16 Ghost to come back but he seems to have disappeared. Ghost was ranked 67 coming into the year and is now ranked 287. He has 5 goals, 13 assists and 8 power play points in 46 games.
  6. Dougie Hamilton, my last defenseman I swear but Hamilton was a 50-point defenseman and since coming to Carolina he has not done a good job sharing the wealth on that offensive-minded d-core. Hamilton was ranked 96 coming into the year and is now ranked 256. He has just 16 points in 45 games (6 goals, 10 assists) with 5 power play points.
  7. Casey Mittlestadt, it is not like we expected this kid to be a 40 point player at this point but perhaps a little better than 13 points in 45 games. Mittlestadt has to have shaken the jittery bugs out and is getting acclimated to NHL speed, but it seems like he is having difficulty getting on the score sheet. Mittlestadt was a Calder favorite coming into the year, ranked 152 at the beginning and now 504 mid-way through the year.
  8. Zach Hyman, you would think playing with either Auston Matthews or John Tavares Hyman would be able to be productive well it has been the opposite for this kid, he is not grossly under performing and despite missing some games with an injury. Hyman should be a more efficient player just due to the fact who he is surrounded with. Yes William Nylander is on the cusp of being on this list but give him another 1.5 months. Either way Hyman was ranked 162 coming into the year he has now ranked 282. He has 7 goals and 9 assists in 35 games this year.
  9. Derek Brassard, for the same reason as Hyman, Brassard should easily have around 25+ points. He has missed a few games this year but Brassard is not finding his way in Pittsburgh and Jim Rutherford is not pleased with him as well. Do not be surprised to see Brassard on the move soon. He has just 13 points in 36 games. He was ranked 195 coming into the year and is now ranked 447.
  10. Kevin Shattenkirk, based on the contract and how unpleasing it has been for Ranger fans to see his production since coming to the Big Apple. Shattenkirk has not been able to stay healthy, let alone out of his way in the d-zone this year. Shattenkirk is a number three-four defenseman on an under skilled Rangers blue line. He was ranked 175 coming into the year and is now ranked 500. Sure he has missed games but 2 goals, 10 assists and 2 power play points in 37 games is disappointing.
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Fantasy Hockey News: Rakell, Miller, Klefbom out, Hornqvist hits the IR, Shattenkirk, Anisimov out and more!

Injuries:

Rickard Rakell: Is currently listed to miss “at least a few weeks” with a sprained ankle. This could 2-3 or 3-4 probably it won’t exceed anything more than 2-3 weeks I’d imagine. Rakell had 5 goals and 15 assists on the year playing top-three minutes.

Ryan Miller: Out with a sprained MCL expected to miss six weeks at least. Perhaps more due to Miller’s age. This does not affect the Ducks or your roster much but the Ducks did add Chad Johnson off waivers.

Oscar Klefbom: Just went Klefbom was getting things going and back to his 2016-17 season self, he now is expected to miss several weeks, the injury is just disclosed as a “hand injury” therefore we don’t know the severity of it. Expect to see Klefbom out for about 4-5 weeks.

Patric Hornqvist: The 31-year-old and Penguins top-six forward is listed on the injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Due to the vagueness of the injury it can be only a short period of time. As of now it seems Hornqvist injury is not a concussion but coach Mike Sullivan did say

“We were hoping he would progress faster, but that hasn’t happened,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “Right now he’s status quo – day-to-day with an upper body injury.”

Kevin Shattenkirk: Out at least two weeks a maximum of four weeks it seems with a separated shoulder. Shattenkirk was skating on the third d-pair and second power play. This is not a major loss for a young Rangers team that is doing fairly well but a blow to Shattenkirk’s confidence. On the year he has 1 goal and 7 assists.

Artem Anisimov: Is out indefinitely with a concussion. There is never a timetable to return on concussion being that it is very person-to-person based. But with Anisimov out Dylan Sikura gets called up from the AHL.

Michael Ferland: He was taken out of Tuesday game with a concussion, he was not feeling well and sat the rest of the game. He has been back and forth right now for the last week and this exit recently means he will miss the next two games for Carolina and re-evaluated soon.

Nearing returns;

Matt Murray: The Penguins two-time Stanley Cup champion has not been able to stay healthy for nearly a year and a half now. He has missed the last three and a half weeks (out since November 17th). Murray was activated off the IR and is said to be the Penguins no.2 goaltender moving forward. I would expect a very small role out of Murray over the next two weeks.

Paul Statsny: The veteran center is nearing a return, he has missed 29 games this season. Statsny practiced today and stayed with the extras but it seems Gerrard Gallant is monitoring the situation and will give a game-time decision on Statsny. When back, which is probably going to be the weekend he is expected to play with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch.

 

 

New York Rangers is it time to worry?

I have not thrown my two senses in about the Rangers in quite some time, I usually like to remain a bit quiet while the season goes on. At this moment it is harder for me to remain quiet, and I think it is fair to say the Rangers are not looking too hot right now.

The New York Rangers are on a three-game losing streak, have dropped five of their last ten games and currently sit only one point away from being knocked out of a wild-card spot. The big concern for me is the lack of scoring on this team while allowing five-plus goals in back to back games. Understood the Islanders and Penguins have very solid offenses but as a playoff caliber team, these games cannot be games where they get blown out. Also if we look at the Rangers three wins in the last ten games, they come against two of the worst teams in the NHL, in which they barely beat them as well.

New York RangersNow, we can sit here and nitpick all of this teams problem, but let’s not. They are missing one of their top six forwards and lack some center depth but, the main problem has to be goal scoring, defensive accountability, and their power-play. The Rangers have not been a high scoring team in their last ten, nor really all season. In the last ten games they have scored 14 goals and on the season they have 129 goals(15th in the NHL). It is understood and known coming into this season the Rangers probably lacked depth scoring/goal scoring in general. Another concern we have to look at that goes hand and hand with goal scoring is how inefficient the Rangers power play has been, over the last ten games they are 1/14 on the power play and on the season have an 18.7 power play percentage. Once a top-five power play team has dropped to 18th in the league now.

Another area of concern here is the Rangers defensive accountability, two players that come to mind when I hear this is Kevin Shattenkirk and Nick Holden. The fact I have just categorized Shattenkirk and Holden in the same sentence concerns me. But let’s be brutally honest Shattenkirk has not been the player we expected and his defensive turnovers and poor decisions with the puck make it even harder to look at him for just his offensive capability. Which has not been there consistently all season.

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You can love Shattenkirk all you want, but I am not pleased with his year so far. First off he has not scored in 28 games, wow. Secondly, he has two assists over the last month of play and two power-play points. Over the last ten games he has 1 point, and a -7 plus/minus rating and last but not least has been an absolute liability in the defensive end with the puck. If this guy cannot turn around his play this season he will have a tough time excelling in New York. Now, I say Nick Holden’s name because he plays top minutes usually paired with Ryan McDonagh and if you are going to be playing those minutes, you better be playing like a top-four defenseman, which he is not. Holden just concerns me because he is extremely inconsistent and some games he looks there while others he looks like he is still in the locker room. Luckily he is gone after this season because, a pairing of McDonagh-Shattenkirk, Skeji-Smith/D’Angelo sounds good to me.

What can be done to help this though? There are a lot of things that can be done, switching the offensive lines up(or moving one/two guys around), asking Rick Nash if he wants to score anytime soon(has not scored in 12 games), seeing if Kevin Shattenkirk remembers how to play defense and offense at the same time, asking the Rangers defense as a whole to step up, staying out of the penalty box, maybe acquiring a top-six forward(Evander Kane?). There are a ton of questions and answers about this team but at this very moment, as a Rangers fan and knowing how tight this Metropolitan division and wild-card race has been, you have to be worried a bit. Nothing to panic about yet, but we are getting very close to that marker.

NHL Preview: New York Rangers 2017-18, Hayes Year, Zibanejads Role, Lundqvist Age…

New York Rangers(48-28-6; 4th Metropolitan): The Rangers came flying out of the gate to start the season, at one point they lead the NHL in goals for and goals for per game, after coming back to life and slowly tapering off the Rangers and finished in the first wild card spot in a tough Western Conference.

After acquiring Mika Zibanejad last season and now Kevin Shattenkirk the Rangers have a ton of talent on their roster but questions to be answered. With Henrik “The King” Lundqvist turning 36-years-old this season how much longer can he last, better yet can he even continue to perform at the caliber we all know he can for this season? With Derek Stepan out and #1 center position duties for grabs Zibanejad must take the next step to fulfill the #1 center role. Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan McDonagh will lead this Rangers defense with a ton of youth and experience in Anthony DeAngelo, Brady Skeji and Branden Smith. What was an any area of concern the Rangers cleaned up nicely but, now players like Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and Rick Nash must answer the bell on the front end to give this team another shot at Lord Stanley.

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Mika Zibanejad: “Zib” will be asked to play that #1 center role for the Rangers next season, as if he cannot handle it is not a question to ask, more so how will the Rangers fulfill the other two center options now. With Zib centering the first line more than likely with Jimmy Vesey and Rick Nash to his left and right, Zibanejad’s goal scoring ability may not come out much next season, but in 56 games Zibanejad did manage 14 goals and 23 assists in 56 games last season. With the hopes to help Nash get his scoring touch back, Zibanejad will be relied upon heavily by the Rangers and yes the 24-year-old will answer the bell.

Kevin Hayes: Three years now consistently producing 35-40 points, back-to-back rough playoff performances, next year is the year for Hayes to break through, score 25 goals and total 60 points. With the #2 center role for next season, Hayes will have Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider to play alongside, so there’s no reason to not see him produce 60 points. Hayes will have a ton of pressure and even more so come post season play if he does make a difference in the lineup. Hayes has the size, ability and shot to be a top forward in the NHL, with a bit more speed and better decision making in situational scenarios Hayes will be a great center for years to come for New York.

Kevin Shattenkirk: After coming to Washington and not living up to expectations Shattenkirk found himself in the free agency frenzy. Months later Shatty landed in New York and became the piece the Rangers needed. Although he is more so an offensive defenseman the Rangers need to ramp up their powerplay efficiency, and Shattenkirk will be a great addition to the offensive side of things. Despite his blunders in the defensive zone I think many fans can agree Kevin Shattenkirk is better than Marc Staal. Shattenkirk will have a ton of pressure and lights shining bright on him at Madison Square Garden with the hopes to help the Rangers push deeper into the playoffs, Shattenkirk will be a major part of the Rangers success.

Henrik Lundqvist: Obvious one here, after a not so “King” like season many fans have questioned Lundqvist’s efficiency to remain an elite goaltender. Despite all the noise, the Rangers seem to trust Lundqvist for a few more years after letting Antti Raanta walk. Lundqvist has been the backbone to the Rangers success for the last 8 years, as if he won’t be able to do it again seems like a way for the media to spin a story. Lundqvist has posted 35 plus wins since 2006-2007 season and a career GAA of 2.32 and almost 750 career games started. Lundqvist has been here, understands the pressure and I think he’ll be just fine next season.

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New York Rangers: What the Kevin Shattenkirk move means?!

We’ve had a few days to process this one, jump for joy, text or argue with fellow divisional fans, tweet out our emotions and sit back in awe at the latest New York Rangers signing.

Kevin Shattenkirk is officially a New York Ranger. And a NY Ranger for four years. Shattenkirk was a highly anticipated free agent this year and much of the 2016-2017 season. After being shipped to Washington it was obvious Shattenkirk was not staying with St. Louis and Washington did not have the cap space to sign him back. Therefore making him a UFA, and when Shattenkirk hit the market a lot of rumors were being thrown about where he would go. Boston, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils were the three most talked about destinations for Shattenkirk. As the date got closer, New Jersey was said to be a definite and Shattenkirk were to land there. Minutes after 12 P.M. some information was released that Shattenkirk signed with the Rangers, but nothing was official, that information died down for a few hours until it finally came out to be true.

(Credit to Sports Centre for the photo & Frank Seravalli, Kevin Weeks for the information)

Now with Shattenkirk officially signed to New York, was does this mean for Ranger fans. It means a lot, to be honest. After watching Marc Staal and Dan Girardi sporting a top-four defensive role, it is finally refreshing for Ranger fans to see a different top four. Shattenkirk provides the Rangers with a boost on the power play, offensive puck moving ability and a nice complement to captain Ryan McDonagh. An expected top four for New York looks like,

  • Shattenkirk-McDonagh
  • Smith-Skeji

Not amazing but tremendously better than having Dan Girardi and or Marc Staal paired there. Shattenkirk added 56 points over 80 games last season, a 50 point per year defensemen is never a bad thing to add to a very weak defense. Shattenkirk has consistently added 45 plus points per year since the 2013-2014 season, whilst adding 25 plus points since 2013-2014 on the powerplay. For a team that has power play struggles a 25 power play point go’er defensemen is never a negative either. Shattenkirk rarely misses games also so Ranger fans can assure him to be healthy and be playing full time all season, which in years past has been hard to come by for Rangers top defenseman.

Anyway one looks at it the Shattenkirk signing only helps the Rangers defense and overall team. Although Shattenkirk is not a defensive defenseman, which Ranger fans would have liked, the defensive pairing number two will help give that to the Rangers. If Skjei can learn to use his skating ability effectively and not get too eager in certain situations then Smith and Skeji will play a more defensive type of role for the Rangers, that’s if the two are even paired together.

Now for four years at $26.6 million with an AAV of $6.5 million is a bit much for 50 point defenseman some may say, but what other teams were offering Shattenkirk it is a bit of a pay cut for the 28-year-old defensemen. Also being 28-years-old with a four-year deal assures that the Rangers will have the option to sign him back once he turns 32-years-old or let him walk. The Rangers are getting Shattenkirk at a perfect age as he is still in his prime with plenty of great hockey to be played.

On top of all that Shattenkirk is a New York native, lifetime Ranger fan and growing up watching the Rangers and dreamed of playing for the New York Rangers one day. Shattenkirk fulfills his lifelong dream and comes to the Rangers. In October a lot of questions remain over Shattenkirk’s head, with a lot of expectations to fulfill, but for now, nothing is to be guaranteed from Shattenkirk so for now, Ranger fans and hockey fans appreciate this move for Shattenkirk.

NHL Team Free Agency Grades

Well holy hell, did anyone keep up to date what occurred in the NHL today. Well if not that’s what I’m here for. Here are some teams signings, along with my grade for them this free agency.

New York Rangers Free Agency Grade: B+. Acquiring Kevin Shattenkirk and Ondrej Pavelec was a step in the right direction, but the Rangers still lack a defensive defenseman and some center depth. But Shattenkirk was the most talked about free agent on the market. A lot of rumblings were said that Shattenkirk was weighing his options between New Jersey, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. Earlier in the day, some information was leaked that Shattenkirk agreed to terms with the Rangers for 4 years $6.9 mil AAV, but then it was said to be misreported and not true. Talks about Shattenkirk died down for about an hour or so until it was finally official that he agreed to terms with the Rangers for 4 years $6.5 mil AAV. The now 28-year-old defensemen join the Rangers blueline with Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skeji, Brendan Smith and Nick Holden. Oh, Marc Staal too. Shattenkirk the NY native, grew up a Rangers fan and now finally gets to live his dream as skating onto the MSG ice wearing that Blueshirt crest. Ondrej Pavelec signed for 1 year $1.3 million, a simple move to allow their young goaltending to develop a bit longer and give Henrik Lundqvist some time off if need be, Pavelec can step in and play 20 plus games in relief.

Toronto Maple Leafs Free Agency Grade: B-. Toronto had two relatively small but significant signings today, one being Dominic Moore and other being Ron Hainsey. Two guys who pack a load of experience and a lot of depth to their respected positions. Moore signed for 1 year, $1 mil deal. Moore will come in and play a third or fourth line center role but will provide exceptional guidance and dependency for Toronto’s young guys. Being that Moore is 36-years-old Toronto I think everyone understands this signing. Along with Ron Hainsey who just won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hainsey has played a total of 14 NHL seasons, complying a total of 907 career games. With Toronto’s success last year, Hainsey will add experience and depth to this young Toronto blue line.

Florida Panthers Free Agency Grade: B-. Florida makes the smart decision in bringing back defensemen Alex Petrovic to 1 year at $1.8 mil, the 25-year-old defensemen has the potential to grow, he played relatively large minutes for Florida next year. Bringing Evgeny Dadonov back from the KHL was a move many cannot highlight because Dadonov has spent some time outside the NHL now and what he can bring to Florida is goal scoring but what he can do in the NHL due to his small amount of games at the NHL level, but for $4 million over three years is not terrible for the Russian goal scorer. Another veteran signing in Radim Vrbata was a good move for Florida being that they’re relatively younger on the front end of things, Vrbata adds some veteran leadership with goal scoring and a two-way game as well. And at 1 year $2.5 million, Florida won’t have to worry about keeping him around too long. Vrbata had 20 goals and 35 assists in 81 games last season for Arizona.

Vancouver Canucks Free Agency Grade: C+. Vancouver was very active this free agency season, first off signing Sam Gagner, Andress Nilsson, and Michael Del Zotto, while letting Ryan Miller go. Gagner signed for 3 years at $9.45 million AAV, that’s $3.15 mil a year. Not terrible considering the year Gagner had last year, but what weapons does he have to work with in Vancouver, Sedin brothers, Loui Eriksson, Gagner had much better talent around him and scored much of his points on the powerplay. So $3.15 mil a year may be over paying the streaky winger. Michael Del Zotto, I’ll flat out say 2 years at $6 million, overpaid completely. Del Zotto is 27-years-old so the 2 years is smart in that sense, but Del Zotto has yet to play a full season since 2009, his first year in the league. Since then he’s yet to put any substantial numbers that justify him for $3 mil a year. Anders Nilsson is being brought in either to compete with Jacob Markstrom or back up Markstrom the deal doesn’t hurt the Canucks in the goaltending aspect but doesn’t help their goaltending issue either. Nilsson at 2 years $5 million is nothing to be going crazy over but it’s not a terrible signing. If he can play the starting role and stand strong then the $2.5 mil a year doesn’t look too bad.

Tampa Bay Lightning Free Agency Grade: B. Flat B, not terrible but nothing to say that the Lightning got substantial better heading into next season. Signing Dan Girardi to 2 years $6 million, an AAV of $3 million is good for the veteran defensemen. Lightning definitely needed to add some depth, experience, and grit to their blueline and with signing Dan Girardi they did that. Along with Chris Kunitz for 1 year $2 million, gives the Lightning the much-needed depth and playoff experience needed on the front end. Tampa Bay had a bit of down year after losing captain Steven Stamkos for 85% of the season and missing the playoffs, the Lightning seems to have their eyes on heading back to the playoffs next season with these two veteran signings.