Draft Guru - Notes

Landshark Hockey breaks down your Fantasy Hockey Draft. Select the category for insight on NHL players to help plan your draft list.


Injury

The guys on this list tend to frequent the E.R. and in turn, will hurt your fantasy roster. Some of these guys have known injuries going into the season, while others have a history that should not be ignored. If you drafted Peter Forsberg in the last 5 years, you should pay close attention here.

Offense

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins     EDM Nugent-Hopkins seemed to be poised for a big season in his 3rd go in the NHL; however, a should injury will make him late to the party. He will miss the start of the season. Wait and see on his status before spending an early or mid-round pick.

Defense

Raphael Diaz     NYR Through two NHL season, the tiny Swiss defenseman has been a mixture of productive and hurt. He sat out half of last season with a concussion, which places him on permanent injury watch in the fantasy world. He finished healthy, logging more than 20 minutes a game for Montreal, so he should be a safe bet out of the gate.
Sheldon Souray     ANA Missing the majority of this season due to injury may spell the end of the line, at least in terms of fantasy relevancy, for the aging veteran. No draft value.
James Wisniewski     COB Wisniewski has been a chronic injury concern for fantasy owners. When on the ice, his goal scoring has been a significant factor. However, a variety of ailments have derailed him on an annual basis throughout his 8-year NHL career. He finished last season healthy, averaging 23+ minutes a game, so no reason to believe he won't produce in the early going this season.

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