Yes, Winter is
officially approaching in a week or so, and it's cold in most corners of the
hockey world. The weather has seemed to
rub off on a number of fantasy options that started the season on a roll, but
have since gone ice cold. It's easy to
get lazy and assume the top stars from October and November are still rolling
at the same pace. This week I'll
highlight a number of players who, for reasons other than injury, have dried up
in terms of daily fantasy production on Draftstreet.
We'll start at the
most important position with some guys who have struggled to put up wins in
Jhonas Enroth (BUF)
Miller's head injury
set the stage for Enroth to go on a run and earn some fantasy points. It just didn't happen. He dropped 3 straight games, averaging 3
goals against. Now, Miller is back and
Enroth is starting to look like just another average backup on a struggling
Jonathan Quick (LA)
Like most of the
Kings, Quick has gone into a serious funk.
After an impressive start to the season, he's become unreliable of late,
and is splitting time with Bernier as the Kings try to find an answer. He's been tagged with a loss in three
straight games, with a GAA over 3 in that span.
Perhaps the coaching change will wake him up.
Corey Crawford (CHI)
Two weeks ago,
Crawford was among the league leaders in wins with 12. He hasn't added to that total since Dec.
2nd. Over his last several starts, he
was benefitting tremendously from a Hawks offensive surge, as he was allowing
close to 4 goals per game. Emery has the
hot hand right now, putting Crawford on the bench for the time being. The Hawks have a tradition of changing number
1 goalies about this point in the season, and Emery is certainly capable of
holding that position. Tough times for
Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM)
Since going the
first 9 games without a regulation loss, Khabibulin has predictably down to
earth. He has just two wins since that
time. He's now rotating in net with
Dubnyk with mixed results.
Loui Eriksson (DAL)
Call him the Ice
Man. After a fantastic start to the
season, it was looking like Eriksson could challenge for the Rocket
Richard. Something changed mid-November. He now has just 1 goal in the pas 13
games. He's without a point in five
Jamie Benn (DAL)
The Dallas woes
aren't limited to Loui. His center has a
similar storyline. Just 1 point in the
last 7 games, after a promising first quarter.
Jordan Staal (PIT)
It's tough to
explain what's happening with Jordan Staal right now, and it couldn't come at a
worse time for wingers in Pittsburgh with Crosby on the shelf again. After a hot stretch in November that saw him
tally 6 goals and 2 assists in 8 games, he's been held without a point in 6
Patrick Marleau (SJ)
It was beginning to
look like Marleau may never find the scoresheet again. His goal on Tuesday night snapped a 7-game
pointless streak. The once reliable
Shark center hasn't recorded an assist since November 19th.
Alex Ovechkin (WAS)
Not that he got off
to a particularly strong start, but it's worth noting that the coaching change
in Washington has done little to light a match here. He has a measley 7 points over his last 15
games. The shots keep coming, but the
points continue to elude the once-dominant winger.
Thomas Vanek (BUF)
Vanek came back from
the opening week in Europe with aspirations of leading the league in goals,
having been there 8 times in the first 10 games. Lately, he's struggled to put points on the
board. He has just 2 in the past 6
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHO)
Larson had become a
nice default option on defense through the first part of the season. He was/is priced very low, and the 5 goals
through through 20 games was a fine pace.
He's now staggered through 9 games without a point. He season total of 8 PIMs further hurt his
fantasy value on Draftstreet.
Alex Pietrangelo (STL)
The coaching change
in St. Louis has done wonders for the Blues in terms of defense, but not in
terms of fantasy production. Pietrangelo
is a prime example of that. He was producing
a fair amount of value on Draftstreet before Hitchcock arrived. He now has gone 6 games without a single
Josh Gorges (MON)
Another one of those
cheap point getters on the D has dried up.
No points in 8 games makes him a hard sell, despite the bargain price
Sheldon Souray (DAL)
13 points in 29
games isn't a bad total for a defensemen, particularly one who was banished to
the AHL last season. However, all of
those points came in the first 14 games.
The cold streak now stands at 15 games and counting.
Drew Doughty (LA)
Doughty is certainly
leading the running for most disappointing fantasy option this season. He has just one lousy assist in the last 14
games, despite logging over 25 minutes a game.
This one is hard to explain.
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