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Fantasy Hockey Rebound Players for 2012/13

by chewy 10. September 2012 14:02

Often times the best value to be found at the draft table is on players who recently suffered a downturn, but are poised to turn things around.  Sometimes you have to just forgive and forget. Last season is in the past and let's move on. Here are some guys who should see a significant rebound in their production this season.




Jeff Carter                     LOS         

It was a fascinating season for Carter, as he journeyed through highs and lows before ending the season with a Stanley Cup held over his head. He was traded twice, and injured multiple times, which prevented him from finding any kind of chemistry or rhythm. He ultimately was able to contribute for LA and should be ready for a fresh start in 2012. Expect a bounce back in goal and point totals this year, in the neighborhood of 35 / 70.


Matt Duchene                     COL         

Duchene set the bar pretty high with his first two seasons, which made last year's troubles so disappointing. If the Avs are going to improve, it will have to be on the shoulders of this man. 2012-13 was significantly interrupted by a sever knee injury in late December. He never found his form after that and finished with just 28 points in 58 games. He may fall off the map for most in your draft, so put the ole * next to his name and snag him in a late round. A fresh start should help him get back into fantasy relevance. Remember, he's just 21 years old and his best is still to come.


Alex Ovechkin                     WAS         

The last two seasons have been disappointments for fans of #8, who had grown accustomed to seeing him dominate the league for first five years of his career. So, can he get back to that level again? Perhaps only Adam Oates knows. Last season, Ovechkin ranked 30th in total fantasy value. It's hard to imagine him finishing that low again. Look for a big correction in 2012-13.


Derek Roy                     DAL         

Roy has average a mere 40 points over the last two seasons. 2011 can be explained, since he only played 35 contests and scored 35 points. What happened last year is a mystery. 80 games, 44 points, and a ticket to Dallas. I'm not ready to write off this talented center, particularly since he has a new start and will be feeding Jagr early in the year. Expect a comeback.


Chris Stewart                     STL         

2011-12 was a complete write-off for Stewart, who all but disappeared from the fantasy picture. This followed a couple of seasons where he projected as a top notch power forward. The adjustment to St. Louis has not been easy. He still provides plenty of PIMs, but will need to regain the goal-scoring touch that netted back-to-back 28 goal seasons. You can target him late on the hopes of a comeback season.




Drew Doughty                     LOS         

Doughty was a colossal disappointment through the first half of last season. By the end of the season, and certainly after lifting the Cup, memories of the big-contract hangover were long gone. Through January 2011, he had managed just 2 goals. He closed the season with 10 goals and 36 points. With a Cup ring on his finger, he is poised to challenge for some personal hardware this time around.


Mike Green                     WAS         

Has there ever been such a dramatic fall from grace for a fantasy hockey superstar? After consecutive seasons with 70+ points, the last two years for Green have been horrific. He hasn't been healthy for a long time, which obviously limited his chances. When he did play, he struggled to understand his role in the new-look controlled Capitals systems. He was the heart of the run and gun Capitals and found himself wondering what his role is. Assuming he's healthy, he still has the raw talent to be a huge fantasy factor. It may come down to Adam Oates and how much of a green light he gives Green. Green claims to be healthy and optimistic about the 2012 coaching situation, so this could be the steal of the draft if you catch him with a mid-round selection.


Tyler Myers                     BUF         

Myers has now recorded 3 season in the NHL and has seen his stats drop each year, following his Calder Trophy year. Last season was largely interrupted by a broken wrist that held him out for all of December. The Sabres came on strong down the stretch last season, as did Myers. Expect a big time bounce back for his fantasy value in 2012-13.


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