We’re past the mid-point of the shortened season. It seems like only yesterday fantasy hockey kicked off – and now we're in crunch time already. Let's get to some letters!
What should I do with Ian White? He has been scratched since returning from injury and wasn't producing before he got injured. Drop him or will he turn it around?
Tell him to hit the road. Stick a fork in him, he's done. Playing with Nicklas Lidstrom last year really helped his numbers and I believe that a second year with Lidstrom would have been enough to leave a lasting mark on his play. But unfortunately, he just had the one year, so his game is back to where it's always been. He's starting to get back into Mike Babcock's good books, but I'd be surprised if he picked up 10 points going forward.
Pekka Rinne or Jonathan Quick? I have been proposed a trade offer (I have Rinne) and am not sure if I should take it. Thanks for the help
Talon, Oshawa, Ont.
Two weeks ago I don't do that deal. Today I do. Quick's shutout Monday was just what the doctor ordered. Meanwhile, Rinne may turn things around, but Nashville doesn't strike me as a playoff team this year so the wins will be hard to come by.
Hey Dobber, I think I could get either Niklas Kronwall or P.K. Subban if I give up Nail Yakupov. First, should I even give up Yakupov and second, who has better value, Kronwall or Subban? Keeper league stats: G, A, plus-minus, PIMs.
Gerry, Coquitlam, B.C.
Hey Gerry, Subban is far superior in fantasy hockey. More upside, solid in the other categories and he's still on the rise. If defensemen have roster spots in your league, than trading Yakupov for Subban is a must.
I'm in a keeper fantasy league, head-to-head with full scoring categories. Once a year, we can protect whomever we wish on our roster. For cap reasons, I need to decide who to drop – Byfuglien or Enstrom. What would you do?
Iris, Claresholm, Alta.
I would drop Enstrom. Byfuglien offers too much in other categories.
In a keeper league that allows two player keepers and one goalie. Rinne and Corey Perry are for sure, but have dilemma for second keeper. Who would you keep between Jakub Voracek and Jeff Skinner?
Joe, from parts unknown
While I like Skinner's upside, I don't like the injuries over the past two years. So for that reason only, I would go with the breakout player Voracek.
Hi Dobber! What do you think about Mike Green? Are his days as a top fantasy d-man over? He was terrible last season, though that's probably because of the injuries. At the start of this year things looked better, he seemed to get rid of the nagging groin injury during the lockout, but now he's again constantly on IR.
Jani, Oulu, Finland
Hi Jani! I think Green's days as a top dog in fantasy hockey are over. That being said, I would still treat him as a top prospect – unproven, but with lots of potential. But no longer would I treat him as even a steady 50-point player.
Keeper League, standard points. Would you trade Rick Nash for Alex Ovechkin?
Absolutely. And I wouldn't feel upset if Ovechkin continued to be a 65-point player until he retired while Nash turned into this 85-point super-stud. It's a risk I'd happily and willingly take – 120-point players don't grow on trees, no matter how unlikely it is that Ovechkin will get back there. He's been there and that's enough for me.
I have Jaroslav Halak as one of my starting goalies for my fantasy team and he hasn't been playing well at all after his injury. Should I pick up Jake Allen (his backup)? Or should I ride out this slump Halak is having? Allen is playing like Halak should be.
Yes, I think that would be a wise move. I can't explain Halak's drop-off this year, but it doesn't look like it will end any time soon. And Brian Elliott has completely lost his mojo, so I won't even go there.
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