Jaromir Jagr has done it all in the NHL, from winning the Stanley Cup (twice) to winning the Art Ross Trophy (five times), the Hart Trophy and the Pearson Award—now known as the Lindsay Award—(three times). The 41-year-old Czechoslovakian native is eighth in the all-time NHL scoring list and first among active players.
But Jagr showed his true colors in the 2013 playoffs. He hasn't just lost a single step; he's lost a few steps.
While Jagr might end up passing the great Mario Lemieux with 36 more points this season, Jagr has signed with an offensively starved team in the New Jersey Devils.
If the Devils were hurting for goals last season with Ilya Kovalchuk out for an extended period and Zach Parise not with the team since its Stanley Cup Final run in 2012, the team's offensive future was bleak.
Jagr can now only provide support to a team. He cannot lead it.
While Pete Jensen of the NHL.com Fantasy Hockey team argues that Jagr will "remain a fantasy commodity" in this upcoming season, the fact remains that Jagr is way past his prime.
Jensen then justifies himself by offering caution to prospective fantasy owners that Jagr is coming off of "the least productive playoff run of his NHL career."
While Jagr will almost certainly put up another 30-point season, the fact of the matter is that there are much better options in a typical 12-team setup. Drafting Jagr would only be ideal if he is eligible in fantasy leagues for a LW/RW designation.
There are much more promising players than Jagr. Take a waiver on "68" this time around.