NHL's Unplucked Gems: Five Underperforming Star Trade Candidates
It’s the start of the second half of the NHL season and stretch run for fantasy leagues. Unplucked Gems will take a look at player having disappointing season for some top round fantasy picks. These players have played below expectations, some due to poor performance teams, some failed to back up last season, and they make for grade trade candidates to get your team into the playoffs and win your league.
Oh what a season it’s been for the former 1st overall pick. The New Jersey Devils $100 million dollar man has been the biggest disappointment for fantasy owners this season. Going in the 1st round in most fantasy drafts, he is just now starting to score goals and put up points.
There is really nowhere to go up this season for Kovalchuk, he’s heard boos from the Devils fateful and questions about his enormous contract that‘s on the books for 15 years. Don’t look at the overall numbers, it will only depress you, look at the past month and Kovalchuk is scored 10 points in 13 games and posting power play points.
He’ll skate in all offensive situations and the low overall numbers should help you acquire as most owners want to abandon ship.
Wins in Calgary won’t be plentiful in the second half of the season but if you can be sure Kipper will be in net when they happen. The oft used Finnish goaltender has been one of the most dependable netminders in the past few seasons but franchise turmoil and the possibility of depleted rosters for the Flames have left tough times in Cowtown.
Kiprusoff should end up with 30+ wins, a serviceable save percentage and a good buy low candidate or low cost trade throw in.
High expectations were placed on Doughty this year after this big season last year. While LA has been a great source for fantasy talent, Doughty hasn’t put up the consistent numbers of a top defenseman.
He’s had a few short point streaks but his low point total and few shots on goal; he often ends up with the dreaded 0 stat line. The ability is certainly there for Drew and the talent around him on the Kings will make for a big numbers by the end of the season.
After digging himself a deep hole with a horrendous start to the season, the 6”8 Sabres defenseman has been showing flashes of his Calder Trophy winning play.
He has also shown flashes of a sophomore slump and making more defensive mistakes make him a risk for plus/minus. Myers is more suited for head-to-heads leagues were it is easier to handle a minus player and the Sabres have found their scoring ways again so expect him to put together a point streak or two.
Marty has been one of the victims of the New Jersey struggling, frustrating owners with the worst season of his career. The future Hall of Famer sports an ugly .895 save percentage and only 10 wins on the season.
The good news is with the Devils improved play, Marty has picked it up lately and could pull in wins down the stretch. Most fantasy owners will be happy to ship out Brodeur and the Devils should stay with him as they don’t have a standout backup in Johan Hedberg and there has to be some reason to attend a Devils game for fans.