The Teemu Selanne Conundrum

Josh VanceContributor IOctober 30, 2008

It's hard to believe that less than a month into the season Teemu Selanne is only owned by just over 60 percent of fantasy teams. Teemu, now 38 years old, broke into the league during the '92-'93, season setting rookie records for goals and points as well as tying Alexander Mogilny for most goals in the NHL by a European born player.

Since rejoining the Ducks in 2005, Selanne has played in 199 games racking up 106 goals, 108 assists, and 214 points with a +19 rating, 136 PIMs, and solid power play numbers.

Over the past two seasons Selanne has set franchise records for the Ducks in career points, career goals, career power-play goals, single-season power-play goals, and playoff points.

Despite these recent accomplishments, Selanne has found himself labeled as "dispensable" in the minds of fantasy owners with his, and the Ducks', slow start. But that is about to change.

Selanne showed flashes of brilliance as he nearly single-handedly dismantled the Detroit Red Wings with three goals on four shots as the Ducks went on to win 5-4 in OT. Teemu has put up five goals and one assist over the past week, bringing his season total (over 11 games) to six goals with one assist.

A quick glance at the message boards in various fantasy leagues shows a flurry of anticipation and regret with topics like "Selanne HELP!!!!" and "Teemu, I told you so."

Advice: While one solid game doesn't mean everything, it does show Selanne looks to be returning to his old self again. Expect there to be a rush to the waiver/free agent market as managers check their collective rosters and see the night's events.