Draft-day Duds

Eric Maltais


Jonathan Cheechoo


Pretty much a third of the season has gone by, so for those who drafted the likes of Miikka Kiprusoff and Jonathan Cheechoo, hope that they’ll turn it around is about on par with the hope that Britney Spears will become a model citizen. So what do you do with players you can’t stand to see on your roster anymore, but who are too talented to drop to the waiver wire?



My advice is to trade them for similar ilk, players who are also struggling, but who’ll provide you with a change of face that’ll be much easier on your nerves since you didn’t draft them. So here is a list of potential trade partners (in one-year leagues) to look at if you can’t stand your draft day dud anymore.

Thomas Vanek-Ryan Smyth The two are coming off seasons of 43 and 36 goals respectively. Both are on pace to score in the neighborhood of 25 this season. Both are natural goalscorers who could bust out big time soon.

Jonathan Cheechoo-Alexander Semin
One is struggling mightily while the other can’t seem to stay healthy on his feet, or his ankle I should say. I wouldn’t be surprised if neither of them scored 20 goals this season, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they scored 30.

Maxim Afinogenov-Patrick Elias They each have scored four goals this season and I’m starting to lose hope in both players. However, they still play an important role on their respective teams so keep your fingers crossed for a quick turnaround.

Patrick Marleau-Martin Straka Marleau’s playing time has actually gone up lately despite his poor play. Straka has missed half the season to injury, but is also getting twenty minutes of ice time per game now that he’s back at full strength.

Milan Michalek-Shane Doan
Doan is actually having a decent season points wise, but he has scored only six goals, so he should start putting the puck in the net soon. Michalek started off the season nicely, cooled off like he was in Antarctica and has picked it up again lately. Both have encouraging outlooks.

Mikka Kiprusoff-Marc-Andre Fleury Looks crazy, doesn’t it? Who would ever consider trading Kiprusoff for Fleury. But would anyone who owns Fleury trade him for Kiprusoff right now considering that Fleury has given up a mere two goals in the past three games?

Andy McDonald-Tuomo