After taking a look at players who seemed to have turned into unforeseen princes in my last article, this week I’m focusing on players who’ve been mainly frogs this season when you expected them to be your fantasy team princes. You’ll notice that there have been much more disappointments this season than there have been pleasant surprises.
Note: The values next to each player indicate the pace of production over 82 games based on the player’s per-game production through November 10.
Patrice Bergeron – 47 points Not only does Bergeron have to deal with coming back following serious concussion repercussions last season he has to manage with linemates such as P.J Axelsson and Michael Ryder. Verdict: Frog as long as he plays with current linemates
Zdeno Chara – 23 points Chara hasn’t scored fewer than 39 points in the past five seasons. He’ll snap out of it sooner rather than later. Verdict: Prince
Eric Staal – 49 points Although he averages over a point-per-game over the last three season, Staal has the habit of being very streaky. When he’s hot few players can put up the points like he can. Get him before he hits that hot stride. Verdict: Prince
Jonathan Toews – 6 goals It took Toews 13 games to score his first goal this season. It won’t take 13 more for him to get his second one. Remember that he scored 24 goals in only 64 games last season. He’s getting his shots on goal with 41 so it’s only a matter of time before the puck starts finding the back of the net on a regular basis. Verdict: Prince
Erik Cole – 27 points I applauded the Oilers when they acquired Cole this past offseason and expected him to revert to the near 30-goal form he displayed in Carolina before last season. However, he hasn’t clicked with any linemate yet in Edmonton despite lining up with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky to start the season. Verdict: Second half Prince
Dustin Penner – 22 points I am not a fan of Dustin Penner. I didn’t believe his 29 goals in 2006-07 were for real and even his 23 goals last season were a pleasant surprise. While his production is bound to increase, I won’t be surprised on the other hand if he fails to reach 20 goals this season. Verdict: Frog
Sam Gagner – 12 points It’s been a very difficult season for the sophomore following a surprising 49-point season as a rookie. He got the opportunity to play on the top line next to Hemsky during the last couple of games, but