Injuries are part of all fantasy sports. It’s how you find quality replacements that can make or break the situation.
In the DobberHockey Expert’s League, I swapped Alex Ovechkin, Micheal Ryder, Zdeno Chara and Dan Ellis for Brendan Morrow, Martin St. Louis, Dennis Wideman and Marty Turco. All in all it was a fair deal at the time, and it brought stability to my goalie situation, while giving me a more balanced offense. Boom, then comes the big news, the day the trade passes, Brendan Morrow makes headline news, gone for the year with torn ACL… I instantly thought my season was done. But I guess the hockey gods are shining down on me, as I managed to cope with the loss of one of fantasy hockey’s best players and I’m actually leading the Dobber Expert Pool by two points.
So with Ovechkin I was second last, without him I’m first, what gives? Anyway, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at some heart-breaking injuries to some key fantasy players and find out who are some quality replacements that are capable of filling those shoes while they temporarily recover on the IR.
– Shawn Horcoff and Sammy Pahlsson both lead the Western Conference in faceoff wins with 470. Mikko Koivu continues to tag along in third with 465.
– Koivu has the most power-play faceoffs won in the Western Conference with 114.
– Wojtek Wolski registered six points this past week, and really is benefiting from gaining a top-line role alongside Ryan Smyth and Milan Hedjuk, look for his numbers to maintain that pace as long as he keeps that roster spot.
– There were 10 Western Conference players ranked in the top-25 in Yahoo rankings last week.
– Dustin Brown maintains the lead in the Western Conference with 154 hits, he now trails Brooks Orpik in the NHL lead.
– Kyle Wellwood took a another hit this week as his shooting percentage fell to 28.0%. As stated in the previous articles, Wellwood's SH% will plummet as the season progress, can anyone say TIMBER!!! Tomas Holmstrom takes second place with a 25.5 shooting percentage and Loui Eriksson rounds out the top-three with a 22.8%.
– Teemu Selanne continues to lead the league with 13 power-play goals, Brad Boyes is taking advantage of the absence and now has 11, while Ryan Clowe and Keith Tkachuk is sitting pretty with 10 each.
– Marek Zidlicky, Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Marleau, and Bobby Ryan all tallied two power-play markers last week.
– Dustin Brown is firing a ton of bombs on opposing goalies as he maintained his Western Conference lead with 178 shots on goal. He’s now dropped to third after Philadelphia's Jeff Carter is beginning to fire away at opposing goalies. Marian Hossa isn't far behind with 175 while Henrik Zetterberg is third with 157.
– Andrew Ladd registered 19 shots on goal this past week, while Bobby Ryan and Wojtek Wolski, both benefiting from injuries on their respective teams registered 17 each.
– Shane O’Brien continues to maintain his NHL lead in PIMs, he has 124 in 45 games played. David Backes who I mentioned a few weeks earlier is now catching up with 113. He has 30 point upside as well as the PIMs, and should be a must own in most roto leagues.
– Brad Staubitz had 15 PIMs this past week, he's only a temporary fill-in for the sharks so I wouldn't put too much emphasis on his PIMs