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