The Fat Lady Has Sung

Ryan Ma

2009-04-28

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The first round of the Western Conference playoffs are nearly over as we have two teams who were ousted in quick four-game sweeps. We’ll do a quick assessment of their players with fantasy significance and take a look at what could be in store for them next season.   

 

Columbus

Five Stars

R. J. Umberger – Three goals in four contests, while firing nine shots on goal in the series. Umberger should maintain a top-six role with the Blue Jackets next season, so look for him to split time centering Rick Nash.

Four Stars

None

Three Stars

Rick Nash – Probably expected more from the best offensive player on the Jacket’s squad, but he was pretty much locked down by the Red Wing’s defense throughout the series. With another year, and finally some post-season experience Nash should finally top the 80 point mark next season.

Kris Russell – Played well throughout the series, averaged 16:40 in ice-time per contest, and 2:03 on the power-play. Look for him to be the number one PP QB for Columbus heading into next season along with a sharp rise in fantasy production.

Raffi Torres – Another player that stepped up big this post-season, used his size up front, and played with physicality.  Unfortunately he won’t crack the top-six next season, but could make a decent 35-40 point as a third liner.

Two Stars

Freddy Modin – Finished with only one point in four contests. The Jackets really needed some secondary scoring, but unfortunately didn’t get any from Modin. He’ll also be hard-pressed to crack the top-six in Columbus next season, so I wouldn’t expect anything more than 50 points from him.

Jakub Voracek – Probably a border-line player between three and two stars, but I downgraded him because of his lack of scoring during the series. Voracek gained valuable post-season experience, which will greatly further his development. He was second to Nash in shots on goal taken in the series, which shows that he’s beginning to take more responsibility for his offense. Look for him to take the next step forward next season and crack the 50-point plateau.

Steve Mason – I’ll give him a bonus star because he’s a rookie, as he carried the Blue Jackets into their first ever post-season berth. But other than that, he didn’t have a spectacular post-season that many fantasy pundits expected from him. He finished with an atrocious 4.27 GAA and a .8