I’m Just Not That Into You

Dobber Sports

2009-08-13

Richards

 

 

Every year there are players who I end up ranking so low on my one year draft lists that I know almost for a certainty that they will not be on my team.  It could be because there is so much hype on a player that someone will surely take them long before they enter my draft radar.

 

Perhaps a recent addition or subtraction to a player's team will reduce my projection for that player. I will mark down a player if they spent their summer rehabbing a serious injury or are going to start the season nursing an injury that could nag them all year.

 

I am also very reluctant to draft rookies in one year pools. They are unproven and are just as likely to disappoint as they are to equal their sometimes lofty first year projections.

 

Here is my list of players from the Eastern Conference I will likely not draft this season:

 

Todd White & Slava Kozlov Atl

The 34-year-old White just had a career year, recording 73 points. Kozlov is 39-years young and coming off a 76 point season. While it is possible that they can both come close to repeating those numbers again this season, it's a risk better left to your competitors.

 

Phil Kessel & David Krejci Bos

These two special K's are coming off of serious surgeries and will have spent an entire summer rehabilitating their respective injuries. Both were slated to require four to six months recovery time and that puts their return sometime in November and that's providing there are no set backs. That's no way to start a season or build upon the numbers they recorded last season.

 

Tim Connolly Buf

He is one of the more frustrating fantasy players to own due to his penchant for missing games, yet still posting near point per game numbers. Over the last five seasons, Connolly has missed 249 games, an average of 50 games per season! I believe if he plays more than 60 games this season, the Sabres training and medical staff will receive a Nobel nomination in the field of medicine.

 

Mike Cammalleri Mtl

The perfect storm of a career year, the signing of a long term contract and heading to a team with a notoriously defensive-minded coach, all equal one huge flashing neon sign… DON'T DRAFT ME SO HIGH…DON'T DRAFT ME SO HIGH!!

 

Zach Parise NJ

The departure of Brent Sutter and the arrival of Jacques Lemaire may seem like a push, but the style employed by Sutter was more of a responsible one than the purely defensive scheme like the one employed by Lemaire. Parise is supremely tal