Following my Western counterparts lead this week, we’ll take a look at the Eastern Conference in the search for big busts. I will also give you my take on what the balance of the season might hold for them.
Fantasy-wise, many Thrashers are doing better than expected. On the bust front, Zach Bogosian has five points in 22 games, which has him on a 16 point pace. Most of us thought he would at least double that this season. As disappointing as Bogosian has been, Ron Hainsey has been absolutely horrid. Only two points in 28 games?
View from the Edge: Okay, with the arrival of Dustin Byfuglien, the writing may have been on the wall for Hainsey, but he averaged 33 points in the previous four seasons and is on pace for only five points. He’ll finish with no more than 15 points. Most poolies will consider Bogosian a bust this season due to greater expectations. The 20-year-old will need an injury to either Tobias Enstrom or the aforementioned Byfuglien to produce more than 25 points this season.
Not much negativity on the Bruins this season. You knew on draft day that Marc Savard would likely be out for an extended period. Sure Patrice Bergeron could be doing better than his projected 43 points and maybe rookie Tyler Seguin could be closer to Taylor Hall’s 15 points than his own not so perfect 10. The real disappointment for fantasy owners is the re-emergence of Tim Thomas. That is only if you own the young Tuukka Rask who has started only seven out of a possible 26 games. Rask has a 1-6-1 record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and 0.926 save percentage, but that pales in comparison to his veteran crease-mate’s 14-2-0 record, 1.49 goals-against-average and unreal 0.955 save percentage.
View from the Edge: Thomas will turn 37-years-old in April. He should fall off the pace as the season progresses, opening the door for Rask to potentially fulfill what many thought was his at the end of last season – the number one designation.
There are many candidates in this herd of Buffalo droppings. Literally the biggest might be not so super sophomore Tyler Myers. He has exactly one point in his last nine games and is on pace for 25 points this season, nearly half of what he had in his rookie campaign. For some, Ryan Miller has not done enough with o