Continuing with the next set of recap columns from the pre-season, this week I'll carry my 15-3-2 record from the last couple of weeks and review my Not With a 10-Foot Pole column from back in August.
Last season I went a very run-of-the-mill 8-6-4 in my column, so hopefully I had a rebound year and fared much better.
Here is my list of players from the Western Conference that you won't likely find on my fantasy rosters in 2010-11:
Joffrey Lupul Ana
I know I slotted Lupul into my sleepers column for the fantasy guide, but I'm going to pull a quick 180 based on the info coming out of Anaheim. The latest news is that Lupul is suffering another blood infection in his back and won't even start training till September 20 when his next rounds of antibiotics are finished. Give or take another month to get back into game shape and you're probably looking at the beginning of November, at the earliest, before he even suits up for a game. By then Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan, Dan Sexton, or Jason Blake would have sorted out the top-six and Loops would have missed the gravy train. Consider him a mid-season acquisition rather than someone to actively seek during your pre-season drafts.
Lupul returned from his back injury in early December, but couldn't find the rhythm to his game. He managed to garner only 13:13 of overall ice-time per game and couldn't get into a role of responsibility with the Ducks organization, which subsequently led to him being moved to the Leafs for Francois Beauchemin. He ended up being a great mid-season pickup when he notched 18 points in 28 contests in TO, but wasn't much of a hit in Anaheim. Maaasquito Bite: HIT
Daymond Langkow Cal
At a price tag of $4.5 mil this season, that's a huge amount of cash to just bury on the third line, but that's the most likely scenario that will happen with Langkow this campaign. Sutter brought back Olli Jokinen for a second tour of duty, and combining that with the services of Matt Stajan, I just don't know where the Flames are going to slot Langkow into their line up. Ice-time will be the key for the veteran Edmontonian, and I just don't think he'll get enough of it to be productive fantasy-wise in 2010.