Q&A runs every other Sunday and today we look at what to do when you have too many centres, along with how you can approach trades in a keeper setting. Maybe now is the time to target P.K. Subban, among others…
I am in the first year of a Head to Head, 10 team keeper league. Our stats are G,A,+/-, S, PIM, Hits, BS, W, GAA,SV%, SO. We play 2 lines and have 4 bench spots available.
My dilemma. I have too many centres and keepers. We can only keep 4 players at the end of the year, and I am having difficulty choosing which centres to play each night since I only have 2 spots.
My Roster:F- Malkin C/RW, Toews C, M. Richards C, Couture C, Skinner C/RW, RNH C, Benn LW/C, Chris Stewart RW, Bobby Ryan LW, D- Seabrook, Edler, Giordano, B. Campbell G- Price, Crawford, Rask
I need another LW eligible player and can upgrade my D/G positions, but who should I deal? who are my keepers going to be? Which G would be an upgrade? I appreciate any help/ suggestions."
Chris: Brandon, let's tackle the keeper side of things first.
I'd say you have a really wide variety of options. Aside from the clear choice of Malkin, I could potentially see going with Ryan and Skinner, especially with Skinner having dual eligibility, as the next two. Barring something big changing between now and summer, I'd feel pretty solid about locking that pair in now with Malkin.
In terms of the fourth choice, you have a lot of options and I wouldn't really be in a rush to name him now or identify him for trade purposes.
On a side note, I like that you have Malkin, Skinner and Benn as guys who can play in two spots for you. On busy nights you never have to use them in a centre slot, which helps.
Back to keepers. If Stewart has a good year in STL (not exactly off to a good start), maybe he'll make the case to be your fourth as a strong power forward. Toews and Richards are solid no matter what, although being a centre hurts their values somewhat.
IMO, none of those D are strong enough to warrant a keeper spot in a top four situation. I do love the Campbell pick-up in general though. He's been a steal for anyone who took him this year.
An argument could easily be made for Carey Price as the fourth keeper. Let's see what he does this season though. Consistency is the biggest factor when you're talking about only four guys to keep. Can he put up stellar stats – not just decent – every year?
And really, if Crawford can deliver another solid year as a starter – which he's on his way to doing – then it'd be tough to leave him out there for someone else to take. That might be a situation where once the season is over, you package Price and Toews for an upgrade somewhere else and hang onto Crawford as your fourth keeper.