An in-depth look at Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green
I hope everybody is having a great holiday and would like to wish you all the best in 2014. So far this season, we have had some pretty good success identifying some great draft day steals (Gudas, Dubinsky, Grabovski, Downie) as well as some waiver wire finds that have turned into quite valuable fantasy assets (Upshall, Gelinas, MacArthur, Phillips). Today I am going to profile a player who is almost certainly already owned in your league, but who might provide for a great buy-low opportunity: Mike Green.
Back in the '08-09 and '09-10 seasons, Mike Green was the darling of Fantasy Hockey. He was Erik Karlsson before Erik Karlsson was Erik Karlsson. He was putting up over a point per game, while firing almost 450 shots over the two seasons and amassing 73 power-play points, and he pretty much single-handedly won me two leagues in those years. Since that time, he has struggled with consistency and injuries and has actually not scored over 30 points in a season. Last season was a bounce-back campaign of sorts as he was once again on an 82 game pace for more than 60 points and many had Green targeted to get back to the levels of the fantasy elite this season.
Green's return to dominance simply hasn't happened yet this season as he has put up 19 points in 35 games, a 45 point pace that is decent for most defensemen but below the high expectations you may have from Green. He has scored only three goals and he has been relegated to second line power-play duties behind John Carlson, seeing his overall TOI decrease by over a minute compared to last season. Needless to say, there are plenty of frustrated