Top 10 shorthanded point players in the NHL today…
A lot of poolies see shorthanded points as a fluke category, one that doesn't deserve attention.
But they couldn't be more wrong. Shorthanded points can make or break your fantasy season, and it's always a good thing when you can incorporate a real-life situation into a fantasy category.
Sure, in real life, it's great if you're a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, knowing your team can kill penalties with the best of them. But if you're in a league with shorthanded points, then it doesn't do you much good knowing they've only scored two shorthanded goals this year, tied for worst in the league. And it's admirable for real-life fans that Sean Couturier and Jay McClement are trusted to kill penalties and get more shorthanded ice time than any other forward in the league. But it's not great for your fantasy team when they can't use that ice time to your fantasy advantage.
In head-to-head leagues, shorthanded points can be one of the most important categories simply because of the fact they don't happen very often. But with a little strategic planning, you can take advantage of a category that most other people ignore.
And that strategic planning starts with knowing what players are the best when it comes to shorthanded points. It's more than luck, as some players consistently put up points while killing penalties.
For the below list, we looked at all players who have scored at least three shorthanded points in any of the last five seasons (reduced to two points for the lockout season). The number you see next to a player's name is how many seasons they hit that mark.
#10: Loui Eriksson – 3 times (10 points in last five years, zero this year)
Eriksson's shorthanded time on ice has taken a hit this year with the Boston Bruins, where he's averaging just 1:13 per game. His frequent injuries haven't helped either. However, he's still scored at least three shorthanded points in three of the last five seasons, so he barely squeaks into the top 10 list. However, given his new situation in Boston, Eriksson looks to be trending in the wrong direction.
#9: Lauri Korpikoski – 3 times (10 points in last five