Taking a look at the Top 10 new Band-Aid boys…
Many fantasy GMs have been screwed by the Band-Aid Boy.
A phrase first coined by Dobber many years ago, a Band-Aid Boy is a player who just can't stay healthy. Sure, guys can lead you to championships if they stay healthy, but a lot of poolies have been screwed by certain players who constantly get injured. The thing to keep in mind is the injuries don't have to be major —some players are a good bet to miss at least five to 10 games — and these absences can make or break your year.
Sure, it's easy to know Marion Gaborik, Kris Letang and Martin Havlat are Band-Aid boys. But the trick is to figure out who is about to turn into a Band-Aid boy, and making sure you don't have too many of them on your team. Or better yet, trade a player before his injuries pile up and value plummets.
Dobber compiled a list of Band-Aid Boys, but it's time for some new names to be added. Here are the top 10 Band-Aid Boys I would add to the list.
10. Cam Fowler
Fowler is now out for the next three to five weeks with a sprained MCL, and that's not good news for the 22-year-old Ducks defenceman. Last year, Fowler missed eight games with a head injury and another couple of games with an upper body spasm. For a 22-year-old who has struggled on the blue line the last few years, it's frustrating when his great comeback season is interrupted with injuries, especially now that many pools are in their playoffs.
9. Ryan Murray
Murray has had nothing but bad luck since being drafted by Columbus two years ago. Last season, he injured his shoulder in junior and missed most of the season. This year in the NHL, he's out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Like Fowler, these late-season injuries can keep a playoff team from winning the championship.
8. Jimmy Howard
While the Red Wings fight for a playoff spot, one has to wonder where they would be if Howard could stay healthy. In the second half of the 2011-12 season, Howard missed eight games with a broken finger and seven more games with a groin injury. This year, Howard has missed time with a knee ligament sprain.