Tuesday, August 4

Neil Parker


Zach Bogosian - USA Today Sports Images


A closer look at a number of Defensemen's ice time last season for fantasy hockey indicators …




Saturday, I hit up forwards whose ice time from the 2014-15 season could change this upcoming year, and how it could impact their fantasy value.


Time to look at some defensemen.


Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames: The 31-year-old rearguard had a career year, which was largely a result of his beastly finish. Over his final 38 games, Wideman posted 33 points — five goals — with an average of 25:43 minutes of ice per game. With Mark Giordano out of the lineup, Wideman went good for 19 points and an average of 27:18 minutes per game over his final 20 contests. Add Dougie Hamilton and who knows where Wideman fits. Kris Russell's upside is hindered even more, though.


Zach Bogosian, Buffalo Sabres: The move to Buffalo jumped Bogosian's minutes from 22:10 per game up to 26:39. The jury is still out on just how much offensive upside he has, but Bogosian enters his age-25 season this year, and there is still room for growth. He should lead Buffalo blue liners in minutes, and he is a world-class skater. The arrow is pointing up, and Bogosian is worth a look in deeper leagues. Although, expect Ramus Ristolainen to receive the sleeper ink.


Tobias Enstrom, Winnipeg Jets: The addition of Tyler Myers didn't curb Enstrom's fantasy value, but Enstrom scored at a lower pace (40.5 to 0.35 points per game), and he lost approximately a minute and a half of ice time per game (24:05 to 22:44). Add another step forward from Jacob Trouba, and Enstrom could see a major downturn in his fantasy value. He isn't in too much danger, though,