Carter Off, Devil Is In the Details, rookies, plus more…
Death, taxes, and injuries. And more injuries. The latest one affecting fantasy owners is that of Jeff Carter, who is expected to be out multiple weeks with possible tendon damage, which by my estimation could be more like months. I say this because you may recall Jonathan Huberdeau, who missed over half of last season after his Achilles tendon was cut during a preseason game. But if you believe I’m wrong about the severity of the injury, I’ll let you know in advance that this is a case in which I hope I’m wrong.
In a related move, the Kings have signed Brooks Laich to a one-year, $650,000 contract. Obviously Laich won’t help in fantasy leagues, but who could? One obvious name might be Adrian Kempe, who posted a hat trick and an assist in the same game that Carter was injured. Yet those were Kempe’s first points of the season and he’s averaged just over 12 minutes per game, so he’s not at a must-add point. He is worth keeping an eye on, though.
According to LA Kings Insider, Nick Shore was centering Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli at practice on Thursday. You could take that as meaning Shore receives an uptick in value. Or that Toffoli and Pearson receive a slight downgrade in value. As for power-play time, Mike Cammalleri could take Carter’s spot on the first unit.
So what should Carter owners in fantasy leagues do? I’ll speak in terms of the league that I own Carter in. Currently there are a group of veteran centers to choose from, which includes Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Derick Brassard, Mikko Koivu, Tyler Bozak, and Henrik Sedin. Your league format won’t exactly replicate mine, but the commonality is that you shouldn’t expect to replace Carter’s goal total from the waiver wire. The best you can do is look for someone who may come close to his point total, even if that point total is assist-heavy.
But if it’s goals you need and nothing else, you could consider acquiring someone like an Anders Lee, who scored 34 goals last season and is available in over half of Yahoo leagues (assuming you don’t require another center). Or else look on the bright side: This could be an opportunity to add that player you’ve thought about add