Ramblings: No Need To Vanek, Your Player’s Slump May Have Ended

Ian Gooding

2017-12-20

No Need to Vanek, Your Player’s Slump May Have Ended

If there’s a common thread for at least some of the players featured below, it’s that long scoring droughts can end with a monster game or a corresponding hot stretch. But that’s what keeps fantasy hockey from getting dull.

Hopefully you set your fantasy lineup in time on Tuesday, as the Hurricanes/Leafs game had an unusual start time for a weekday (2 p.m. ET… or for me, 11 a.m. PT). By the time I was eating my lunch, the Leafs had already scored four goals. After taking a one-period sabbatical during the second period, they scored four more to finish with an 8-1 pasting of the Canes.

The Mitch MarnerTyler BozakJames van Riemsdyk line combined for 11 points in this game. It’s been all or nothing for Bozak the last ten games. He has been held pointless in eight of those ten games, but he has also collected seven points over the other two games, including four points on Tuesday.

Marner, though, is an interesting case. I had picked him up off waivers in my shallowest league about ten days ago after a seven-game stretch where he didn’t record a point. Since I added him to my roster, he has recorded eight points (1g-7a) in six games, including today. I know he hadn’t been scoring and wasn’t playing on the Leafs’ top line. But this was a player who was drafted 16th overall in this league (not by a Leafs’ fan, in case you were wondering). Marner’s point totals have been assist-concentrated, but three goals is still quite low. So with a 4.5% shooting accuracy, a few more pucks should start going into the net.   

As a Nazem Kadri owner in another league, I was disappointed that he couldn’t get even a single piece of the action in an 8-1 game. So that’s now eight games without a point for Kadri, who was my most reliable center during that time prior to that. Despite starting him consistently, I often wondered in the back of my mind whether the presence of fellow center A