Fantasy Top-10: 2017 Disappointments

Tom Collins

2018-01-01

Happy New Year Dobber-heads.

2017 couldn’t have come to an end fast enough for some NHLers.

It’s been a tough year for many players. That also meant a tough year for fantasy general managers as there were plenty of guys who stunk up the rink for the full 12 months.

Below are 10 players that disappointed us throughout all of 2017. It takes a special type of player to hamper a fantasy squad for parts of two seasons.

 

10. Derek Stepan

Stepan gets number one minutes but he doesn’t produce like a top-line centre. This has been proven in both New York and Arizona. In 2017, Stepan had 48 points combined between the two teams: 25 in 42 games with the Rangers and 23 in 40 games with the Coyotes. He’s never hit 60 points in a season despite producing on the power play. With Arizona being so dreadful, expect another rough year for Stepan.

 

9. Bobby Ryan

I can’t believe there are still people out there who are duped every year into believing that Ryan can be a quality fantasy option. Case in point, he was drafted in 39 per cent of Yahoo leagues this year. In 2017, he had 25 points. Yes, he played only 59 games because of injuries, but that still comes out to 0.42 points per game, about the same you would get from David Desharnais and Brendan Perlini. Ryan is pretty much droppable in any league that doesn’t count hand/finger injuries as a category.

 

8. Corey Perry

Perry can’t produce like he used to, but most concerning is that he is on pace for only 148 shots and nine power play points. That shot total is a major red flag considering he average 237 shots over 82 games the previous four seasons. In 2017, Perry had 45 points in 75 games. Perry’s style of play and his age means his numbers will continue to drop, but thanks to a hefty contract, and lots of power play time, there is a chance he could have a small uptick in production at some point, but not without a major uptick in shots.

 

7. Justin Faulk

It wasn’t too long ago that Faulk was considered to be a lock as a consistent 50-point defenseman. He had 49 points in 2014-15, and followed that up with 37 in 64 games (a 47-point pace). The last season and a half has been a train wreck for Faulk owners and he had 32 points in 83 games in 2017. That’s not very good for a team’s top offensive defenseman. He’s only 25 years old, but there’s a lot of young talent in Carolina, so he may not have much time to figure it out.

 

6. Matt Duchene

For years, I’ve been harping on Duchene not being a viable fantasy option. 2017 was further proof of that as he had only 33 points in 82 games. That’s awful for a guy making $6 million, playing 17:45 a game and has been a fixture on the top power play unit. I’m not sure if 2018 will be any better, but it can’t be any worse for Duchene and his owners.