Top 10 2017-18 fantasy hockey disappointments

Tom Collins

2018-04-16

Well, you’ve survived another fantasy hockey season. Some of you are champions, mocking those who dare think they could ever hope to compete against you. The rest of you are being mocked.

Now is a good time to look at why your team wasn’t successful. Much of it is beyond your control, as many players had substandard seasons that probably sunk your squad.

Below are 10 players that were the top disappointments from this past season. Two things to note: Injuries could play a factor, but can’t be the sole reason for a disappointing season (so players like Jeff Carter and Shea Weber won’t be listed). The second note is that goalies are going to dominate this list. Top-end goalies were the big losers from an increase in goal scoring.

 

10. Scott Darling

Many fantasy general managers were hoping Darling would be the next Cam Talbot: A backup netminder that would thrive as the number one on an up-and-coming team. Spoiler alert: That didn’t happen. On a whole, he won only 13 of 43 games, and lost the starting gig to Cam Ward. Darling and Craig Anderson were the only two goalies to play at least 40 games, and have a save percentage under .900 and a goals against average above 3.00. Breaking down the numbers a little more, there was not a single month when he was even an average goalie, which means there wasn’t a single point of the season where he was helpful to your fantasy squad.

 

9. Cory Schneider

He wasn’t drafted as high as many other netminders on this list (he was the 19th goalie taken on average in Yahoo pools), but it’s still disappointing how bad his season went, especially down the stretch. He lost the starting job to Keith Kinkaid, and hasn’t won a game in 2018 (0-10-2 since Dec. 29). His .907 SV % and 2.93 GAA were the worst of his career, slightly worse than his 2016-17 year. It’s a little troubling knowing this is two poor seasons in a row.

 

8. Oscar Klefbom

Many poolies are hoping Klefbom’s poor season can be attributed to shoulder issues that began during the 2017 playoffs. He missed a few games here and there throughout the season to try to deal with the issue before undergoing shoulder surgery near the end of the season. Despite averaging almost 23 minutes a game, plus being on the ice for 63.1 per cent of the Oilers’ power play, Klefbom finished with five goals, 21 points and six power play points in 66 games.

 

7. Brandon Saad

Most of us would be lying if we said we knew Saad was going to be a flop in his return to the Hawks as big things were expected for Saad. He was the 10th left-winger taken off the board in Yahoo pools, ahead of guys like