Capped: Injured Players to Target Next Year

Alexander MacLean

2018-05-17

Phew. What a wild ride we are on this spring. Lots of great hockey, and a few more series still to be decided. Any of the final four teams make for good Stanley Cup winning stories. Since the Bolts have made their series a little closer, it really is wide open with these remaining four teams. Let’s enjoy it while we can, before all that we’re left with for the summer is baseball and bad trade rumours.

Last May, I put out two articles looking into a few players who would be worth owning if they could rebound from injuries that hindered their successes in the previous season. This year, we are starting with the Western Conference, because last year we started with the East. This looks into some higher profile players, and therefore should be relevant in all-types of cap leagues (and non-cap leagues too for that matter).

 

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Ryan Getzlaf –  Anaheim Ducks

Current Cap Hit: $8,250,000 (UFA, July 2021)

Getzlaf will never be a “bargain” per-se in cap leagues, however he is someone that owners can count on rebounding, providing full value for his contract in 2018-19. Over the past five seasons before this one, Getlaf missed between four and eight games per-season. We know he misses a few games each year due to small ailments, however he hasn’t missed a large chunk of time to injury since the 2010-11 campaign. In late October, he suffered a freak injury when a puck deflected up into his face, fracturing his cheekbone.

The injury required surgery, but Getzlaf returned sooner than expected and didn’t miss a beat. He actually managed to bump up his points-per-game numbers for the second straight season. All of Getzlaf’s advanced stats check out, and his shot rate has jumped back up after a bit of a dip the year before. One thing to keep an eye on, is Getzlaf’s useful ice time. His powerplay deployment was up, his penalty kill use was down, and his overall minutes the highest they have averaged since 2012.

Do not fear a repeat long-term injury here. If the ice time keeps up, so will the production. Keep a close eye on that to begin next season.

 

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Jeff Carter –  Los Angeles Kings

Current Cap Hit: $5,272,727 (UFA, July 2022)

If I hadn’t scrolled through multiple pages of the NHL points leaders from this past season, getting all the way down to 20, then I would have forgotten to write Jeff Carter in for this list. After missing two-thirds of the season with a sliced Achilles tendon, even Carter’s return flew under the radar.

In part, Anze Kopitar’s stellar year may have had something to do with the underappreciation of Carter’s limited production this season. However, there is still no excusing the fact that Carter gets no attention for his monster fourth quarter. Carter put up 19 points in his last 20 games, racking up 86 shots and eight powerplay points in that span. None of his advanced stats toss up any red flags either.

At age 33 Carter may not be relied upon for fully healthy seasons anymore, but he does still have a f