Dobber's Band-Aid Boys – 2019 edition! Which players are at risk to hurt your fantasy team by missing games? 


You've heard me talk about 'em. You've often wondered if I just pull them out of a hat (or perhaps a certain body oriface). Nope. I get 'em off this list. A DobberHockey staple since 2005.


Definition of "Certified": The player is virtually guaranteed to miss games and is a significant risk to miss 12 or more in a given season.


Definition of "Trainee": The player has shown signs that he could become Certified. He is probably going to miss six or seven games in the coming season and has some risk of suffering an injury that will cost him 12 or more.


The rule of thumb – if you ever manage to acquire, accidentally or otherwise – a member of the executive committee or a Certified Band-Aid Boy, get them off your team when you can. Although they may have fantasy value, they are probably not worth the headache (no pun intended) if you can acquire a player of equal value who is not on this list. If you acquire any Certified Band-Aid Boy for the price of them as if they play 65 games, then that works – just don't overpay and expect a full season out of them.


If you acquire a Band-Aid Boy Trainee, then keeping this player should be okay…but too many of them on your team could (will?) be trouble. It is possible to go from "certified" back to "trainee", or from "trainee" right off of this list. But poolies need to see some stability in games played – often one healthy season isn't enough to clean the slate.


* *These Band-Aid Boys are indicated in this year's Draft List (which comes free with the Fantasy Guide). Buy the 14th annual DobberHockey Fantasy Guide here – always updated * * 





President, CEO – Kris Letang

Executive Vice President – Mike Green


Vice President, Knee Operations – Kevin Shattenkirk
Secretary of Groins – Marian Gaborik
Band-Aid Treasurer – Ryan Kesler


Band-Aid Boy Hall of Fame

Mario Lemieux, Alexei Zhamnov, Eric Daze

Ziggy Palffy, Eric Lindros, Dominik Hasek

Peter Forsberg, Pavel Bure, Rick DiPietro

Peter Mueller, Sheldon Souray, Martin Havlat

Ales Hemsky, Joffrey Lupul, Rick Nash


(Note – this is strictly for guidance in fantasy hockey, and having a little fun with it. This list is not meant to belittle the seriousness of a player's injury problems, nor is it meant to punish a player for 'playing hard' and being a 'warrior' on the ice. It is what it is – a list of players who are at greater risk of missing games. "How" they miss those games matters little in fantasy hockey. In other words, this list is meant to be used as a tool to help your run your fantasy team, not to as an insult to anyone)


Certified Band-Aid Boys:        
Alex Galchenyuk   Frank Vatrano   Mike Smith
Alexander Edler   Jaden Schwartz   Mikko Koivu
Alexander Steen   Jake McCabe   Nick Bjugstad
Andrej Sekera   James Neal   Niklas Kronwall
Andrew Shaw   James Reimer   Olli Maatta
Antoine Roussel   Jared Spurgeon   Ondrej Kase
Antti Raanta   Jaroslav Halak   Ondrej Palat
Artem Anisimov   Jason Spezza   Oscar Klefbom
Bobby Ryan   Jimmy Howard   Patric Hornqvist
Brandon Dubinsky   John Gibson   Patrice Bergeron
Brandon Sutter   Jonathan Quick   Patrick Eaves
Brian Elliott   Jordan Staal   Paul Stastny
Bryan Rust   Josh Leivo   Robby Fabbri
Cam Fowler   JT Compher   Ryan Ellis
Colin Wilson   Justin Schultz   Ryan Kesler
Corey Crawford   Kevin Shattenkirk   Ryan Murray
Corey Perry   Kris Letang   Sami Vatanen
Cory Schneider   Kyle Okposo   Semyon Varlamov
David Krejci   Mark Stone   Sergei Bobrovsky
Drake Caggiula   Martin Hanzal   Shea Weber
Drew Stafford   Mathieu Perreault   Sven Baertschi
Erik Haula   Matt Murray   Taylor Hall
Erik Johnson   Max Pacioretty   TJ Oshie
Evander Kane   Michael Del Zotto   Tomas Hertl
Evgeni Malkin   Michael Frolik   Tyler Ennis
Charlie McAvoy   Michal Neuvirth   Vladimir Sobotka
Casey Cizikas   Mike Green   Zach Parise



Band-Aid Boy Trainees:        
Aleksander Barkov
  Jack Eichel   Patrick Maroon
Alexander Wennberg   Jake Gardiner   Pavel Buchnevich
Andre Burakovsky   Jeff Carter   Pavel Zacha
Andreas Athanasiou   Jesper Bratt   PK Subban
Andrei Vasilevskiy   Joel Armia   Reilly Smith
Anthony Mantha   Jonas Brodin   Rickard Rakell
Auston Matthews   Jonathan Bernier   Robin Lehner
Ben Bishop   Jonathan Toews   Ryan Getzlaf
Brock Boeser   Joonas Donskoi   Ryan McDonagh
Cam Ward   Josh Anderson   Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Carey Price   Kevin Hayes   Sam Gagner
Carl Hagelin   Kyle Palmieri   Sean Couturier
Chris Kreider   Kyle Turris   Steven Stamkos
Colin White   Logan Couture   TJ Oshie
Conor Sheary   Marcus Johansson   Torey Krug
Craig Anderson   Mark Giordano   Travis Zajac
David Backes   Mark Scheifele   Troy Terry
David Perron   Markus Granlund   Tyler Johnson
Dustin Byfuglien   Matthew Tkachuk   Tyler Myers
Erik Karlsson   Micheal Ferland   Tyson Barrie
Filip Forsberg   Mika Zibanejad   Victor Rask
Hampus Lindholm   Nolan Patrick   Zach Aston-Reese