Ramblings: The Lowdown on Nurse, Kotkaniemi, Arvidsson, Beauvillier, White and five other players of fantasy interest (Aug 19)
The Fantasy Guide update from yesterday included a new article on my projected team-by-team goals-for (and how many goals the league will be up/down in the year ahead). Last year I figured the NHL would be up by 2.3% and it ended up being 1.4%. Also in the update – I added AAV to the Draft List.
In the Fantasy Guide I have a “Lowdown” in each team section, giving my thoughts on a player and going a little deeper. For these players, I turned to the members of the Forum for help. They voted on the player for each team. Well. If there’s a winner, then there is also a runner-up, right? And that means that a lot of people voted for said runner-up. Which tells me that many of you want my thoughts on those players too. So why not present them here? It’s the dog days of the offseason, topics are hard to come by – it only makes sense!
Okay, consider it done. Here are “Lowdowns” for some of the players who finished second in the voting (last week’s 11 players are here)…
The Lowdown on Darnell Nurse: I am very confident in Nurse’s skills and his ability to post 50 points regularly as a puck-moving defenseman. With upside for more. What I’m not confident in is Edmonton coaching, and the way coach after coach seems to think Oscar Klefbom should be the quarterback. They keep forcing that square peg into the round hole and Nurse becomes the red-headed stepchild. We saw what Nurse can do. Nurse started getting PP time and he posted 22 points in 26 games between December 5 and February 7. Klefbom was injured from December 12 to February 5, which of course was the reason Nurse got the PP time. When Klefbom returned, Nurse saw his PP time drop. Maybe new coach Dave Tippett will take the blinders off? Because I can’t guarantee that, I’m reluctant to call Nurse a surefire stud. The one thing I will say in Klefbom’s defense is that when the Oilers score on the power play, he is in on 52.4% of those goals whereas Nurse is only in on 39.1%. This is a difference of just a few goals mind y