Eastern Edge: Players to avoid in your 2019-20 fantasy hockey drafts

Brennan Des

2019-08-20

 

Okay before we start, let’s get one thing out of the way. When I say you should avoid drafting these players, it’s not because they’re in store for awful fantasy seasons. In reality, everyone on this list is pretty good – it’s just that they’re being drafted a little too early for my liking. A championship can be won or lost on draft day, so you have to get the best bang for your buck in every single round. Without further ado, let’s get into the players I think are being overvalued. Feel free to add to this list in the comments or tag me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza with your thoughts.

 

Chris Kreider

So, I’ve seen Kreider ranked ahead of guys like Nino Niederreiter and Nikolaj Ehlers – a crime which varies in severity depending on your league settings. Don’t get me wrong, Chris Kreider is a talented power forward, but his range of offensive production seems lower than both Niederreiter and Ehlers. I get it, the Rangers made a few huge additions in Artemi Panarin, Jacob Trouba, and Kappo Kakko, but doesn’t that leave a smaller role for Kreider? I’m concerned because I don’t think Kreider gets exposure to Panarin or Mika Zibanejad at even strength and he might not even play on the top power-play if coach David Quinn decides to deploy Zibanejad, Kakko, Panarin, Trouba and Pavel Buchnevich together. Kreider is 28 and has had about six seasons to show us what he can do, but we all we’ve really seen is a 50-point player. He’s not someone I’d take in the top-150.

 

Kappo Kakko

If you’re in a one-year league, please draft prospects based on who they are right now instead of who they’re going to be in the future. Look, I get it. Kappo Kakko is an excellent young player who comes with an element of exhilarating risk since we’ve never seen him play at the NHL level. But is he worth the risk? Sure, it’s possible that he plays a portion of the season with Panarin and Zibanejad on the top line and produces at an insane level. However, a much more likely scenario sees him playing on the second line and producing at a modest pace beside someone like Chris Kreider. Not every big-name rookie can come in and produce like Elias Pettersson, Matthew Barzal, Auston Matthews or