Eastern Edge: Defencemen to target in fantasy drafts

Brennan Des

2019-09-24

 

This week we’ll talk about a few defensemen that you should be targeting in your fantasy hockey drafts. Follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza and let me know your thoughts!

 

P.K. Subban

The Nashville Predators had the worst power-play success rate in the league last year; they scored on just 12.9% of their opportunities. As you might imagine, Subban’s power-play production suffered as a result – he managed just 10 PPP in 63 games. That translates to 13 power-play points over a full season – the lowest PP output of his career. He saw fewer than 23 minutes of ice-time per game last season – the lowest total since his 2010-2011 rookie campaign. Now that he’s escaped Nashville’s star-studded blue line, I’m excited to see what Subban can do as the undisputed number-one defenseman in New Jersey. Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, Nikita Gusev, Kyle Palmieri and Wayne Simmonds make up a talented top-six that Subban should thrive alongside.

Subban is being drafted with a top-50 pick in the average Yahoo league, so he’s not really being undervalued. However, there’s definitely a significant portion of the fantasy hockey community that will avoid drafting Subban because of his status as a band-aid boy – he’s played fewer than 70 games in three of the past four seasons. In my opinion, you should only consider injury history when drafting a player if their style of play makes them more susceptible to injury or if a particular injury has been an issue for them on multiple occasions. For example, with all due respect to Bobby Ryan, his hands are made of glass. So, you can expect him to miss a portion of the season with some sort of hand injury. There are probably some cases where certain players are more prone to injury due to their