Top 10 Injuries That Killed Your Fantasy Season

Tom Collins

2020-03-16

With the NHL suspending operations because of the coronavirus, many fantasy leagues have decided to call it a season.

While there is still some hope that the NHL can come back, it's looking less and less likely that teams will get to play 82 games, especially with news Sunday that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends no gatherings of more than 50 people for eight weeks. That makes now a good time to reflect on the season that was.

One of the key storylines this year was the number of injuries that befell many players. It wasn't small, nagging injuries either, as numerous players were out for months.

Below are 10 injuries that killed your fantasy season. Keep in mind that for most of the names on this list, timing plays a huge role. With one exception, a player missing three months from October to December isn't as impactful as a player missing January to March.

10. Mark Stone

Stone always misses some time, but this year was going well until Feb. 26 against the Oilers. It was in that game that Stone suffered a lower-body injury, which put him on the week-to-week injury list. He then missed the next six games and rumour had it he might not have made it back in time for the end of the regular season if the league wasn't suspended. This injury hurt anyone in head-to-head leagues, as Stone was out while fantasy general managers needed him for a playoff push and the first week or so of the playoffs.

9. Sidney Crosby

Most people on this list are here because they were injured in the second half of the season, making a major impact on your push for the playoffs. Crosby, a top-five pick in most leagues, suffered a core muscle injury in November that caused him to miss 28 games. He came back as if he never missed any time, posting four points in his first game and notching 23 points in his first 13 games. The timing was great for those in head-to-head leagues, but it severely hurt your chances at a championship in points-only pools.

8. Joonas Korpisalo

The Blue Jacket's netminders should top any type of list of top surprises for this season. Leading up to the end of 2019, Korpisalo had a 17-10-4 record with a .913 SV % and a 2.49 GA