Top 10 Potential Playoff Duds

Tom Collins


One of the most underrated aspects of the play-in/round robins when it comes to fantasy hockey has to do with postseason hockey pools.

While many pools have already started, there are numerous taking place in the next day or so that will exclude the last week of games. Instead, like a traditional playoff pool, the GMs will draft only from the 16 teams.

This is good thing for many fantasy general managers, as those who are already eliminated by stocking up on Oilers, Penguins and Jets can easily find a new playoff pool to join.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the top 10 potential playoff surprises. Instead of writing the same topic, here are 10 players most likely to be duds.

10. John Klingberg

In keeper leagues, I believe Klingberg is an excellent buy-low option this offseason. He's been productive enough in his career that you can hope the 27-year-old can still produce. Despite battling an injury at the start of the season and a decreased role with the man advantage, he still put up a 45-point pace over 82 games. That said, I'd be looking to shy away from him in the postseason. He missed the round-robin game against Colorado last week. In two games he did play, he had one assist. This team does not have the offense to make any player an attractive playoff draft option (more on that in a bit).

9. Sami Vatanen

One of the things that many people will do for their playoff draft is to look at who was successful in the round robin/play-in series. Vatanen looked impressive in the play-in against the Rangers, finishing with three points in three games. Two of those points came on the power play, where he played 4:09 per game on the Canes' top unit. However, much of that extra ice time was due to Dougie Hamilton missing the games with a broken fibula. Hamilton could be back during the matchup against the Bruins, possibly as early as Game 1. If that happens, say goodbye to Vatanen's power-play time, and production.

8. Mark Giordano

Forget about the fact that Gio scored 76 points a season ago. That was a blip in his career. Instead, try to focus on what really matters. He has only four points in 13 career postseason games, including only one point in four games against Winnipeg during the play-in. He also spent that series on the ice for only 31 per cent of Calgary's power-play minutes. Instead, it's been Erik Gustafsson that has been the main guy with the man advantage for the Flames. Giordano has been getting much more even-strength ice time (four minutes a n