Capped: Bargain players with slow starts

Alexander MacLean

2021-02-18

As a fantasy manager, I don't think I have ever owned Teuvo Teravainen. I never fully bought into the upside, and then once he had broken out, he was never productive enough for me outside of hits that there were always players I liked better in trades and drafting. As a result, he's a player that I seem to have set my opinion on and generally forgotten about. When I get asked about him the other day, it meant I actually had to do some research before responding.

Frozen Tools should always be the go-to, and it was a small step from there for me to dive down the rabbit hole of other cold players who were supposed to be cap league bargains.

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Rasmus Dahlin (D) – Buffalo Sabres

Current Cap Hit: $925,000

Dahlin has had a terrible set of circumstances holding him back this year. His team around him has seen their shooting percentages crater, and coupling that with Dahlin's low individual point percentage (IPP) stats at even strength and on the power play, it has slowed Dahlin down to a halt. On top of all of that, Buffalo had nine players and their head coach hit the Covid19 list, causing multiple games to be postponed and stopping Dahlin from being able to sort things out on the ice. Also hurting his case is that his goalies can't make a save, sporting a 0.886 save percentage when Dahlin is on the ice.

The save percentage numbers should climb a little, helping Dahlin's plus-minus, and allowing him to pick up a few more points in the transition game which suits his style. The on-ice shooting percentage will correct itself as well, and Dahlin will be a focal point of the offence as it does. Seeing him put up over 30 points in his last 45 games should surprise n