Top 10 Cold Players

Tom Collins

2021-03-08

It's a decision every fantasy general manager faces throughout a season: When do you run out of patience and sit a player who is on a cold streak?

It's easy when you're dealing with an elite player. No matter what type of cold streak they might suffer through, you're going to keep them in the lineup. It's also easy when you're dealing with a 16th-round, third-liner. It's a lot tougher when it's someone that either plays a position you're thin at or is someone who normally excels. 

Last week we looked at the hottest players in the league (my wife giggled at that). Today, we're going to look at the coldest players. 

Keep in mind that the coldest players are different than the most disappointing. Evgeni Malkin, for example, has been disappointing but has 10 points in his last 10 games. Erik Karlsson has also been a disappointment but has three points in his last four games, so he earns the benefit of the doubt for now. 

As a side note, Matt Duchene would have made this list as he has zero points in his last eight games, but he's now out 3-5 weeks with a lower-body injury. We're going to cut him a little slack, but keep his cold streak in mind for when he's healthy. 

10. Josh Morrissey

I talked about his teammate Neal Pionk last week, one of the hottest defensemen in the league but still stuck on the second power-play unit. Morrissey leads his team in average ice time per game, quarterbacks the top power-play group and starts in the offensive zone on 53.1 per cent of his shifts, but has a total of nine points in 24 games. One of my favourite new features here on the Dobber site is when you go to a player's game log, there's a camera button next to each game where you can watch videos of goals the player either scored or assisted. It's pretty demoralizing to see Morrissey's eight straight games with no video. However, in those eight games, he has 15 shots, 17 hits and 14 blocked shots, so he is providing usefulness in some leagues. 

9. Josh Anderson

Anderson missed three games before getting back into the lineup on Saturday night, but the time off may have been good for him. After a hot start when he had 11 points in 13 games, Anderson now has two points in his last seven games. He's also a minus-three during that time, but he's at least contributing in other catego