Top 10 Injuries That Screwed Your Season

Tom Collins

2021-05-24

It's always frustrating when you look back at a season and you think you could have been a contender if it wasn't for your players all getting injured.

We've all been there. Even if you shy away from Band-Aid boys, there's always a chance that your guys spend more time on the IR than Kris Letang. It sucks, and there's nothing you can do about it. At least a struggling player might have some value in a trade, but no one is going to want to grab an injured guy.

Below are 10 players that wiped out your fantasy season. This might have been one of the worst seasons ever to count on your studs to stay healthy. Even though the season was only 56 games long, four of the top seven skaters and five of the top nine netminders in Yahoo drafts spent time on the IR. Except for the netminders, every player that made this top 10 list missed at least the end of the season, which hurt many fantasy general managers trying to win a championship.  So many impactful players missed time that players such as Max Pacioretty, Cale Makar, Alex Pietrangelo and Anders Lee didn't make this listing.

As well, none of the players on this ranking missed time for COVID protocols, which means you won't find Phillip Grubauer, Jake DeBrusk, Adam Boqvist, Mikko Rantanen, Mackenzie Blackwood, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov listed below.

For the record, I'm only including guys who didn't start the season on the IR, so you won't see Nikita Kucherov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Tyler Seguin or Ben Bishop on this list either. In one-year leagues, most drafts took place after the news of their injuries came to light, so it couldn't have screwed your season that much.

10. Petr Mrazek

Mrazek's injury may cost him more than games, it may have cost him his role as a starting netminder. He never put up imposing numbers as the top guy in Carolina, but he was adequate enough that the Hurricanes chose to waive Alex Nedeljkovic at the start of the season. Mrazek missed two months after thumb surgery, which allowed Nedeljkovic to snatch the starting job. Mrazek is a UFA this offseason, so there's a good chance that he'll have to re-sign somewhere else next year. How many teams will have openings for a new number one netminder? San Jose, Buffalo and maybe Edmonton, and that might be it.

9. Aaron Ekblad

Halfway through the game on March 28, Ekblad was on pace for highs in many categories. Althoug