Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: Pettersson, Ehlers vs. Buchnevich, Svechnikov, Byram, Perron, Keepers for Winners and Rebuilders & more”

Rick Roos


Welcome back to another edition of the Roos Lets Loose monthly mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions by giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question(s) answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it/them to me and as well as the details you should provide when sending. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included in the mailbag, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.

Question #1 (from Jesse)

I'm in an 8 team, 7 keeper, H2H league with skater categories of G, A, PPPts, SOG, HIT, PIM, BLK, GWG and goalie categories of W, SV, SV%, GAA. I mortgaged the future a bit, leaving me without 3 of my first 4 picks next year. But I also realize I don't likely have the ingredients to win now; as such, I'd nevertheless like to make my keeps and trades (offseason ones are allowed) with the future in mind.

My for-sure keepers are: Nikita Kucherov, David Pastrnak, Victor Hedman, Andrei Svechnikov, and Mika Zibanejad, which leaves 2 spots for the following: Elias Pettersson, Philipp Grubauer, Tyler Seguin, Max Pacioretty, Aaron Ekblad, Tyler Toffoli, and Marc-Andre Fleury. I also have Kirill Kaprizov, whom I can keep without him counting as a keeper due to how few games he's played.

With our league settings, surprisingly Pacioretty would have been my best player this year; but given his age, I'm hesitant to keep him. I know you have written about Pettersson being overrated but I lean towards keeping him and Grubauer. Would you agree? What are your thoughts on Seguin, Ekblad and Toffoli for next year? 

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