Top 10 Players That Will Disappoint

Tom Collins

2021-10-11

We’re one day from the start of the NHL season, and every fantasy general manager is full of hope and optimism.

After all, you made all the shrewd drafts picks and obviously won every trade. However, no matter how great you may have been, you’ll still have a few players on your team that will frustrate you.

Below are 10 players that will be a disappointment. Please note that I am not saying any of these players are going to be awful. It’s just that they won’t be able to live up to lofty expectations.

The best example from last year would be Mika Zibanejad. Many projected him to put up a 90-plus-point pace based on his previous campaign. His 73-point pace was still great, but it had to have been disappointing considering his high draft position in one-year leagues and how much fantasy GMs overpaid him.

10. Joe Pavelski

Last season, major injuries to other Stars players forced Pavelski into a top-line role with plum power-play minutes. Now the team has Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov back in the lineup, and Pavelski should see a decrease in ice time. It also appears as if the Stars will go with a 1A/1B power-play units. That doesn't bode well for a player who had 41 per cent of his points with the man advantage last season. Pavelski can still be productive, but temper your expectations. 

9. Bryan Rust

Two seasons ago, he was a surprise point-per-game player. Last year, he put up a 62-point pace. This season, the Penguins are a mess, at least at the start of the season. Evgeni Malkin is out for two months, Sidney Crosby is injured and is doubtful for the opening game, and Jake Guentzel has tested positive for COVID-19. This will not be a pretty start for the Penguins, and Rust will be stuck with inferior linemates.

8. Carter Verhaeghe

Don’t believe any hype that players can automatically reach 70-80 points playing alongside Jonathan Huberdeau/Aleksander Barkov in Florida. The Panthers have almost too many options for those roles as they also have Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart, Patric Hornqvist, Owen Tippett and Anthony Duclair. It wouldn’t be surprising if there were a rotating cast in the top six, depending on who is yielding the hot stick. With a $1 million cap hit, Verhaeghe would be first in line for a demotion.

7. Frederik Andersen

Andersen needs to be behind a team t