Ramblings: Early Panicking on Caufield, Hintz, Pietrangelo, and More; Scheifele Update – October 22

Michael Clifford

2021-10-22

We're getting to the point of the season where drops are likely being made in fantasy leagues. I still think it's too early to make any significant changes outside of both injuries and demotions, but that doesn't mean other people aren't doing it.

Here are some players I think fantasy owners might be having a bit of a panic over. Some of them may be worth checking in for a trade, too.

Artemi Panarin

Three points in four games isn't something to get all in a huff about, but the problem here is his shot volume so far. Four games in, Panarin has four shots on goal, and his shot attempt rate of 13.1 per 60 minutes is the lowest of his career. The last two seasons, for example, have seen shot attempt rates north of 16.1. A decline in shot rate of roughly 25% is huge for any player, but especially brutal for someone who was likely drafted among the top-20 picks.

It has been a rough start for the Rangers health-wise, but Panarin is now skating with Mika Zibanejad. Maybe that's what he needs to get the offensive juices going. Anyone looking to buy low may need to wait another week or so, but it's a situation worth monitoring.

Cale Makar

Going into Thursday night's contest, Makar had no goals, one assist, and a minus-6 rating. For fun, I went and looked at Makar's season last year. He did have two stretches with just one point in three games, early and late in the season. I suspect that if Makar starts the year with 8 points in 6 games, and then has 1 in 3 contests after that, it isn't even a concern. But it's the start of the season, so we find his name here.

This isn't a concern. Nathan MacKinnon was out for two games, Devon Toews and Valeri Nichushkin are still missing, and