Now that most NHL teams are at the 10-game mark of the season, fantasy general managers are trying to get a sense of where they stand with their team.
It’s not easy. It seems as if there are more than the usual number of injuries to top stars this year, plus Covid protocols are also knocking out quite a few players.
Throw in some disappointments, and it’s easy to see why some fantasy general managers find themselves full of pessimism. Anyone having a bad game is awful and you curse yourself for even thinking of owning that player.
Some other general managers are always the optimist; even if their squad is currently in eighth place, they believe they can come back since they’ve had awful luck so far with injuries and slow starts.
Below are 10 players who are having disappointing starts so far. Instead of the usual list on how poor the players’ performances are, we will look at each player from the point of views of the optimist and the pessimist.
10. Thomas Chabot
The pessimist might say: Chabot has three points in 11 games (an 82-game pace of 22 points), and zero points in his last five contests. He’s the top quarterback on a power play that has been since he took on that role four seasons ago, but he doesn’t produce with the man advantage.
The optimist might say: His 27:11 average ice time is highest in the league going into Sunday’s action, and there’s no one to usurp him off that top man-advantage unit this season. He’s putting up a career-high 2.9 shots per game, and is a tad underrated when it comes to hits and blocked shots. Offensive defensemen are notoriously streaky, but there’s a reason Chabot had managed an 82-game pace of at least 45 points in each of the last three seasons.\
9. Roope Hintz
The pessimist might say: Hintz has one point through 10 games before Sunday night’s game, and his ice time is down to 16:17 a night, almost two fewer minutes a night than a season ago. His power-play time is also down a minute per night.
The optimist might say: He’s shooting the puck more than ever, averaging 2.6 shots per game. His ice time was actually down in the first few games, but is up to slightly more than 18 minutes per night in his last six contests. He’s also been with Jason Robertson for those six games, as opposed to Jacob Peterson.
8. Ivan Provorov
The pessimist might say: The Flyers never trust him to run a power play, always preferring to bring in specialists and relegating Provorov to the second unit. With zero goals and two assists in 10 games, he’s just not performing. His 1.5 shots per game is also a detriment to fantasy hockey.
The optimist might say: He’s still averaging almost 25 minutes per game and has taken back his role on the top power-play unit throughout November, so don’t expect this slow start to continue for long. He also has 28 blocked shots in 10 games, which was top 10 in the league going into Sunday’s action (everyone else in the top 10 had more games played) and only four off the league lead.
7. Kaapo Kakko