Geek of the Week: Recapping the Season’s Biggest Surprises and Disappointments

Scott Royce

2021-12-26

Hello everybody, hopefully everyone has enjoyed the holiday season, albeit without much NHL hockey to speak of lately. Since the season is on pause, I figured it would be a decent time to look back and reflect on some good and bad things from this fantasy hockey season. What players have exceeded our expectations or had breakthrough seasons? On the flip side, what players look to be busts heading into the new year? Go slap together a turkey sandwich then come back and enjoy my season in review!

Surprises

Nazem Kadri

The Colorado Avalanche are currently right in the midst of their window to contend for a Stanley Cup. After a devastating exit from last year's playoffs, the Avs have started off this season with mostly positive results. They find themselves in a very competitive Central Division, and a major reason they find themselves in the top half of their division has been the surprising resurgence of Kadri.

Throughout the course of the season, the Avs have dealt with injuries to some of their key players including Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon. With these top guys out of the lineup, Kadri picked up the slack in a major way. Through 24 contests, Kadri has scored 11 goals and added 27 assists for a total of 38 points. He has already surpassed his point totals in both of his last two seasons with Colorado, and he still has over half a season of hockey left to play. Kadri has found his most success playing in between Valeri Nichushkin and Andre Burakovsky.

Kadri has shown in the past during his time in Toronto that he definitely is capable of putting up 50-60 points. He's always been a high-volume shooter and he is a reliable hand on draws to boot. In Kadri's normal role as a middle-to-bottom six player, he's a solid streaming option on a week-to-week basis. But when he's going strong the way he has been this season, he's a real game-changer for your team. Obviously, he is somewhat infamous for his playoff suspension history. He definitely plays the game with an edge, somewhat to a fault at times, but there's no denying he's in a groove right now and he's been a huge asset to the Avs and fantasy owners alike.

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