Geek of the Week: Add/Drops for Early April

Scott Royce

2022-04-03

Well, we've finally hit April and both the NHL regular season, and most fantasy hockey seasons are winding down to the end here shortly. There's still plenty of intrigue left to watch in terms of playoff implications. Out west, both the divisional playoff spots, as well as the wild cards are largely undecided and we will undoubtedly be going down to the wire to determine the playoff spots. This is great for fantasy implications because teams will need to be going full right down until the end of the season. In Eastern Conference, the playoff teams are all but locked in, barring any crazy or unlikely comebacks from one of the middling teams in the standings. That being said though, there's still a lot to be decided in terms of seeding and home ice advantage, so that adds some appeal. 

This week I am going to recommend a couple players who you might be able to drop for the sake of diversifying your lineup to get yourself a little extra value in your final weeks of competition. Whether that be finding a guy who has four starts next week, or hunting down specialty players who can get you a surplus of one or two stats, I find that streamer option to be super valuable especially down the final stretch of the season. 

Drops

Erik Karlsson

It's been another injury-plagued season for Swedish defenseman Karlsson. It's unfortunate too, because we've seen flashes of a return to form for Karlsson this season. Ever since donning a Sharks jersey, Karlsson has just not lived up to his previous standards set back in Ottawa. There was a five-year stretch where Karlsson was one of the premiere blueliners in the NHL, but since coming to the west coast, he's been marred with injuries and inconsistency. Also, somewhat predictably, Brent Burns and him have cannibalized each other’s performances a decent amount as well. 

Despite missing a large chunk of time this season, in 44 games the Swede has posted ten goals and 21 assists for 31 total points. While that's not too shabby, he's cooled off as of late, only posting points in two of his last ten contests.  The floundering Sharks don't have much to play for down the stretch, and I would much rather find a d-man who can provide me with more of a variety of production. Karlsson has never been a big hit producer, so for me, now is the time to cut bait and try and optimize your lineup for either the end of the season or the playoffs.

Brock Boeser

Boeser and the Vancouver Canucks are all but done for as far as this season is concerned. While they aren't mathematically eliminated, it's extremely unlikely the Canucks will sneak into a wild card spot at this point. The Canucks were a team I was pretty high on going into this season, and needless to say things didn't quite pan out how I thought they would. They never really took that next step and as a result, Travis Green got fired as coach earlier in the season. While Bruce Boudreau provided a nice boost in the early going, the Canucks have sputtered out down the stretch a bit. To me, Boeser serves as a microcosm of the Canucks season as a whole.

Through 63 games, Boeser has 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in total. These numbers are underwhelming to me, but despite that he is still owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues. To me that's a real head scratcher. His offense has regressed, and he doesn't rea