Now that the postseason is almost over, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s fantasy leagues, especially for keeper leagues as trading re-opens in many pools.
One shrewd tactic is to focus on acquiring players who struggled this past season and who had a significantly lower than usual shooting percentage. A player taking 200 shots in a season that sees a drop of five percentage points would see a decrease in 10 goals. That’s a significant number and can turn a 65-point keeper into a 55-point borderline drop.
Of course, there are multiple reasons why a player may see a drop in shooting percentage. An injury could impact the velocity and accuracy of the shot. A new coach might have a different system that doesn’t benefit the player. An older player may get tired of going to the net and choose to shoot from the perimeter instead.
The key is to figure out which players might rebound. Below are 10 players who saw a shooting percentage decline this season that you should be thinking about for next season.
We want to look at players who generally take a lot of shots, as a player who went from 50 shots to 30 doesn’t mean much if his shooting percentage also drops five percentage points.
10. Travis Konecny
On the bright side for Konecny owners (and there weren’t many this year), Konecny averaged 2.8 shots per game, easily a career high. However, he only scored on 7.3 percent of his shots. He came into this season averaging a 12.8 shooting percentage, so that was a significant drop. If he had matched his career average, he would have finished with 28 goals instead of 16. Those extra 12 goals would have pushed him to a career-high 64 points and his season wouldn’t have seemed so poor.
9. Jakub Voracek
Voracek led the Blue Jackets in points with 62, but finished with only six goals, tied for 16th on the team. That’s what happens when you shoot 4.1 percent. He has rarely had a high shooting percentage (only twice finishing above 10 percent shooting twice in his 14-year career), but he still averaged 9.2 percent with the Flyers. An average shooting season from him would have given him an extra eight goals.
8. Mikael Granlund
It’s kind of funny that in Granlund’s two disappointing years in Nashville, he had a higher shooting percentage. In his bounce-back season this year, his shooting percentage dropped. In 2019-20, he scored on 13.1 percent of his shots. Last year, that number rose to 17.6 percent. However, in each of those two years, he put up an 82-game pace of 39 points and 43 points. This year, his shooting percentage dropped to 9.4 percent, but his 82-game pace was 66 points. He’s still not shooting as much as he did a few years back (only 1.5 shots per game, about one shot fewer per game), but he benefited from many other Nashville players seeing an increase in shooting percentages.
7. Sean Couturier
Many of the Flyers struggled this season, maybe none more than Couturier. He played in only 29 games because of injury, but those 29 games were a struggle. He scored only six goals and was on pace for 48 points over an 82-gam