It feels good to be back! Geek of the Week is back after a lengthy summer vacation. Now that we are in September, it's officially fantasy hockey season! Like last year, I am going to spend the next few weeks highlighting some fantasy-relevant players who swapped uniforms over the offseason. Like most summers, there was a flurry of activity between trades and free agent signings. So let's get things started! This week I am going to focus on goaltenders, and there's a few good ones to check out.
Jack Campbell (EDM)
The writing was on the wall in Toronto for most of last season. It was pretty evident that barring some sort of miraculous move, Campbell would be finding a new home in the offseason. It certainly didn't take long for Campbell to make the cross-country trip out west as he was one of the first big names off the board when free-agency started. Campbell will rejoin his former teammate Zach Hyman in Edmonton this season, where the Oilers seem poised to take another run at the Cup.
So how does this affect Jack Campbell in terms of fantasy hockey? Well, I don't think a ton changes. He is going from one powerhouse team in the Eastern Conference to another in the West. You could argue which team fields a better defense in front of Campbell, but overall, the Oilers are a formidable team that should bank Campbell a ton of wins this season. For that reason alone, he will have fantasy value. His save percentage and goals against average though, well that might be another story.
Last season was a mixed bag for Campbell. Looking at splits before and after the All-Star break, Campbell really fell off down the stretch. He played 32 games before the All-Star Game and posted a 21-6-3 record with a sterling .925 save percentage and a tidy 2.30 goals against average. However, these numbers plummeted pretty hard after the break. Despite his 10-3-3 record, his save percentage was a measly .894, and his goals against average rose to 3.28. He looked very shaky from January to March, although he did finish well in April heading into the playoffs.
Part of the reason for his struggles down the stretch could potentially be attributed to injuries as well. If he manages to stay healthy, Campbell should be a solid option going into this season. He will be a lock to get you wins as long as he is on the ice, so if you could pair him with another goalie who has decent averages, you would have a quality 1-2 punch in net.
Cam Talbot (O