Dobber’s Band-Aid Boys – 2018 Edition

by Dobber on August 31, 2018


Dobber's Band-Aid Boys – 2018 edition! Which players are at risk to hurt your fantasy team by missing games?


(With notes from Injury Ward writer Bren Des)

You've heard me talk about 'em. You've often wondered if I just pull them out of a hat (or perhaps, a certain body oriface). Nope. I get 'em off this list. A DobberHockey staple since 2005.


Definition of "Certified": The player is virtually guaranteed to miss games and is a significant risk to miss 12 or more.


Definition of "Trainee": The player has shown signs that he could become Certified. He is probably going to miss six or seven games in the coming season and has some risk of suffering an injury that will cost him 12 or more.


The rule of thumb – if you ever manage to acquire, accidentally or otherwise – a member of the executive committee or a Certified Band-Aid Boy, get them off your team when you can. Although they may have fantasy value, they are probably not worth the headache (no pun intended) if you can acquire a player of equal value who is not on this list. If you acquire any Certified Band-Aid Boy for the price of them as if they play 65 games, then that works – just don't overpay and expect a full season out of them.


If you acquire a Band-Aid Boy Trainee, then keeping this player should be okay…but too many of them on your team could (will?) be trouble. It is possible to go from "certified" back to "trainee", or from "trainee" right off of this list. But poolies need to see some stability in games played – often one healthy season isn't enough to clean the slate.


* *These Band-Aid Boys are indicated in this year's Draft List (which comes with the Fantasy Guide). Buy the 13th annual DobberHockey Fantasy Guide here – always updated and you can download immediately * * 



Dobber's Band-Aid


President, CEO – Kris Letang
Executive Vice President – Mike Green


Vice President, Knee Operations – Kevin Shattenkirk
Secretary of Groins – Marian Gaborik
Band-Aid Treasurer – Rick Nash


Band-Aid Boy Hall of Fame

Mario Lemieux, Alexei Zhamnov, Eric Daze

Ziggy Palffy, Eric Lindros, Dominik Hasek

Peter Forsberg, Pavel Bure, Rick DiPietro

Peter Mueller, Sheldon Souray, Martin Havlat

Ales Hemsky, Joffrey Lupul


(Note – this is strictly for guidance in fantasy hockey. This list is not meant to belittle the seriousness of a player's injury problems, nor is it meant to punish a player for 'playing hard' and being a 'warrior' on the ice. It is what it is – a list of players who are at greater risk of missing games. "How" they miss those games matters little in fantasy hockey. In other words, this list is meant to be used as a tool to help your run your fantasy team, not to insult anyone)


Certified Band-Aid Boys:

Aleksander Barkov   Jason Zucker   Ondrej Palat
Alex Galchenyuk   Jimmy Howard   Oscar Klefbom
Alexander Edler   John Gibson   Patric Hornqvist
Alexander Steen   Jonas Brodin   Patrick Eaves
Andrej Sekera   Josh Leivo   Paul Stastny
Artem Anisimov   Kevin Shattenkirk   Rick Nash
Bobby Ryan   Kris Letang   Robby Fabbri
Brandon Dubinsky   Kris Versteeg   Roberto Luongo
Brendan Gallagher   Kyle Okposo   Ryan Callahan
Bryan Little   Logan Couture   Ryan Ellis
Bryan Rust   Marian Gaborik   Ryan Kesler
Cam Fowler   Mark Stone   Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Colin Wilson   Martin Hanzal   Sami Vatanen
David Krejci   Mathieu Perreault   Sean Couturier
Dmitri Kulikov   Matt Beleskey   Semyon Varlamov
Erik Johnson   Michael Cammalleri   Sergei Bobrovsky
Evander Kane   Michael Del Zotto   Steven Stamkos
Evgeni Malkin   Michal Neuvirth   Sven Baertschi
Frank Vatrano   Mike Green   Taylor Hall
Jaden Schwartz   Mike Smith   Tomas Hertl
James Neal   Mikhail Grabovski   Tyler Ennis
James Reimer   Mikko Koivu   Tyler Johnson
Jared Spurgeon   Nick Bjugstad   Tyler Myers
Jaroslav Halak   Niklas Kronwall   Vladimir Sobotka
Jason Spezza   Olli Maatta   Zach Parise

Band-Aid Boy Trainees:

Alexander Wennberg   Erik Haula   Matt Murray
Andre Burakovsky   Hampus Lindholm   Matthew Tkachuk
Ben Bishop   Jack Eichel   Micheal Ferland
Brandon Sutter   Jeff Carter   Mika Zibanejad
Brock Boeser   Jonathan Bernier   Mikael Backlund
Cam Ward   Josh Anderson   Mikael Granlund
Carey Price   John Carlson   Nolan Patrick
Carl Hagelin   Joonas Donskoi   Patrick Maroon
Charlie McAvoy   Jonathan Drouin   Patrik Berglund
Chris Kreider   Jonathan Quick   Rickard Rakell
Chris Stewart   Jonathan Toews   Robin Lehner
Conor Sheary   Jordan Staal   Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Crawford   Kari Lehtonen   Ryan McDonagh
Craig Anderson   Kyle Palmieri   Sam Gagner
David Backes   Mark Giordano   TJ Oshie
David Perron   Mark Scheifele   Travis Zajac
Drew Stafford   Markus Granlund   Tyson Barrie