Dobber’s Band-Aid Boys – 2017 Edition

by Dobber on June 3, 2017


Dobber's Band-Aid Boys – 2017 edition now updated! Which players are at risk to hurt your fantasy team by missing games?



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.


Dobber's Band-Aid


President, CEO – Kris Letang
Executive Vice President – Johan Franzen


Vice President, knee operations – Joffrey Lupul
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


(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   James Reimer   Nick Bjugstad
Ales Hemsky   Jaroslav Halak   Niklas Kronwall
Alex Galchenyuk   Jason Zucker   Olli Maatta
Alexander Steen   Jason Spezza   Patrick Eaves
Alexei Emelin   Jimmy Howard   Patrick Sharp
Andrei Markov   Joffrey Lupul   Paul Stastny
Andrej Sekera   Josh Leivo   Rene Bourque
Artem Anisimov   Kris Letang   Rick Nash
Beau Bennett   Logan Couture   Roberto Luongo
Brandon Pirri   Marian Gaborik   Ryan Callahan
Brendan Gallagher   Marian Hossa   Ryan Murray
Bryan Little   Martin Hanzal   Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Cam Fowler   Mathieu Perreault   Sean Couturier
Cam Ward   Matt Beleskey   Semyon Varlamov
Clarke MacArthur   Michael Cammalleri   Sergei Bobrovsky
Colin Wilson   Michael Del Zotto   Sidney Crosby
David Krejci   Michal Neuvirth   Steven Stamkos
Dmitri Kulikov   Mike Fisher   Taylor Hall
Evander Kane   Mike Green   Tomas Hertl
Evgeni Malkin   Mike Smith   Tyler Ennis
Frank Vatrano   Mikhail Grabovski   Tyler Johnson
James Neal   Mikko Koivu   Tyler Myers
        Vladimir Sobotka
Band-Aid Boy Trainees:
Alexander Edler   Erik Johnson   Kris Versteeg
Alexander Radulov   James van Riemsdyk   Kyle Okposo
Benoit Pouliot   Jared Spurgeon   Kyle Palmieri
Brandon Dubinsky   Jeff Carter   Mark Giordano
Bryan Rust   Jeff Skinner   Markus Granlund
Carl Hagelin   Jiri Hudler   Mikael Backlund
Chris Kunitz   John Carlson   Mikael Granlund
Chris Stewart   John Gibson   Patric Hornqvist
Conor Sheary   Jonas Brodin   Robby Fabbri
Craig Anderson   Jonathan Drouin   Robin Lehner
David Perron   Jonathan Quick   Ryan Kesler
Drew Stafford   Jonathan Toews   Ryan Murphy
Eddie Lack   Jordan Staal   Sam Gagner
    Kari Lehtonen    


18 responses to “Dobber’s Band-Aid Boys – 2017 Edition”

  1. richard lalonde says:

    Radulov missed 6 games -this is a trainee?
    In that case, where is Ryan Getzlaf?
    Where is Kucherov?
    Where is Laine?

    Markov has had one injury I think in the last 3 years – this is a Band Aid Boy?
    Galchenyuk – one injury in the last 3 years?

    This is a bit lazy, imo.

    • Dobber says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Richard.
      As I mentioned in last year’s Fantasy Guide, Radulov had missed plenty of games in the KHL in each of the prior couple of seasons and was a bit of a risk

    • Dobber says:

      Your Galchenyuk argument is very surprising. He was injured the year prior to his draft year – wiped out season. And he’s missed over a month in two of his last four seasons. He started his NHL career on this list and hasn’t been able to get off it. Markov missed 90 games in the last six seasons and he’s 38 – do you consider him a non-risk?

  2. Grondini says:

    I had to reply to it …. thanks! We do have a similiar list. Here some suggestions: Thomas Hertl, Jason Zucker, Sami Vatanen, Roberto Luongo, Artem Anisimov and even Matt Murray

  3. Grondini says:

    Do you see big change in your list for 2016-17?

  4. Jean-Philippe says:

    I wonder why is Alex Galchenyuk on this list ? he missed 2 games in the last 2 seasons.

  5. JHouly says:

    Just an idea. I think it would be great that the names would be in alphabetic order.

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  8. garrett neilly says:

    How long does it take to be moved from a list? I ask since JVR and Markov have both missed only 2 games each over the past 3 seasons which should at least get them moved off of the certified list, shouldnt it?

    • Dobber Sports says:

      It's really just my call. I'll never trust Markov, so he stays.  JVR I moved down to trainee because you are absolutely right.

      • garrett neilly says:

        Fair enough, The General was damaged goods for a significant amount of time and age is working against him.

  9. simon cadieux says:

    Semin and Nikitin = Certified AND Trainnees….