This is my first piece on Crash the Net, so I’ll take a moment to introduce myself. My name is John and I am an avid follower of the Chicago Blackhawks, but I love to watch all of hockey in general. I’ve been playing fantasy hockey for quite a few years now and in most leagues I like to think that I fare well and sit in the upper echelon throughout each and every season. The draft is always a very tough part of fantasy hockey but if you don’t do well, as I have occasionally in the past, through a little research you can make trades, pick up waiver wires, and create a formidable team.
Now we are reaching the tail end of the season for fantasy, most leagues with 5 weeks left, leaving only a few weeks for trades. If you are part of a keeper league, it’s time to make that decision; do you toss in the towel, or do you make one last push for the playoffs where anything can happen?
Choosing which one can be tricky and ultimately depends on the structure of your team and if your struggling team is seemingly out of the race, try to make some trades while you can. Decide which players you are going to keep until next year and then unload the rest. Attempt to get draft picks, which is something that I look forward to every year, as this is something to help you out into the future. Even if you are just outside of the playoff picture and you never give up, think about the possibilities of making a number of trades to secure upgrades in all of your picks. Some might not part with the top 1-3 picks, but you should be able to maneuver your way into a few top 4 through 8 picks. This year, such picks included Quick, Giroux, Sharp, Letang, Kessel, Hossa etc. If you were able to grab one of the aforementioned guys, you could form a solid looking team through them alone.
If you are part of the “never surrender” crowd, then the next 5 to hopefully 8 weeks will include nervously debating which members of your bench to get rid of and which players, who are starting to heat up, to add. Wisniewski came back onto the ice with a bang, making his debut since the injury with a goal and an assist, and a couple blocked shots as well. He is only owned in 39% of leagues, so if you need extra help on defense, he along with Hamhuis(60%) could help in a pinch on D. As for your forwards, there are a few more to choose from including David Perron(18%) Wayne Simmonds (29%) and David Clarkson (33%). These guys, along with a few more, are streaking right now, so for a little extra help, grab those guys. Simmonds and Clarkson also chip in those PIMs.
Inside the crease is a different story. If you are weak there, you are going to have to just wait it out, because goalies are all taken up pretty much in every league. Think you can be lucky? Pick up Nabokov(49%) who is playing very well right now. There is also always that possibility that they trade him away, which immediately improves his value.
Last thing, if you are part of a rotisserie league, keep an eye on your max games played per position, take the time and do a little bit of math. Figure out how many games left you have, and play your stars accordingly.
Please feel free to ask any questions here. I also can be contacted via my Twitter handle, swabs5030 I’ll entertain any Fantasy questions and do my best to help you out.