Greetings and welcome to the mind of a neurotic, old fantasy hockey player. In the coming weeks and months, we will be delivering the fantasy knowledge from angles you may have never thought to explore. There is no more frustrating feeling than having a stacked fantasy team only to watch injury after injury whittle your team to a shell of its former self. No one says that a sprint like this is easy. As a matter of fact, the next 13 plus weeks will be something that tests every ounce of your resolve. If anyone remembers the 1995 season at all, it will at least serve as a help. However, today’s players are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever. Injuries are just so much more inevitable.
First and foremost, let’s take a look at the injury report from TSN. A special thanks has to go out to Scott Cullen, who puts together this list and updates it. Truthfully, his information is among the best as far as injuries along with beat writers of teams naturally. Again, the report as of this week indicates a pretty significant spike as far as injuries.
Overall, there are 66 injuries and/or illnesses from the NHL ranks. One thing that is similar from 1995 is the unusual number of undisclosed maladies. The breakdown is as follows:
- Undisclosed: 8
- Concussion: 8
- Upper Body: 4
- Lower Body: 4
- Groin: 8
- Wrist: 4
- Back: 5
- Hip: 5
- Finger: 4
- Knee: 6
- Foot: 1
- Leg: 2
- Shoulder: 3
- Eye: 1
- Illness: 3
There is your injury breakdown. The outrageous numbers that have been seen in previous years are not quite there yet. However, keep in mind that this is very early in the process. For example, Todd Bertuzzi was upgraded from having mono to just the flu. There are always stories within the injuries. Then of course, there is the curious case of Chris Kreider. The last we saw of him went a little something like this.
Always keep your head up when going across the middle! It is a mantra heard in football and hockey almost as often as anyone can remember from the days of their youth. Honestly, Kreider had the potential to be at least an outside Calder candidate but one of two things are going to happen here. He will be afraid to go over the middle or this will not affect him in the least. Hopefully the time Chris Kreider is out is not very long because hits in the last few seconds of a decided game can be so damaging.
It was seen earlier last night with Andy McDonald and though it looked much worse, thankfully he should be okay. Anyone can tell you that those are the type of injuries that can just sink a fantasy team. These injuries are something a fantasy GM must pay attention to in great detail. After all, roster decisions (trades, transactions, etc.) are prevalent on knowing the right information. If you do not know how long something is out for, you might as well be stuck with them.
Again, like we said, the coming weeks will feature subjects and topics most fantasy experts will not touch. By all means, we encourage many questions. If one wants and injury prognosis, we will try our absolute best to give you that needed edge. This is a season unlike any other. People want information that is a godsend when one really needs that data.
This is not a 26 week marathon but a 14 week sprint. In head to head leagues, there are in some cases only a ten week regular season with as much as a four week playoff. Time is of the essence, injury data is more important than ever before, and that knowledge (used right) is power. It is time to say goodbye for now but remember that the most important thing in any fantasy league is winning. There are many ways to go about it. Hopefully, we can help you with this column. Good luck!