Fantasy Hockey Players to Let Go: Letting go of Lindholm
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You loved your team after the draft, but now it’s time to revisit your roster and get rid of difficult players in exchange for players who really contribute. The beauty of the NHL pool is that there are so many great players who never get drafted, since most fantasy leagues draft less than 200 players in a league that has over 700 active players or injury Let’s consider some players who are registered in plenty of Yahoo leagues but could easily be dropped.
Lindholm was drafted based on an outstanding 2022-23 campaign in which he managed 10 goals and 43 assists. But this season has been very different as he only has two assists (one with the man advantage) in 14 games. His strikeouts are also way down, as he managed 78 last year, but has only three in the first month of this season. Lindholm is no longer on the first power play, as Charlie McAvoy has taken over, which has hurt his case as the Bruins’ second unit hasn’t done much with the man advantage.
Trevor Zegras, C, Anaheim Ducks (45%)
Zegras has been a star the last two years with 23 goals and over 60 points in each season. He has missed the last two games with a lower body injury, but Zegras struggled mightily before that as he had just a goal and an assist in 12 games. While you have to figure that Zegras has the talent to return to form, there are still so many good centers that should be available in most pools, making it so- accessible He had 17 power play points in each of the last two seasons, but has just one so far in 2023-24. Zegras is still day to day at this time.
Couture has yet to play this season, is not yet skating and has no timetable for his return. Making matters worse, Couture is the lowest scoring team member in the NHL. The Sharks have only scored 18 times in 15 games, 14 goals behind the Islanders and the Premiers, who have played two fewer games each. They also traded their best offensive weapon in the offseason – Erik Karlsson – after doing the same with Timo Meier last February. The 34-year-old Couture won’t have much to work with if and when he returns to NHL action. Couture had 27 goals and 67 points in 82 games last season. Don’t expect anywhere near the .82 points per game he averaged last season with a much better lineup.
Larsson had the best offensive season of his career in 2022-23 with eight goals and 25 assists in a full season. He also had 222 goals and 173 shutouts with a plus-27 rating. That was last season. He has just two assists in 15 contests so far, with 35 shots, 30 shutouts and a rating of less than six. The fourth pick in the 2011 Draft, Larsson never saw real power play time in his career, picking up four assists with the man advantage in his rookie season and then managing just one assist. in the last 12 years. He’s seeing a career high in minutes this season, but it hasn’t translated into much fantasy value.
Schmid came into this season with a lot of pundits loving him. There was plenty to like after he went 9-5-2 with a 2.13 GAA and .922 save percentage in the 2022-23 regular season. He continued to play well in the Stanley Cup playoffs, starting and winning the final three games of the opening round, eliminating the Rangers in five games. He then struggled against the Hurricanes as he was bombed in the first two games before being replaced by Vitek Vanecek for Games 3 and 4. He again replaced the shaky Vanecek midway through Game 4 and started Game 5, looking good in both games. This season has been tough, as Schmid is just 1-2-1 with a 3.08 GAA and .898 save percentage. He has started just one of the Devils’ last seven games.