Fantasy Hockey 101: These Three Turkeys

 

You knew the turkeys were fighting mad this week.  The playoffs were here and its the second season for them too.  They expect better performances (especially from the goalies) and they have been quite cranky the past few days.  I even heard a rumor that they were trying to emulate Carey Price last night.  Though none of the turkeys have perfected “the chop” yet, it makes you wonder when they will do so.

The question is who are these week’s turkeys?  Honestly there is very little surprise here.  The turkeys always make sure to be flamboyant with their picks as well as why.  It always is the why for the fantasy hockey player, isn’t it?  Well that is very understandable.  So what better time for those turkeys than today.  It is Earth Day after all.

 

These Three Turkeys

Roberto Luongo (G) — Vancouver Canucks

His series may be at 2 but the reality is that it is not because of Mister Luongo.  He gave up eight goals while suntanning in Los Angeles and was fortunate his team scored 4 times in the third period last night to even said series.  Sure he did make a few outstanding saves but consistency is the name of the game in the playoffs and Luongo really has never had that going for him so far in his career.  The 3.40 GAA and ..871 save percentage include getting yanked in Game 3 and does not include the number of wide open chances the Kings have missed in this series.  Can Luongo correct this?  Sure.  He did play better albeit still a bit shaky in Vancouver but its doable.

Brian Elliott (G) — Ottawa Senators

I could list 8 goalies if I really wanted to but we are going with the one position you need solid play from to advance (usually) in the playoffs.  That 4.14 GAA and .853 save percentage has me screaming for the exits.  Really Game 2 was the only solid game Elliott had and he lost.  It got so ugly in Game 4 that Pascal Leclaire had to be brought in and there is talk that Leclaire will be the starter in Game 5.  The reason why Ottawa could have stayed in the series was offense and consistent goaltending.  The consistency went out the window as soon as the playoffs started.  Not only were the turkeys disappointed but the reality is they are still fighting over who is the worst in net.

Carey Price (G) — Montreal Canadiens

You almost had to sense this one was coming.  The turkeys were in shock that not only did Carey Price implode in the third period from a goaltending standpoint but then his emotions went haywire as he took not one but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.  One is unusual for a goalie to take but two?  I cannot even remember the last time a goalie took two of those in a period.  He will likely get a golden turkey from the boys.  The near 4.00 GAA but close to .900 save percentage is not so bad but it is how he gives up his goals and how he acts after them that gets him elevated to such a high or low status depending on your philosophy of turkey hierarchy.  Hopefully he will find greener pastures than Montreal in the offseason.

 

Time for those dishonorable mentions…..

1. Martin Brodeur’s beard — thank god its gone.

2. The mooring that Luongo may have pulled off last night.

3. Flyers and their foot problems

4. All those Vancouver conspiracy theories….

5. Antti Niemi playing in his crease practically…….

 

Okay comment away….are there any turkeys you would have liked to have seen?

About Chris Wassel

Simply I am a hockey writer who is a jack of all trades. Whether it is draft, fantasy, NHL, KHL, AHL, etc...I probably can write about it. The challenge in hockey is to be able to step out of your comfort zone and write like you are still there. Hopefully you enjoy the humor in the writing on the site and tell your friends. Thanks for reading!

Fantasy Hockey 101: These Three Turkeys….

Our new Thursday weekly column is in Week 2….who are this week’s three turkeys????

Nik Antropov (C) — Toronto Maple Leafs

This one was easy….a -5 and no goals in the last 2 weeks. Not only that but he has virtually invisible when on the ice. When you’re that big and you aren’t seen…you have to be doing something wrong. Maybe the expectations are getting to him or like the rest of the Maple Leafs (aside from tonite), he is struggling and pressing mightily. Even Sundin has been hurting offensively. However, guys like Antropov need to step it up before they end up on the waiver wire.

Mark Recchi (RW) — Pittsburgh Penguins

Well he hasn’t played since the 17th….hmmm…you do the math…so that would be 0 pts…yes sir! The team has basically told him to make his own trade out of town. That speaks volumes right there. Pretty sad considering this happened once already. Why was he dumb enough to go back in the first place? I am wondering if Philly or another contender takes a flier on him. Maybe if he had produced a little more…he’d still be playing. 8 points in 19 games just isn’t going to do it!

Dion Phaneuf (D) — Calgary Flames

1 Assist in 2 weeks! Yep…that’s it! Worse…a -6 and 13 Pims…well the last stat isn’t so bad but the others are horrid. Funny that he has an assist already tonight…so maybe he is listening. This is the Flames top D-Man…and when you don’t bring the goods…you better be ready to take the heat. Calgary is expecting much more out of you Dion and so are fantasy owners….time to step it up or be traded or worse…waived off fantasy teams.

So who wins the grand turkey award?

I am going with Mark Recchi…to not be able to produce on either one of those scoring lines at all..and then be told make your own way out….OUCH!

Stay tuned next week where 3 more turkeys will be called out and one will be the grand turkey! Gobble Gobble!

About Chris Wassel

Simply I am a hockey writer who is a jack of all trades. Whether it is draft, fantasy, NHL, KHL, AHL, etc...I probably can write about it. The challenge in hockey is to be able to step out of your comfort zone and write like you are still there. Hopefully you enjoy the humor in the writing on the site and tell your friends. Thanks for reading!

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