To date, which players have disappointed you the most from a fantasy perspective?
Brian Rosenbaum: There are so many disappointments to choose from. There are players on new teams that many had high hopes for like Andrew Ladd and Mikkel Boedker. There are young players who had good seasons last year who have started slowly, like Anthony Duclair, Aleksander Barkov, Robby Fabbri and Boone Jenner, But for me, I am very unhappy with the start of Torey Krug. I know he's coming back from off-season shoulder surgery, but he has only one assist in 11 games despite playing on the Bruins' first power-play unit. Even more troubling, he has a team-worst minus eight plus-minus rating. That's not what poolies were hoping for when they selected him in the middle rounds of their hockey draft.
Corey Abbott: Krug's start has been troubling. He had issues scoring goals last season, but at least he was picking up plenty of assists. Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in scoring with seven points in 11 games, but he still hasn't scored a goal yet. He has only been credited with 20 shots as well. Forsberg potted 33 last year and he averaged 3.01 shots per game. He needs to get going.
Ryan Dadoun: I agree with Forsberg in particular. It's one thing to be unlucky at the start of the season and have to wait for your first goal, but he hasn't even been getting many shots on goal. I don't know if it's fair to call him a disappointment, but one player I have mixed feelings about so far is Johnny Gaudreau. He has just two goals in 13 games, though at least he has five assists. Plus he has a pretty ugly minus-11 rating, which is tied for the team worst (at the other end of the Flames' spectrum is Deryk Engelland at plus-seven). Part of me worries that missing training camp and the preseason while negotiating a new contract hurt Gaudreau, especially seeing as this is the Flames' first campaign with a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan.
Michael Finewax: I am also troubled by Gaudreau's start. With a fresh new long-term contract you'd have thought he would be playing worry free. However, sometimes when players sign lucrative new deals their play struggles as they try and justify the lare sums of money they will receive. Maybe that is the case with Gaudreau. One player who has just tanked from the start, who Brian mentioned before, is Andrew Ladd. Slated to play alongside John Tavares on the Isles' first line and power play, Ladd was primed to have a career season. Instead, he has reigstered a single point in 12 games, is a minus three and has been bumped off Tavares' unit. Ladd has to be considered a huge disappointment thus far.
Brian Rosenbaum: I agree with Mike, Ladd has been a disaster so far. I know it is almost sacrilegious to criticize Jonathan Toews, but that's exactly what I'm going to do. When fellow center Artem Anisimov has more than doubled your offensive output over a dozen games, you've got some explaining to do. Anisimov and Patrick Kane lead the Hawks in scoring with 15 points each, while Toews sits at a mere seven points. Even Richard Panik has 11 points thus far and rookie Tyler Motte has outscored Toews 3-2. The Hawks' captain will surely rebound, but those who drafted him can't be happy with his start.
Corey Abbott: I think fantasy owners are used to slow starts from Toews, especially in the goal department. It's nothing new for him and he still finishes with nearly 30 goals and roughly 60 points each year. Going back to the Flames for a moment, it's also been a sluggish start for Sean Monahan, who was dropped to the third line Saturday night. He has four goals, no assists and a minus-10 rating in 13 games. I fully expected Ondrej Palat to bounce back this season. So far, he has been letting fantasy owners down with one goal and three assists through 12 contests. He looked good alongside Steven Stamkos very early, but he hasn't picked up a point in the past seven games. A healthy Palat was supposed to be much better than this.
Ryan Dadoun: Monahan has been another bad one. Honestly, with all the things that have gone wrong with the Flames so far, it's kind of impressive that they're even 5-7-1. Brian Elliott obviously had that disastrous start to the season too, which we talked about a few weeks ago. He rebounded from that briefly, but has fallen back by allowing nine goals in his last two games, so I think that remains another point of concern there. Anyways moving past the Flames, I want to touch on two more goaltenders: Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason. Both have been terrible. Mason's 3.46 GAA and .878 save percentage in eight games are ugly, but had you told me that would happen going into the season I would have probably accepted that given his inconsistent history and felt that was a good sign that Neuvirth would be a bargain pick this time around. But Neuvirth has been even worse with his 3.57 GAA and .859 save percentage in eight games. What a rough situation Philadelphia is in, though like the Flames, the Flyers have managed to overcome it to some extent with their 6-6-1 record.
Michael Finewax: I've been a huge Jake Muzzin fan for years. Very underrated but extremely productive in an under-the-radar kind of way. Not this season. In 12 games Muzzin has but one assist. I know the whole Kings team is a bit off but Muzzin seems to be struggling more than his teammates at the moment.